For the Spartans to win, they'll need similar play from Winston, McQuaid, Tillman and Goins which could be easier said than done.
Tonight's MI and MSU game is on the ESPN cable TV channel with a start time of 8 pm EST / 5 pm PST. Ignas Brazdeikis is leading MI this season with 14.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
Michigan's offense looked lost and confused throughout the second half.
Playing as they did against Michigan State tonight is a recipe for disaster come tournament time. The Spartans out-rebounded MI 46 to 20.
Despite U-M's shooting woes in the first go-around, Winston knows Saturday will be another tough game. That type of margin is ridiculous. It's going to be as intense of a regular-season battle as you'll see this year, and you'll definitely want to check out the Michigan vs. Michigan State picks and college basketball predictions from the proven computer model at SportsLine before locking in your own selections.
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But the Wolverines may lack the mettle to win in a hostile road environment, especially without Matthews.
Second chance opportunities kept Michigan State in the game in the first half and they helped put Michigan away in the second. This is a rivalry game with a ton relying on the final outcome. He averaged 21.9 points, 7.5 assists in his senior year. As a true point guard, Winston showed the uncanny ability to score and yet also involve his teammates. Tonight, however, that wasn't the case.
This epic duel at the Breslin Center is the final regular-season contest for both crews, and the victor of this encounter will capture, at the minimum, a share of the league's regular-season crown. With a strong showing, MI could secure a spot on the 2-line for the Big Dance. They will have a bad taste in their mouth after missing out on the Big Ten regular season championship and losing to their rivals twice. John Beilein has built a reputation of getting his team to play their best basketball in the tournament.
Charles finished with 22 points as the Terrapins (28-3) advanced to their fifth consecutive Big Ten Tournament title game. MI fans can hope that this year won't be any different.
"This is the championship we want to win, but I'm not going to put it as this is the greatest game of all time", MI coach John Beilein said. Only time will tell, however, which means we'll have to wait about five days to find out.