Michigan State looks to extend streak vs Minnesota
Michigan State (6-2, 0-2) vs. Minnesota (8-1, 1-1)
Williams Arena, Minneapolis; Monday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Michigan State looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head series over Minnesota. Michigan State has won by an average of 22 points in its last five wins over the Golden Gophers. Minnesota’s last win in the series came on March 10, 2017, a 63-58 win.
SAVVY SENIORS: Minnesota’s Marcus Carr, Both Gach and Brandon Johnson have collectively accounted for 52 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 47 percent of all Golden Gophers points over the last five games.
CREATING OFFENSE: Carr has either made or assisted on 54 percent of all Minnesota field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has accounted for 20 field goals and 19 assists in those games.
PERFECT WHEN: Michigan State is a perfect 6-0 when the team blocks at least three opposing shots. The Spartans are 0-2 this season when they block fewer than three shots.
STREAK STATS: Minnesota has won its last eight home games, scoring an average of 87.1 points while giving up 73.9.
DID YOU KNOW: The Minnesota offense has recorded a turnover on only 15 percent of its possessions, which is the 16th-lowest rate in the country. The Michigan State defense has forced opposing teams to turn the ball over on just 14.8 percent of all possessions (ranked 322nd among Division I teams).