#7 Michigan Wolverines vs #10 Oklahoma State
#7 Michigan Wolverines (23-11 Overall, 10-8 in Big Ten) Big Ten Tourney Champs
Player to Watch: Derrick Walton
Derrick Walton is a senior for Michigan with the heart of a champion. Michigan will need to rely on their seniors for a win vs Oklahoma State and for a push in the NCAA Tournament. Derrick Walton is averaging 15 points, 4.7 boards, and 4.6 assists per game and is always there for Michigan when they need him to slash to the basket for a bucket.
X Factor- Three Point Shooting
The Wolverines need their shooters to hit at a high percentage because this team cannot get it done all inside, even though it seems like they have a lot of fire power with DJ Wilson and Mo Wagner. Duncan Robinson is Michigan’s best shooter, he has to capitalize on open shots. Also, Derrick Walton has found a stroke from the 3 point line which has to continue.
#10 Oklahoma State (20-12 Overall, 9-9 in Big 12)
Player to Watch- Jawun Evans
Jawun Evans is averaging 19 points, 3.3 boards, and 6.2 assists per game and has been the heart and soul for the Cowboys of Oklahoma State. When they need a bucket they automatically go to him and have trust in him to get the job done.
X Factor- Phil Forte
Phil Forte has to be a leader to get this team where they want to be. If the Cowboys need a clutch shot or a three to go down, Phil has to come through because without him being a factor and not helping Jawun out, this team could be in trouble when it comes to getting a win. This team has so much potential, but Phil and Jawun working together is a must.
Key Match-Up- Zak Irvin vs Phil Forte
Senior vs Senior, there is not much to say about this match up. It comes down to who shows up to play and lead their team.
Prediction: Michigan 68 Oklahoma State 59
Michigan is going to out shoot Oklahoma State in my eyes and that will be the difference, along with a great game from Derrick Walton. However, Juwan Evans will be very difficult to maintain.