July 25, 1997
Three ESPN Appearances Highlight MSU Men's Basketball Schedule
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The Michigan State men's basketball team will have three games televised by ESPN during the 1997-98 season while being aired on the ESPN-Plus Regional Game of the Week Package on five occasions with the possibility of a sixth appearance.
The Spartans' first national television appearance of the year will take place on Saturday, Dec. 20, when ESPN will air the MSU-South Florida contest starting at 5:00 p.m. (EST). Other ESPN telecasts involving MSU will be Big Ten contests at home against Wisconsin on Thursday, Jan. 8 (7:30 p.m.) and Michigan on Tuesday, Feb. 17 (7:30 p.m.).
Michigan State will be televised as ESPN-Plus' Regional Game of the Week package three consecutive Saturdays in January -- Jan. 10 at Michigan (2:30 p.m.), Jan. 17 at home vs. Illinois (Noon) and Jan. 24 at home vs. Penn State (12:15 p.m.). Other weekend regional appearances come at home against Iowa on Feb. 7 (Noon) and at Wisconsin on Feb. 21 (2:30 p.m.).
The Michigan State-Purdue contest slated for the final weekend of the regular season could be televised as an ESPN-Plus Regional Game on Feb. 28 or by CBS on Sunday, March 1, beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Seven of the Spartans' 15 home games will be of the non-conference variety, headlined by a Dec. 4 visit by Temple and its legendary coach John Chaney, who in his 25 years of college coaching has compiled 560 victories. The meeting between the Spartans and the Owls will be the first time the programs have squared off since 1969.
The Oldsmobile Spartan Classic, held over the Christmas holidays since 1989, will be played Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 28-29. Joining the Green and White in this year's tourney will be Central Michigan, Gonzaga and Arkansas-Little Rock. Michigan State will play Central Michigan in the first-round game of the Olds Classic on the 28th starting at 6:00 p.m.
MSU, under the direction of third-year Head Coach Tom Izzo, opens the regular season at home against East Tennessee State on Monday, Nov. 17, starting at 7:30 p.m. Other non-conference home dates include Saturday, Dec. 13, vs. Detroit, Wednesday, Dec. 17, vs. Wright State and Saturday, Dec. 27, against Eastern Illinois.
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