By Peter Bukowski
January 20, 2014
Joel Embiid is averaging 2.9 blocks per game and totaled a career-high eight against Oklahoma State.
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A rivalry game with major Big Ten implications also features a host of NBA prospects. Gary Harris leads the group for Sparty against Glenn Robinson III, Nik Stauskas and Michigan. Adreian Payne may or may not play in this game, which would load more of the scoring burden on Harris and Keith Appling for Michigan State. These marquee games represent critical opportunities for players like Harris to solidify their lottery status, while giving GRIII and Stauskas the platform to catapult up draft boards. Robinson, in particular, has been inconsistent for Blue, which makes every opportunity down the stretch even more crucial for his NBA prospects.

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