PSU at Michigan State preview capsule

PSU men at Michigan State

Tipoff: 8 p.m., Breslin Center, East Lansing, Mich.

Records: Penn State 16-5 (6-4 Big Ten), Michigan State (16-6, 8-3)

Coaches: Patrick Chambers is 143-145 in his ninth season at Penn State and 185-173 in 11 seasons overall. Tom Izzo is 622-238 in his 25th season at Michigan State and overall.


Radio: Penn State Sports Network

Notes: The Lions, No. 22 in the AP poll this week, have won four in a row and now get a chance at what would be a huge road victory against the Big Ten’s best team. … Michigan State is coming off a head-scratching loss at Wisconsin, 64-63. There’s no shame in losing at Wisconsin, but the Badgers were playing without one of their best players, Brad Davison, who was serving a one-game suspension, and just had second-leading scorer Kobe King quit the team. … The Spartans can have struggle scoring at times, especially if star point guard Cassius Winston is facing tough defensive pressure. … PSU’s game plan clearly will be to pressure Winston (18.2 per game), get the ball out of his hands and make other players win the game. The only other Spartan who averages double figures is Xavier Tillman (13.5). … Michigan State is favored by 8.5

Mirror prediction: Michigan State 70, Penn State 66

Comment: I would love to take a flyer here on PSU winning, because the Spartans have holes and this is a good matchup for the Lions. But Sparty is coming off a loss and is at home, so you know Izzo will have his guys ready.

Mirror prediction record: 14-7

— Cory Giger


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