Michigan vs. Michigan State: Full Game Preview

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Michigan vs. Michigan State: Full Game Preview
(4) Michigan
(21-3, 4-3 away)
(8) Michigan State
(20-4, 14-0 home)
Venue: Breslin Center
9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT, February 12, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
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

On Tuesday, No. 4 Michigan travels to Breslin Center to take on No. 8 Michigan State. Tipoff is at 9 p.m. EST and you can see it on ESPN. The Wolverines are 3-4 against the Spartans over the last four years. They fell 64-54 on Feb. 5, 2012, the last time they met.

Michigan is in third place in the Big Ten and just behind first place Michigan State with a chance to close in.

In spite of 19 points and 5 rebounds from Trey Burke, the Wolverines came up short 65-62 against Wisconsin on Feb. 9. He leads the team in points with 18.2 per game, assists with 7.1 per game, and steals with 1.4 per game. In a 78-65 victory over Purdue on Feb. 9, Derrick Nix put up 17 points for the Spartans. He is averaging 9.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

Michigan appears to have a key statistical advantage over Michigan State in one area, scoring, where the Wolverines have an edge over the Spartans, 77 points per game to 69 points per game.

Michigan State StatSmack

  • Michigan has a much better Kiplinger In-State Ranking than Michigan State (No. 22 vs. No. 39).
  • The Michigan scoring leader (Trey Burke, 436 points) has more points than the Michigan State scoring leader (Keith Appling, 339 points).
  • Michigan has a potent offense, scoring more points (77.0 per game vs. 69.7 per game) than Michigan State this season.
  • Michigan has a much better Kiplinger Out-of-State Ranking than Michigan State (No. 34 vs. No. 72).
  • The Michigan three-point leader (Nik Stauskas, 59 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Michigan State three-point leader (Gary Harris, 43 three-pointers).
  • Nik Stauskas is ranked 3rd in the Big Ten in three-pointers.
  • Michigan has a much better NCSA Power Ranking than Michigan State (No. 24 vs. No. 85).
  • Even computers respect Michigan more. Michigan has a better RPI this season than Michigan State (RPI: No. 4 vs. No. 10).
  • Michigan has an average margin of victory of 10 over Michigan State in 25 wins since 1980.
  • Michigan has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (50 percent vs. 73 percent).
MICH Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A+ Trey Burke 35 18 3 7 1 0 2
A Tim Hardaway Jr 34 16 5 2 1 1 2
A- G. Robinson III 33 11 6 1 1 0 1
B+ Nik Stauskas 32 12 3 1 1 0 1
B Mitch McGary 18 6 6 0 1 1 1
C+ Jordan Morgan 18 6 5 0 0 0 1
C Jon Horford 10 3 3 0 0 1 0
C Caris LeVert 11 3 1 1 0 0 0
C Max Bielfeldt 7 2 2 0 0 0 0
C- Spike Albrecht 7 1 1 1 0 0 0
D+ Blake McLimans 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Matt Vogrich 7 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Eso Akunne 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Corey Person 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D J. Bartelstein 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
MSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Keith Appling 33 14 4 4 2 1 2
B Branden Dawson 27 11 6 1 2 1 2
B Gary Harris 29 13 3 1 1 0 1
B Adreian Payne 23 10 7 1 1 1 1
B Derrick Nix 27 9 6 1 1 0 1
C+ D. Valentine 21 5 4 3 1 0 2
C Travis Trice 20 5 1 2 1 0 1
D+ Matt Costello 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Brandan Kearney 17 2 2 2 1 0 1
D+ Keenan Wetzel 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Dan Chapman 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Alex Gauna 7 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Russell Byrd 9 2 1 1 0 0 1
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