Northwestern vs. Michigan State: Full Game Preview

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Northwestern vs. Michigan State: Full Game Preview
Northwestern
(13-17, 5-6 away)
(10) Michigan State
(23-7, 16-1 home)
Venue: Breslin Center
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, March 10, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Northwestern D Crawford 13.5 J Swopshire 6.7 D Sobolewski 3.9
Michigan State K Appling 13.4 A Payne 7.6 K Appling 3.7

On Sunday, No. 10 Michigan State welcomes Northwestern at Breslin Center. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. EST and you can catch it on Big Ten Network. The Spartans are 5-2 against the Wildcats over the last four years. They lost 81-74 the last time they played (Jan. 14, 2012).

Michigan State is second in the Big Ten and Northwestern is in 11th. Both teams continue to jockey for position.

In their last outing, behind 19 points and five rebounds from Keith Appling, the Spartans defeated Wisconsin 58-43 on Mar. 7. He contributes a team-high 13.4 points per game and 3.7 assists per game. For the Wildcats, Alex Marcotullio finished with 22 points in the 66-59 loss to Penn State on Mar. 7. He contributes 2.3 rebounds per game in addition to his 4.8 points per game.

Michigan State appears to have a key statistical advantage in two areas. The Spartans will put a stronger offensive effort on the floor with an edge against the Wildcats in rebounding, 37.8 per game to 30.8 per game. Michigan State also has an advantage in scoring, 68.8 points per game to 60.8 points per game.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats have fewer giveaways, 10 per game to 13 per game.

Northwestern StatSmack

  • Since 1998, Michigan State has recruited more Top 10 high school players than Northwestern (six vs. zero).
  • Diaper Dandies love Michigan State. Michigan State has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Northwestern (15 vs. 1).
  • The Michigan State blocks leader (Adreian Payne, 35 blocks) has more blocks than the Northwestern blocks leader (Alex Olah, 25 blocks).
  • Michigan State is better under pressure, and has defeated Northwestern in four out of the last four games decided by five points or fewer.
  • Over the past 10 years, Michigan State has had more players drafted by the NBA than Northwestern (five vs. zero).
  • Michigan State attacks the glass, with more rebounds (37.7 per game vs. 31.1 per game) than Northwestern this season.
  • AP voters think more highly of Michigan State and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Northwestern (150 vs. three).
  • The Michigan State scoring leader (Keith Appling, 384 points) has more points than the Northwestern scoring leader (Reggie Hearn, 364 points).
  • Michigan State has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Northwestern (three vs. zero).
  • The Michigan State three-point leader (Gary Harris, 54 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Northwestern three-point leader (Dave Sobolewski, 44 three-pointers).
  • Michigan State is a better shooting team (46.4 percent vs. 40.3 percent) than Northwestern this season.
NU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Jared Swopshire 32 10 7 2 1 1 1
B Drew Crawford 32 14 5 2 1 1 2
B Reggie Hearn 33 13 4 1 1 0 2
B- Dave Sobolewski 0 10 3 4 1 0 2
C Alex Olah 22 6 4 2 0 1 1
C Tre Demps 19 8 2 1 0 0 1
C A. Marcotullio 20 5 2 2 1 0 1
C- Kale Abrahamson 16 5 2 0 0 0 1
C- Mike Turner 16 2 2 2 1 1 1
D Sanjay Lumpkin 7 1 1 1 0 0 1
D Nikola Cerina 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Chier Ajou 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D J. Montgomery III 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D- Omar Jimenez 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
MSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Gary Harris 29 13 2 1 1 0 1
B+ Keith Appling 0 13 4 4 1 1 2
B Adreian Payne 25 10 8 1 1 1 2
B Branden Dawson 27 10 6 1 2 1 2
B Derrick Nix 27 9 6 1 1 0 2
C+ D. Valentine 22 5 4 2 1 0 2
C+ Trevor Bohnhoff 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
C Travis Trice 19 5 2 2 1 0 1
C- Matt Costello 6 2 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Brandan Kearney 17 2 2 2 1 0 1
D+ Alex Gauna 7 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Russell Byrd 8 2 1 0 0 0 1
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