As expected, February started with a bang for Gophers who had the task not to be able to play both Purdue and Wisconsin to start the month, leading to the first strike lost in both games. It's not clear, but hit by a premium, the margin for error is significantly shrinking for the Gophers, who want to win the worst way.
Things are not found much easier on Saturday, when they go to the State of Michigan to address the 9th-ranked Sparta on the East Lansing road. Having explored the best choice of the conference over the past two weeks ago, the Spartans are among lost stroke through a loss game with Purdue, Indiana and the recent Illinois upstart. What team will Minnesota get? It's seen.
Who are the Gophers playing?
Michigan State Spartans (9-3, 18-5)
What time do they play?
Saturday, February 9 @ 1 p.m. CT
Where are they playing?
Breslin Center (East Lansing, Mich.)
Can I watch the game on TV?
Can I listen to the game on the radio?
Sea, KTLK 1130-AM / 103.5-FM
Tell me more about the opponent.
The Spartans put a rugged patch into serious in recent weeks. While a loss on the road to Purdue is acceptable, Sparty dropped home to Indiana in overtime before losing on the road to Illinois. Without the loss of unexpected team losses from the Big Ten title driver and it is also in line with some of the advantages of personnel.
Crybaby went forward Nick Ward from the tribunal against Illinois as a "minute tutorial" for Tom Izzo. Read that on how you want, but at the end of the day he plays the worst basketball of the season at the time, having failed the 11-point in four of his five games . It's still quite dangerous, but you're amazed at what's going on there.
Cassius Winston is the team in charge of scoring and assisting (and the B1G in the second) and is one of the most dangerous players in the conference. It has been slightly more on his turnover recently and made nine ugly cars in the loss against Illinois.
Do not get it wrong, Michigan State is still one of the best teams in the conference. They are leading the B1G to score an offense and score a margin, and the second percentage is a three-point field goal. They will give you a torch. But they gave up more than 70 points in a game three times after each other after doing so only once from December 16.
The Gophers are both in rock and in a hard place, with a great deal of success and playing on the road against one of the best teams in the conference. The money lining is that they can find the Spartans in a timely manner. Then, Tom Izzo is unlikely to let this team fall four consecutive, so I'm expecting a splash game from Sparty.
Minnesota was not terrible on the road in large spots, but I can not pick them to achieve this situation. Sparty will take eight years, 73-65.