Prediction: MSU at full strength will be too much for Michigan
INDIANAPOLIS — State News basketball reporters Matt Sheehan and Zach Smith offer up their predictions for the MSU-Michigan basketball game today.
If you like drama, you’re going to get drama.
MSU goes into this game hoping that the third time is a charm, and I see them walking out with the Big Ten Tournament trophy.
After watching the first two games from the sidelines, Branden Dawson will be the hero in this one not because of his offense, but his startling defense.
The Wolverines have too many scoring options, but Dawson can plaster either Nik Stauskus, Glenn Robinson III or any other player catching fire for Michigan.
This game will be dangerously close, as John Beilein has proved himself as the better coach between the two this season. MSU will get off to a hot start, but just like the last two meetings UM will adjust to make a charge.
I see Adreian Payne taking matters into his own hands in the second half, dominating the post game and using his range to bury some crucial 3-pointers.
MSU will also capitalize in the final minute of the game, and something tells me Keith Appling will have a huge play down the stretch to seal the deal for MSU.
Get ready for a back-and-forth game folks, and enjoy the wild ride.
MSU: 71 *Michigan:*70
In the words of former Arizona Cardinals head coach Dennis Green, “They are who we thought they were.”
Yes, this MSU basketball team has really come into their own in the last two games and looked like a team from the first half of the season.
That’s why I think they’re going to keep the revenge train rolling and beat Michigan for the Big Ten Tournament title.
After the Wolverines beat the Buckeyes, there were smiles amongst the Spartans contingent, because they saw exactly what they wanted to, a close game between a mediocre team and a so called elite team.
Branden Dawson will be the key factor today.
He didn’t play in either regular season game against Michigan, but his defense and athleticism will keep Stauskas from spoiling an MSU victory once again.
As long as the MSU big men stay out of foul trouble, like they haven’t been able to do for the last two games, the Spartans will be fine.
MSU: 79 Michigan: 70.