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Dec. 26, 1997

MSU Men's Cagers Conclude Non-Conference Portion of Schedule vs. Eastern Illinois

GAME No. 10 -- vs. Eastern Illinois Sat. Dec. 27 2:00 pm East Lansing

MICHIGAN STATE PROBABLE STARTERS (6-3 overall) -- subject to change

F -- #13  ANTONIO SMITH (Jr., 6-8, 8.6 ppg, 8.1 rpg)
F -- #44  JASON KLEIN (Jr., 6-7, 9.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg)
F -- #34  ANDRE HUTSON (Fr., 6-8, 7.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg)
G -- #14  CHARLIE BELL (Fr., 6-3, 10.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg)
G -- #12  MATEEN CLEAVES (So., 6-2, 14.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 7.4 apg)
F -- #23  KURT CUFFLE (Sr., 6-6, 8.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg)
F -- #30  MARC POLITE (So., 6-5, 11.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg)
C -- #55  JOHN SMITH (So., 6-7, 5.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg)
G -- # 3  JACK OWENS (Jr., 6-2, 8.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg)
G -- #22  RICK KAYE (Sr., 6-2, 20.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg)    

GAME INFORMATION -- Hoping to extend a two-game winning streak, the Michigan State men's basketball team closes out the non-conference portion of its 1997-98 schedule on Saturday (Dec. 27) when it entertains the Panthers of Eastern Illinois. The Jack Breslin Student Events Center (15,138) on the MSU campus serves as the site of the first-ever meeting between the two schools and tipoff is slated for 2:05 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 takes an overall record of 6-3 into the Eastern Illinois game. In their most recent outing, the Spartans won at South Florida by a 68-53 count last Saturday (Dec. 20). In that game, the Green and White held the Bulls to just 24.6 percent from the field, an MSU opponent low this year, and enjoyed a wide 55-41 advantage on the boards. MSU held USF without a field goal for the first 9:30 of the contest and South Florida's 53 points marked the fifth time this year that the Spartans had held an opponent to 60 or fewer points. Leading a trio of MSU double-figure scorers was sophomore guard Mateen Cleaves with 15 points while freshman guard Charlie Bell and senior center DuJuan Wiley each chipped in 12 points. Juniors Antonio Smith and Jason Klein each racked up 10 boards to lead MSU in that category with Klein's effort representing a career best. In games played at the Breslin Center this year, the Spartans stand 5-2, 2-1 in road outings.

Eastern Illinois, a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, comes to town sporting an overall slate of 5-4. The Panthers have brought home wins in four of their last five outings including a 79-75 overtime win at Evansville this past Monday (Dec. 22).

THE OFFICIALS -- Art McDonald, Glenn Mayborg, and Jerry Sauder.

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 39-31. In games at the Breslin Center, Izzo has posted a record of 27-11, 12-20 on the road. Izzo has directed the Green and White to appearances in the NIT in each of his first two years.

Eastern Illinois Head Coach Rick Samuels (Chadron State, NB '70) is in his 18th season leading the Panthers and checks into the MSU contest with a school and career ledger of 251-247. Samuels' 18 years at EIU places him fifth among NCAA Division I active coaches who have coached at just one institution.

WILEY ON FIRE -- Senior center DuJuan Wiley turned in a pair of productive outings last week in helping the Green and White to wins over Wright State and South Florida. Against WSU, the 6-foot-9 Wiley played a career-long 22 minutes and established career highs in both points (10) and rebounds (8). In the USF contest, Wiley bettered his previous game's scoring output with 12 points, hitting all three of his floor attempts and all six of his charity tosses, in 17 minutes. Heading into today's game vs. EIU, Wiley is the team's leader in field goal shooting with a 71.9 percent (23 of 32) mark.

SPARTANS POUND BOARDS -- MSU's 55-41 advantage on the boards vs. South Florida marked the sixth time this year that the Spartans had posted an advantage of 10 or more caroms (five of 15 or more) than their foe. Entering the Eastern Illinois affair, the Spartans hold a 44.0-31.1 per-game edge in rebounding, 52.0-37.5 in the last two games. Since Tom Izzo has been head coach, the Spartans have outrebounded 55 of 70 opponents and hold a 35-20 record when enjoying an edge on the glass.

MSU DEFENSE HOLDING FIRM -- Heading into Saturday's clash, the Spartans have been stingy on the defensive end of the floor, allowing just 60.1 points per game (vs. last year's nine-game average of 64.6). MSU has allowed just one foe to shoot 50 percent or better from the floor while six have shot less than 40 percent. When the Spartans held USF to just 24.6 percent from the floor, it marked the first time since last year's Kansas State game (12/21/96) that a Spartan team had held an opponent tp less than 25 percent from the field. Over the last four games, MSU is allowing opponents just 33.3 percent (80 of 240) from the floor while surrendering 56.8 points per game.

MSU AND THE BRESLIN CENTER -- MSU's win over Wright State on Dec. 17 upped its all-time record at the Breslin Center to 101-26 (.795) since the facility opened in 1989 (48-7 vs. non-conference opponents, 53-19 in Big Ten contests). MSU has shot 50 percent or better from the floor in 71 games at the Breslin Center while allowing opponents to reach that mark on just 17 occasions.

QUICK FACTS -- After nine games, MSU is shooting 43.6 percent (117-of-268) from the floor in the first half and 50.3 percent (137-of-272) in the second half ... Opponents are shooting 35.7 percent (84-of-235) from the field in the first half and 39.4 percent (104-of-264) over the final 20 minutes of action ... In the last four games, MSU is shooting 37.1 percent (23 of 62) from beyond the arc vs. it opposition's effort of 24.3 (19 of 78) percent ... MSU is averaging 33.8 points in the first half of play (26.4 for opponents) and 40.2 points in the second half (33.7 for opponents) ... The Spartans have enjoyed a second-half scoring advantage in their last five and in a total of seven contests this year ... In the last four games, MSU owns a 43.5-32.0 second-half scoring edge against its foes.

THOMAS DOUBTFUL FOR EIU GAME -- Sophomore David Thomas (7.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg), who missed the Wright State and South Florida games because of a sprained knee ligament suffered late in the Detroit contest, is doubtful for Saturday's battle against Eastern Illinois.

95, vs. Wright State (12/17/97)
90, vs. Illinois-Chicago (12/5/96)
89, vs. Central Michigan (11/28/97)
86, vs. Evansville (12/17/96)
85, vs. Cleveland St. (12/6/97)
84, vs. Detroit (12/14/96)
83, vs. Weber State (12/28/96)
83, vs. Kent State (12/28/96)
83, vs. Cleveland St. (12/3/96)
83, vs. E. Tennesee St. (11/25/96)

41, Ohio State (2/7/96)
43, Kansas State (12/21/96)
45, E. Tennessee (11/25/96)
49, Wisconsin (3/1/97)
50, Geo. Washington (3/12/97)
50, Wisconsin (1/9/97)
50, Washington (3/13/96)
51, Weber State (12/28/96)

58.2% vs. Wright State (12/17/97)
56.9% vs. Central Mich. (11/28/97)
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)

23.8% by Kansas State (12/21/96)
24.6% by S. Florida (12/20/97)
29.8% by E. Tennessee (11/25/96)
31.1% by Wright State (12/17/97)
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 Cleveland St (12/6/97)
33.3% by Indiana (3/8/97)
33.3% by Wisconsin (1/9/97)
33.3% by Minnesota (1/27/96)

MORSELS FOR MUSING -- MSU has won 15 of its last 16 games when holding the opposition to 60 or fewer points (4-1 in 1997-98) ... During Izzo's stint as head coach, the Spartans post a 26-4 mark in such games ... Since last season, the Spartans are 10-1 when scoring 80-plus points (4-0 in 1997-98) ... Antonio Smith claims nine career double-doubles ... Under Izzo, MSU is 35-6 when leading at halftime (6-0 this year) ... Dating from last season, the Spartans have failed to shoot 70 percent or better from the foul line in the last 15 contests ... MSU has forced the opposition into 20 or more turnovers on three occasions this year ... The Spartans have outscored the opposition in 13 out of 18 halves of basketball ... MSU has given up 50 percent or better from the floor in three halves of action while reaching that mark on nine occasions ... MSU has attempted more free throws than its opponents in six contests ... Since Izzo has taken over as head coach, MSU is 31-4 in games when it has outshot the opposition from the field ... The Spartans have held their opponents to less than 10 field goals in a half on five occasions this year ... After nine outings, MSU is averaging 16.3 offensive rebounds vs. the opposition's average of 10.7.

MSU PLAYER NOTES # 11-- Sophomore David Thomas has missed the last two games with a knee sprain and is listed as doubtful for EIU ... Has started seven games ... Held scoreless for the first time this season in the Detroit (12/13) game (22 minutes) ... Tallied a career-high 12 points vs. Cleveland State (12/6) and his five field goals tied his career high ... Shot 50 percent or better from the floor in five games ... Shooting 54.3 percent from the floor (25-of-46) ... Played a career-high 33 minutes in the Temple contest ... 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 (board total tying career high) ... 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 rebounding (7.0 rpg).

#12 -- Sophomore Mateen Cleaves leads the team in minutes (32.7 mpg), scoring (14.9 ppg) and assists (7.4 apg) ... Leads the Big Ten in assists ... Has scored in double figures his last eight games (15.8/avg.) including a game-high 15 points vs. South Florida (12/20) ... Doled out 10 assists against USF, his second game of double-figure assists this season and third of his career ... Career-best 21 points vs. Detroit (12/13) ... Hit six-of-nine from the field and posted a team-high 16 points vs. Wright State (12/17) ... Game-high 17-point effort vs. Cleveland State (12/6) ... Has led or shared for the team's scoring lead in the last five and in a total of seven contests ... No. 2 on squad in treys with 15 ... 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 .. Shooting 50 percent (23 of 46) from the floor in last three games ... Team-highs in points (17) and assists (5) vs. Illinois-Chicago (11/21) ... Registered team-high seven assists vs. East Tennessee (11/17) ... Has 213 assists in 38 career contests (5.6 apg) ... Has led or shared for MSU's lead in assists in 33 of 38 career outings (all nine this season) ... Scored in double figures in 24 outings during his career (16 in '96-97).

#13 -- Junior Antonio Smith paces the team in rebounding (8.1 rpg) ... Has double-figure rebounding in two of his last three and in four games this year ... Picked off ten boards, tying for team high, against South Florida (12/20) ... Recorded his second double-double of the year and ninth of his career with a season-high 13 points along with 10 boards (team high) vs. Detroit (12/13) ... Shooting 55.6 percent (15 of 27) from the floor in the last four contests ... Shot 50 percent or better from the floor on six occasions ... Has three games of double-figure scoring this season ... Hit six field goals and totaled 12 points at Cleveland State (12/6) ... Has led or shared for MSU rebounding honors in five games including a 10-board performance vs. CMU ... No. 2 on the club in minutes (29.0 mpg) ... Notched first double-double of the year vs. ETSU (11/17) with 11 points and 10 boards ... 23 career contests of 10 or more boards and five of 15-plus caroms.

#14 -- Freshman Charlie Bell is No. 2 on the team in scoring (10.4 ppg) ... Averaging 12.0 points in his last four games ... Tallied 12 points, tying for second highest on the team, vs. South Florida, his third double-figure scoring effort in the last four contests and fifth of the campaign ... Also grabbed nine rebounds vs. USF, tying his personal best ... Totaled 14 points vs. Wright State ... Registered a season-long 33 minutes vs. Detroit (12/13) and finished with nine points ... Has at least one trey in his last five contests including a season-best two vs. Wright State ... 29 minutes and registered 13 points vs. Cleveland State (12/6) ... Also paced the squad in rebounding vs. CSU with nine caroms, the first time a Spartan guard had led MSU in boards since Eric Snow grabbed six vs. Weber State in the 1995 NCAA Tournament ... No. 2 on the squad in scoring against CMU (11/28) 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 seen action in the last four games, averaging 10 minutes per stint ... Played a season-long 17 minutes vs. Wright State (12/17) and posted his first double-figure scoring effort of the year with 11 points ... Sank three treys against Wright State ... Averaging 10 minutes per game ... 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.

#34 -- Freshman Andre Hutson is averaging 21.6 minutes per game ... Is the team's No. 2 shooter from the floor, hitting 62.8% (27 of 43) of his attempts ... Has started the last seven MSU contests ... Grabbed eight boards (second highest of the season), and scored eight points in 22 minutes vs. South Florida (12/20) ... Averaging 6.0 rebounds in the last three contests ... Hit six-of-nine from the field and finished with 13 points (tying season high) at Cleveland State (12/6) ... Has shot 50 percent or better from the field in six contests ... Five-of-seven from the floor, finishing with 11 points, and snared a game-high nine boards in a season-long 30 minutes vs. Temple (12/4) ... No. 3 on the team in rebounding (5.8 rpg) ... Strong effort in the Coca-Cola Classic where he started both games and shot 69.2 percent from the floor -- averaging 11 points ... Tallied a team-high 13 points in the championship game vs. Gonzaga in 28 minutes ... Made first career start against CMU, playing 21 minutes and registering nine points and five boards ... Blocked three ETSU shot attempts.

#42 -- Sophomore Morris Peterson came back to play vs. Wright State (12/17) after missing the previous three contests with a fractured bone in his right wrist (suffered in the Gonzaga game) ... Tallied a season-high 11 points against WSU, hitting five-of-seven from the floor, while also grabbing a season-high five boards ... Played 15 minutes vs. South Florida (12/20) ... 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 seven occasions in his career, five of which came last year ... Six of his double-figure scoring efforts have come at home.

#43 -- Sophomore A.J. Granger has come off the bench in MSU's first nine games and is averaging 12.7 minutes ... Averaging 2.7 rebounds ... Established career highs in field goals (4) and points (8) in the Wright State (12/17) contest while playing a season-high 19 minutes... Played 16 minutes vs. Cleveland State (12/6) and grabbed a career-high six boards ... Has scored in seven of MSU's nine games ...18 minutes at UIC (11/21) and snatched five boards, tops among the subs, and tying his then personal best ... 13 minutes of action vs. ETSU (11/17) and and finished with five points and three rebounds.


Date      Opponent      Pts.
12/13/97  DETROIT       21
 2/15/97  Illinois      20
11/28/97  CENT. MICH.   19
 1/11/97  OHIO STATE    18
12/17/96  Evansville    18

MATEEN CLEAVES' TOP ASSIST GAMES Date Opponent Ast. 11/29/97 GONZAGA 11 12/20/97 S. Florida 10 2/12/97 IOWA 10 1/18/97 N'WESTERN 9 12/21/96 KANSAS STATE 9

ATNONIO SMITH'S HIGH REBOUND 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

ANTONIO SMITH'S CAREER DOUBLE DOUBLES Date Opp. Pts./Rebs. 12/13/97 DETROIT 13 /10 11/17/97 E. TENNESEE 11 /10 3/ 8/97 INDIANA 10 /19 3/ 6/97 Minnesota 10 /14 2/26/97 Ohio State 10 /10 2/ 1/97 Michigan 12 /10 1/29/97 Purdue 17 /15 12/14/97 Detroit 13 /15 12/ 3/97 CLEVE STATE 16 /10

#44 -- Junior Jason Klein is No. 3 on the team in scoring (9.9 ppg) ... Played a career-long 34 minutes vs. South Florida (12/20) and finished with nine points and a career-high 10 rebounds ... Recorded fifth double-figure scoring effort of the year vs. Wright State (12/17) with 11 points (tying season high) ... Has scored in double figures in five of his last seven outings ... Shooting 44.4 percent (8 of 18) from beyond the arc in last three contests ... Totaled 11 points vs. Temple (12/4), tying him for team honors ... No. 1 on the squad in treys with 23 ... Coca-Cola Classic All-Tournament Team pick after scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 boards in the two games ... 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 nine contests this year ... Played 29 minutes vs. Illinois-Chicago (11/21) and hit three treys en route to nine points ... Seventeen career games of two or more treys (five coming last year, three in '95-96) ... No. 6 on MSU's all-time list in treys with 60.

#55 -- Senior DuJuan Wiley is averaging 13.8 minutes ... Averaging 9.9 points and shooting 84.6 percent (11 of 13) from the floor in the last three games ... Totaled career-high 12 points vs. South Florida (12/20) ... Played a career-long 22 minutes against Wright State (12/17) and scored 10 points while establishing career best in rebounds with a team-leading eight ... Also blocked three shots against the Raiders ... Has scored in every game ... Grabbed seven rebounds vs. Detroit ... Team leader in field goal shooting, hitting 71.9 percent (23 of 32) of his attempts ... MSU leader in blocked shots with 17 ... Tied his career high in blocked shots with four in the Cleveland State (12/6) game and also grabbed five rebounds ... First career start came in the ETSU (11/17) game where he played 20 minutes while finishing with a six caroms and four blocked shots, tying career high ... Has blocked shots in seven contests.

BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW THAT -- Junior forward Antonio Smith has started the last 36 Spartan contests while sophomore guard Mateen Cleaves has the starting nod in MSU's last 33 encounters ... Smith surpassed the 500 career rebound plateau in the South Florida contest and has 508 career boards ... Dating from last year, the Spartans have made three or more three-point field goals in their last 19 games ... Jason Klein celebrated his 21st birthday on Dec. 25 ... MSU has allowed just 26 of its last 158 opponents to shoot 50 percent or better from the field ... Through games played Dec. 25, the Spartans' three losses come to teams with a combined record of 24-6 (Illinois-Chicago 10-1, Temple 6-3 and Detroit 8-2).

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