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Kelli Anderson
February 16, 1998
Michigan at Michigan State Tuesday, Feb. 17
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February 16, 1998

Matchup Of The Week

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Michigan at Michigan State Tuesday, Feb. 17

When these two teams met in Ann Arbor on Jan. 10, the Wolverines jumped to a 20-point first-half lead and coasted to a 79-69 victory. But after that, Michigan State won its next eight straight and at week's end sat atop the Big Ten with a 10-1 record (17-4 overall). What, then, can we expect from the rematch?

The battle to watch will be on the inside, where both schools are outrebounding their opponents by better than seven per game. This matchup features three of the Big Ten's top six rebounders—Antonio Smith of Michigan State (9.1) and Michigan's Robert Traylor (9.8) and Maceo Baston (8.3). As this is college, board scores will be paramount.
—Seth Davis