Michigan State Spartans forward Draymond Green (23) (center) celebrates with teammates on the bench during the game against the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds during the second round in the 2012 NCAA men

Michigan State, Draymond Green ready to move on to Sweet 16


It’s turning out to be one heck of a NCAA Tournament for the Big Ten. Three teams punched their tickets to the Sweet 16 on Friday, and two more can do so today with Purdue playing Kansas, and of course, Michigan State taking on Saint Louis.

For the Spartans, they will take on a team that like a few Big Ten teams, slow the pace down, play tough defense and try to win a slugfest. Saint Louis is like Wisconsin light.

But however Saint Louis plays, this is a team that knows how to win, after all, it does have 26 wins on the year and a second-place finish in the Atlantic-10.

But here is where the game is going to be won for MSU — rebounding, rebounding and more rebounding.

The Spartans are one of the best at it, while the Billikens (nickname comes from a doll, kinda creepy) are not good at all.

They are also not the best shooting team in the nation, hovering around 45 percents.

But let’s get back to the Spartans, a team that has likely the the most dynamic player in the nation with Draymond Green. In the Spartans’ win over LIU-Brooklyn in the second round, Green went for a triple-double. He, along with Magic Johnson and Oscar Robinson, are the only players in NCAA Tournament history to have more than two triple-doubles.

“He doesn’t have a weakness,” Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus said, “and I think best of all is his attitude. Of all the high scorers in America, collegiately, at every level, he probably lets the game come to him more than anyone else, which is a great testimony to the kid.”

If Green can play the wayne did Friday, this game will not be close.

Today’s game

No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 8 Saint Louis

  • Where: Columbus
  • Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
  • TV: CBS
  • Line: Spartans by 7.5 points
  • Prediction: Michigan State 72, Saint Louis 57

N0. 2 Kansas vs. No. 10 Purdue

  • Where: Omaha
  • Time: 8:40 p.m. ET
  • TV: TNT
  • Line: Kansas by 8

This may be the end of the line for one of the better Big Ten players in recent memory, Robbie Hummel. We want Purdue to win, but it looks like this is the end of the road for the Boilermakers.

  • Prediction: Kansas 71, Purdue 65

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