Michigan State vs. Indiana: Full Game Preview
|Michigan State||K Appling 14.1||D Nix 6.9||K Appling 4.3|
|Indiana||C Zeller 16.4||C Zeller 8.2||K Ferrell 4.6|
No. 7 Indiana welcomes No. 13 Michigan State to Assembly Hall (IN) on Sunday. Tip-off is at 1:00 EST and you can see it on CBS. The Hoosiers are 1-5 against the Spartans over the last four years. They won 70-55 on 2/28/2012 the last time they played.
Indiana is in 2nd place in the Big Ten and trying to catch Michigan State who holds down 1st place.
In a 72-49 dismantling of Penn State on January 23rd, Victor Oladipo put up 19 points and 6 rebounds for the Hoosiers. He tallies 13.5 points per game in addition to a team-best 2.3 steals per game. For the Spartans, Branden Dawson finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds in the 49-47 win over Wisconsin on January 22nd. He is averaging 10.5 points per game and leads the team in steals with 1.8 per game.
In terms of team stats, Indiana has an advantage in a single key area, scoring, where the Hoosiers have an edge over the Spartans, 83 points per game to 69 points per game.
Michigan State StatSmack
- It's only wins and losses, but Indiana has a better overall record than Michigan State this season (13-1 vs 11-3).
- At least you keep showing up. Indiana has an average margin of victory of 14 over Michigan State in 27 wins since 1980.
- The Indiana steals leader (Victor Oladipo) has more steals than the Michigan State steals leader (Branden Dawson).
- The Indiana three-point leader (Jordan Hulls) has more three-pointers than the Michigan State three-point leader (Gary Harris).
- Indiana has a more potent offense, scoring more points (87.9 per game vs 70.2 per game) than Michigan State this season.
- Be afraid. Indiana has blown out more teams than Michigan State this season (10 blowouts vs 4).
- The Indiana assist leader (Kevin Ferrell) has more assists than the Michigan State assist leader (Keith Appling).
- The Indiana basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Michigan State (62% vs 50%).
- Indiana players are more experienced than Michigan State players (14,619 minutes played vs 8,752 minutes played).
- Indiana is a better three-point shooting team (41.4% vs 32.0%) than Michigan State this season.
- Victor Oladipo is ranked 8th in the Big Ten in points and 12th nationally in steals.