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    Game Day Essentials: Game #20 vs Michigan St

      Nebraska Cornhuskers (11-8) vs Michigan St Spartans (13-6)



      Date: Wednesday, Jan 20th, 2016

      Time: 5:30 p.m. CST
      Arena: Breslin Center, East Lansing, MI
      Capacity: 15,000


      Broadcast Information

      Television: BTN



      Announcers: Joe Davis and Jon Crispin

      Satellite Radio: Sirius (Ch. 83); XM (195)
      Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka
      Expert Analysis: Matt Davison


    Michigan St Info

    Head Coach: Tom Izzo
    Location: East Lansing, MI
    Conference: B1G 10
    Nickname: Spartans
    Nickname: Sparty
    Last time out: Lost to Wisconsin
    Typical Rotation Depth: 7-11 players, depending on foul trouble
    Line: Michigan St by 14.5
    Fun Fact: Miles has never lost to Michigan St by more than 10 points
    Tempo: Fast paced offense, grind you on defense
    Defense: Tom Izzo's pack defense


    Player to watch: Denzel Valentine
    The Senior All-American candidate leads the team in Scoring, Assists, and Steals while second on the team in rebounding. He's a triple-double threat whenever he steps on the court and he's one of only 4 Spartans (Magic Johnson, Draymond Green, Charlie Bell) to accomplish the feat.

    The Skinny


    This is a slightly pivotal game for both teams as Michigan State is in danger of losing three conference games in a row since 2013 and Nebraska is trying to prove that their improved play means they can beat someone that isn't in the cellar of the B1G.


    While both teams are a little down defensively, it's a point of pride for these guys to get back on transition and pack the lane so expect a mostly half court game with a sub 70 point potential, assuming this doesn't turn into a FT shooting contest. Both teams have been plagued by foul trouble in conference so unless the refs are heavy into offensive fouls tonight, aggressive takes will be rewarded. Both the Huskers and Michigan State have been great on both sides of the ball rebounding though you have to think that Michigan St and their girth advantage will have the upper hand tonight. The Huskers have a good chance to win the turnover battle tonight but I don't expect either teams to cough it up much.


    This is a game I'm tempted to pick the Huskers to win if Michigan St isn't on a skid...they had guys admit two years ago they didn't take us seriously. Look for the Huskers to hang with Michigan St most of the night but to come up short against a properly motivated team with Final 4 aspirations at home.


    Prediction: Michigan St 74 - Nebraska 65

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    And don't forget to clap three times when their team is introduced. I just hope that doesn't get you kicked out before the game even starts.


    Well, it's the only polite thing to do.  God forbid a Husker fan does anything even remotely rude at a basketball game.

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    And don't forget to clap three times when their team is introduced. I just hope that doesn't get you kicked out before the game even starts.


    Only Three times?  That would hardly get you even noticed!  ;)

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    Michigan State - Likely Starters                

    No. Name                  Po. Yr. Ht. Wt. G/GS PPG RPG   Other

    20 Matt McQuaid           G Fr. 6-5 190 19/1    3.2   0.8   2.0 apg

    14 Eron Harris               G Jr. 6-3 185 19/6     9.9   3.0   2.0 apg

    45 Denzel Valentine      G Sr. 6-5 220 15/15  17.9  7.7   6.6 apg

    10 Matt Costello            F Sr. 6-9 245 19/19    9.6  7.8   1.1 bpg

    23 Deyonta Davis          F Fr 6-10 240 19/1    8.1  5.1   1.9 bpg



    Nebraska - Likely Starters

    No          Name                        Pos.       Ht.          Wt.        Yr.          GP/GS   MPG      PPG       RPG       APG

     3             Andrew White III         G           6-7         216         Jr.           19/19     28.4        17.5        6.3       0.8

     5             Glynn Watson Jr.        G           6-0         165         Fr.           19/7      21.7        7.8         1.9        2.6

    12           Michael Jacobson        F           6-8         222         Fr.           19/10      14.4        4.2         3.4        0.4

    31           Shavon Shields         G/F         6-7         225         Sr.           19/19     30.6      15.4        5.4         3.1

    32           Benny Parker             G           5-9         175         Sr.           19/19     25.4        4.7         2.5        2.3


     0             Tai Webster              G           6-4         196         Jr.           19/12     26.4         9.8         3.8          1.8

    10           Jack McVeigh           G/F         6-8         210         Fr.           19/0       16.7        5.2         2.9          1.0

    11           Bakari Evelyn           G            6-2         178         Fr.           10/0         6.5        2.1         0.8          0.3

    23           Nick Fuller               G/F         6-7         204         So.          15/0         7.5         2.4         1.5          0.1

    24           Jake Hammond        F           6-10        235         So.          17/8       11.9         2.6         3.3          0.2

    30           Ed Morrow Jr.           F            6-7         225         Fr.           19/1       14.3        3.9         3.5          0.1


     4             Johnny Trueblood   G            6-4         195         Fr.            7/0         3.6         0.7         0.3          0.6

    15           Malcolm Laws          G            6-1         190         So.           5/0         3.4         0.2         0.4          0.0

    20           Tanner Borchardt     F            6-8         274         Fr.            6/0         4.0         0.7         1.0          0.0

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