Michigan State Spartans guard Brandon Wood (30) drives to the basket against Ohio State Buckeyes forward Deshaun Thomas (1) during the second half at Jack Breslin Students Events Center. Ohio state won 72-70. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

Is Brandon Wood the key to a Final Four run for Michigan State?

When Branden Dawson went down with a season-ending knee injury, most Michigan State faithful thought it might be the demise of this year’s season. After last season, who could blame any naysayers?

But what everyone forgot about was Brandon Wood, a senior transfer from Valparaiso.

With Dawson out for the Big Ten Tournament, Wood averaged a tad more than 13 points per game. Though that is a small sample size, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. He had been averaging about eight points per game.

While at Valpo, Wood averaged nearly 17 points per game to go with four rebounds and three assist. Though the Horizon League is a step down from the BIg Ten, it’s still a pretty solid league (remember Butler made the national title game the last two years).

What Wood has shown is his ability to knock down key shots, push the basketball up the floor and add whatever is needed. He’s sorta like a smaller version of Draymond Green. And he’s not going to shy away from big games. He’s a senior after all and knows this is it for his college career.

When the season started there were many unknowns about this Spartan team and one of them was Brandon Wood. If he plays the way he did in the Big Ten Tournament, his one season at MSU might go down as one of the best ever if he can help assit MSU to another Final Four.

Brandon Wood’s career stats

No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 16 LIU-Brooklyn (Columbus, Ohio)

  • Day/Time: Friday, 9:20 p.m.
  • TV: TBS
  • Line: Spartans by 20

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