Michigan State’s men’s basketball team returns back to the Breslin Center on Tuesday, Nov. 28, hosting Georgia Southern (6:30 p.m., BTN). The Spartans are coming off a 74-68 loss to No. 3 Arizona on Thanksgiving Day in the Acrisure Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. The game will air live on BTN, with Kevin Kugler and Dane Fife calling all of the action.
Michigan State fought back from a 15-point deficit in the first half and took a 3-point lead late in the game, but could not hang on as No. 3 Arizona beat the Spartans, 74-68, in the Acrisure Classic at Acrisure Arena on Thanksgiving afternoon.
Michigan State’s men’s basketball, ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 19 in the ESPN Coaches poll, plays its second game away from home this season on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23 against No. 3/3 Arizona in the Acrisure Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. The game will be broadcast live on FOX at 4 p.m. ET, with Adam Amin and Jim Jackson on the call.
Michigan State is traveling all the way to the southern California desert to take on the undefeated and third-ranked Arizona Wildcats at 4 PM ET. For the first time this basketball season, we are being joined by a writer from the other team to tell us about this opponent. So, let’s see what secrets Brian Pederson from Arizona Desert Swarm can share with us.
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Sophomore guard Tre Holloman scored a career-high 17 points to lead four players in double figures as No. 18 Michigan State had nine different players score en route to an 81-49 win over Alcorn State on Sunday evening. Holloman scored 12 of his 17 points in the first half and hit 6-of-7 shots from the floor, including all five of his 3-point attempts.
Graduate guard Tyson Walker scored 21 points to lead three players in double figures as Michigan State’s men’s basketball team beat Butler, 74-54, in the Gavitt Tipoff Games on Friday night at the Breslin Center. The Spartans improve to 2-2 overall with the win, while the Bulldogs fall to 3-1.
Michigan State’s men’s basketball program mourns the passing of Jumpin’ Johnny Green, who passed away on Thursday morning at the age of 89. Green, who was born in Dayton, Ohio, came to Michigan State in 1955 after serving in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. He played three years with the Spartans, helped lead the team to the 1957 Final Four and was one of four players in program history to finish his career with at least 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds.
A major topic of conversation this season has been the barrage of lineups for Tom Izzo. It seems like he has had about a million different combinations on the floor and he’s desperately trying to find the most effective. Well, if you’re a stats nerd, I’ve got you covered with the most effective lineups from the Duke game.
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It’s hard to know what to expect from Butler when it comes to the Breslin Center on Friday for a Gavitt Games matchup (6:30 p.m., FS1) against Michigan State. The team returns just two active players from last year’s team and features six new transfers and four freshmen in a nearly completely overhauled roster. That group is 3-0 with all three wins by 30 or more points. Bit it hasn’t played any teams ranked higher than No. 285 in the country on Kenpom.com.
Michigan State’s men’s basketball team, ranked No. 18 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 19 in the ESPN Coaches poll, returns back to the Breslin Center on Friday, Nov. 17, hosting Butler (6:30 p.m., FS1) in a Gavitt Tipoff Games matchup. The game will air live on FS1, with Kevin Kugler and Robbie Hummel calling all of the action.
Tom Izzo made it clear entering Michigan State’s Tuesday Champions Classic game against Duke who would be leading the way in the biggest game of his team’s non-conference season. And it wasn’t going to be his team’s freshmen.“They’re not saving the day on Tuesday,” Izzo said of his team’s freshmen entering the matchup. “They’re going to get better, but the day is going to be saved by the veterans that have been through the wars.”
When the lights at Hinkle Fieldhouse dim and the Butler starting five is announced, Michigan State transfer Pierre Brooks II is the first player introduced to the home crowd. In three of Butler’s five games (including two exhibitions), Brooks is the first Bulldog to put the ball in the basket. The 6-6, 240-pound guard/forward is wasting little time making a name for himself at his new basketball home, and that’s by design.
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Every time Michigan State basketball found itself on the verge of getting run out of the United Center, something magical happened. Maybe it was the video board cutting to Magic Johnson in the suites bringing out the best of Tyson Walker. Maybe it was Tom Izzo’s fiery messages to his players. But the Spartans slowly overcame more poor shooting and inconsistent offensive flow by showing as much fight as they have all season.
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The Spartans are coming off a 74-51 win over Southern Indiana last Thursday, during which their early season outside shooting struggles continued. Through two games, MSU is 2-for-31 on 3-point tries. It’s a small sample size, but that percentage (.065%) is by far the worst of all the 350 teams playing Division I basketball. The Spartans have also been out-rebounded thus far this season, 86-85, despite not yet playing a high-major opponent.
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One of the four members of Michigan State’s top-five recruiting class will likely be waiting until next year to make his debut in a Spartans regular-season game. Freshman guard Gehrig Normand plans to sit out and redshirt this season Tom Izzo said on Monday – although he stressed that the plan is subject to change.
Michigan State’s play on Thursday was good enough to earn the team its first win of the season and beat Southern Indiana by 26 points at the Breslin Center. But was it good enough to take on No. 2 Duke, as Michigan State will do on Tuesday in Chicago? That’s an entirely different question.