Featured by: Vincent King
The Michigan State Spartans will collide with the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a Big Ten battle Thursday night from the Jack Breslin Student Events Center. The Cornhuskers edged Ohio State 58-57 in their latest action, and the Spartans are coming off an 80-63 road loss to Purdue last weekend. The Spartans defeated Nebraska by a 72-61 score on the road earlier this season.
Nebraska Pulls Off Late Comeback to Edge Buckeyes - The Nebraska Cornhuskers found themselves down 57-52 with 30 seconds remaining and managed to pull off a 58-57 road win over Ohio State last weekend. The Cornhuskers only shot 38% on the night however they made the most of the Buckeyes 18 turnovers, and held Ohio State to a 5 for 17 mark from beyond the arc. Tai Webster led the offensive charge with 17 points on 5 for 12 shooting. The senior guard has been very consistent, reaching at least 15 points in five out of his last seven games, and is now averaging a team-leading 17.7 points per game.
Spartans Overmatched by 16th ranked Purdue - The Michigan State Spartans could not keep up with 16th ranked Purdue in their 80-63 road loss in their previous action. The Spartans shot just 42.7% from the field while Purdue made 50% of their shots. Spartans leading scorer Miles Bridges led the way with 14 points and added nine rebounds. The freshman guard is having an incredible season, collecting four double-doubles over his last eight games, and is now averaging 16.1 points along with 8.5 rebounds per game. Alvin Ellis III chipped in with ten points on 4 for 8 shooting. The senior guard has now scored 28 points over his last two games, and is now up to 6.6 points per game. Spartans guard Eron Harris (10.7 PPG) went down with a knee injury and is now out for the season.
Final Analysis: I am taking the points with Nebraska in this matchup. The Spartans are now playing without Eron Harris (10.7 PPG), and now only have two players averaging double-digits in points on their active roster, so it will be difficult for them to have a solid night offensively. Also, Nebraska has been playing strong defense, allowing an average of 64 points over their last three games, and one of those even went to overtime. The Cornhuskers also have the rebounding edge so I am confident they can hang around in this one.
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