Michigan State vs. Ohio State: Full Game Preview

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Michigan State vs. Ohio State: Full Game Preview
(8) Michigan State
(25-7, 7-6 away)
(10) Ohio State
(24-7, 18-2 home)
Venue: United Center
4:05PM ET / 1:05PM PT, March 16, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Michigan State K Appling 13.5 A Payne 7.5 K Appling 3.6
Ohio State D Thomas 19.7 D Thomas 6.2 A Craft 4.6

Ohio State squares off against Michigan State in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament at United Center on Saturday. The game gets underway at 4:05 p.m. ET and you can catch it on CBS. The Buckeyes beat the Spartans 68-60 on Feb. 24 and are 5-5 against them over the last four years.

In their last outing, behind 19 points and nine rebounds from Deshaun Thomas, the Buckeyes blew out Nebraska 71-50 on Mar. 15. He paces the team in points per game with 19.7, and rebounds per game with 6.2. For the Spartans, Adreian Payne finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds in the 59-56 win over Iowa on Mar. 15. He leads the team in rebounds with 7.5 per game and blocks with 1.2 per game.

Michigan State StatSmack

  • Ohio State is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Ohio State is 78.0 inches compared to 77.0 inches for Michigan State.
  • Ohio State has a much better NCSA Academic Ranking than Michigan State (No. 53 vs. No. 71).
  • Ohio State has a much better Kiplinger Out-of-State Ranking than Michigan State (No. 47 vs. No. 72).
  • Aaron Craft is ranked 2nd in the Big Ten in assists and 2nd in the Big Ten in steals.
  • The Ohio State three-point leader (Deshaun Thomas, 61 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Michigan State three-point leader (Gary Harris, 57 three-pointers).
  • The Ohio State assist leader (Aaron Craft, 134 assists) has more assists than the Michigan State assist leader (Keith Appling, 114 assists).
  • Diaper Dandies love Ohio State. Ohio State has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Michigan State (17 vs. 15).
  • Ohio State has a better overall winning percentage over the last five years (79.0 percent to 74.0 percent).
  • The Ohio State steals leader (Aaron Craft, 60 steals) has more steals than the Michigan State steals leader (Branden Dawson, 50 steals).
  • Ohio State has a much better NCSA Athletic Ranking than Michigan State (No. 8 vs. No. 39).
  • The Ohio State basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Michigan State (64 percent vs. 50 percent).
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+ Alex Gauna 7 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Brandan Kearney 17 2 2 2 1 0 1
D+ Russell Byrd 8 2 1 0 0 0 1
OSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Deshaun Thomas 0 20 6 1 0 0 1
B+ Aaron Craft 34 10 4 4 2 0 2
B L. Smith Jr. 28 10 5 2 0 0 1
B- Sam Thompson 24 7 3 1 1 1 1
B- Shannon Scott 20 5 2 4 2 0 1
C+ Evan Ravenel 18 5 5 0 0 1 1
C+ LaQuinton Ross 17 7 3 0 0 0 2
C+ Amir Williams 17 4 4 0 0 1 1
C A. Della Valle 7 3 2 0 0 0 0
C Jake Lorbach 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Alex Rogers 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Trey McDonald 8 1 1 0 0 0 0

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