After consecutive wins over Kansas and Texas Southern, Michigan State basketball will look to keep the winning streak alive tomorrow night. Boise State will prove to be no cupcake. After a 22-13 season last year, the Broncos have started the season with three wins against Oakland, Louisiana-Lafayette, and Texas Southern. Known as a football school, Spartan fans should not expect the Broncos to come to the Breslin Center and roll over.
It seems like a recurring theme each game, but the Spartans will face yet another talented backcourt. Sophomores Derrick Marks and Anthony Drmic lead the Broncos in scoring and will provide a good matchup with Keith Appling and Gary Harris. These are too talented youngsters and Appling and Harris should not underestimate their ability to score, or they will put up points. Up front Ryan Watkins and Kenny Buckner provide size, but not too much scoring ability. Adreian Payne and Derrick Nix should be expected to control the paint. Nix in particular needs to improve his offensive output. Nix was so good in the post at the end of last year and his production really gave the team a boost. Look for him to be
aggressive and try to get his offensive game going. It will be interesting to see how much playing time freshman Matt Costello gets. After being injured for the Spartans first two games, Costello impressed Izzo in his 11 minutes against Texas Southern. Moving forward, the Spartans could really use his contribution.
This is one of those games that if the Spartans don’t give it their full attention, it could come back to bite them. I expect them to win by a considerably margin, but if they don’t play well it will be stressful and close. I expect Izzo to get the team ready to play and the Spartans to come out with the win, relatively easily.
Prediction: MSU 75, Boise State 58