The Minnesota Golden Gophers (15-5) head out on the road to take on the Michigan State Spartans (16-4) in a Big Ten Conference affair Wednesday night inside the Breslin Center.
Minnesota Golden Gophers at Michigan State Spartans
Minnesota is riding a two-game Big Ten road winning streak into this contest, as the team heads to East Lansing in search of its fourth-straight win versus conference opponents. “We have been right there the whole time, it is just a matter of executing,” commented Golden Gophers head coach Tubby Smith on his team’s play. The Golden Gophers have played the Michigan State Spartans 10 times since Smith took over on the sidelines, posting a 1-9 record in those games, with seven being single-digit losses. Minnesota is 3-1 ATS on the road this year.
The Golden Gophers have been led offensively by the play of Joe Coleman, who is averaging a team-high 15.2 points a game in the last four contests. The freshman guard has made a huge impact since cracking the starting lineup, as he averaged just 3.7 points in the first 16 games when coming off the bench. Minnesota has certainly been a second-half team, outscoring opponents by 5.5 points a contest in the final 20 minutes of games.
Michigan State snapped a two-game losing streak with an impressive 83-58 win over the Purdue Boilermakers as 7.5-point home favorites, going “over” the posted total for the fourth time in five games. The Spartans improved to 12-0 at home this season with the victory and moved into a second-place tie in the conference with the Ohio State Buckeyes. “That was a first-place game,” commented Spartans center Derrick Nix. “We needed this win to regroup after two bad losses.” In conference games, the team is leading all teams in shooting 44.8 percent from beyond the arc. Michigan State is 2-4 ATS as a home favorite of 9.5 to 12 points the last two-plus campaigns.
The Spartans are still led by the play of senior forward Draymond Green, who comes in averaging 15.0 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. He has accumulated a Big Ten-best 10 double-doubles this year. Michigan State is 232-29 all-time inside the Breslin Center under the direction of current head coach Tom Izzo, including a 117-20 mark versus conference opponents.
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