2. Malik Hall has a nice bounce-back
What do you need in March to make a run? You need your best players to step up and be leaders — especially the upperclassmen. Malik Hall might be playing in his last tournament and he realizes what’s at stake. He needs to respond in a positive way after arguably his worst game as a Spartan against Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament.
Hall looked really bad against the Buckeyes and received a ton of criticism for his lackluster performance, but like AJ Hoggard, he’s going to rebound in a big way.
USC doesn’t give up a ton of points in the paint and the Trojans are one of the best shot-blocking teams in the nation so Michigan State needs to be selective with its shots inside the arc and Hall will play more under control and take smart shots to get nice buckets within 10 feet, or so.
And he’ll even step out and hit a couple of big threes against a USC defense that gives up some open looks. His work on the offensive glass will also help out and get him to the line.
Hall will finish with at least 12 points and six rebounds in a nice bounce-back off the bench.