March 22, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Michigan State Spartans mascot Sparty performs during the first half in the semifinals of the west region of the 2012 NCAA men

Basketball Roundtable: What Can Kansas Expect From Michigan State?


Tonight, the Kansas Jayhawks will play the No. 14 Michigan State Spartans in the State Farm Champions Classic.

The Spartans lost their first game of the season to the Connecticut Huskies in Germany.

Their leading scorer was junior guard Keith Appling who had 17 points. Their leading rebounder was senior center Derrick Nix who had 11 broads.

What can the Jayhawks expect tonight against the Michigan State Spartans?

George: Michigan State is always a team to reckon with. Head coach Tom Izzo will have his guys ready to go for Kansas when they face off. Connecticut came out spirited for their new head coach Kevin Ollie. I feel the Spartans like usual will be a tough team to beat.

Ricky: The Jayhawks should expect to see a very aggressive Michigan State team. The Spartans are going to come out fast against Kansas and little angry after their loss to UCONN in Germany. Kansas will need Withey to play like he did against Southeast Missouri State if they want to win. The bench from MSU might also be a problem for the Spartans.

Each week, the staff at Through the Phog will react on the previous games in Big 12 basketball and other news that happens in the conference. We are always welcoming of comments that you might have on the topics covered each week. Our current staff includes lead editor George Pike, along with staff writer, Ricky Widmer.

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