It's a sub-Arctic, snowy morning here in the Lansing area, but I'm planning on braving the weather to attend the MSU/Ohio State basketball game at noon.
After another up-and-down (or more accurately, down-and-up) week for MSU hoops, the team seems to be riding some momentum going into this important home date with the Buckeyes. A win over a top 40 RPI team would not only look good on the Spartans' tournament resume, but improve their Big Ten record to 8-4 (17-8) overall. A loss, on the other hand, would further muddy their postseason prospects and poke the needle a little further into their NCAA tournament bubble.
I have a hunch, based on nothing but intuition, that the Spartans will bring it strong this afternoon. They have to feel embarrassed about how terrible they played in their last home game (a 59-54 loss to Illinois last weekend). They played inspired and focused in a blowout win on the road against Northwestern, and I just have a feeling it will carry over to this game. If I'm wrong, I'll be the first to admit it. So I'll just go out on a limb and predict a Michigan State victory at Breslin this afternoon