Michigan State vs. Michigan

  • Michigan State vs. Michigan

Michigan State vs. Michigan

It's always a fierce battle when interstate rivals Michigan and Michigan St. square off. Michigan St.is off to yet another fantastic season, Tom Izzo's group is now ranked 4th in the Ap top 25 and has rebounded off a bad loss to add by beating Rutgers in OT. It wasn't enough to prevent the Wolverines from suffering their first home loss of the season.

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The fourth ranked Spartans will be trying to snap out of a funk which saw them lose at Ohio State last Sunday and then escape with a overtime win at home on Wednesday against Rutgers.

The major stat to watch out for in this game is Michigan's field goal percentage.

Points in the paint were controlled by Maryland, with 32 points, compared to Michigan State's 28. Matt Shepard provides the play-by-play, and Terry Mills is the analyst. The game can also be heard on Sirius/XM and Internet 84.

If Michigan can dominate the boards and keep the Spartans from succeeding in transition, they can keep the game close. Unfortunatly they haven't beaten any of the other really good opponents they've played against losing to North Carolina, Ohio St. and LSU. The Spartans have been careless with the ball this season, averaging 13.7 turnovers a game, which is just slightly below the 14.3 takeaways MI gets per game. Michigan forced Michigan State into 21 turnovers, and that would be a good recipe for the Wolverines in this game, too.

There are a handful of Top-25 matchups elsewhere in the country on Saturday, but this game should still serve as one of the best of the day. Last year, the Spartans took the East Lansing with a score of 70-62, while the Wolverines ran away in Ann Arbor with a final score of 86-57. The teams are tied for the best assist-to-turnover ratio in the Big Ten at 1.6.

Not just that, but it'll have the opposite effect as the Spartans will cut down on the silly turnovers and finish with a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio for the game.

Miles Bridges may be one of the most unselfish stars in college basketball. The Wolverines are led in scoring by sophomore guard Charles Matthews (15.6 points per game) but freshman forward Isaiah Livers has picked up his game, scoring in double figures each of the last three games. The preseason All-America player opened overtime with a 3-pointer and finished with as many turnovers (3) as made shots on 10 attempts.

Simpson was asked if head coach John Beilein has a "calming" sense about him when approaching this game, so the younger players don't get rattled when playing in MSU's arena. He wants to make sure Michigan limits Michigan State on the offensive glass, particularly sophomore center Nick Ward.