Michigan vs. Michigan State: Full Game Preview
|Michigan||T Burke 18.2||M McGary 6.1||T Burke 7.1|
|Michigan State||K Appling 14.1||A Payne 6.8||K Appling 4.1|
No. 8 Michigan State welcomes No. 4 Michigan to Breslin Center on Tuesday. It starts at 9 p.m. EST and you can see it on ESPN. The Spartans are 4-3 against the Wolverines over the last four years. The last time they played they won 64-54 on Feb. 5, 2012.
Michigan and Michigan State are packed together in the conference, holding down third and first place, respectively.
In a 78-65 triumph over Purdue on Feb. 9, Branden Dawson put up 20 points for the Spartans. He is averaging 10.9 points per game while also contributing a team-high 1.8 steals per game. For the Wolverines, Trey Burke put up 19 points and 5 rebounds in the 65-62 loss to Wisconsin on Feb. 9. He puts up a team-leading 18.2 points per game, 7.1 assists per game, and 1.4 steals per game.
Michigan has an edge in a single key statistical category, scoring, where the Wolverines have the upper hand over the Spartans, 77 points per game to 69 points per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Michigan is strong in the following categories: turnover percentage at 14.5 percent and effective field goal percentage at 56.9 percent.
- Adreian Payne is ranked 4th in the Big Ten in rebounds and 8th in the Big Ten in blocks.
- Since 1998, Michigan State has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Michigan (19 vs. 11).
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Michigan State currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (981 to 1000) than Michigan, per the NCAA.
- Over the past 10 years, Michigan State has had more players drafted by the NBA than Michigan (five vs. two).
- Michigan State has a much lower average debt at graduation according to Kiplinger than Michigan ($19,696 vs. $26,819).
- Michigan State waxed Michigan by 10 points the last time they played (Feb 05, 2012).
- The Michigan State steals leader (Branden Dawson, 44 steals) has more steals than the Michigan steals leader (Trey Burke, 33 steals).
- Michigan State has a much lower out-of-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Michigan ($37,858 vs. $47,694).
- Michigan State has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 20 years (71.5 percent to 56.8 percent).
- Since 1998, Michigan State has recruited more Top 10 high school players than Michigan (six vs. one).
|A||Tim Hardaway Jr||34||16||5||2||1||1||2|
|A-||G. Robinson III||33||11||6||1||1||0||1|