Michigan State vs. Indiana: Full Game Preview

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Michigan State vs. Indiana: Full Game Preview
(7) Michigan State
(17-3, 5-3 away)
(7) Indiana
(17-2, 12-2 home)
Venue: Assembly Hall (IN)
1:00PM ET / 10:00AM PT, January 27, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
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.

Indiana StatSmack

  • 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.
MSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Keith Appling 34 14 4 4 2 1 2
B Branden Dawson 27 11 7 1 2 1 2
B Gary Harris 28 12 3 1 1 0 1
B- Derrick Nix 26 9 7 1 1 0 2
B- Adreian Payne 21 9 7 1 1 1 1
C+ D. Valentine 21 5 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+ Alex Gauna 7 2 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Russell Byrd 9 2 1 1 0 0 1
IU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Cody Zeller 28 16 8 1 1 1 2
A- Victor Oladipo 27 13 6 2 2 1 2
B+ C. Watford 26 13 7 1 1 0 1
B Jordan Hulls 28 11 3 3 1 0 1
B Kevin Ferrell 28 7 3 5 1 0 2
B- Will Sheehey 22 11 4 1 1 0 1
C Remy Abell 15 5 2 1 0 0 1
C J. Hollowell 11 4 3 0 0 0 1
C- Maurice Creek 11 3 1 1 0 0 0
C- Derek Elston 7 1 1 0 0 0 0
C- A. Etherington 7 2 2 0 0 0 1
D+ H. Mosquera-Perea 8 1 2 0 0 0 1
D+ Taylor Wayer 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Jeff Howard 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Raphael Smith 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Peter Jurkin 2 0 0 0 0 0 0

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