If You Like College Basketball, You Won’t Want to Miss This One
“Journey to the Tourney”
That’s what one sports writer is calling this evening’s game between No.1 ranked Indiana, and No.4 ranked Michigan State.
Indiana appears to have finally asserted itself and secure its position as the No.1 ranked team headed for “March Madness” beginning 4 weeks from today. But Michigan State has shown a tough side, a determined group creating its own destiny. They’re big and physical inside with Derrick Nix and Adreian Payne. They have a true floor leader in Keith Appling.
Victor Oladipo’s guard play for Indiana will be crucial. One of the top 5 players in college basketball, to some the best overall player in the nation, he suffered a sprained ankle against Purdue on Saturday. Head Coach Tom Crean says he will play Tuesday evening. If he is not 100%, his ineffectiveness will create a deficit for Indiana on offense and defense.
Cody Zeller will have to continue his outstanding play for the Hoosiers, especially if Oladipo cannot give maximum effort.
The strength of Tom Izzo’s Spartans is on the inside. Nix is an enforcer. Payne has been tough in recent weeks. Derrick Nix said about comparisons to Oladipo and Zeller: “I just watch a lot of basketball, and a lot of guys get credit that…I think there are a lot of overrated players out there. Like me and (Adreian) Payne, I feel like there are a lot of underrated players. I just feel that way. I don’t know if it’s us as players, I don’t know if it’s Michigan State, I just don’t know what it is. I just feel like none of us get credit.”
The Spartans lost 75-70 in January at Bloomington. They are hoping home field advantage will persevere.
Win or lose, Michigan State is expected to remain in the top 5 after having recently defeated Michigan and Nebraska.
Columnist-The Guardian Express