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Game Day Essentials: Game #22 vs Michigan St

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Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-11) vs Michigan St Spartans (13-9)

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Date: Thursday Feb. 2

Time: 6:00 pm CST 
Arena: PBA

TV Broadcast:  ESPN

Half time event:  Tyronn Lue will be in attendance and will have his jersey retired at half time

Michigan St. Info

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Head Coach: Tom Izzo
Location: East Lansing, MI
Conference: B1G
Nickname: Spartans

Mascot: Sparty

Shirt not to wear: Green, Plate of Armor
Last time out: Beat Michigan
Typical Rotation Depth: 10+
Line: Nebraska by 1
Tempo: "B1G slow"
Style: Very high assist, 3pt shot loving
4 Factors Good: Shooting, Defending (especially from 2)
4 Factors Bad: Losing in the Turnover Game

Four Factors
Effective FG%: 54.6 34 45.8 24 50.4
Turnover %: 20.6 288 17.1 279 18.9
Off. Reb. %: 28.4 209 28.4 126 29.5
FTA/FGA: 36.2 158 34.4 151 35.6

Most Frequently Used Lineup over the last 5 games

 

 
5 Glynn Watson
6-0  175  So
0 Tai Webster
6-4  195  Sr
11 Evan Taylor
6-5  206  Jr
15 Isaiah Roby
6-8  214  Fr
12 Michael Jacobson
6-9  230  So
23.1
 
 
11 Lourawls Nairn
5-10  175  Jr
14 Eron Harris
6-3  190  Sr
1 Joshua Langford
6-5  210  Fr
22 Miles Bridges
6-7  230  Fr
44 Nick Ward
6-8  250  Fr
11.1

The number on the right indicates the % of minutes this lineup is used. In other words, the low 11.1% number represents fairly accurately that Michigan St. shuffles a lot of players in and out.

 

 

 

Miles Presser

 

Watson Presser

 

Player to watch: Nick Ward

Michigan St has 4 talented freshmen who play a lot of minutes but 250# 6'8" Ward brings height and size to a team that lost Deyonta Davis to the draft and Gavin Schilling to injury. Despite only averaging 19.2 MPG he leads the team in rebounds, Free Throw attempts and second in the team in scoring.

 

The Skinny

Ed Morrow is still a game time decision.

 

This isn't your typical Michigan St team full of experienced players. This year's Michigan St team currently starts three freshmen including probable one-and-doner Miles Bridges. While an exceptional shooting team per usual, this Michigan St team is one of the most turnover prone and worst rebounding squad Izzo has fielded in a decade. It's also lost 4 of it's last 6 games. At some point you expect this team to rip off a bunch of wins and once again make the NCAA tournament. Did that start with their win over Michigan? Does it finally not happen this year?

 

On offense Nebraska should be generally familiar with Michigan's pack defense and the goal will be to outwit and outwill their way into the paint against the Spartan's above average shot blocking. Defensively you might see some help off some of the lower output players, specifically whomever is running point as Bridges and Ward are tough to stop one-on-one. The 1-3-1 also is another sort of gamble you can through at this team who is capable of burning it for easy 3s or turning it over for easy baskets.

 

Both teams have played closely the last three years and overall this season.  Michigan St hasn't won on the road in 2017; Nebraska is retiring the jersey of their greatest PG in history.

 

Prediction: Nebraska 74 - Michigan St 68 with a 63% chance of Runzas


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