1. Michigan State doesn't trail at all
This is one of the toughest things to do in college basketball: lead a game from wire-to-wire.
Michigan State has done this a couple of times this year, most notably in Detroit against Baylor which was one of the most dominant games that I can remember. The Spartans jumped on the Bears early and never let up, building a 20-plus point lead by halftime and they only built on it.
This isn't going to be quite as dominant as the Big Ten is always competitive, but Michigan State is going to race out to a 7-0 lead and never look back. This one will likely be closer than people expected throughout with Minnesota keeping it within 10 for most of the first half, but the Spartans will be on cruise control later on for a 15-point win.
Michigan State won't trail for a single second in this game and the Spartans will only be tied for the first 15 seconds of the game before they get on the scoreboard with a Jaden Akins 3-pointer.
The Spartans lead throughout en route to an 81-66 win.