Spartans Next Ten Games - Game by Game Predictions

Spartans Next Ten Games - Game by Game Predictions

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Spartans Next Ten Games - Game by Game Predictions

Michigan State is 8-2, ranked 9th in the nation and has made it through a bit of a gauntlet in its schedule.  The Spartans have three more non-conference games and then get right into the grind of the Big Ten schedule. How will the Spartans do over the next ten games?

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When I took a look at Michigan State’s 2018-19 basketball schedule twenty or fifty times over the course of the months preceding the season, I winced at a handful of games that were to be played in November and December.

I sort of have PTSD from seasons past when the Spartans have managed to lose as many as four or five games and then they have had to scramble in the final weeks of the season to either strengthen seed-positioning or simply make the tournament.

I’ve also been a pretty vocal critic of Michigan State’s penchant for scheduling every Blue Blood in the sport and then losing to every Blue Blood in the sport.

Up until last year’s November win over Ole Roy and the Tar Heels, I think Izzo’s Spartans were something like 1-27 against Carolina.

What’s the current record against Duke?  Is it 0-17 or 0-19?

Michigan State has managed to do fairly well against Kansas but, without looking at the head-to-head record over the last ten years, I’m guessing it’s something like 2-14.

Don’t misinterpret – I am as big of a fan of the brutal scheduling approach Izzo has taken since it usually winds up being a benefit.

But I’m allowed to want the Spartans to win some of these games every once in a while, aren’t I?

And, when I look at each season’s schedule in September, am I wrong for assuming games that are usually losses against the biggies will, once again, be losses?

I figured that, at this point in the season, Michigan State would be 7-3 with losses to Kansas, UCLA, and Louisville.

Izzo and the Spartans proved me wrong and the 8-2 record puts Michigan State into a great position with three winnable non-conference games left before the grind of the Big Ten schedule kicks in.

How is Michigan State going to do over the course of the next ten games?

The following set of game-by-game predictions is a 100% guarantee.

My predictions will be correct.

Unless they are wrong.

  • Sunday, December 16 – vs Green Bay, WIN Michigan State 86 – Green Bay 61
  • Friday, December 21 – vs Oakland, WIN Michigan State 79 – Oakland 62
  • Saturday, December 29 – vs Northern Illinois, WIN Michigan State 83 – Northern Illinois 66
  • Wednesday, January 2 – vs Northwestern WIN Michigan State 90 – Northwestern 73
  • Saturday, January 5 – at Ohio State LOSS Ohio State 83 – Michigan State 76
  • Tuesday, January 8 – vs Purdue  WIN Michigan State 78 – Purdue 74
  • Sunday, January 13 – at Penn State WIN Michigan State 89 – Penn State 68
  • Thursday, January 17 – at Nebraska LOSS Nebraska 78 – Michigan State 75
  • Monday, January 21 – vs Maryland WIN Michigan State 82 – Maryland 78
  • Thursday, January 24 – at Iowa  WIN Michigan State 78 – Iowa 73

Once again, you can consider it a guarantee that these games will have these exact results – unless they do not have these results.

However, I am quite confident in saying this:

After Michigan State defeats Iowa in Iowa City on the night of Thursday, January 24th, the Spartans will be 16-4 and ranked within the nation’s Top 15.

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