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Jan. 13, 1998

MSU Men's Cagers Face Road Test at Minnesota

GAME No. 14 -- vs. Minnesota   Wed.   Jan. 14   8:05 pm   Minneapolis, Minn.
(subject to change)
F -- #13  ANTONIO SMITH (Jr., 6-8, 8.3 ppg, 9.5 rpg)
F -- #44  JASON KLEIN (Jr., 6-7, 11.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg)
F -- #34  ANDRE HUTSON (Fr., 6-8, 8.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg)
G -- #14  CHARLIE BELL (Fr., 6-3, 9.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg)
G -- #12  MATEEN CLEAVES (So., 6-2, 15.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 7.4 apg)
MINNESOTA PROBABLE STARTERS (7-7 overall; 0-3 Big Ten)
F -- #20  QUINCY LEWIS (Jr., 6-7, 13.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg)
F -- #42  MILES TARVER (Jr., 6-8, 6.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg)
C -- #51  KYLE SANDEN  (Fr., 6-11, 4.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg)
G -- #10  KEVIN CLARK (Jr., 6-2, 8.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg) or 
     # 5  SAM JACOBSON (Sr., 6-6, 17.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg)      
G -- #33  ERIC HARRIS (Sr., 6-3, 12.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg)   

GAME INFORMATION -- After seeing a five-game win streak snapped last Saturday, the Michigan State men's basketball team turns its attention to a Wednesday (Jan. 14) battle at the University of Minnesota. Williams Arena (14,625) on the Minnesota campus will be the setting for the 92nd meeting between the Spartans and Gophers and tipoff is slated for 8:05 p.m. (EST).

COVERAGE-- The MSU-Minnesota clash will be televised locally by WLAJ-TV (Ch. 53). Handling the play-by-play will be Tim Staudt while former Spartan cager Greg Kelser provides analysis.

WXMI-TV (Ch. 17) in Grand Rapids will also air the contest. 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 enters the Minnesota game with an overall record of 9-4, 2-1 in the Big Ten. The Spartans saw their five-game winning streak come to an end last Saturday when Michigan recorded a 79-69 victory at Ann Arbor. In that game, the Wolverines shot 62.5 percent from the floor in the first half (an MSU opponent high this season), while holding MSU to 33.3 percent, in taking a commanding 45-28 lead at halftime. The Spartans battled back over the final 20 minutes, narrowing the deficit to seven points, but Michigan held off the Spartans and saddled the Green and White with their first conference loss of the year. Junior Jason Klein paced MSU's scoring attack with a career-high 17 points while junior forward Antonio Smith was the game's top rebounder with 12 caroms, his fourth game of double-digit rebounding in the last five contests. So far this year, the Spartans stand 6-2 at home, 3-2 in road outings.

Minnesota entertains the Spartans with an overall record of 7-7, 0-3 in the Big Ten (the Gophers' first 0-3 league start since 1988). In its most recent outing, Minnesota came out on the short end of a 75-68 verdict at Penn State on Saturday (Jan. 10). In games played at Williams Arena this season the Golden Gophers are 6-4, 73-15 over the last six seasons.

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 42-32. In games at the Breslin Center, Izzo has posted a record of 29-11, 13-21 on the road. Izzo has directed the Green and White to appearances in the NIT in each of his first two years.

Minnesota is directed by Clem Haskins (Western Kentucky '67), now in his 12th season as the head man of the Gophers. Haskins, named the CBS/Chevrolet National Coach of the Year during the 1996-97 season, has a school record of 209-143 and five trips to the NCAA Tournament. In 18 campaigns as a college head coach, Haskins sports a career record of 310-216.

THE SERIES -- In a series that originated in 1943, Minnesota has an all-time record of 52-39 vs. Michigan State. In games played at Minneapolis, the Golden Gophers have a 33-13 advantage and have won five of the last six meetings played at Williams Arena. Last year, Minnesota won both games of the series, 68-43 at East Lansing and 81-74 at Minneapolis.

MSU QUICK HITTERS -- MSU gave up a season-high 79 points to Michigan last Saturday, the first time this year that an opponent had scored more than 70 points against a Spartan squad ...

The Spartans have had players score in double figures on 45 occasions this season while the opponents have had 27 players reach double digits ... The Spartans' 10 three-point field goals against the Wolverines were the most made by an Izzo-coached team and the first time that MSU had reached the double-figure mark in treys since it converted 11 against Wisconsin on March 11. 1995.

MSU AND THE BOARDS -- Michigan's 36-33 advantage on the boards last Saturday marked just the first time in six games and just the third time this year that an opponent had outrebounded the Spartans. At the start of the week, MSU held down the No. 1 position among Big Ten squads in rebound margin (11+.6) ahead of Iowa (+11.2) and Michigan (+8.5). The Spartans have outrebounded their opponents by 10 or more boards eight times this season (seven of 15 or more). Since Tom Izzo has been head coach, the Spartans have outrebounded 58 of 74 opponents and hold a 38-20 record when enjoying an edge on the glass.

KLEIN COMING INTO HIS OWN -- Junior Jason Klein continues to emerge as a consistent force on the offensive end of the floor for the Spartans and came up with a career-high 17 points in the Michigan game, his eighth outing of double-digit scoring this year. Entering the Minnesota game, the 6-foot-7 Klein has scored in double figures in three of his last four contests, averaging 14.2 points over that stretch. Klein tied his personal best with four treys against Michigan, boosting his team-leading total to 37. Through games played Jan. 12, he ranks No. 6 in the Big Ten in three-point field goal percentage (.430) and No. 2 in treys per game (2.85).

MSU AND THE BRESLIN CENTER -- MSU's win over Wisconsin (Jan. 8) upped its all-time record at the Breslin Center to 103-26 (.798) since the facility opened in 1989 (49-7 vs. non-conference opponents, 54-19 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 13 games, MSU is shooting 42.6 percent (167-of-392) from the floor in the first half and 48.6 percent (185-of-380) in the second half ... Opponents are shooting 36.4 percent (123-of 337) from the field in the first half and 39.1 percent (141-of-361) over the final 20 minutes of action ... In the last four games, MSU is shooting 38.9 percent (30-of-77) from beyond the arc vs. the opposition's effort of 27.1 (16-of-59) percent ... MSU is averaging 30.4 points in the first half of play (25.7 for opponents) and 42.8 points in the second half (34.8 for opponents) ... The Spartans have enjoyed a second-half scoring advantage in their last nine and in a total of 11 contests this year ... In the last three games, MSU owns a 40.0-29.0 second-half scoring edge against their foes.

MORSELS FOR MUSING -- MSU has won 17 of its last 18 games when holding the opposition to 60 or fewer points (6-1 in 1997-98) ... During Izzo's stint as head coach, the Spartans post a 28-4 mark in such games ... Since last season, the Spartans are 11-1 when scoring 80-plus points (5-0 in 1997-98) ... Under Izzo, MSU is 38-6 when leading at halftime (9-0 this year) ...

MSU's has averaged 18.8 turnovers in its four losses ... Through 13 games last season, MSU has recorded 65 three-point field goals compared to this year's effort of 81 ... After 13 contests in '96-97, the Spartans had a rebound margin of +5.1 vs. this season's +11.6 ...

MSU has allowed just three halves of 40 percent or better from the floor in its last 16 halves ... The Spartans have outscored the opposition in 20 out of 26 halves of basketball ... MSU has given up 50 percent or better from the floor in four halves of action while reaching that mark on 10 occasions ...

Since Izzo has taken over as head coach, MSU is 34-4 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 eight occasions this year ... After 13 outings, MSU is averaging 15.5 offensive rebounds vs. the opposition's average of 10.1


# 11-- Sophomore David Thomas returned to the lineup in the Purdue (12/30) game after missing the previous three contests with a knee sprain ... Came off the bench to record four points and four rebounds in 17 minutes vs. Wisconsin (1/8) ... Has started seven games ... 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 six games ... Shooting 50.9 percent from the floor (27-of-53) this season ... 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 then career-best five-of-six field goal attempts ... No. 2 on the team in rebounding (5.9 rpg).

Cleaves Photo
Mateen Cleaves leads the Spartans in scoring (15.5 per game). (File photo)

#12 -- Sophomore Mateen Cleaves leads the team in minutes (32.8 mpg), scoring (15.5 ppg) and assists (7.4 apg) ... Leads the Big Ten in assists and is No. 9 among Big Ten scorers ... Has 12 straight contests of double-figure scoring and is coming off a 14-point performance, along with five steals, at Michigan (1/10) ... Totaled 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) ... Team leader in steals with 28 ... 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 nine and in a total of eight contests ... No. 2 on squad in treys with 21 ... 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 .. Averaging 7.3 assists in his last three outings ... Registered team-high seven assists vs. East Tennessee (11/17) ... Has 242 assists in 42 career contests (5.7 apg) ... Has led or shared for MSU's lead in assists in 37 of 42 career outings (all 13 this season) ... Scored in double figures in 28 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 (9.5 rpg) ... Has double-figure rebounding in four of last five games and is averaging 12.2 caroms in that stretch ... Scored six points and paced MSU with a game-high 12 rebounds at Michigan (1/10) ... 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 four and in a total of nine 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 ... 26 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 (9.2 ppg) ... Picked up seven points in 21 minutes at Michigan (1/10) ... 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 eigght of last nine 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 eight games (averaging 7.0 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 21.4 minutes per game ... Is the team's No. 2 shooter from the floor, hitting 62.1% (41 of 66) of his attempts ... Has started the last 11 MSU contests ... Has three straight outings of double-figure scoring and is averaging 12.0 points in that stretch ... Posted 11 points and seven boards at Michigan (1/10) ... Shooting 68.7 percent (11 of 16) from the floor in his last three contests ... Owns six games of double-figure scoring effort this season including 12 points vs. Wisconsin (1/8) ... Shooting 92.8 percent (13 of 14) from the foul line in the last two games ... Hit eight (most by a Spartan player in a game this year)-of-nine charity tosses against the Badgers ... 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 ... 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 10 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, starting both games and shooting 69.2 percent from the floor -- averaging 11 points ... Tallied a team-high 13 points in the championship game vs. Gonzaga in 28 minutes ... Blocked three ETSU (11/17) shot attempts.

#42 -- Sophomore Morris Peterson is averaging 15 minutes over the last three 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 recorded two treys en route to six points vs. Wisconsin (1/8) and Michigan (1/10) ... 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 13 games and is averaging 12.8 minutes ... Scored five points in 13 minutes vs. Michigan (1/10) ... 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 nine of MSU's 13 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 (11.2 ppg) ... No. 6 in the Big Ten in three-point shooting percentage (.430) ... Coming off a career-high 17 point effort vs. Michigan (1/10) where he tied his career best in three-point goals with four ... Has led or shared for team's scoring lead in four contests ... Hit a career-best six field goals (three treys) and finished with a team-high 15 points against Wisconsin (1/8) ... No. 2 in the league in treys made (2.85 pg) ... Posted a then career-high 16 points vs. Eastern Illinois (12/27) which included four treys ... Shooting 40.4 percent (17 of 42) from beyond the arc in his last five contests ... Has eight 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 37 ... 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 nine outings ... Has two or more treys in all 13 contests this year ... Twenty-one 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 74.

#55 -- Senior DuJuan Wiley is averaging 14.2 minutes ... Averaging 7.7 points and shooting 66.7 percent (18 of 27) from the floor in the last six 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 percent (33 of 50) of his attempts ... MSU leader in blocked shots with 19 ... No. 7 in the Big Ten in blocked shots (1.46 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.

BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW THAT -- Dating from last year, the Spartans have made three or more three point field goals in their last 23 games ... MSU has allowed just 26 of its last 162 opponents to shoot 50 percent or better from the field ... Through games played Jan. 12, the Spartans' four losses have come to teams with a combined record of 46-14 (.767) (Illinois-Chicago 13-3, Temple 8-4, Detroit 12-3) and Michigan 13-4) ... Through Jan. 11, MSU's non conference opponents had a combined record of 85-58 (.594) ... Mateen Cleaves has started the last 37 Spartan contests while Antonio Smith has drawn the starting nod in the last 40 ... Smith has 559 career boards in 74 contests (7.6 rpg) ... That DuJuan Wiley's 185 minutes already surpasses last year's total of 165 minutes ... The 6-foot-9 Wiley has already doubled his scoring output from a year ago with 80 points this season (34 pts. last year) ... The freshman combination of Andre Hutson and Charlie Bell is averaging 17.4 points and 10.3 rebounds ... That during the 1996-97 season, the Spartans stood 10-3 after 13 games ... That MSU ranks No. 1 in the Big Ten in both scoring defense (60.5 ppg) and field goal percentage (.378) ... MSU has allowed just two opponents to shoot 50 percent or better from the field this season while nine have been held to less than 40 percent.

TOM IZZO RADIO SHOW INFO -- The Tom Izzo Radio Show can be heard throughout the state of Michigan on MSU basketball affiliates. The show is held at Tripper's Sports Lounge on Monday evenings on Mondays from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

CLEAVES AN ALL-AROUND THREAT -- Through games played Jan. 12, Mateen Cleaves is the only player in the Big Ten to rank in the top 10 in scoring (9th, 15.5 ppg), assists (1st, 7.38 apg) and steals (4th, 2.15 spg). Cleaves' 28 steals tops the MSU squad, and he has registered eight games of two or more thefts this season.

MSU AND THE RATINGS -- Through games played Jan. 11, Michigan State held down the No. 28 spot in the Sagarin Ratings. The Spartans had a rating of 85.27, fifth among Big Ten squads Purdue (9th, 89.74), Michigan (13th, 87.72), Iowa (15th, 86.92) and Indiana (19th, 85.96). Of the three non conference teams that defeated MSU, Temple has the highest ranking (32nd, 84.97) and was followed by Detroit (34th, 84.62) and Illinois-Chicago (37th, 84.03).

AT HOME:                                29-11
ON ROAD/NEUTRAL:                        13-21
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:                  3-24
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:                    42.9% (828 of 1928)
3 PT SHOOTING AT HOME:                  32.9% (176 of 534)
3 PT SHOOTING ON ROAD:                  33.0% (165 of 500)
FT SHOOTING AT HOME:                    65.1% (553 of 849)
FT SHOOTING ON ROAD:                    64.3% (396 of 616)
SHOOT 50% OR BETTER FROM FLOOR:         17-2
SHOOT LESS THAN 50% FROM FLOOR:        25-30
MSU OUTREBOUNDS OPPONENT:              38-20
OPPONENT OUTREBOUNDS MSU:               2-12
REBOUNDS ARE EQUAL:                      2-0
MSU WHEN TURNOVERS ARE EQUAL:            4-0     
MSU POINT AVG. AT BRESLIN:              68.7 (2747 pts/40 gms)
MSU POINT AVG. ON THE ROAD:             65.2 (2217 pts/34 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:        5-6
MSU IN GAMES DECIDED BY 11-15 PTS:      12-8
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:         23-27
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:                 2-7     
WHEN ALLOWING 80-PLUS PTS:               0-5                             

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