Boise State (3-0) at #15 Michigan State (2-1), 8:00 PM, Big Ten Network
After a promising 69-41 win over Texas Southern, the Spartans continue their home stand against 3-0 Boise State. The Broncos are largely powered by a couple of sophomores, swing man Anthony Drmic and guard Derrick Marks. Drmic, an Australian sensation, has averaged 15 points, 7 boards, and 3 assists per game on the young season. Marks, a Chicago product, comes in averaging 16 points, 5 boards, and 3 assists. Boise State opened their season against the same Texas Southern team MSU played last week, and beat them to the tune of 81-63. They are a scrappy team and they play hard every minute of the game
Drmic Exemplifies The Effort From Boise State(Idaho Press.com)
This will be a good test for the Spartans, especially with regard to their conditioning. Every loose ball will be contended for and the Broncos will want to be as up tempo as possible to make up for their lack of size. This may be another game where we don’t see a lot of Derrick Nix because the Broncos have no one on the roster taller than 6′ 9′ , and a smaller, quicker lineup will be favored. Nix’s loss of playing time may once again lead to a gain for the fans as we should get to see a lot more of the fabled freshmen Denzel Valentine as the effort to stay smallish and quick will favor more time for him.
Valentine And Harris Have Been Huge(AP Photo)
The Spartans have to be feeling good right now, and there is no reason for that to change tonight. Boise State can match energy level, but the Spartans have displayed plenty of grit to go along with a wealth of talent. Gary Harris has been phenomenal, Keith Appling has started to utilize his improved shooting stroke, and Branden Dawson continues to be Branden Dawson. Throw all of them together with another solid effort from Adreian Payne and I believe we have the makings of another successful outing for Spartan basketball.
Prediction: MSU 71, Boise State 60
Go Green! Go Izzo!