Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Wolverines

Michigan State Spartans Preview

The Michigan State Spartans look to snap a two-game losing skid Saturday at rival Michigan in the first leg of back-to-back Big Ten Conference road games. The Spartans fell 64-63 at Wisconsin on Feb. 1, then dropped a home game on Tuesday to Penn State, 75-70. In both defeats, Michigan State failed to generate much offensive support behind guard Cassius Winston.  

He was one of only two Spartans to score in double figures at Wisconsin, with 23 points, and was the only Michigan State players to hit double figures against Penn State, finishing with 25 points. Winston comes into the Saturday matchup ranked No. 61 among all Division I players in percentage of the team’s field-goal attempts taken, per KenPom.com, and No. 16 nationally in assist rate. 

Michigan Wolverines Preview

With a 61-58 loss to Ohio State on Tuesday, the Michigan Wolverines fell to 3-6 since the start of the new year, including defeats in five of the past seven. January began for the Wolverines with an 87-69 loss to the same Michigan State bunch it hosts on Saturday. Cassius Winston scorched Michigan for 32 points and nine assists while Xavier Tillman added 20 points.  

The Wolverines come into the rematch seeking more offensive consistency, having scored in the 70s just twice in their past seven games. Michigan has been solid shooting from inside the 3-point arc at a collective 54.2 percent, led by Jon Teske’s 60.1 percent, but only Eli Brooks and David Dejulius are shooting better than 35 percent from 3-point range among healthy Wolverines with at least 40 attempts.