Michigan State basketball: 3 bold predictions for crucial battle at Indiana

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EAST LANSING, MI – JANUARY 19: Jaxon Kohler #0 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates late in the second half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Breslin Center on January 19, 2023 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

2. Jaxon Kohler has a nice encore

We got a taste of what Jaxon Kohler is capable of and Tom Izzo is going to give him another chance to prove himself against Trayce Jackson-Davis and the Hoosiers.

Fresh off a career game that saw him finish with 12 points and 11 rebounds, Kohler got every Michigan State fan’s attention. Maybe Michigan State does have a post threat on offense, after all.

Kohler was scoring at the rim with nifty post moves and he even hit a fadeaway jumper, Rasheed Wallace-style. He looked like he could be a guy who comes off the bench and gives Michigan State a nice boost in the post on offense. His defense is still an issue, but that’s something that’ll get better over time.

I think we’ll see Kohler have a memorable encore performance on Sunday afternoon in Bloomington, scoring 10-plus for a second straight game.

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