Michigan State vs. Penn State: Full Game Preview

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Michigan State vs. Penn State: Full Game Preview
Michigan State
(14-3, 3-3 away)
Penn State
(8-8, 7-5 home)
Venue: Bryce Jordan Center
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, January 16, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Michigan State K Appling 13.8 D Nix 7.2 K Appling 4.6
Penn State T Frazier 16.3 R Travis 7.6 D (DJ) Newbill 3.9

There are three important categories where Michigan State has a statistical edge. The first is assists, where the Spartans have the upper hand, 14 per game to nine per game. Michigan State also has an advantage in field goal percentage, 46% to 39%. And lastly, the Spartans have the edge in scoring, 70 points per game to 61 points per game.

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  • Penn State has a much better NCSA Athletic Ranking than Michigan State (#11 vs #39).
  • Penn State has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (52% vs 73%).
  • The Penn State three-point leader (Jermaine Marshall) has more three-pointers than the Michigan State three-point leader (Gary Harris).
  • Ross Travis is ranked 8th in the Big Ten in rebounds.
  • Penn State has more Top 10 Director's Cup finishes than Michigan State (8 vs 0)
  • Penn State has a much higher 4-year graduation rate than Michigan State according to Kiplinger (62% vs 47%).
  • The Penn State basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Michigan State (86% vs 50%).
  • Penn State has a much better NCSA Academic Ranking than Michigan State (#47 vs #71).
  • Penn State has a much better Kiplinger Out-of-State Ranking than Michigan State (#37 vs #72).
MSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Keith Appling 34 14 3 5 2 1 2
B Branden Dawson 27 10 6 1 2 1 2
B Gary Harris 28 13 3 1 1 0 1
B- Derrick Nix 26 9 7 1 1 0 2
C+ Adreian Payne 20 8 7 1 1 1 2
C+ D. Valentine 22 6 4 3 1 0 2
C Travis Trice 20 6 1 2 1 0 1
D+ Brandan Kearney 17 2 2 2 1 0 1
D+ Matt Costello 5 2 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Keenan Wetzel 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Dan Chapman 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Russell Byrd 10 2 1 1 0 0 1
D+ Alex Gauna 6 2 1 0 0 0 1
PSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Tim Frazier 33 16 5 4 2 0 3
B- D. Newbill 36 15 6 4 1 0 4
C+ J. Marshall 34 14 4 2 2 1 3
C Ross Travis 32 7 8 0 0 0 2
C- Brandon Taylor 22 7 4 0 0 0 1
D+ Sasa Borovnjak 21 6 4 0 0 1 1
D Nick Colella 23 4 2 1 1 0 1
D Jonathan Graham 16 2 3 0 0 1 1
D Donovon Jack 6 2 1 0 0 0 0
D Kevin Montminy 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D P. Ackerman 7 2 0 0 0 0 0
D- A. Maduegbunam 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
F Alan Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
F Kevin Onyeaka 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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