1. Michigan State bounces back, leads throughout
What Michigan State needs to do against Oregon is get out to a healthy start, taking a lead early on and just stepping on the gas. The Spartans struggled early against Alabama, got hot about halfway through the first half and took a six-point lead, and then struggled to end the half.
Then the second half was all Alabama.
I think we’ll see a much more crisp Michigan State team on Friday night against Oregon, taking an early lead, extending it to 5-7 at halftime, and then holding on in the second half to win by 8-9. The lack of depth won’t hurt Michigan State a ton on Friday night although fatigue is somewhat expected in the second game of a back-to-back.
Michigan State is going to avoid that slow start thanks to the guard play as AJ Hoggard will also come out looking better and with positive body language.
The Spartans will win on Friday night to improve to 4-2.