It’s not quite the same as it was two years ago, but Joshua Langford remembers Michigan State basketball’s gauntlet start from his freshman season. Eight games. Twenty-two days. More than 13,000 miles. Top-flight competition. The upcoming stretch isn’t quite as daunting, but it will provide a crossroads for the 11th-ranked Spartans as they open the four-team Las Vegas Invitational against No. 17 UCLA at 10 p.m. Eastern Thursday (FS1).
Source: Detroit Free Press