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December 7, 2007
Michigan State expects battle at BYU
BYU has been one of the nation's biggest early season surprises, getting off to a 7-1 start that includes a victory over Louisville and a close tussle with top-ranked North Carolina.
The Cougars have climbed into The Associated Press poll at No. 20, and they'll put their ranking on the line in Salt Lake City against No. 9 Michigan State at 4 p.m. EST Saturday.
BYU center Trent Plaisted is having a breakout season. Plaisted, a 6-foot-11 junior who is a two-time All-Mountain West Conference second-team selection, is on a pace for much higher honors. He is averaging 17.6 points and 9.4 rebounds to lead the Cougars in both categories. Plaisted had 21 points and 12 rebounds in the 78-76 upset of then-No. 6 Louisville, and he followed with 24 points and 17 rebounds against the Tar Heels.
The Spartans will send the two-headed center monster of Goran Suton and Drew Naymick at Plaisted. Both are quality players with different strengths who figure to be a good match for the Cougars' big man.
There are plenty of other intriguing matchups as well. Here's a closer look at the Cougars-Spartans game.
Bob McClellan is the college basketball editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.