Dec. 1, 1997
Michigan State Men's Cagers Battle Temple
GAME INFORMATION -- The Michigan State men's basketball team, fresh off a championship performance in the Coca-Cola Spartan Classic this past weekend, gears up for more non-conference play this Thursday (Dec. 4) when it hosts the Owls of Temple University. The Jack Breslin Student Events Center (15,138) will be the site of the ninth-ever meeting between the two schools and tipoff is slated for 7:35 p.m.
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.
THE RECORDS -- MSU stands 3-1 following a pair of victories last weekend at the Coca-Cola Spartan Classic. MSU topped Central Michigan, 89-61, in the opening round before registering a last-second 70-68 win over Gonzaga in the championship contest. In the championship tilt, junior Jason Klein's layup off a shot that was blocked with one-tenth of a second remaining gave MSU the victory. The win over Gonzaga marked the school's 100th win at the Breslin Center since the facility opened in 1989.
Temple comes to town sporting an overall record of 2-1. The Owls' last game took place on Nov. 22 when it dropped an 87-74 decision at Mississippi. Temple's two wins have come against Auburn (68-42) and Indiana (59-53).
THE SERIES -- In a series that originated in 1936, each team has claimed four wins. In games played at East Lansing, the Spartans have a 3-0 mark against Temple, but haven't played the Owls on the MSU campus since 1941. The schools last met on Dec. 30, 1969, when Temple came away with a 90-51 victory at the Far West Classic in Portland, Oregon.
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 36-29. In games at the Breslin Center, Izzo has posted a record of 26-9, 10-20 on the road.
Temple Head Coach John Chaney (Bethune-Cookman '55) is in his 16th season leading the Owls and owns a school record of 337-141. During his stint at Temple, he has led the program to 13 NCAA Tournament appearances including the last eight. In 26 years of coaching, which includes a 10-year stint at Cheyney State (1972-73 through 1981-82), Chaney has a career mark of 562-200.
TOM IZZO RADIO SHOW INFO -- Starting on Monday, Dec. 1, the Tom Izzo radio show can be heard throughout the state of Michigan on MSU basketball radio affiliates. The show will be held at Tripper's Sports Lounge on Mondays from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
MSU HITS THE BOARDS -- After surrendering 18 offensive rebounds in a 70-58 loss at Illinois-Chicago, MSU dominated the boards at both ends of the floor in both games of the Coca-Cola Classic. Against Central Michigan, the Spartans finished with a 47-18 advantage on the glass while posting a decisive 41-22 margin over the Bulldogs of Gonzaga. The +29 advantage in rebounding against the Chippewas was the Spartans' largest differential against an opponent since a Dec., 1995, match against Central Michigan (51-21). MSU has outrebounded three of four opponents this year and shows a 43.3-28.3 per-game advantage over the opposition in that category.
MSU LOOKS TO CONTINUE HOME WIN STREAK -- Heading into the Temple affair, MSU will be looking to keep its home winning streak, now at nine games, intact. In home games against teams outside the Big Ten Conference, the Green and White have claimed the last 12 meetings.
CLEAVES TABBED MVP OF COCA-COLA CLASSIC -- Sophomore guard Mateen Cleaves was chosen by a media panel as the MVP of last weekend's Coca-Cola Spartan Classic. The 6-foot-2 Cleaves paced the Spartans in scoring with 19 points, his second highest total as a Spartan, and eight assists against Central Michigan before finishing the Gonzaga outing with 10 points along with a career-high 11 assists. Through four games, Cleaves paces the club in minutes (32.3 mpg), scoring (13.5 ppg) and assists (7.75 apg).
MSU AND THE BRESLIN CENTER -- MSU's win over Gonzaga raised its all-time record at the Breslin Center to 100-24 (.806) since the facility opened in 1989 (47-5 vs. non-conference opponents, 53-19 in Big Ten contests). MSU has shot 50 percent or better from the floor in 70 games at the Breslin Center 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)
QUICK FACTS -- After four games, MSU is shooting 50 percent (57-of-114) from the floor in the first half and 47.4 percent (59-of-128) in the second half ... Opponents are shooting 37.3 percent (40-of-107) from the field in the first half and 42.4 percent (48-of-113) over the final 20 minutes of action ... The Spartans have been outshot from the foul line in all four games and are connecting at just a 52.9 percent (45-of-85) vs. the opposition's effort of 75.3 percent (58-of-77) ... MSU is averaging 36.5 points in the first half of play (28.2 for opponents) and 38.3 points in the second half (36.3 for opponents).
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 8-1 when scoring 80-plus points ... Antonio Smith claims eight career double-doubles ... Under Izzo, MSU is 32-6 when leading at halftime (3-0 this year) ... Dating from last year, MSU is 10-1 when the opposition has more turnovers ... Dating from last season, the Spartans have failed to shoot 70 percent or better from the foul line in the last 10 contests ... Last Friday night's effort of 56.9 percent from the floor vs. Central Michigan marked the best field goal shooting performance by a Tom-Izzo coached squad ... The Spartans have outscored the opposition in five out of eight halves of basketball ... MSU has given up 50 percent or better from the floor in just one half of action (53.6% by Gonzaga -- second half) while reaching that mark on four occasions ... Since Izzo has taken over as head coach, MSU is 28-4 in games when it has outshot the opposition from the field.
MSU PLAYER NOTES
# 11-- Sophomore David Thomas has started all four MSU games ... His 65.4 percent mark from the floor (17-of-26) leads the team ... Coca-Cola Classic All-Tournament after totaling 18 points and 20 boards ... First career double-double came against Gonzaga with 10 points and 10 boards, with both totals tying career highs ... 32 minutes against Gonzaga was a career long ... Came up with 10 boards against Central Michigan (11/28), tying him with Antonio Smith for game honors ... 10 points vs. Illinois-Chicago, hitting a career-best five-of-six field goal attempts ... No. 2 on the team in boards vs. ETSU (8) ... No. 2 on the team in rebounding (8.5 rpg) ... Has shot 50 percent or better from the floor in all four contests.
#12 -- Sophomore Mateen Cleaves leads the team in minutes (32.3 mpg), scoring (13.5 ppg) and assists (7.75 apg) ... Coca-Cola Classic MVP after scoring 29 points and doling out 19 assists against Central Michigan and Gonzaga ... Career-high 11 assists against Gonzaga was the first time a Spartan had more than 10 assists in a game since Eric Snow's 11 vs. Wisconsin (3/11/95) ... Notched game-high 19 points and doled out eight assists vs. CMU .. Has two or more treys in the last three contests ... Team-highs in points (17) and assists (5) vs. Illinois-Chicago (11/21) ... Registered team-high seven assists vs. East Tennessee (11/17) ... Has 177 assists in 33 career contests (5.3 apg) ... Has led or shared for MSU's lead in assists in 28 of 33 career outings ... Scored in double figures in 19 outings during his career (16 in '96-97).
#13 -- Junior Antonio Smith paces the team in rebounding (9.0 rpg) ... Has led or shared for MSU rebounding honors in three games including a 10-board performance vs. CMU ... No. 2 on the club in minutes (29.5 mpg) ... Has a pair of double-digit rebounding outings this season ... Notched his eighth career double-double vs. ETSU (11/17) with 11 points and 10 boards ... Has 21 career contests of 10 or more boards and five of 15-plus caroms ... Third-Team All-Big Ten pick last year.
#14 -- Freshman Charlie Bell is tied for the No. 2 spot on the team in scoring (9.8 ppg) ... No. 2 on the squad in scoring against CMU with a career-best 17 points ... 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).
#30 -- Freshman Doug Davis has played a total of 30 minutes as a reserve in MSU's four games ... Did not see any action against Gonzaga ... Hit a trey en route to three points in nine minutes vs. Central Michigan ... 13 minutes off the bench vs. ETSU (11/17) and scored eight points while dishing out three assists. One of four finalists for the state of Ohio's Mr. Basketball Award as a senior in high school.
#34 -- Freshman Andre Hutson is averaging 19.5 minutes after four games ... No. 3 on the team in rebounding (4.5 rpg) ... Strong effort in the Coca-Cola Classic where he started both games, shooting 69.2 percent from the floor (9-of-13) and averaging 11 points ... Tallied a team-high 13 points (personal best) in the championship game vs. Gonzaga in 28 minutes (season long) ... Made first career start against CMU, playing 21 minutes and registering nine points and five boards ... No. 2 on the club in blocked shots with seven ... 16 minutes off the bench vs. ETSU (11/17) and grabbed six boards, tops among the reserves ... Blocked three ETSU shot attempts.
#42 -- Sophomore Morris Peterson is averaging 5.8 points and 3.3 boards after four games ... Hit five-of-seven field goal attempts en route to a season-high 10 points against Gonzaga (11/29) ... Posted four rebounds and six points in 16 minutes vs. Illinois-Chicago ... Played 14 minutes vs. ETSU (11/17), scoring five points ... Played in 29 games last season, 18 as a starter ... Has scored in double figures on six occasions in his career, five of which came last year ... Five of his double-figure scoring efforts have come at home.
#43 -- Sophomore A.J. Granger has come off the bench in MSU's first four games and is averaging 12.5 minutes ... Averaging 3.0 rebounds and has at least two caroms in every contest ... 10-minute stint vs. Central Michigan and scored four points ... 18 minutes at Illinois-Chicago (11/21) and snatched five boards, tops among the subs, and tying his personal best ... 13 minutes of action vs. ETSU (11/17) and and finished with five points and three
#44 -- Junior Jason Klein is tied for the No. 2 spot on the team in scoring (9.8 ppg) ... Coca-Cola Classic All-Tournament Team pick after scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 boards in the two games ... His 11 points vs. Central and 10 vs. Gonzaga marked the first time in his career that he had put back-to-back games of double-figure scoring together ... Leads the team in treys with 10 ... Shooting 50 percent (8-of-16) from the floor in the last two games ... Season-high 11 points in 17 minutes against Central Michigan ... Sank three treys against the Chippewas, tying his career high ... Has two or more treys in all four contests this year ... Played a career-long 29 minutes vs. Illinois-Chicago (11/21) and hit three treys en route to nine points ... Registered 21 minutes as a reserve vs. ETSU and notched nine points, tops among the subs ... Twelve career games of two or more treys, five coming last year.
#55 -- Senior DuJuan Wiley started the first two MSU games and is averaging 14.0 minutes ... Is the team's leader in blocked shots with eight and has at least one block in all four games ... Hit all three field goal attempts and scored seven points against Central Michigan (11/28) ... Four points and two blocks in 16 minutes vs. Illinois-Chicago (11/21) ... First career start came in the ETSU (11/17) game where he played a career-long 20 minutes while finishing with a personal-best six caroms and four blocked shots, tying career high ... Paced the team in blocked shots with 19 in '96-97.
BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW THAT -- Junior forward Antonio Smith has started the last 31 Spartan contests while sophomore guard Mateen Cleaves has the starting nod in MSU's last 28 encounters ... Dating from last year, the Spartans have made three or more three-point field goals in their last 14 games ... Sophomore David Thomas will turn 21 years old on Thursday (Dec. 4) ... MSU has allowed just 25 of its last 153 opponents to shoot 50 percent or better from the field ... Since World War II, MSU is 6-6 in games played on Dec. 4 ... MSU has totaled 26 blocked shots after four games (6.5 bpg) compared to 15 last year and seven in 1995-96 ... The last Spartan cager to grab 20 or more rebounds in a game was Kevin Willis with 20 against Wisconsin on March 5, 1983.
ON THE HORIZON -- Following the Temple game, MSU's next action will be at Cleveland State on Saturday, Dec. 6, starting at 7:30 p.m.
SCOUTING TEMPLE -- After three games, the Owls are averaging 67 points per game while allowing 60.7. Temple has been outrebounded by an average of 42.0-32.7 per game, but has allowed its opposition to shoot just 38.7 percent from the floor. Sophomore center Lamont Barnes ranks as the team's top scorer (13.3 ppg) and rebounder (6.3 rpg). Last year, the 6-foot-10 Barnes paced Temple in blocked shots with 53. The backcourt of sophomore Pepe Sanchez (9.3 ppg, 5.3 apg) and junior Rasheed Brokenborough (9.0 ppg), both members of last year's Atlantic-10 All-Rookie Team, is a formidable one. Brokenborough averaged 16 points per game last season, starting 30 of 31 games, while Sanchez started all 31 Temple contests and averaging 10.0 points per outing.
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