Michigan State Spartans vs. Michigan Wolverines: Preview and Prediction



But he had just three points in that Michigan State loss, proving that as he goes, so does the team. Rutgers is being led by Corey Sanders, who averages 13.8 points per game.

Preseason All-American Miles Bridges ended his scoreless start with 7:43 left in regulation and finished with just 11 points to barely help No. 4 Michigan State gain a 76-72 overtime victory at home over Rutgers on Wednesday. The sophomore was averaging 9.6 points and 4.3 rebounds. Michigan State's Nick Ward had 17 points. Guard CJ Jackson is the second-leading scorer on Ohio State, averaging 13.6 points per game, but more impressively is shooting a clinical 44 percent from deep, while being the team's best passer with 4.3 assists per contest. Merchant said Colley was a game-time decision because she has eight stitches in her foot. "To do it on their home floor - Maryland hasn't been kind to us", Merchant said.

The Detroit News' Matt Charboneau and James Hawkins break down Saturday's Michigan-Michigan State game at the Breslin Center (noon, Fox/WJR 760, WWJ 950).

The Greek national led the team with 10 points at intermission mainly by force of will, taking aggressive drives to the basket through a clogged paint. Junior Matt McQuaid has the ability to get hot from 3-point range and has become one of Michigan State's better defenders in the backcourt, while senior Tum Tum Nairn - albeit limited offensively - can push the tempo and is an above-average on-ball defender. The Terps had 10 turnovers in the first half, four of which came in the final four minutes of the first quarter, took sloppy layups on the move and were loose on the defensive end.

Michigan State wasn't as effective in turning points into turnovers - 14 points from turnovers, compared to Maryland's 18.

Guard Taryn McCutcheon led Michigan State with a career-high 25 points on a career-high six 3-pointers, including two in a 27-second span in the third quarter that turned a four-point margin into a double-digit cushion.

Maryland never significantly narrowed the gap after that.

Michigan doesn't have the depth and experience as Michigan State does, but it has a pair of freshmen in Isaiah Livers and Jordan Poole who can provide an immediate spark and completely change the complexion of the game. That's what you're going to see every night, and I don't think we responded well to it at all. They let both teams play. "We have good things going on", Pikiell said. "We have to do a better job of sharing the basketball and being patient instead of thinking off of the first hit".

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