On Wednesday, the #11 Washington Huskies will take on the #2 Michigan State Spartans in the penultimate game at the EA Sports Maui Invitational. There is only one slight problem: this is the 3rd place game. Unranked Connecticut beat Michigan State in a nail-biter while #9 Kentucky outlasted the Huskies. Either way, it’s a win that will look good on both teams’ resumes heading into the NCAA Tournament later on.
The Washington Huskies are the Pac-10 favorites and rightfully so. They have a terrific blend of power, speed and athleticism. What they didn’t have last night in their loss to Kentucky was a good start. The Wildcats had an 18-0 run and led 20-6 at one point. But, all wasn’t lost as the Huskies fought valiantly to take the lead in the second half only to succumb to a bevy of talented Wildcat freshman. They’ll certainly have their hands full against a super-talented Michigan State group. If they get off to another bad start it could be their second loss in Maui.
Michigan State, meanwhile, is still in good shape. Sure, they didn’t defend very well against Connecticut and had a host of bad turnovers and untimely errors. But, that is no reason to write them off. Tom Izzo has a very, very good team and with the kind of senior leadership they get from Kalin Lucas and underclassmen Draymond Green, look for a proper bounce back.
Michigan State vs Washington Betting Odds, and Prediction:
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Spread Prediction: Michigan State is a top, top team that has everything you could want in a true national championship contender: size, experience, quickness, explosiveness, big-game history and a great coach. Washington has many of those same traits. Look for yet another outstanding game in Maui, much like the many yesterday, as Michigan State proves to be a tad too much.
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