Michigan State vs. Michigan: Full Game Preview
|Michigan State||K Appling 13.4||A Payne 7.3||K Appling 3.8|
|Michigan||T Burke 18.8||M McGary 5.6||T Burke 6.9|
No. 4 Michigan hosts No. 9 Michigan State at Crisler Arena on Sunday. It gets started at 4 p.m. EST and it can be seen on CBS. The Wolverines lost to the Spartans 75-52 on Feb. 12 and are 3-5 against them over the last four years.
Michigan is currently in fifth place in the conference and Michigan State is in second.
In their last matchup on Feb. 27, Tim Hardaway Jr put up 19 points and 7 rebounds for the Wolverines in a loss to Penn State, 84-78. He tallies 15.2 points per game and also adds 4.7 rebounds per game. For the Spartans, Adreian Payne finished with 12 points and 15 rebounds in the 68-60 loss to Ohio State on Feb. 24. With 7.3 rebounds per game and 1.3 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.
Michigan has an advantage in a single key statistical area, scoring, where the Wolverines have an edge over the Spartans, 76 points per game to 69 points per game. Michigan State ranks second in their conference in defensive rebounding percentage at 72.8 percent, which also places them 25th in the country.
Michigan State StatSmack
- Michigan has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (50 percent vs. 73 percent).
- Michigan has a much better Kiplinger Out-of-State Ranking than Michigan State (No. 34 vs. No. 72).
- Michigan is a better three-point shooting team (39.3 percent vs. 34.7 percent) than Michigan State this season.
- Michigan has a much higher 4-year graduation rate than Michigan State according to Kiplinger (70 percent vs. 47 percent).
- Michigan has a much better NCSA Athletic Ranking than Michigan State (No. 25 vs. No. 39).
- Michigan players are more experienced than Michigan State players (12,552 minutes played vs. 11,552 minutes played).
- The Michigan three-point leader (Nik Stauskas, 65 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Michigan State three-point leader (Gary Harris, 52 three-pointers).
- Obviously, AP Voters agree that Michigan is superior to Michigan State (Latest AP Poll: No. 4 vs. No. 9).
- Michigan State has to pay up to win. The coach for Michigan has a much lower base salary than Michigan State ($1,600,000 vs. $2,640,000).
- Michigan has a much better NCSA Academic Ranking than Michigan State (No. 27 vs. No. 71).
|A-||Tim Hardaway Jr||34||15||5||2||1||1||2|
|B+||G. Robinson III||33||11||6||1||1||0||1|