Michigan St. Info
Head Coach: Tom Izzo
Location: East Lansing, MI
Shirt not to wear: Green, Plate of Armor
Last time out: Lost to Purdue
Typical Rotation Depth: 10+
Line: Michigan St by 5.5
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
|Off. Reb. %:||28.3||27.8||29.4|
Most Frequently Used Lineup over the last 5 games
This is one lineup you might see to start the game with Senior SG Eron Harris out for the season.
Miles opens with an 'everything is great' statement about his future at Nebraska
Last time out
It was Tyronn Lue night though it was the Spartans who stole the show. The Huskers spent a lot of time doubling down on Nick Ward and Michigan St absolutely torched Nebraska on 11 of 17 3pt shooting (64.7%), many of them coming with less than 5 seconds on the shot clock. Down 20 points with 4 minutes to go, the 11 point margin of victory doesn't show how in control Michigan St was most of the game. Nebraska played without Ed Morrow and Glynn Watson playing through a groin injury. Since that game the Spartans have lost SG Eron Harris.
Both teams will be hungry for a win tonight as Sparty is fighting for a NCAA tourney bid and Nebraska is fighting for a NIT/seeding in the conference tourney for NCAA bid position. Michigan St shooting lights out last time vs the Huskers wasn't exactly fluky as the Spartans have been shooting well all season. Look for the Huskers to play Sparty more straight up this time with Jordy finding himself and Morrow able to play. The Huskers can help themselves by drawing contact on Ward though driving the paint is tough against a shot blocking team like Michigan St. Miles called the last meeting between the teams "their worst defensive game of the year" so look for some GATA on closeouts tonight.
Offensively you can exploit this smallish yet poor ball handling team for offensive put backs and steals. Thus, the Huskers have a chance to grab a road win here without needing to out shoot Michigan St. In the past when Nebraska has won here they've had 1 or 2 players go off. Who will catch lightning in a bottle tonight? Down big last time to Michigan St, the Huskers chose not to foul one of the more poor FT shooting teams in Div 1. Is that a strategy you might see tonight if needed?
How locked in is Michigan St? Are they peaking ahead at all to Wisconsin? I think you could attribute some of these road wins to Michigan St to how we match up with what they run but part of it has been Sparty's habit of not taking Nebraska seriously. Will they tonight?
Prediction: Michigan St 72 - Nebraska 69