Men’s basketball returns home Saturday to host Eastern Michigan

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East Lansing, Michigan – The Michigan State Men’s Basketball Team will host Michigan State foe Eastern Michigan at the Breslin Center on Saturday, November 20 for the final home game of the Spartans in November (5 p.m. ET, B1G +).

The game will be broadcast live on B1G +, with Ian Gilmour, Brendan Schlabath and Regan Holgate on call. The TCF Bank Spartan Media Network radio call can be heard on any of 38 branches and on the web at MSUSpartans.com, with Will Tieman handling play-by-play and Matt Steigenga serving as color analyst. The game can also be streamed on channel 992 of the SiriusXM app.

About the Spartans

  • The Spartans are coming off a 73-52 victory over Butler on Wednesday night at the Gavitt Tipoff Games, as MSU held the Bulldogs to 28.6 percent of shots from the ground in a crowded Hinkle Fieldhouse.
  • Senior forward and co-captain Gabe Brun (Ypsilanti, Michigan / Belleville) led the way for Butler with 19 points (6 for 13), one short of his career high, and shared the lead with six rebounds.
  • First year care Max Christie (Arlington Heights, Illinois / Rolling Meadows) added a career-high 18 points, while the senior forward Marcus Bingham Jr. (Grand Rapid, Michigan / GR Catholic Central) had a career record at six blocks with 10 points and six boards.
  • The victory over Butler marked the head coach Tom izzohis 900th career game and his first coaching game at Hinkle.
  • The Spartans are playing five of their first seven away games, including three upcoming games at Battle 4 Atlantis… Michigan State has already claimed a home win this season, picking up a resounding 90-46 victory over Western Michigan on November 12.
  • Brown leads the squad with 15.3 points per game, scoring in double digits in each of MSU’s first three games, while the senior striker redshirt Joey hauser (Stevens Point, Wisconsin / Steven Point / Marquette) leads the team with 8.3 rebounds, including a 12-rebound, 12-point double-double against Western Michigan.
  • Bingham is preparing for a remarkable start to the campaign, averaging 10.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.3 blocks and 1.7 steals while playing 20.3 minutes per game.
  • The Spartans return nine winners from last year’s squad which finished 15-13 overall and 9-11 in the Big Ten and reached the NCAA tournament for the 23rd consecutive season, the second longest active streak of division I.

About Eastern Michigan

  • The Eagles are 1-2 to start the season, but all three games have been under six points. After a 68-62 season opener to Indiana, EMU responded with a 103-98 double-overtime victory over Illinois State and just lost 74-73 in northern Kentucky on Thursday. evening.
  • First-year head coach, ex-EMU pupil and former MSU assistant coach Stan Heath has another familiar face to MSU fans on his bench, with former Spartan video coordinator Drew Denisco being an assistant coach among the Heath staff.
  • Heath added 11 newcomers to his roster, including five transfers, and the Eagles were selected 11th in the MAC preseason coaching poll.
  • Half-brothers and transfer goaltenders Noah Farrakhan and Monty Scott are tied for the team lead with 18.3 points per game. The pair each scored 21 points in the loss to Northern Kentucky, for a total of 18 for 33 on the field.
  • Scott also recorded a career-high 28 points in the home double overtime victory over Illinois State.
  • Mo Njie has the team’s best with 6.5 rebounds, while Scott paces EMU with 2.7 assists and 2.0 steals.
  • First-year goaltender Andrew Wells is from East Lansing and appeared in seven games with the Eagles last season.

Last meeting

  • The Spartans opened their 2020-21 season with an 83-67 victory over Eastern Michigan as a junior guard Foster Rent lost 20 points, his career best record, on November 25, 2020 at the Breslin Center.
  • After EMU took a 19-17 lead with 8:50 left in the first half, MSU started a 13-0 run to take the double-digit advantage.
  • Cheeky Joey hauser added 15 points and knocked down nine boards in the win, dropping 6 for 9 on the field.
  • Cheeky Gabe Brun came off the bench to score 12 points in 17 minutes.
  • Michigan State has allowed 27 assists on 30 field goals, including 15 of 16 in the first half.

History of the series

  • Michigan State holds a 32-3 advantage in the all-time series with Eastern Michigan.
  • The Spartans are 22-1 against EMU in East Lansing, with the Eagles’ only victory (35-23) on the MSU campus coming back on January 30, 1926.
  • MSU is 7-0 in games against EMU at the Breslin Center.
  • Tom Izzo is 8-0 against Eastern Michigan, including six wins at Breslin.
  • EMU’s last victory against the Spartans came on December 12, 1987 in Ypsilanti, when the Eagles won 84-80 in overtime. MSU won the next 10 meetings.


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