Matt Charboneau, James Hawkins, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski predict the outcome of Sunday's Michigan-Michigan State basketball game.
Matt Charboneau: If momentum means anything it’s certainly on the side of Michigan. However, if the Big Ten has taught us anything this season it’s that momentum is anything but certain to carry over from game to game. Michigan State must have this game and matches up well with Michigan, though the Wolverines have been much better defensively the last couple of weeks. It adds up to what should be a classic. Michigan State 75, Michigan 70
James Hawkins: Coming off an impressive 30-point win over Indiana, Michigan’s confidence is growing. Its offense is humming and its defense continues to improve, but the biggest question is whether that will carry over onto the road. While the Wolverines will have their hands full containing Michigan State’s talented freshmen, they seem to be hitting their stride at the right time. Michigan 70, Michigan State 65
John Niyo: If Michigan’s bigs play the way they did Thursday night against Indiana, aggressive at both ends of the floor, the Wolverines can exploit some matchups here. But the Spartans have the home-court advantage and a star who’s starting to assert himself now in Miles Bridges. Next time, they’ll need more than that. This time, it’ll be just enough. Michigan State 72, Michigan 68
Bob Wojnowski: Michigan's on a bit of a roll and Michigan State's in a scuffle, and in a rivalry game, that usually means nothing. With the improvement of Mo Wagner and D.J. Wilson, the Wolverines have a better chance of countering Miles Bridges and the Spartans' size. And point guard Derrick Walton Jr. is gaining that senior snarl on an experienced team. But the Spartans have lost three straight and are desperate, and freshman Nick Ward can be a load inside. A desperate Tom Izzo team is a tough team to beat, especially at the Breslin Center. Michigan State 70, Michigan 67