Jan. 9, 1998
MSU Men's Cagers Battle Arch-Rival Michigan
Game No. 13 -- vs. Michigan Sat., Jan. 10; 2:30 pm Ann Arbor Michigan State Probable Starters (9-3 overall; 2-0 Big Ten) -- subject to change F -- #13 ANTONIO SMITH (Jr., 6-8, 8.5 ppg, 9.3 rpg) F -- #44 JASON KLEIN (Jr., 6-7, 10.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg) F -- #34 ANDRE HUTSON (Fr., 6-8, 8.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg) G -- #14 CHARLIE BELL (Fr., 6-3, 9.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg) G -- #12 MATEEN CLEAVES (So., 6-2, 15.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 7.5 apg) Michigan Probable Starters (12-4 overall; 2-1 Big Ten) F -- #30 MACEO BASTON (Sr., 6-9, 13.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg) F -- #32 JEROD WARD (Sr., 6-9, 12.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg) C -- #54 ROBERT TRAYLOR (Jr., 6-8, 15.4 ppg, 10.6 rpg) G -- # 3 ROBBIE REID (Jr., 6-1, 8.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.2 apg) G -- #11 LOUIS BULLOCK (Jr., 6-3, 14.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg)
MSU actually trailed UW by a 25-23 margin with 19:19 remaining in the game, but a 23-5 Green and White run, keyed by sophomore guard Mateen Cleaves' 11 points, over the next 10:30 boosted MSU to a 46-30 advantage.
Leading a trio of MSU double-figure scorers was junior Jason Klein with 15 points while Cleaves closed out the contest with 14 points along with a game-high nine assists. Freshman Andre Hutson tallied 12 points and junior forward Antonio Smith paced the Green and White's board play with nine caroms.
The 40 points by the Badgers represented an MSU opponent low in games played at the Breslin Center and also represented the Spartans' best effort in scoring defense since Dec. 10, 1984, when it topped St. Peter's, 50-38.
So far this year, the Spartans stand 5-2 at home, 3-1 in road outings. Michigan, ranked No. 17 in this week's Associated Press rankings and No. 18 by ESPN/USA Today, hosts MSU with an overall slate of 12-4, 2-1 in the Big Ten. U of M is coming off a 80-62 loss at Indiana last Tuesday, ending a six-game winning streak.
Brian Ellerbe (Rutgers '85) was named interim head coach of Michigan on Oct. 24, 1997. Ellerbe, who was originally hired at U of M as an assistant in June of 1997, previously served as the head coach at Loyola College for three seasons where he compiled a record of 34-47.
Msu Quick Hitters
Msu Wipes The Glass
Msu Defense Stingy
Through 12 outings, MSU has allowed just one opponent to shoot 50 percent or better from the field (Temple's 51.3%). During MSU's five-game winning streak, it has allowed an average of just 54.2 points while surrendering just 31.3 percent (85 of 272) from the floor. Heading into Saturday, the Spartans rank No. 1 in the Big Ten in both field goal percentage defense (.368, tied for 13th nationally at the start of the week) and scoring defense (58.9 ppg).
MSU and the Breslin Center
Morsels For Musing
MSU Player Notes
#12 -- Sophomore Mateen Cleaves leads the team in minutes (32.5 mpg), scoring (15.7 ppg) and assists (7.5 apg) ... Leads the Big Ten in assists and is No. 7 among Big Ten scorers ... Came up with his 11th straight game of double-figure scoring with 14 points, along with a game-high nine assists, vs. Wisconsin (1/8) ... Totaled a career-high 25 points and and doled out a game-high eight assists against Purdue (12/30) ... Hit a career-best nine FGs against the Boilermakers ... Game-high 15 points vs. South Florida (12/20) and doled out 10 assists against USF, his second game of double-figure assists this season and third of his career ... Picked up a then 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) ... Has led or shared for the team's scoring lead in six of the last eight and in a total of eight contests ... No. 2 on squad in treys with 19 ... 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 (18 of 36) from the floor in last three games ... Registered team-high seven assists vs. East Tennessee (11/17) ... Has 237 assists in 41 career contests (5.7 apg) ... Has led or shared for MSU's lead in assists in 36 of 41 career outings (all 12 this season) ... Scored in double figures in 27 outings during his career (16 in '96-97).
#13 -- Junior Antonio Smith paces the team and is No. 3 among Big Ten players in rebounding (9.3 rpg) ... Has double-figure rebounding in three of last four games and is averaging 12.3 caroms in that stretch ... Held to season-low two points, but paced MSU with nine rebounds vs. Wisconsin (1/8) ... Finished Purdue game (12/30) with his second straight effort of 15 boards while chipping in nine points ... Totaled his third double double of the year (10th of his career) vs. Eastern Illinois (12/27) with a season high 14 points and 15 rebounds ... Picked off 10 boards, tying for team high, against South Florida (12/20) ... Second double-double of the year was a 13-point, 10 board (team high) effort vs. Detroit (12/13) ... Shot 50 percent or better from the floor on seven occasions ... Has four 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 last three and in a total of eight games including a 10-board performance vs. CMU ... Notched first double-double of the year vs. ETSU (11/17) with 11 points and 10 boards ... 25 career contests of 10 or more boards and seven of 15-plus caroms.
#14 -- Freshman Charlie Bell is No. 3 on the team in scoring (9.4 ppg) ... Held scoreless for the first time this year in an 18-minute stint vs. Wisconsin (1/8) ... Scored in double figures in three of his last five contests ... Totaled 11 points, his sixth double-figure scoring performance of the season, and five rebounds, while playing 32 minutes, his second longest stint, against Purdue (12/30) ... Finished the Eastern Illinois game (12/27) with eight points in 29 minutes ... 12 points, tying for second highest on the team, vs. South Florida, and 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 seven of last eight 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 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 seven games (averaging 8.3 minutes per stint in last four contests) ... 13 minutes vs. Eastern Illinois (12/27) ... 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 9.6 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 21.5 minutes per game ... Is the team's No. 2 shooter from the floor, hitting 61.3% (38 of 62) of his attempts ... Has started the last 10 MSU contests ... Posted second straight and fifth double-figure scoring effort of season with 12 points vs. Wisconsin (1/8) ... Hit eight (most by a Spartan player in a game this year)-of-nine charity tosses against the Badhers ... Fine effort vs. Purdue (12/30), hitting six (ties career best)-of nine field goals and tying his personal best with 13 points, good for No. 2 on the team, while chipping in eight rebounds ... Shooting 63.6 percent (14 of 22) from the floor in the last four contests ... Grabbed eight boards and scored eight points in 22 minutes vs. South Florida (12/20) ... 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 nine 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 (5.7 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 ... No. 2 on the club in blocked shots with 14 ... 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 is averaging 13.4 minutes over the last five contests ... Playing with a fractured bone in his right wrist that forced him out of action for three games (Temple, Cleveland State and Detroit) ... Came off the bench and hit two-of-three treys en route to six points vs. Wisconsin (1/8) ... Contributed two points and two rebounds in 11 minutes vs. Purdue (12/30) ... Six points and four boards vs. Eastern Illinois (12/27) in 12 minutes ... Season-high 11 points against WSU, hitting five-of-seven from the floor, while also grabbing a season-high five boards ... 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 ... 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 12 games and is averaging 12.8 minutes ... Picked off three rebounds in 17 minutes vs. Wisconsin (1/8) ... 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 eight of MSU's 12 games and has rebounds in 10 contests ...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.
#44 -- Junior Jason Klein is No. 2 on the team in scoring (10.8 ppg) ... No. 6 in the Big Ten in three-point shooting percentage (.429) ... Hit a career-best six field goals (three treys) and finished with a team-high 15 points against Wisconsin (1/8), the thrid time this season he had either led or tied for the team's scoring lead ... No. 2 in the league in treys made (2.75 pg) ... Posted a career-high 16 points vs. Eastern Illinois (12/27) which included a career-high four treys ... Shooting 39.3 percent (13 of 33) from beyond the arc in his last four contests ... Has seven double-figure scoring efforts this season ... Career-long 34 minutes vs. South Florida (12/20) and finished with nine points and a career-high 10 rebounds ... Totaled 11 points vs. Temple (12/4), tying him for team honors ... Shooting 45.8 percent (22 of 48) from three-point range in home contests ... No. 1 on the squad in treys with 33 ... 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 ... Has three or more treys in eight outings ... Has two or more treys in all 12 contests this year ... Twenty 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 70.
#55 -- Senior DuJuan Wiley is averaging 14.6 minutes ... Averaging 8.6 points and shooting 68 percent (17 of 25) from the floor in the last five games ... Posted seven points and four boards in 18 minutes vs. Wisconsin (1/8) ... Notched 10 points and four boards vs. Eastern Illinois (12/27) ... 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 a 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 66.7 percent (32 of 48) of his attempts ... MSU leader in blocked shots with 19 ... No. 5 in the Big Ten in blocked shots (1.73 bpg) ... Tied his career high in blocked shots with four in the Cleveland State (12/6) ... 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 eight contests.
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MSU and the Ratings
The Spartans Under Izzo AT HOME: 29-11 ON ROAD/NEUTRAL: 13-20 MOST POINTS SCORED: 95 vs. Wright St. (12/17/97) 90 vs. Ill.-Chic. (12/5/96) FEWEST PTS SCORED: 43 vs. Wisconsin (1/4/97) MOST PTS ALLOWED: 92 by N. Carolina (11/21/95) FEWEST PTS ALLOWED: 40 by Wisconsin (1/8/98) 41 by Ohio State (2/7/96) BEST FG PERCENTAGE: 56.9% vs. Cent. Mich. (11/28/97) WORST FG PERCENTAGE: 26.3% vs. Wisconsin (1/4/97) WHEN LEADING AT HALF: 38-6 WHEN TRAILING AT HALF: 3-23 WHEN TIED AT HALF: 1-2 LARGEST HALF. LEAD: 28 pts. vs Kansas St. (12/21/96) 26 pts. vs. Wright St. (12/17/97) LARGEST HALF. DEFICIT: 26 pts. at Iowa (2/21/96) FG SHOOTING AT HOME: 45.4% (1009 of 2220) FG SHOOTING ON ROAD: 43.1% (807 of 1871) 3 PT SHOOTING AT HOME: 32.9% (176 of 534) 3 PT SHOOTING ON ROAD: 32.7% (155 of 474) FT SHOOTING AT HOME: 65.1% (553 of 849) FT SHOOTING ON ROAD: 64.1% (379 of 591) SHOOT 50% OR BETTER FROM FLOOR: 17-2 SHOOT LESS THAN 50% FROM FLOOR: 25-29 OPP. SHOOTS 50% OR BETTER FROM FLOOR: 4-10 OPP. SHOOTS LESS THAN 50% FROM FLOOR: 38-21 MSU OUTREBOUNDS OPPONENT: 38-20 OPPONENT OUTREBOUNDS MSU: 2-11 REBOUNDS ARE EQUAL: 2-0 MSU OUTSHOOTS OPPONENT FROM FIELD: 34-4 OPPONENT OUTSHOOTS MSU FROM FIELD: 7-27 TEAMS SHOOT SAME FROM THE FIELD: 1-0 MSU WHEN IT HAS MORE TURNOVERS: 22-26 MSU WHEN OPP. HAS MORE TURNOVERS: 16-5 MSU WHEN TURNOVERS ARE EQUAL: 4-0 MSU POINT AVG. AT BRESLIN: 68.7 (2747 pts/40 gms) MSU POINT AVG. ON THE ROAD: 65.1 (2148 pts/33 gms) OPP POINT AVG. AT BRESLIN: 60.5 (2420 pts/40 gms) OPP FG% AT BRESLIN: 40.1% (869 of 2163) MSU IN GAMES DECIDED BY 1-5 PTS: 12-10 MSU IN GAMES DECIDED BY 6-10 PTS: 5-5 MSU IN GAMES DECIDED BY 11-15 PTS: 12-8 MSU IN GAMES DECIDED BY 16-PLUS PTS: 13-8 WHEN SCORING 80-PLUS POINTS: 11-1 WHEN SCORING 75-79 POINTS: 5-0 WHEN SCORING 70-74 POINTS: 3-4 WHEN SCORING LESS THAN 70 PTS: 23-26 WHEN ALLOWING 60 OR FEWER PTS: 28-4 WHEN ALLOWING 61-64 PTS: 4-3 WHEN ALLOWING 65-70 PTS: 7-8 WHEN ALLOWING 71-75 PTS: 1-5 WHEN ALLOWING 76-80 PTS: 2-6 WHEN ALLOWING 80-PLUS PTS: 0-5
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