MSU on Offense
MSU on Defense
Things to watch for
- This one is a bit more about vanity than anything else. Can Valentine put on a show to match Buddy Hield's 39 point performance against Iowa State last night? Most of the media see it as a pretty much dead even race for POY honors with Hield maybe as a slight favorite. In the first couple games against Ohio State, Valentine averaged 22 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 10.5 assists in two victories. Those kind of stat lines are nice but he might need even more to push past Buddy. However, the smart thing to do would likely be to rest Valentine as much as possible as they very likely could play a couple more games in the next two days. It'd be nice to have Valentine get more POY honors but at what cost? In the end MSU winning the B1G tournament will likely help Valentine's case more than a good game against OSU would.
- Can MSU slow down Marc Loving? In the past two games Loving scored 19 points and then 21 in the rematch. It feels pretty concerning for me that the one player who gave MSU the most trouble in the first game was able to do even better even after MSU should've been able to scout him more and see where they went wrong. He's a player who's good at getting to the line so whoever is guarding him (Forbes? Harris? I'm not even sure who it was) hopefully will be able to make the proper adjustments.
Barring some very cold shooting nights from multiple MSU players, I'm just not sure I see them losing. MSU appears to have the Buckeyes' number this year and it would seem to take a lot of things to go wrong to stop them at this point. Even if Ohio State take away MSU's outside shooting, they're still capable of beating you in other ways.
MSU 85 - Ohio State 74