Michigan State basketball is headed to Ann Arbor on Saturday to take on a struggling Michigan team. Will the Spartans take care of business?
All the talk of potential “ducking” by Michigan for Saturday’s game against Michigan State basketball seems to have been just speculation to this point, but as of Friday night, the rivalry battle is still on in Ann Arbor.
Michigan State is red-hot on an eight-game winning streak while the Wolverines are 7-6 and coming off a tough road loss to Rutgers.
All signs are pointing to a Michigan State runaway win, but this game will be tougher than people realize.
Will Michigan State win the rivalry battle on Saturday afternoon?
3. MSU finishes with fewer than 10 turnovers
Michigan State’s performance against Nebraska was painful. The Spartans turned the ball over 10 times in the first 10 minutes. It was frustrating to watch because it felt like the Spartans had corrected this issue before the High Point and Nebraska games. It was clear that it wasn’t completely fixed.
The Spartans finished with 19 turnovers in the sloppy win over Nebraska but they have a couple of team meetings after that and that should be corrected.
Against Michigan, the Spartans will have one of their best games of the season in terms of taking care of the ball. The Wolverines’ defense isn’t what it was last year and Michigan State is going to have a serious advantage in the backcourt and it will be taken advantage of.
We’ll see AJ Hoggard and Tyson Walker take better care of the ball and the Spartans will make smarter, crisper passes, finishing with fewer than 10 turnovers.