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    Game Day Essentials: Game #10 vs Michigan State

      Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-2) vs Michigan St Spartans (4-4)


      Date: Sunday Dec 10th,  2023
      Time: 5:30 pm
      Arena: PBA

      Broadcast:  BTN

    Michigan St Spartans



    Head Coach: Tom Izzo (28th season)

    Location: East Lansing, MI
    Conference: B1G
    Nickname: Spartans

    Mascot: Sparty

    Line: Michigan St. by 3.5
    Typical Rotation Depth: 9+

    KenPom rank: 30

    Nota bene:  

    • Nebraska hasn't beaten Michigan St since 2016, losing 11 straight to the Spartans. Their last home win vs Michigan St was in 2015. 
    • Michigan St has used 5 different starting lineups in their first 8 games.
    • Everyone who has started for Michigan St this season was on the team last year. They rank 33rd in KenPom's minute continuity stat.



    KenPom most used lineups

      PG SG SF PF C Pct
    11 AJ Hoggard
    6-4  210  Sr
    2 Tyson Walker
    6-1  185  Sr
    3 Jaden Akins
    6-4  190  Jr
    25 Malik Hall
    6-8  220  Sr
    15 Carson Cooper
    6-11  240  So



    Player to watch: Tyson Walker

    The 5th year senior shooting guard is in his 3rd season at Michigan St and leads the Spartans in scoring at 20.7 per game.


    Player to watch: AJ Hoggard

    The senior PG has struggled with his shot overall but averages 10.1 points and 4.5 assists. The Spartans tend to play as well as Hoggard does. 


    Others to watch

    Jaden Akins is  probably the best 3pt shooter for the Spartans but has struggled mightily on the season, shooting 27.3% on the year. Forward Malik Hall is active on the offensive boards but is yet another Spartan struggling from 3. Carson Cooper and Mady Sissoko split time at center where they bring rebounding and rim protection


    UNL Game Notes


    Roster/infirmary report


    Out indefinitely 

    5   Ahron Ulis     6-3    190 lbs    Junior - Likely out for the season
    15  Blaise Keita     6-11    257 lbs    Junior - Ongoing ankle injury recovery


    Possible starters for Nebraska

    10    Jamarques Lawrence  6-3    183 lbs    Sophomore

    30   Keisei Tominaga           6-2    179 lbs    Senior
    3     Brice Williams               6-7    213 lbs    Junior
    53   Josiah Allick                 6-8    231 lbs    Senior
    51    Rienk Mast                 6-10    248 lbs    Junior



    4   Juwan Gary                   6-6    221 lbs    Junior

    0    C.J. Wilcher                  6-5    214 lbs    Junior

    9    Jarron Coleman            6-5    213 lbs    Senior
    1    Sam Hoiberg                 6-0    183 lbs    Sophomore

    2    Ramel Lloyd Jr.             6-6    210 lbs    RS Freshman
    11    Eli Rice                         6-8    213 lbs    Freshman
    21    Matar Diop                 6-10    213 lbs    Freshman
    31    Cale Jacobsen            6-4    200 lbs    RS Freshman
    35    Henry Burt                  6-7    216 lbs    RS Freshman
    24    Jeffrey Grace III         6-3    197 lbs    Sophomore 





    The Skinny: 


    It was a tail of two halves for Nebraska in Minnesota as the Huskers collapsed after taking a commanding lead into the half.  Nebraska looks to regroup against another struggling team in Michigan St. Ranked #4 in the preseason, the Spartans have struggled to a 4-4 season including home losses to James Madison and Wisconsin. Whoever loses this one will have already dug themselves into a 0-2 hole in the conference standings.


    Nebraska's defense will put Michigan State's long range shooting troubles to the test as they'll continue to double the post. This year's Nebraska squad hasn't been able to keep up the defensive intensity for 40 minutes so don't be surprised if the Spartans become comfortable enough to start knocking down jumpers. On offense, look for Keisei to get going again. There are a few teams in the conference that will game plan to shutdown Tominaga; this likely isn't one of them. 


    Toughness and grit are going to come into play if Nebraska wants to win as they'll need to scrap for rebounds and lose balls if they expect to beat Michigan State. For this Husker team, no lead seems big enough.  Until you see them finish off a formidable program, it's hard to believe they will.


    Prediction: Michigan St 65 - Nebraska 59

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