Michigan State basketball takes on Miami (FL) in Miami, for their game in the ACC/Big Ten challenge. Lucky to not draw North Carolina, Duke, or North Carolina State, Michigan State should still be weary of the Hurricanes. A talented team that had a 9 and 7 record in the ACC last year, the Spartans must come to play vs. Miami.
If Michigan State plays like they did against Louisiana-Lafayette, they will lose this game. Miami will want to excite their home fans. They are also coming off a solid win against a sneaky good Detroit team. Durand Scott is the Hurricane’s senior leader and also one of their best scorers. He played 38 minutes in his return from suspension. Sophomore guard Shane Larkin took much of the scoring responsibility when Scott was out. He now leads Miami in scoring. Kenny Kadji is the Hurricanes best NBA
prospect. At 6’11 and 242 lbs., he is a handful inside and his numbers prove it. Averaging 11.5 ppg and 8.8 rebounds, Derrick Nix and Adreian Payne will have their work cut out for them. Keith Appling has been playing fantastic lately and Spartans will want to see this continue. Scott and Larkin were able to stifle Ray McCallum, and they may be able to stop Appling as well. On the injury front, Travis Trice is expected to return for the game, after suffering a concussion and broken nose Spartans fans will be happy to see them. The Spartans have lacked any real backup point guard so Trice’s return should lighten Appling’s load. It should be an interesting game versus interesting opposition.
Michigan State basketball has not played extremely well recently and they look to change that tonight. I expect Michigan State to be involved in a rather competitive game. But, in the end the Spartans will eek out a decent road win in Miami.