Oakland faces tough test against Michigan State’s No.11
No.11 Michigan State (9-2) vs. Oakland (7-3)
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit; Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: The Michigan State No.11 presents a tall order for Oakland. Oakland has only faced a ranked team once this season and has lost. Michigan State is looking to extend its four-game winning streak.
TEAM LEADERSHIP: Versatile Jamal Cain achieves a double-double (21.4 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.3 steals) to clear the way for the Golden Grizzlies. In addition to Cain, Jalen Moore is averaging 13.7 points and 6.9 assists per game. The Spartans were led by Marcus Bingham Jr., who is averaging 10.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and three blocks.
OFFENSIVE THREAT: Moore has scored or assisted on 45% of all Oakland field goals in the last five games. The junior goalie has scored 18 field goals and 42 assists in those games.
LONG-TERM THREAT: Moore of Oakland has attempted 60 3-pointers and connected on 21.7% of them, and is 5 for 17 in his last three games.
PASSAGE FOR POINTS: The Spartans have recently used aids to create buckets more often than the Golden Grizzlies. Oakland has assists on 34 of 75 field goals (45.3%) in its last three outings while Michigan State has assists on 61 of 82 field goals (74.4% ) in their last three games.
BETTING INCREASED: The Oakland defense has forced 15.6 turnovers per game this season, but has averaged 19 takeaways in its last three games.
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