|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).
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|C||A. Della Valle||7||3||2||0||0||0||0|