The Michigan State Spartans are known for their defense, but the Michigan Wolverines are right behind them in the Big Ten for defense. The challenge Michigan State will have tonight is getting around the Wolverine defense to make the field goals. The Spartans are very good at closing out games and playing consistently during the game, keeping up the pressure on the offense throughout. The big things for the Spartans will be keeping the Wolverines out of the bonus by limiting their fouls. They will also need to limit the number of turnovers they average during the game – currently 14 – if they want to have success.
The Wolverines want to stop the Michigan State winning streak this game, so they will be playing the game like they mean it. They also will be wanting to break their current losing streak against other teams, so they will be particularly aggressive this game defensively. This will be the first of two games the two teams will play against each other. The second will be in twelve days.
Michigan State has only allowed 49.9 points per game to Michigan’s 52.7 points per game on the opposing teams. Nationally, the Spartans are eighth among women’s college basketball teams nationally and the Wolverines are twenty-third.
The game will boil down to who has the strongest defense on the court while still making a good number of field goals.