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Caputo: Three Main Factors That Will Determine The Michigan-MSU Game Tonight

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EAST LANSING, MI - JANUARY 19: Adreian Payne #5 of the Michigan State Spartans reacts next to Evan Ravenel #30 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second half at the Jack Breslin Center on January 19, 2013 in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State won the game 59-56. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

EAST LANSING, MI – JANUARY 19: Adreian Payne #5 of the Michigan State Spartans reacts next to Evan Ravenel #30 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second half at the Jack Breslin Center on January 19, 2013 in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State won the game 59-56. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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By: Pat Caputo

1. Can Michigan State exploit its advantage inside – The Spartans’ Adreian Payne is vastly improved and Derrick Nix is solid. Mitch McGary is very good for a freshman, but Jordan Morgan has been hurt and not that effective. The Spartans should have a huge edge in the paint.

2. Will Trey Burke outplay Keith Appling – Other than a horrible game at Indiana, Appling has played with more consistency this season. But Burke might be the player of the year, not only in the Big Ten, but nationally.

3. Will Michigan’s highly-touted freshmen Glenn Robinson III and Nic Stauskas show up – They haven’t in the big conference road games. Chances are MSU freshman Gary Harris will play well. He is, hands down, the best freshman in the Big Ten.

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