Valparaiso vs. Michigan State: Full Game Preview
|Valparaiso||R Broekhoff 15.9||R Broekhoff 7.3||E Buggs 3.7|
|Michigan State||K Appling 13.6||A Payne 7.5||K Appling 3.5|
14th-seeded Valparaiso meets No. 3-seeded Michigan State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Thursday. It takes place at 12:15 p.m. ET and you can catch it on CBS. The Crusaders last played the Spartans on Nov. 22, 2009 and lost 90-60.
The 22 points by Erik Buggs helped the Crusaders to a 62-54 victory over Wright State on Mar. 12. He leads the team with 3.7 assists per game and 1.5 steals per game. For the Spartans, Derrick Nix finished with 17 points and nine rebounds in the 61-58 loss to Ohio State on Mar. 16. He contributes 6.2 rebounds per game in addition to his 9.5 points per game.
Michigan State StatSmack
- The Valparaiso assist leader (Erik Buggs, 123 assists) has more assists than the Michigan State assist leader (Keith Appling, 114 assists).
- The Valparaiso scoring leader (Ryan Broekhoff, 509 points) has more points than the Michigan State scoring leader (Keith Appling, 419 points).
- The Valparaiso three-point leader (Ryan Broekhoff, 82 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Michigan State three-point leader (Gary Harris, 57 three-pointers).
- The Valparaiso rebounding leader (Ryan Broekhoff, 235 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Michigan State rebounding leader (Adreian Payne, 231 rebounds).
- The Horizon had fewer blowout games in conference (meaning there is greater parity within the conference) than in the Big Ten.
- Ryan Broekhoff is ranked 38th nationally in three-pointers.
- Be afraid. Valparaiso has blown out more teams than Michigan State this season (10 blowouts vs. six).
- Valparaiso players are more experienced than Michigan State players (18,565 minutes played vs. 12,162 minutes played).
- The top-ranking players between the two conferences for three-pointers and blocks are in the Horizon.
- The Horizon has 2 teams - UIC (75.2 percent) and Green Bay (75.0 percent) - that shoot a better free throw percentage than the Big Ten leader, Indiana (74.3 percent).
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