Spartans Host Cornhuskers in Weekend Matchup

The No. 9 Michigan State Spartans (21-4 overall, 10-2 Big Ten) are gearing up to host the Nebraska Cornhuskers (13-10, 5-6) at the Breslin Center Sunday afternoon.

Michigan State enters this game with a recent win against Northwestern, 85-70.

The top performer against the Wildcats was Adreian Payne. Payne had 20 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block.

Michigan State as a team shot 53 percent in field goal attempts, 52 percent from behind the arc and 71 percent from the free throw line.

Keith Appling did not play against the Wildcats and is still considered questionable against the Cornhuskers.

Nebraska enters this game after recently defeating Illinois 67-58.

The top performer for the Cornhuskers was Shavon Shields. Shields had 33 points, five rebounds, one assist and one block.

Nebraska as a team shot 44 percent in field goal attempts, 33 percent from three point range and 89 percent from the free throw line.

A key player to watch for the Cornhuskers is sophomore Terran Petteway.  Petteway is No. 2 on the offensive leaderboard, tied with Gary Harris, averaging  17.4 points per game.

The Spartans will be looking to hand Nebraska another loss and improve to 11-2 in the Big Ten.

Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. and will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

Hayleigh Geurink is a multimedia journalist for Impact Sports.

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