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Matchup Of The Week

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