23-6 host #9 Michigan State 22-5
The Line opens Illinois -1.0 O/U 121.5
A look at Michigan State
The Spartans lead the Big 10 in defending the 3 point shot holding
teams to 30.6% from beyond. They are also 19-0 when holding teams to
less than 70 points a game.
Michigan State is ranked # 11 in defense.
This is a very good rebounding team averaging more than 10 boards
per game over the teams they play, trailing only Pittsburgh in this
department. As good as they are in rebounding they are the exact
opposite in blocking shots on defense. The Spartans are in a
offensive mess last 4 games and are heading to take on Illinois
ferocious defense. Poor shooting, unforced turn overs has been a
real problem. In the game with Purdue another defensive squad, the
Boilmakers forced 22 turn overs, blocked 8 shots and held State to
33% shooting from the floor. Purdue has provided Coach Weber the
exact Blue Print to beating Michigan State.
Michigan State is playing with and thru some injuries this is
causing some adjustments on the floor. Summer, SF sprained his ankle
last game and did not play the second half. Ryan Morgan battling
Mono is back playing with limited playing time, the offense is
trying to adjust to him being back. PG and leading scorer Lucas hurt
his thumb and is nursing it by passing more than shooting.
Coach Izzo this week has called his team, soft, lackadaisical and
dysfunctional mainly on the offensive end. The coach is really
focused on Offense----So Carpet asks what happens to the defense
with this change of focus? These two teams played early this season
with Mich St hanging on to a 6 point win as 15 points favs at home.
A LOOK AT ILLINOIS
This is a big game for the surprising Illini, a sold out crowd in a
sea of orange will greet Izzo and company. Ranked # 3 in the nation
in scoring defense 56 PPG allowed and 19th in field goal defense.
On defense Illinois must work into the basketball keeping the ball
in front of them. Understanding what the Spartans are trying to do
and most importantly stopping the transition game.
The transition game is the strength of the Spartans, mainly feeding
off the rebound. Wisky and Purdue did a good job of stopping the
transition and it worked very well vs. MSU.
On offense getting the ball inside to 7-1 Tisdale and 6-9 high
flying Mike Davis will be a key.
These two teams know each other inside and out, the coaches are
friends, and Illinois matches up very well at every position with
Sundays game will mark the last time Chester Fraizer, Trent Meechum,
Calvin Brock and CJ Jackson will suit up at assembly hall. Look for
Fraizer and Brock to both have big games for Illinois.
The Home cooking is just what his team needs as they work to knock
off MSU and gain a possible share of the Big 10 title. A FEW TACKS
ON THE FLOOR
Mich state is 4-9 ATS vs Illinois last 13 games......
The Under is 12-2 last 14 games for Illinois at home....
My numbers have Illinois winning by 7
Good Luck to all....
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