Can Tubby Smith lead his Gophers past Michigan State tonight? Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Can Minnesota upend the first-place Michigan State Spartans tonight at Williams Arena?

The first-place Michigan State Spartans head to Minnesota tonight to take on a Gophers team that has simply underachieved this season — as well as all of them that Tubby Smith has been there.

So is there any concern for the Spartans (22-5, 11-3 B1G) as they head to the dingy Williams Arena?

Not really.

And after Missouri’s loss last night to Kansas State, the stakes are even higher for MSU. Not only are the Spartans now projected to get a No. 1 seed, they would likely get the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region.

Wow, who saw that coming last month when the team lost on the road to Northwestern?

But as for tonight, the Spartans will be focused, they will be ready to take out a team that’s really not that good. The Gophers (17-10, 5-9) are not even that good at home either, losing to both Wisconsin and Ohio State in their last two home games. In total, the Gophers have lost three straight.

Draymond Green has been a monster for the Spartans all season, but even more so lately. He is coming off back-to-back 20 point, 10-plus rebound games.

“If you look at what he means to our team and look at all of the things he does … he’s so valuable in areas people don’t even see,” Izzo said. “The leadership has been unbelievable.”

And Tubby knows just how good Draymond is, remember, Green was going to play for him at Kentucky before he got let go.

Tonight’s game

Michigan State at Minnesota

  • Time: 8:30 p.m ET
  • TV: Big Ten Network
  • Line: Spartans by 6

Tags: Big Ten Basketball Draymond Green Michigan State Basketball Michigan State Minnesota Minnesota Basketball Tom Izzo Tubby Smith

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