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Date/Time: November 13th, 7:00 pm EST
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Point Spread: Kansas -2.5
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The Michigan State Spartans didn’t get off to a thrilling start to their campaign, and they are going to try to get back on track in Atlanta on Tuesday night when they take on the Kansas Jayhawks as a part of the 24 Hours of College Hoops.
The Spartans were supposed to go out to Germany and pick up a relatively easy win against the Connecticut Huskies last week. Instead, the game was touch and go the whole way, and in the end, it was UConn that came out on top, shocking the No. 22 team in America. Head Coach Tom Izzo and company learned right away that missing out on Draymond Green is going to hurt more than anyone probably knew. Derrick Nix did a nice job in the paint against the Huskies, pulling down 11 boards, but there was only one play, starting point guard, Keith Appling that had more than just one assist. Green wasn’t just a huge body that could board, but he was basically a point forward as well. Appling scored 17 in the opener, but no one shot the ball particularly well on the team, and just three players scored more than six points.
Our first look at the Jayhawks this year was one that we definitely liked. Granted, it was only the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks, but wins are wins this time of year, and the boys from the Phog at least put up a respectable showing thanks to a great first half. We know that C Jeff Withey is going to be a monster all year long, and he was just that against SEMO. The fourth year man averaged 9.0 points, 6.3 boards, and 3.6 blocks per game last year, and he came out of this blocks in this campaign putting up 17 points, 12 rebounds, and five rejections. With both Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor now in the NBA, Head Coach Bill Self needs to find himself some more scoring options. Elijah Johnson expects to be a double digit point scorer this year, while Travis Releford and Ben McLemore both have the ability to light it up. Perry Ellis had 15 points to go with eight rebounds in the opener.
Kansas is an overrated team at this point in our eyes. Ranking this team seventh in America just isn’t right, and the voters are going to figure that out on Tuesday night when the Spartans come to Atlanta and make amends for their first loss of the season in what should be a solid defensive showdown for both sides. Michigan State 66 – Kansas 61
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