Tonight No. 1 Michigan State battles North Carolina in what should be an excellent midweek basketball contest. As North Carolina has struggled early this season, expect Tom Izzo’s Spartans, to solidify their ranking as the No. 1 team in the land, by putting a beat down on the Tarheels.
Some Quick Information via ESPN:
- Despite the Tar Heels (4-2) coming into this contest unranked and fresh off a disheartening 63-59 loss at UAB on Sunday, Izzo expects another tough battle for the Spartans (7-0), who are off to their best start since winning 12 straight to open 2000-01.
- North Carolina, though, has hardly been good from game to game this season. The Tar Heels boast a 93-84 victory over then-No. 3 Louisville on Nov. 24, but they also lost at home to Belmont on Nov. 17 before suffering their latest defeat.
- Michigan State, though, has averaged 90.8 points over its last four and is shooting a Big Ten-best 50.6 percent from the field. It will have standout sophomore guard Gary Harris back in the lineup Wednesday after he missed the last contest to rest a nagging ankle injury.
- The Spartans last beat the Tar Heels 77-64 on Nov. 29, 2000, which was also the last meeting in East Lansing.
Our Pick: Michigan State (-9)
I love when this happens. What a brawl.