By the Numbers: What Michigan State does well

Indiana hosts No. 5 Michigan State at 2 p.m. Saturday. The game will be televised on CBS. This post will get you ready.

Indiana is only a 1.5-point underdog at home against No. 5 Michigan State on Saturday. That's the Assembly Hall Effect our Terry Hutchens wrote about earlier today.

Saturday's game tips at 2 p.m. and will be televised on CBS. Here's a look at what Michigan State does well, by the numbers.

1. PLAY DEFENSE: Tom Izzo teams also play good defense, and this one is no different. The Spartans give up only 91.8 points every 100 possessions, making them the nation's 10th-ranked team in defensive efficiency. They give up an effective field-goal percentage of 43.5, ranking 16th. And they allow opponents to shoot just 41.6 percent on 2-pointers, ranking 13th nationally. That's not a good thing for Indiana, which scores 52.2 percent of its points on 2-pointers.

2. SCORE: OK, this one seems overly simplistic, but it's also kind of important. Michigan State can score with the best of them, pouring in 113.2 points per 100 possessions, which ranks 29th nationally. The Spartans have an effective field goal percentage of 55.1, ranking 21st. They also shoot it 39.1 percent from beyond the arc and 38 percent from inside it.

Sophomore guard Gary Harris takes 29.6 percent of his team's shots and uses 27.3 percent of the team's possessions. Adreian Payne, who is having a great year for the Spartans, takes 25.5 percent of their shots and uses 23.4 percent of their possessions.

3. SHARE THE BALL: The Spartans assist on 63.3 percent of its made field goals, which is the 10th-highest mark in the country. Point guard Keith Appling is the best in that department, with an assist rate of 26.7.

What they don't do well

1. GET TO THE FOUL LINE: This is the one and only item that belongs on the list of things the Spartans don't do well, and that's not surprising given where they rank nationally. But this is a glaring weakness for a top five team.

Michigan State scores only 17.5 percent of its points from the charity stripe, ranking 336th nationally out of 351 teams. The Spartans shoot a mediocre 70.5 percent from the line as a team, but that's not the big issue. The bigger problem is that they aren't getting to the line much, and that could be a major key in Saturday's game against the Hoosiers. Indiana scores 27.9 percent of its points from the line, ranking 16th nationally. Top Stories