|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. 13 Michigan State heads to Assembly Hall (IN) on Sunday to take on No. 7 Indiana. Tip-off occurs at 1:00 EST and you can catch it on CBS. The Spartans are 5-1 against the Hoosiers over the last four years. They lost 70-55 the last time they played (2/28/2012).
Indiana is in 2nd place in the Big Ten and needs to catch Michigan State, who is currently in 1st place.
In their last outing, behind 19 points and 6 rebounds from Keith Appling, the Spartans defeated Wisconsin 49-47 on January 22nd. He contributes a team-high 14.1 points per game and 4.3 assists per game. For the Hoosiers, Victor Oladipo finished with 19 points and 6 rebounds in the 72-49 blowout of Penn State on January 23rd. He averages 13.5 points per game in addition to a team-best 2.3 steals per game.
Indiana has a statistical edge over Michigan State in a single key area, scoring, where the Hoosiers have the upper hand over the Spartans, 83 points per game to 69 points per game. Areas of strength for Indiana include: free throw rate at 50.9, effective field goal percentage at 56.6, and offensive rebounding percentage at 40.2.
- Keith Appling is ranked 6th in the Big Ten in points, 3rd in the Big Ten in assists, and 6th in the Big Ten in steals.
- Michigan State has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Indiana (3 vs 0).
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Michigan State currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (981 to 952) than Indiana, per the NCAA.
- Michigan State is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Michigan State is 214 lbs compared to 208 lbs for Indiana.
- Michigan State has a significantly better overall winning percentage over the last 5 years (0.738 to 0.472).
- Michigan State takes less vacation, with more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Indiana (10 vs 5).
- We have a history of cultivating talent. Over the past 10 years, Michigan State has had more players drafted by the NBA than Indiana (5 vs 3).
- Kids want to come here. Since 1998 Michigan State has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Indiana (19 vs 11).
- Michigan State has a much better NCSA Power Ranking than Indiana (#85 vs #99).
- We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Michigan State has come back to win after being down at half against Indiana 4 times since 2001.