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No. 5 Michigan State rolls past Penn State with big second half

No. 5 Michigan State rolls past Penn State with big second half

This led to a six point lead for the Nittany Lions at the break, 30-24.

In the first game previous year against the Spartans, Stevens' 18 points led the Nittany Lions, while Carr scored 14 and Watkins had 11.

But the Breslin Center against this batch of Spartans will be a different animal. Jake Evans leads the team with 31 points and 22 assists, while Cal Burke leads the charge in terms of goal scoring with 12 this season. Carr showed in the first half why he is one of the Big Ten's best guards, albeit despite being not talked about as much. Even with this seemingly daunting task, there is still a path to victory. Michigan State then erupted with 12 unanswered points.

Here are five of our boldest predictions for Wednesday night's matchup against Penn State.

Jaren Jackson Jr. earned his fourth Big Ten freshman of the week award on Monday, and the 6-foot-11 forward is now tied with Nick Ward at fourth-most weekly rookie honors. Defensively, Michigan State yields 64.2 points per game against the opposing teams. Lamar Stevens (15.1), Mike Watkins (13.1 ppg and 10.1 rebounds per game), Josh Reaves (10.9 ppg) and Shep Garner (10.4 ppg) round out the starting corps. Can Penn State get off the schneid this weekend, or will Notre Dame continue to dominate in Big Ten play?

Notre Dame's forward unit is solid, but it's certainly not the main reason why the team has rolled over the rest of the Big Ten this season.

On the blue line, Jordan Gross has emerged as a star in college hockey, leading the defensive group with 20 points while skating in all of the Irish's 26 games this season.

MSU outrebounded Penn State in the second game, 44-29.

This is the one advantage the Nittany Lions have coming into the game and they have to take full advantage of it. Penn State is leading the conference in takeaways while Michigan State enters the game with the second-most turnovers in the Big Ten. Can they do the same to the Spartans? Although a split may not seem great when taken at face value, only one team has swept Minnesota at Mariucci since the Big Ten hockey conference formed in 2013.

Despite a dicey last minute where MSU struggled against the press, the Spartans cruised to a 76-68 victory, after a second half offensive showing that was lightyears better than the first half, for the second straight game. Going on the road in a hostile environment, teams need their senior leaders to step up and make big shots. Penn State responded with a 9-2 run, including a pair of 3-pointers by Carr, but couldn't get any closer.

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