Northwestern takes on No. 10 Michigan State after Nance’s 28-point game

Northwestern Wildcats (8-6, 1-4 Big Ten) vs. Michigan State Spartans (14-2, 5-0 Big Ten)

East Lansing, Michigan; Saturday, 12 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Northwestern visits the No. 10 Michigan State Spartans after Pete Nance scored 28 points in Northwestern’s 94-87 overtime loss to the Maryland Terrapins.

The Spartans are 8-0 in home games. Michigan State is second in the Big Ten, shooting 39.5% from downtown, led by Tyson Walker shooting 57.1% from 3-point range.

The Wildcats are 1-4 in Big Ten play. Northwestern ranks ninth in the Big Ten with 8.6 offensive rebounds per game led by Ryan Young averaging 1.5.

The teams are playing for the 10th time in conference this season. The Spartans won the last game on January 2. Gabe Brown scored 20 points to help lead the Spartans to victory.

TOP PERFORMERS: Brown is averaging 2.4 3-pointers per game for the Spartans, scoring 14.4 points while shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc. Max Christie is shooting 46.8 percent and averaging 8.2 points over Michigan State’s last 10 games.

Nance is averaging 17.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks for the Wildcats. Boo Buie is averaging 8.9 points over Northwestern’s last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Spartans: 9-1, averaged 76.1 points, 35.0 rebounds, 18.7 assists, 5.8 steals and 5.8 blocks per game while shooting 47.9% from the field . Their opponents are averaging 68.7 points per game.

Wildcats: 4-6, averaged 74.9 points, 34.4 rebounds, 17.0 assists, 6.3 steals and 2.8 blocks per game while shooting 41.8 percent from the field. Their opponents average 72.7 points.

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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