Michigan has already faced three of the toughest teams in the Big Ten in a row. The Wolverines now have to travel to Michigan State to take on the fourth.
The Spartans are one of the hottest teams in the country, winning nine of 10 games, including four of them on the road.
However, Michigan is still incredibly talented and will provide a tough challenge for all 40 minutes and possibly more. Regulation has not been enough in the team's last two games.
If this game ends up anything like the battle between Michigan and Wisconsin on Saturday, fans will be in for a real treat.
Wisconsin ended up winning in overtime.
When: Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 9 p.m. ET
Where: Jack Breslin Student Events Center, East Lansing, Mich.
Live Stream: WATCH ESPN
Injury Report (via USA Today)
F Jordan Morgan (Ankle), Questionable
G Travis Trice (Concussion), Questionable
F Kenny Kaminski (Shoulder), Out
What They're Saying
Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press believes this is a very important game for Michigan if the squad wants to win the Big Ten regular season title:
That's what Tuesday at MSU provides, the Wolverines last real chance for a big road win. U-M would be right there with the leaders, six regular-season games left, just two against elite teams and both (MSU, Indiana) at home.
With a loss, the Wolverines are two games behind the Spartans and the Hoosiers and likely forced to win all of the final six to be in the title conversation -- plus in the unenviable position of hoping for help.
Road wins in the Big Ten are very tough to get. The Wolverines have already lost to Indiana, Wisconsin and Ohio State this year away from home, which puts them in a bad spot to win a conference title.
One more defeat could make the deficit insurmountable.
Michigan Player to Watch: Mitch McGary
Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. create arguably the best backcourt in the nation, but Mitch McGary might be more important to the team going forward.
The highly touted freshman has come on strong in recent weeks and has now scored in double figures in each of the last three games. He also now leads the team with 6.1 rebounds per game.
Michigan has struggled in the past due to a lack of balance, with most of the points coming from the perimeter. McGary fixes that and provides the team with a tough inside scorer that can also create second-chance opportunities after misses.
If he can keep up his recent level of play, the Wolverines will be in much better shape for the rest of the season.
Michigan State Player to Watch: Gary Harris
There are few hotter shooters in the entire country than Gary Harris.
In the last 10 games, the freshman has made 27 of his 49 shots from deep, equaling an incredible 55.1 percentage from three-point range.
He is also starting to round out his game to make himself more dangerous, and it has been a big part of helping the team win.
Harris will need to once again hit his shots against Michigan to keep his side in the game.
Matchup to Watch: Trey Burke vs. Keith Appling
These are not only two of the best point guards in the conference, but two of the best in the country.
Burke is second in the Big Ten in points and first in assists. Appling is a little bit behind in each category, but is in the top 10 in each.
More importantly, they are each the leaders of their team and will be looked upon to make plays at the end of a close battle.
This game will come down to which player can do a better job of guarding the other one.
Prediction: Michigan 70, Michigan State 68
Michigan State has an incredibly well-coached team that will make few mistakes. However, the Wolverines have more talent and will be desperate for a win after Saturday's deflating defeat.
Michigan should be able to get back on track with a big-time road victory.
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