Minnesota vs. Michigan State: Full Game Preview

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Minnesota vs. Michigan State: Full Game Preview
(18) Minnesota
(17-5, 3-3 away)
(12) Michigan State
(18-4, 13-0 home)
Venue: Breslin Center
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, February 06, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Minnesota A Hollins 14.2 T Mbakwe 8.5 A Hollins 3.7
Michigan State K Appling 14.0 A Payne 6.9 K Appling 4.2

No. 18 Minnesota visits Breslin Center on Wednesday to take on No. 12 Michigan State. Tip-off occurs at 7:00 EST and you can catch it on Big Ten Network. The Golden Gophers beat the Spartans 76-63 on December 31st and are 2-9 against them over the last four years.

Minnesota is in 6th place in the conference, Michigan State is in 2nd place.

In a 62-59 win over Iowa on February 3rd, Austin Hollins put up 17 points and 5 rebounds for the Golden Gophers. He is averaging 11.1 points per game while also contributing a team-high 2.0 steals per game. For the Spartans, Keith Appling finished with 24 points and 8 rebounds in the 80-75 win over Illinois on January 31st. With 14.0 points per game and 4.2 assists per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.

Michigan State StatSmack

  • Trevor Mbakwe is ranked 1st in the Big Ten in rebounds and 2nd in the Big Ten in blocks.
  • Minnesota players are more experienced than Michigan State players (14,744 minutes played vs 10,352 minutes played).
  • Keep filling up on cupcakes. Minnesota has a stronger schedule than Michigan State this season (SOS Rank: #3 vs #20).
  • The Minnesota blocks leader (Trevor Mbakwe) has more blocks than the Michigan State blocks leader (Adreian Payne).
  • Minnesota has a much better Kiplinger Out-of-State Ranking than Michigan State (#9 vs #72).
  • Michigan State has to pay up to win. The coach for Minnesota has a much lower base salary than Michigan State ($1,861,000 vs $2,640,000).
  • Boom! Minnesota crushed Michigan State by 13 points the last time they played (Dec 31, 2012).
  • The Minnesota scoring leader (Andre Hollins) has more points than the Michigan State scoring leader (Keith Appling).
  • The Minnesota steals leader (Austin Hollins) has more steals than the Michigan State steals leader (Branden Dawson).
  • Minnesota has a much better NCSA Athletic Ranking than Michigan State (#18 vs #39).
  • Rodney Williams is ranked 5th in the Big Ten in blocks.
MINN Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Andre Hollins 28 15 3 4 1 0 2
B+ Trevor Mbakwe 23 9 8 1 1 2 2
B+ Rodney Williams 29 12 6 2 1 1 2
B+ Austin Hollins 30 11 4 3 2 1 1
B Joe Coleman 27 10 4 2 1 0 2
C Eliott Eliason 14 2 4 1 0 1 1
C Julian Welch 13 3 1 2 1 0 1
C M. Ahanmisi 10 4 1 1 0 0 1
C- Wally Ellenson 7 3 2 1 0 0 0
C- Oto Osenieks 9 3 2 1 0 0 1
C- Andre Ingram 9 2 2 0 1 0 1
C- Maurice Walker 7 3 2 0 0 0 1
D Kendal Shell 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Chris Halvorsen 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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 13 3 1 1 0 1
B Adreian Payne 23 9 7 1 1 1 2
B Derrick Nix 26 9 7 1 1 0 2
C+ D. Valentine 21 5 4 3 1 0 2
C Travis Trice 20 5 1 2 1 0 1
D+ Brandan Kearney 17 2 2 2 1 0 1
D+ Matt Costello 5 1 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 9 2 1 1 0 0 1
D+ Alex Gauna 7 2 1 0 0 0 0
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