MSU on Offense
MSU on Defense
Things to watch for
- Jake Layman was mostly a non-factor in the previous game against MSU but he's been a tear recently including making 19 of his last 29 3PA's in the past 7 games. Valentine did a lot to help limit him but relying on him to do poorly as he did last time is a lot to wish for. If Maryland decides to go small at any point, he could give them a bit more trouble at the 4 with his better shooting than Carter and draw Davis out of the paint.
- Deyonta Davis had a great game yesterday but it came against a lot of undersized 4's from Ohio State. Will he be able to keep up that kind of effort against a legitimate big power forward in Robert Carter? While Davis in the post isn't at all a primary option for MSU, it's something that they can go to when other ways of scoring aren't working. It'd be really promising for MSU going forward if Davis is capable of scoring even against large power forwads
MSU is given a 72% chance of winning this one by KenPom. However, for me this is a very interesting game to look at in that MSU has a ton of pressure to live up to expectations while Maryland is playing a bit more with house money. Maryland is also looking for revenge and has a nice length advantage on the wings. With that being said, MSU is playing as well as anyone right now and should look to advance to the finals.
MSU 81 - Maryland 76