Michigan State is taking on Nebraska for its first true road game of the year. Nebraska may be struggling against big name programs, but they have an offense that can score. Michigan State is struggling to score and to find any rhythm this year. Nebraska’s court is hard to play on. This will be a big test for both teams.
Game Time: Sunday, December 10th at 6:30pm (US East Coast)
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Some basics to sound like a pro:
Michigan State is struggling. There is no easy way to say that. The team is shooting 12% less from the free throw line and three point line than last year. This is with only one contributing player from last year gone. Senior point guard AJ Hoggard has been awful with a few glimpses of competent, and Junior wingman Jaden Akins has mostly been missing in action. These two were expected to lead the team alongside shooting guard Tyson Walker.
Walker is really the only player playing well for the Spartans and his shot is off as well. He is still finding ways to contribute and score. The same cannot be said for many others on the team.
A core struggle for the Spartans is also the front court, with Mady Sissoko and Carson Cooper rotating in and out of the starting lineup with neither providing a consistent spark. This game may be time for some line up changes to give some of the emerging freshman time on an opposing team’s court.
Nebraska got off to what appeared to be a hot start, winning seven early games. Those games were a bit of a mirage as they were largely against smaller schools. Two double digit loss to big name schools, namely Minnesota and Creighton, has stolen a lot of this team’s buzz.
The team is still led by Keisei Tominaga who made a name for himself last year with some exceptional shooting abilities.
This team has much more balance this year. Four players average 14-points or more per game. They are also fierce on the boards. Scoring and rebounds have been weak points for the Spartans this year, meaning this could be a tough game for the green and white.
BBD: 72-64 MSU Win