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

Michigan State is 2nd in the conference and Minnesota is 6th. Both teams continue to jockey for position.

In an 80-75 win over Illinois on January 31st, Keith Appling put up 24 points and 8 rebounds for the Spartans. He leads the team with 14.0 points per game and 4.2 assists per game. In a 62-59 victory over Iowa on February 3rd, Andre Hollins put up 15 points and 6 rebounds for the Golden Gophers. With 14.2 points per game and 3.7 assists per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. Minnesota will hope to exploit their strengths, which include: offensive rebounding percentage at 46.9 and free throw rate at 43.4.

Minnesota StatSmack

  • Michigan State has a much better Kiplinger In-State Ranking than Minnesota (#39 vs #52).
  • We're a talent magnet. Since 1998 Michigan State has recruited more Top 10 high school players than Minnesota (6 vs 3).
  • At least you keep showing up. Michigan State has an average margin of victory of 11 over Minnesota in 35 wins since 1980.
  • We win when it counts, too. Michigan State has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Minnesota (21 vs 0).
  • Michigan State takes less vacation, with more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Minnesota (10 vs 3).
  • AP voters think more highly of Michigan State and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Minnesota (146 vs 40).
  • Branden Dawson is ranked 6th in the Big Ten in rebounds and 4th in the Big Ten in steals.
  • East Lansing isn't as congested as Minneapolis (population is significantly lower).
  • The Michigan State assist leader (Keith Appling) has more assists than the Minnesota assist leader (Andre Hollins).
  • People just expect us to beat you. Michigan State has been the favorite 25 out of the last 31 times.
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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