No.19 Michigan State, Minnesota starts conference game


No.19 Michigan State (7-2, 0-0) vs. Minnesota (7-0, 0-0)

Williams Arena, Minneapolis; Wednesday, 9 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: The Michigan State No.19 heads to Minnesota as the conference begins for both teams. In conference last season, Michigan State finished with nine wins and 11 losses, while Minnesota won six games and lost 14.

TEAM LEADERSHIP: Seniors Marcus Bingham Jr. and Gabe Brown led the Spartans. Bingham averages 10.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.2 blocks while Brown has 12.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. The Golden Gophers were led by Payton Willis and Jamison Battle, who are averaging 17.4 and 17.9 points, respectively.

KEY CONTRIBUTOR: Willis has scored or assisted on 45% of all Minnesota field goals in the last three games. The senior goalkeeper has scored 20 field goals and 13 assists in those games.

UNDEFINED WHEN: Michigan State is a perfect 5-0 when the team registers at least 11 offensive rebounds. The Spartans are 2-2 this season despite falling short of that mark.

GROUND SPACING: Minnesota’s Battle attempted 56 3-pointers and connected on 33.9% of them, and is 8 of 25 in the last three games.

DID YOU KNOW: Minnesota’s diligent offensive only returned the ball on 14.1% of its possessions, the 15th lowest rating in all of Division I. 22% of all possessions in the State of the Michigan resulted in sales.


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