A key match up in this one hinges on MSU's sophomore forward Paul Davis going head-to-head against Minnesota freshman Kris Humphries. Humphries leads the Gophers with 22.4 points per game and 10.6 rebounds.
"I just like to have some fun out there, kind of show I'm not backing down," said Humphries, the Big Ten's leading scorer and rebounder. "But that was really just me going back and forth with one guy."
For his part, Davis has been playing tougher in the paint but has trouble finishing around the basket. Davis made several beautiful moves in the post in the Spartans overtime loss to Purdue, only to miss lay-ups. The sophomore forward finished with 18 points before fouling out but could have been well over twenty had he converted some of his opportunities inside.
MSU hopes that the improved play of their guards Maurice Ager and Chris Hill continues. Ager got off for a season high 24 against Northwestern but slumped a bit in the Purdue game against heavy ball pressure. Ager scored just six, but teammate Chris Hill sparked the team with 18 and shows signs of regaining the form he showed in his sophomore season.
MSU also got a nice effort from Alan Anderson, who returns to his hometown of Minneapolis tonight. Anderson chipped in with twelve against Purdue.