Bob Wojnowski, John Niyo and James Hawkins of The Detroit News look ahead to the Michigan-Michigan State game in East Lansing on Saturday. Detroit News


Matt Charboneau, James Hawkins, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News predict the outcome of Saturday’s Michigan at Michigan State game (noon, Fox, WJR 760, WWJ 950):

Matt Charboneau: Neither team comes in feeling all that great – Michigan State after a loss to Ohio State and a narrow escape against Rutgers, and Michigan following the one-point loss to Purdue – something that adds a bit of motivation to an already heated rivalry. That only lasts so long, though, as the overall talent and depth of the Spartans takes over as one of the top defensive teams in the country clamps down. Michigan State 84-70

James Hawkins: While Michigan State has looked far from dominant its past two games, it doesn’t change the fact that the Spartans are a mismatch nightmare for most teams. Michigan, meanwhile, has proven it can hang with the top dogs, like it did in Tuesday night’s last-second loss to No. 5 Purdue. But with home-court advantage and a burning desire to avenge last season’s embarrassing loss in Ann Arbor, the Spartans should have enough fuel to pull away in the final minutes. Michigan State, 72-64

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John Niyo: Michigan's still smarting from Tuesday's one-point loss to Purdue at Crisler. But Michigan State hasn't forgotten that 29-point loss in Ann Arbor last February. And coming off a frustrating week –  an ugly loss at Ohio State, followed by an uglier win over Rutgers at home – the Spartans should be primed and ready. The Breslin Center crowd will be, too. Michigan State, 77-65

Bob Wojnowski: Michigan has the shooting and depth, and is gaining the feisty disposition to compete against the top teams. But Tom Izzo should have the Spartans especially motivated at home, after a couple subpar performances. Jaren Jackson Jr. changes everything defensively for the Spartans, and Nick Ward has been an offensive force. To have a shot, the Wolverines need Moe Wagner to bust out. It'll be close for a while, but Ward, Miles Bridges and Michigan State's inside game will be the difference. Michigan State, 82-70