2013 NCAA Tournament: Will Michigan State Spartans' Gary Harris Have Another Big Game?

By Trevor Lowry
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 3 Michigan State Spartans may not have the highest scoring offense in college basketball, but they still have a player in Gary Harris that can really score the basketball. Will Harris come up big for the Spartans once again against the No. 2 Duke Blue Devils in the Sweet 16?

Harris dropped 23 points against the No. 6 Memphis Tigers in the third round, which was much better than his 10-point performance in the second round.

The Spartan may not be the highest scoring player on this team, but he is second, averaging 13.1 points per game. Keith Appling is leading the team with 13.3 points per game, so Harris is obviously not trailing him by a whole lot.

Whether the case, Harris has only scored 20 or more points four times this season, so the odds of that happening again is not likely in the Sweet 16. That does not mean that Harris won’t get near it, though, because he has scored plenty of points against great competition all season long.

Not including the 20-point games, Harris scored 18 points against Kansas, 17 against Michigan, 19 against Indiana and 16 once again against Michigan. Those are three very good teams, and Harris was able to have a big game regardless against them all.

Harris is 6-12 from behind the arc in the Big Dance, so if he can keep that up, he will definitely play well against Duke. It is not like the Blue Devils’ defense is the most intimidating in college basketball. You could probably make that case for their offense though.

Michigan State will need Harris to score quite a bit if the Spartans plan on moving on to the Elite Eight.


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