Prediction: MSU will roll over Northwestern tonight in Big Ten tourney
State News basketball reporters Zach Smith & Matt Sheehan offer their predictions for tonight’s Big Ten Tournament game against Northwestern.
Things are already going MSU’s way in Indianapolis, and they haven’t even stepped on the court yet.
Even though Northwestern upset Iowa last night, their quick Cinderella run will come to an end against MSU.
What better to get more cohesion for a team, than to play a cupcake team like Northwestern?
It’s hard to pick who’s going to be the best player for MSU, because every player will contribute in exactly the way they need to.
Senior guard Keith Appling will rack up the assists, senior forward Adreian Payne will get the big blocks, junior forward Branden Dawson will slam the big dunks and sophomore guard Harris will make the big shots.
The only offensive weapon MSU needs to worry about is Drew Crawford, who was held to six points the first time the teams met in the regular season, a 54-40 win for the Spartans.
JerShonn Cobb is the only Wildcat that showed up when Northwestern came to East Lansing, but he won’t play today because of a foot injury.
Unlike the rest of the Big Ten Tournament so far, this is going to get ugly.
MSU: 85 Northwestern: 64
The East Lansing-to-Indy drive is a long one — a tad over four hours to be exact.
So that gave me a long time to think of any scenario in which Northwestern beats MSU, and I’ve come to a groundbreaking conclusion.
Sure, Northwestern beat Iowa, but how impressive is that win?
You could convince me Iowa is trying to play themselves into the NIT in the last month, and I would instantly believe you.
To say the Hawkeyes are abysmal would be a nice way of saying it, so don’t read too much into last night’s game.
If there is any threat of an upset, it will come from Wildcat guards Tre Demps and Drew Crawford, who combined for 35 last night.
With Harris, Appling and Dawson on the defensive end, you’re more likely to see Tom Izzo score 35 than the Wildcats’ guard duo.
Last time the two teams squared off, four Spartans scored in double figures.
Expect to see that team effort tonight, as the Spartans out-match the Wildcats in both the frontcourt and the backcourt.
So you won’t have to stress tonight, Spartan fans. Find a
comfortable seat, order your favorite food and get ready for an old fashioned beatdown.
MSU: 79 Northwestern: 66