Nov. 18, 1997

Michigan State Travels to Illinois-Chicago

MICHIGAN STATE PROBABLE STARTERS (1-0 overall)
F -- #13	ANTONIO SMITH (Jr., 6-8, 11.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg)
F -- #11	DAVID THOMAS (So., 6-7, 8.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg)
F -- #55	DuJUAN WILEY (Sr., 6-9, 7.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg)
G -- #14	CHARLIE BELL (Fr., 6-3, 15.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg)
G -- #12	MATEEN CLEAVES (So., 6-2, 8.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 7.0 apg)
     	
ILLINOIS-CHICAGO PROBABLE STARTERS (1-0 overall)
F -- # 4	CLIFTON JACKSON (Sr., 6-7, 0.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg)
F -- #33	KONSTANTINE STAVROPOULOS (Jr., 6-6, 6.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg)
G -- #12	MARK MILLER (Sr., 5-11, 33.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg)
G -- #15	ANTHONY COOMES (Sr., 6-1, 3.0 ppg 2.0 rpg, 6.0 apg)
G -- # 3	LEONARD WALKER (So., 6-4, 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg)

GAME INFORMATION -- After notching an impressive season-opening win over East Tennessee State on Monday, the Michigan State men's basketball team faces its first road test of the year on Friday (Nov. 21) when it plays at Illinois Chicago. The UIC Pavilion (8,000) will serve as the site for the 13th meeting between the Spartans and the Flames and tipoff is slated for 9:05 p.m. (EST). Fridays' tilt against UIC is one of three non-conference road affairs for MSU. The Spartans will play at Cleveland State (Dec. 6) and at South Florida (Dec. 20).

COVERAGE -- All MSU basketball games can be heard on WJIM Radio (1240 AM/97.5 FM). Describing the play-by-play is Mark Champion while former Spartan head coach, Gus Ganakas, serves as analyst.

MSU RADIO NETWORK - Michigan State basketball can be heard on the following radio stations.

City           Call Letters/Freq.
Adrian         WABJ-AM (1490)
Alma           WQBX-FM (104.9)
Alpena         WJKZ-FM (94.9)
Battle Creek   WBCK-AM (930)
Benton Harbor/ WSJM-AM (1400)
St. Joseph
Cheboygan      WCBY-AM (1240)
Coldwater      WTVB-AM (1590)
Detroit        WXYT-AM (1270)
Windsor, ONT   CKLW-AM (800)
Escanaba       WDCB-AM (680)
Fenton         WWON-AM (1160)
Flint          WTRX-AM (1330)
Frankenmuth    WKNX-AM (1250)
Freemont       WSHN-AM (1550)
Grand Rapids   WCUZ-AM (1230)
Ionia          WION-AM (1430)
Ironwood       WJMS-AM (590)
Jackson        WKHM-AM (970)
Kalamazoo      WQSN-AM (1470)
Lansing        WJIM-AM/FM (1240/97.5)
Ludington      WKLA-AM (1450)
Manistique     WTIQ-AM (1490)
Marquette      WDMJ-AM (1320)
Mt. Pleasant   WMMI-AM (830)
Mt. Pleasant   WCZY-FM (104.3)
Newberry       WNBY-AM (1450)
N. Muskegon    WEFG-AM (1490)
Petoskey       WJML-AM (1110)
Port Huron     WPHM-AM (1380)
Saginaw        WIXC-FM (97.3)
St. Ignace     WIDG-AM (940)
Tawas City     WKJC-FM (104.7)
Traverse Cty.  WLDR-FM (101.9)

THE RECORDS -- MSU stands 1-0 following an 82-59 win over East Tennesee State on Monday, the program's 21st straight season-opening victory. In that game, the Spartans held ETSU to 37.7 percent from the floor while outrebounding the Buccaneers by a healthy 51-34 margin. Freshman Charlie Bell paced the team's scoring attack with 15 points while junior Antonio Smith pulled down a game high 10 rebounds.

Illinois-Chicago enters a Nov. 18 home game vs. Alabama State with 1-0 mark. The Flames opened their '97-98 campaign on a successful note on Sunday, capturing a 73 68 win at Louisiana Tech. Leading the way for UIC in that game was senior guard Mark Miller with 33 points while senior Bryant Lowe came off the bench to notch 20 points and 10 boards.

MSU CONTINUES HOME WIN STREAK -- Monday's win over East Tennessee State marked the seventh straight home win for the Spartans. MSU closed out the '96-97 season with six straight wins at the BSEC.

MOST POINTS BY IZZO-COACHED TEAMS
90, vs. Illinois-at-Chicago (12/5/96)
86, vs. Evansville (12/17/96)
84, vs. Detroit (12/14/96)
83, vs. Weber State (12/28/96)
83, vs. Kent (12/28/96)
83, vs. Cleveland State (12/3/96)
83, vs. E. Tennessee (11/25/96)

FEWEST POINTS ALLOWED BY IZZO COACHED TEAMS
41, Ohio State (2/7/96)
43, Kansas State (12/21/96)
45, E. Tennessee (11/25/96)
49, Wisconsin (3/1/97)
50, George Washington (3/12/97)
50, Wisconsin (1/9/97)
50, Washington (3/13/96)
51, Weber State (12/28/96)

BEST FG% SHOOTING GAMES BY IZZO COACHED TEAMS
56.3%, vs. N'western (2/27/96)
56.1%, vs. Illinois (3/6/96)
54.5%, vs. Kent (12/27/96)
53.6%, vs. Kansas State (12/21/96)
53.1%, vs. Wisconsin (3/1/97)
53.1%, vs. Evansville (12/17/96)
53.1%, vs. Illinois (1/6/96)

BEST DEFENSIVE FG% EFFORTS BY IZZO-COACHED TEAMS
23.8%, by Kansas State (12/21/96)
29.8%, by E. Tennessee (11/25/96)
31.3%, by Idaho State (12/30/95)
31.7%, by George Washington (3/12/97)
32.6%, by Ohio State (2/7/96)
33.3%, by Indiana (3/8/97)
33.3%, by Wisconsin (1/9/97)
33.3%, by Minnesota (1/27/96)

SERIES RECORDS -- In a series that saw the first game played in 1983 Michigan State posts a 10-2 all time mark against Illinois-Chicago, 2-2 at the UIC Pavilion. Friday's game marks the second straight and the sixth time in the last seven years that the two teams have battled on the hardwood. The last time the Green and White played at the Pavilion was on Dec. 30, 1994, when it came away with a 92-78 triumph. Last year, MSU registered a 90-60 win at East Lansing. Current Spartans who played a key role in that win included guard Mateen Cleaves who finished with 14 points.

Overall, Michigan State has won the last five games of the series.

THE COACHES -- Michigan State is guided by head coach Tom Izzo (Northern Michigan '77), who is in his third season at the helm of the program. Izzo has a school and career record of 34-28. In games at the Breslin Center, Izzo has posted a record of 24-9, 10-19 on the road.

Illinois-Chicago Head Coach Jimmy Collins (New Mexico State '70) is in his second season leading the Flames and took a school and career record of 16-14 (15-14 last year) into the Alabama State contest. Prior to his current duties, Collins was an assistant coach at Illinois from 1983 through 1996.

SPARTANS' DEPTH SHOWS -- All 13 players who suited up for the East Tennessee State game saw action with a dozen scoring points and grabbing at least one rebound. The Spartan coaching staff spread playing time around, with ten players seeing 13 or more minutes worth of action while nobody played more than 30. A number of players saw their first ever regular-season action including redshirt freshmen Ken Miller, who played three minutes and finished with one board, and Steve Cherry, who notched two points and one rebound. True freshman Lorenzo Guess, who started practicing with the team last Thursday after spending the fall with the MSU football team, also recorded two points and one board in two minutes.

FREE THROWS HAMPER MSU -- One area that slowed MSU on Monday foul shooting. The Spartans connected on just 40 percent (14-of-35) of their attempts from the charity stripe, including 28 percent (5-of-18) in the second half. The 40 percent mark tied the low mark by an Izzo-coached team while the 35 free throw opportunities were the most afforded a Spartan squad since last year vs. Cleveland State (Dec. 3, 1996).

MSU AND THE BRESLIN CENTER -- MSU's win over East Tennessee State raised its all-time record at the Breslin Center to 98-24 (.803) since the facility opened in 1989 (45-5 vs. non-conference opponents, 53-19 in Big Ten contests). MSU has shot 50 percent or better from the floor in 69 games at home while allowing the opposition to reach that mark on just 16 occasions.

SCHEDULING NOTE -- The starting time for the Michigan State-Detroit game on Saturday, December 13, will be 7:05 p.m. (EST).

WILEY AND THOMAS TRAVEL WITH BIG TEN ALL-STARS -- Senior center DuJuan Wiley and David Thomas were MSU's representatives on the 1997 Big Ten All-Star Team that played a six-game tour of Europe during August. The squad, coached by Tom Izzo, finished with a 3-3 mark. Wiley averaged 8.0 points, shooting 50 percent from the floor, and 5.7 boards, while Thomas finished with a 9.9 per-game scoring mark along with a effort of 5.1 rebounds per outing.

FLINT TOWN HIGH ON SPARTANS' LIST -- For the second straight season, the city of Flint has four players on the MSU roster. In addition to Mateen Cleaves and Antonio Smith, both of whom attended Northern High School, sophomore Morris Peterson (Northwestern HS) and freshman Charlie Bell (Southwestern Academy) also hail from Flint.

ANTONIO SMITH'S TOP REBOUNDING GAMES
Date     OPPONENT       REBS.
3/8/97   INDIANA        19
2/22/97  PENN STATE     17
1/2/97   Indiana        16
1/29/97  Purdue         15
12/14/96 Detroit        15
MATEEN CLEAVES' TOP ASSISTS GAMES
Date     OPPONENT       AST
2/12/97  IOWA           10
1/18/97  N'WESTERN       9
12/21/96 KANSAS STATE    9
MATEEN CLEAVES' TOP SCORING GAMES
Date     OPPONENT       PTS
2/15/97  Illinois       20
1/11/97  OHIO STATE     18
12/17/96 Evansville     18

MORSELS FOR MUSING -- Michigan State has won its last 12 games (1-0 in '97-98, 10-0 in 1996 97) when holding the opposition to 60 or fewer points, and stands 23-3 in such contests during Tom Izzo's tenure as head coach ... Since last season, the Spartans are 7-1 when scoring 80-plus points ... Antonio Smith's 11-point, 10-rebound performance against ETSU represented his eighth career double double ... Under Izzo, MSU is 30-6 when leading at halftime ... The Spartans accounted for 32 points off 20 ETSU turnovers ... Dating from last year, MSU is 10-1 when the opposition has more turnovers ...

MSU came up with nine blocked shots against the Buccaneers, the best effort by a Spartan team since March 13, 1996, when the squad recorded nine blocks against Washington in the NIT.

NEXT UP FOR THE SPARTANS -- Following the Illinois-Chicago test, MSU's next action will be against Central Michigan on Friday, November 28, in the opening round of the Coca Cola Spartan Classic. The game against CMU will start at 6:05 p.m. and will preceed the Gonzaga vs. Arkansas Little Rock game. The consolation game will be held the following evening at 6:00 p.m. with the championship game scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. start.


MSU PLAYER NOTES

#11 -- Sophomore David Thomas started the ETSU game (11/17) and established career highs in minutes (23), points (8) and rebounds (8) ... No. 2 on the team in boards vs. ETSU ... Played in 23 games last year, three as a starter ... Two of his starts came in road contests against Penn State and Michigan ... Averaged 7.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in MSU's two exhibition games.

#12 -- Sophomore Mateen Cleaves dished out a team-high seven assists vs. ETSU (11/17) ... Has 153 assists in 30 career contests (5.1 apg) ... Has led or shared for MSU's lead in assists in 25 of 30 career outings ... Scored in double figures in 16 outings a year ago including a career-high 20 against Illinois (2/15/97).

#13 -- Junior Antonio Smith notched his eighth career double-double vs. ETSU (11/17) with 11 points and 10 boards ... Has 20 career contests of 10 or more boards and five of 15-plus caroms ... Led the squad in field goal shooting last season with a mark of 56.4 percent (92-of-163) ... Third-Team All-Big Ten pick last year ... Five boards shy of reaching the 450 career rebound mark ... Led the Big Ten in rebounding a year ago.

#14 -- Freshman Charlie Bell paced the team in scoring vs. ETSU (11/17) with 15 points while also chipping in seven boards and two assists ... His point total marked the first time that a true frosh had led MSU in scoring in a season opener since Jay Vincent's 25 points vs. Central Michigan (11/28/77) ... Runner-up in the voting for Michigan's Mr. Basketball Award last year.

#30 -- Freshman Doug Davis played 13 minutes off the bench vs. ETSU (11/17) and scored eight points while dishing out three assists ... Made his lone appearance of the exhibition season against Ural where he played six minutes and scored four points ... One of four finalists for the state of Ohio's Mr. Basketball Award.

#34 -- Freshman Andre Hutson totaled 16 minutes off the bench vs. ETSU (11/17) and grabbed six boards, tops among the reserves ... Blocked three ETSU shot attempts ... Played in both of MSU's exhibition games, averaging 7.5 points and 3.0 rebounds ... Voted Ohio's player of the year by that state's coaches.

#42 -- Sophomore Morris Peterson played 14 minutes vs. ETSU (11/17), scoring five points and grabbing three boards ... Played in 29 games last season, 18 as a starter ... Has scored in double figures on five occasions in his career, all of which came last year ... Four of his double-figure scoring efforts have come at home.

#43 -- Sophomore A.J. Granger saw 13 minutes of action vs. ETSU (11/17) and finished with five points and three rebounds ... Played in 22 games and started the last seven contests of the '96-97 season ... Grabbed a season-high five boards against George Washington in the NIT.

#44 -- Junior Jason Klein registered 21 minutes as a reserve vs. ETSU and notched nine points, tops among the subs ... No. 2 on the squad in three-point field goals last year with 24 ... Nine career games of two or more treys, five coming last year ... Missed the Athletes in Action exhibition game with an elbow injury and the Ural outing with strep throat.

#55 -- Senior DuJuan Wiley made his first career start in the ETSU (11/17) game and played a career-long 20 minutes and finishing with a personal-best six caroms ... Tied career high in blocked shots with four ... Paced the team in blocked shots with 19 in '96-97.