Michigan State at Minnesota: Spartans Look For Much Needed Road Win

TIME / TV: 9:00pm ET on Big Ten Network

When Michigan State takes the court tonight against Minnesota, both will be looking for a much needed win, but which team needs it more? In my opinion, Michigan State needs this win more. Minnesota has wins against teams like West Virginia, UNC and Purdue, while Michigan State has wins against  Washington on a neutral court, Minnesota and Wisconsin at home, but they have yet to get a good road win. That being said Minnesota doesn't really have a great road win either and even though they have lost their last five of six, to me, Michigan State has seemed to struggle more as of late, and needs this win, but it's a close one.

Minnesota is coming off the loss at Penn State, while Michigan State is coming off the win against Illinois. In the Big Ten, Minnesota sits a 6-8 while Michigan State sits at 7-7. Really, Minnesota needs to get to .500 in the conference. That would be helpful for an NCAA Tournament bid. I just think that the Spartans need this game more. If MSU wins, Minnesota has three games left against the middle to lower part of the Big Ten, that they would need to finish at 9-9 in the conference. 

Michigan State and Minnesota both came into the season expecting to make the NCAA Tournament without a problem. Both have been affected by transfers and problems with players violating team rules. Now, both are just fighting to get in on the bubble.

(More after the jump)

The Big Ten Tournament, in March, could help out both of these teams tremendously. That is why I would not exactly say this is a "must win" for either team, I just think Michigan State needs it more. That said, whichever team doesn't win, will need a strong performance down the stretch and into the Big Ten Tournament. Minnesota has the more favorable schedule, while Michigan State has a tougher schedule, still having to play at home against Purdue.

Michigan State is lead by senior, Kalin Lucas, who averages 16 points per game. Their rebounding leader is junior, Draymond Green, who average eight boards per game. 

Minnesota is lead by senior, Blake Hoffarber, who has emerged as the teams leading scorer with 14 points per game. They have Trevor Mbakwe to lead them in rebounding with 10 rebounds per game, he also averages 13 points per game.

The ESPN spread for this game has Minnesota by three points. I think It will be a close one. Michigan State is coming off a much needed win against Illinois. In the second half of that game, they looked like they were playing as a team, that is something they will need to continue tonight to pull out a win.

Michigan State needs to get Draymond Green going on the rebounding. They must fight on every possession against monster rebounder Trevor Mbakwe. As far as scoring goes, the battle will be close, it depends who gets firing on all cylinders. It is sure to be a close one.

 

PLAY THE MARCH TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME AND YOU COULD WIN A TRIP FOR TWO TO LAS VEGAS! LOOK FOR THE CODE INSIDE SPECIALLY-MARKED PACKAGES 12-PACKS OF BUD LIGHT ENTER CODE AT FACEBOOOK.COM/BUDLIGHT ----- No Purchase Necessary. Open to U.S. residents (except CA & TX) 21+. For a chance to win a Grand or First Prize, Game Period 1 begins 3PM CST on 2/14 & ends 3PM CDT on 3/18. For a chance to win a First Prize only, Game Period 2 begins 3:00:01PM CDT on 3/18 & ends 3PM CDT on 4/30. To participate, obtain a Code from inside specially-marked packages of Bud Light beer or to request a Code without purchase, visit budlight.com/freecode during a Game Period. Limit one (1) free Code request/day/person or email address. To play, text HOOPS to BEERS (23377) & follow prompts or visit budlight.com/freecode & follow instructions. See Official Rules inside package or at budlight.com/freecode for complete details. Void in CA, TX & where prohibited. Enjoy Responsibly – SEE COMPS FOR SPECIFIC FONT FOR THIS ©2011 Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Bud Light® Beer, St. Louis, MO

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join BT Powerhouse

You must be a member of BT Powerhouse to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at BT Powerhouse. You should read them.

Join BT Powerhouse

You must be a member of BT Powerhouse to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at BT Powerhouse. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker