Michigan State Basketball: 3 bold predictions for Battle 4 Atlantis title game vs. Baylor

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Nov 25, 2021; Nassau, BHS; Michigan State Spartans guard Max Christie (5) drives to the basket past Connecticut Huskies guard Jordan Hawkins (24) during the first half in the 2021 Battle 4 Atlantis at Imperial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

2. Max Christie snaps out of slump

Since arriving in the Bahamas, Max Christie has looked a little shell-shocked. He has looked like, well, a freshman.

The No. 1 shooting guard in the 2021 recruiting class looked fantastic in the two exhibition games and then had a quiet start to the season before playing well against Eastern Michigan. But over the first two Battle 4 Atlantis games, he has looked timid. He’s missing shots, taking poor shots, and just turning it over at a high clip. He hasn’t looked like himself.

Through those first two wins in the Battle 4 Atlantis, he’s 2-for-15 with four turnovers. He has been off all week long and it’s a good sign that Michigan State is still winning.

But he’s going to snap out of his slump on Friday afternoon with a 15-point performance and he’ll make over 50 percent of his shots. He’s going to get that swagger back.

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