Michigan State Basketball: 5 bold predictions for February 2018

EAST LANSING, MI - JANUARY 19: Nick Ward #44 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates his made basket late in the second half during a game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Breslin Center on January 19, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
EAST LANSING, MI - JANUARY 19: Nick Ward #44 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates his made basket late in the second half during a game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Breslin Center on January 19, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) /
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Michigan State needs to put together a strong end to the regular season. Here are five bold predictions for the Spartans in February.

Michigan State is 21-3 and 9-2 in Big Ten play, but that’s currently not enough to land the Spartans in first place in the conference. Both Ohio State and Purdue have been playing out of their minds through the first month of Big Ten action and Michigan State faces a crucial month of February.

Will the Spartans make up ground in the Big Ten standings and win the conference title? Will Nick Ward learn how to combat double-teams? Will Miles Bridges win Big Ten Player of the Year?

Here’s our chance to be bold for the final month of the regular season.

5. Josh Langford finds his groove offensively

Josh Langford has been far too quiet over the past few weeks. He scored in double figures just four times in nine games in the month of January after he had 11 double-digit scoring performances in his first 15 games of the season. He’s been struggling to hit his shot consistently and that needs to change.

Michigan State needs a more effective and efficient Langford. When he’s on his game, the Spartans are tough to beat. In fact, the Spartans are 9-1 on the season when he shoots over 50 percent from the floor and 14-1 when he scores at least 10 points. He provides another scoring option that the Spartans can fall back on when Cassius Winston struggles or Miles Bridges isn’t on his game.

Langford will get his groove back this month to close out his second regular season as a Spartans. He’s averaging 13.0 points and shooting about 46 percent from the floor and 42 percent from long range, but all of those numbers will improve in February.

The sophomore wing will average about 14.5 points and shoot around 50 percent from the floor in the month of February, getting back on track before the NCAA Tournament.