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Purdue vs. Nebraska, 2.23

Nebraska guard James Palmer (0) drives to the basket against Purdue’s Trevion Williams (50) in the second half at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Feb. 23.

Michigan State (23-6, 14-4 Big Ten)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Cassius Winston; 6-1; Jr.; 19.2; 3.0

G Matt McQuad; 6-5; Sr.; 8.8; 3.2

F Aaron Henry; 6-6; Fr.; 4.9; 3.2

F Kenny Goins; 6-7; Sr.; 7.8; 8.9

F Xavier Tillman; 6-8; So.; 9.0; 7.0

Nebraska (15-14, 5-13)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Glynn Watson; 6-0; Sr.; 12.3; 4.0

G James Palmer; 6-6; Sr.; 18.5; 4.3

G Thomas Allen; 6-1; So.; 8.7; 2.8

F Tanner Borchardt; 6-8; Sr.; 2.8; 4.1

F Isaiah Roby; 6-8; Jr.; 11.1; 7.0

Time, TV and radio: 6 p.m., ESPN2 (35), 1400.

Scouting: Cassius Winston scored or assisted on 15 of Michigan State's 24 field goals when they met Nebraska in mid-January, scoring 29 points, going 8-for-9 at the free-throw line, banking in a back-breaking late three-pointer and driving the team bus back to the airport in the process. Thanks to injuries, he's just about all the Spartans have left. But the Big Ten's best player is still nearly impossible to handle.

Trending: The last time Nebraska played at Michigan State early last season, the Huskers hit 10 three-pointers and committed just five turnovers — and got smacked by 29 points while never leading. It could look like that again if NU can't find a way to hit some shots.

Forecasting: Michigan State has to, at worst, split its final two games and get some help to have any shot at even sharing the Big Ten title. Like Michigan last week, the Spartans will play Nebraska coming off a loss after going down to Indiana for the second time this season. The Spartans are beat up and a little bit desperate. NU's history against such teams isn't great.

— Chris Basnett

Reach the writer at 402-473-7436 or cbasnett@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.

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Husker basketball reporter

A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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