Jan. 23, 1998

MSU Men's Basketball Hosts Penn State

GAME No. 17-- vs. Penn State
Sat. Jan. 24 12:15 p.m. East Lansing

MICHIGAN STATE PROBABLE STARTERS (12-4 overall; 5-1 Big Ten) -- subject to change
F -- #13 ANTONIO SMITH (Jr., 6-8, 7.8 ppg, 9.1 rpg)
F -- #44 JASON KLEIN (Jr., 6-7, 11.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg)
F -- #34 ANDRE HUTSON (Fr., 6-8, 7.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg)
G -- #14 CHARLIE BELL (Fr., 6-3, 8.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg)
G -- #12 MATEEN CLEAVES (So., 6-2, 16.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 7.4 apg)

PENN STATE PROBABLE STARTERS (9-6 overall; 2-3 Big Ten)
F -- #33 TITUS IVORY (Fr., 6-4, 3.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg)
F -- #54 CARL JACKSON (So., 6-9, 2.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg)
C -- #52 CALVIN BOOTH (Jr., 6-11, 11.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg)
G -- # 3 JOE CRISPIN (Fr., 6-1, 8.7 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 2.5 apg)
G -- #32 PETE LISICKY (Sr., 6-4, 14.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg)

GAME INFORMATION -- The Michigan State men's basketball team looks to move into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten standings when it hosts the Nittany Lions of Penn State University on Saturday (Jan. 24). The Jack Breslin Student Events Center on the MSU campus serves as the site of the 13th meeting between MSU and PSU, and tipoff is slated for 12:15 p.m.

COVERAGE -- The MSU-Penn State clash will be televised as the first game of ESPN-Plus' Regional Game of the Week Package and can be seen locally on WLAJ-TV (Ch. 53). Handling the play-by-play will be Wayne Larrivee while Steve Yoder contributes analysis. Other stations in Michigan airing the game include WXMI-TV (Ch. 17) in Grand Rapids, WWTV-TV (Ch. 9) in Traverse City and WXYZ-TV (Ch. 7) in Detroit. 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 hosts Penn State with an overall record of 12-4, 5-1 in the Big Ten, good for a first-place tie with Michigan (at Illinois on Sunday). The Spartans have won their last three and eight of their last nine contests and are coming off a 78-57 win at No. 10 Iowa on Wednesday. In that game, MSU was paced by sophomore Morris Peterson who came off the bench and hit eight-of-11 field goal attempts, including three treys, to score a career-high 20 points, while MSU's defense held the Hawkeyes to 36.2 percent from the floor and 20 points below their scoring average in league outings. Also coming through for the Green and White was sophomore guard Mateen Cleaves with 14 points and 10 assists, junior Jason Klein with 14 points and senior center DuJuan Wiley, who connected on all five of his field goal opportunities en route to 10 points. The Spartans have won their last four home games and stand 7-2 at the Breslin Center this year.

Penn State comes to East Lansing with an overall record of 9-6, 2-3 in the Big Ten. The Nittany Lions have won two of their last three games including an 83-45 home win against Northwestern on Thursday. PSU is 2-5 in road contests this season.

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 45-32. In games at the Breslin Center, Izzo has posted a record of 30-11, 15-21 on the road. Izzo has directed the Green and White to appearances in the NIT in each of his first two years. Izzo is 3-1 vs. PSU.

Penn State is directed by Jerry Dunn (George Mason '80), now in his third season as the head man of the Nittany Lions. Dunn, who led PSU to the NCAA Tournament in 1996, has a school and career slate of 40-30.

THE SERIES -- Michigan State has a 10-2 lead in the all-time series that has its origins in 1929. In games played at East Lansing, the Spartans have a 10-2 advantage, 4-0 at the Breslin Center. Last season, MSU swept the season series, winning at State College by a 69-58 margin before coming away with 71-57 triumph at East Lansing.

MSU QUICK HITTERS -- MSU shot 55.6 percent from the floor at Iowa, the best road effort by an Izzo-coached team and the highest for MSU in a Big Ten road contest since 1994 (at Illinois, 58.7%) ... MSU shot 70.6 percent from the foul line vs. Iowa, just the second time that the Spartans had reached that percentage or better this season ... Since 1996-97, MSU is 10-1 when shooting 70 percent or better from the foul line (2-0 in '97-98) ... The Spartans' have five wins on the road this year, bettering last year's season total of four ... Through 16 games last season, MSU was allowing 64.1 points per game (vs. this year's effort of 60.1) and allowing the opposition to connect on 42.1 percent of its field goal attempts (vs. 1997-98's 38.3 percent).

PETERSON CONTINUES PRODUCTION -- Sophomore Morris Peterson continues to be a key force for the Spartans and enters today's contest with a three-game double-figure scoring streak, the longest of his career. Over his last three outings, the 6-foot-6 Peterson is averaging 14.3 points and shooting 64 percent (16-of-25) from the floor. In addition, he has been dangerous from three-point range, hitting 60 percent (6-of-10) from beyond the arc.

SPARTANS STRONG IN THE SECOND HALF -- Entering the Penn State game, the Spartans have outscored their foes in the second half in the last 12 contests. On five of those occasions, the Spartans enjoyed a scoring advantage of 10 or more points including against Iowa (40-23), Minnesota (50 34) and Illinois (41-29). In six Big Ten games, MSU posts a 41.8-28.8 second half scoring advantage (43.7 vs. 28.7 in the last three affairs).

MSU AND THE BOARDS -- MSU's 35-33 edge in rebounding against Iowa boosted the Spartans' record this year to 11-1 in games where they have enjoyed an advantage on the glass. Entering the PSU contest, the Spartans were tied with Iowa for the No. 1 spot in the Big Ten in rebound margin (+9.8). The Green and White 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 60 of 77 opponents and hold a 40-20 record when enjoying an edge on the boards.

MSU AND THE BRESLIN CENTER -- MSU's win over Illinois (Jan. 17) upped its all-time record at the Breslin Center to 104-26 (.800) since the facility opened in 1989 (49-7 vs. non-conference opponents, 55-19 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 18 occasions.

QUICK FACTS -- After 16 games, MSU is shooting 42.4 percent (202-of-476) from the floor in the first half and 50 percent (228-of-456) in the second half ... Opponents are shooting 37.8 percent (157-of 415) from the field in the first half and 38.8 percent (172-of-443) over the final 20 minutes of action ... In the last four games, MSU is shooting 41.3 percent (31-of-75) from beyond the arc vs. the opposition's effort of 23.6 (13-of-55) percent ... MSU is averaging 30.3 points in the first half of play (26.8 for opponents) and 43 points in the second half (33.6 for opponents) ... In six Big Ten games, the Spartans are shooting 39.4 percent from three-point range (No. 4 in the league) compared to their opposition's effort of 22.8% (No. 1 in 3 pt. FG% defense) ... MSU has five or more treys in every Big Ten game while the most it has allowed is four (Michigan) ... In its four losses, the Green and White is shooting 38.8 percent from the floor (87-of-224) vs. 48.4 (343-of-708) percent in their 12 victories.

MORSELS FOR MUSING -- MSU has won 19 of its last 20 games when holding the opposition to 60 or fewer points (8-1 in 1997-98) ... During Izzo's stint as head coach, the Spartans post a 30-4 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 39-6 when leading at halftime (10-0 this year) ... MSU has averaged 18.8 turnovers in its four losses ... Through 16 games last season, MSU had recorded 78 three-point field goals compared to this year's effort of 102 ... After 16 contests in '96-97, the Spartans had a rebound margin of +4.9 vs. this season's +9.8 ... MSU has allowed just six halves of 40 percent or better from the floor in its last 22 halves ... The Spartans have outscored the opposition in 24 out of 32 halves of basketball ... MSU has given up 50 percent or better from the floor in six halves of action while reaching that mark on 14 occasions ... Since Izzo has taken over as head coach, MSU is 36-4 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 nine occasions this year ... After 16 outings, MSU is averaging 14.6 offensive rebounds vs. the opposition's average of 10.4.

MSU PLAYER NOTES

#11-- Sophomore David Thomas returned to the lineup in the Purdue (12/30) game after missing the previous three contests with a knee sprain ... Two assists and a steal in 11 minutes vs. Iowa (1/21) ... Came off the bench to record four points and four rebounds in 17 minutes vs. Wisconsin (1/8) ... Held scoreless in last two and in three of last four 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 seven games ... Shooting 48.3 percent from the floor (28-of-58) 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. 3 on the team in rebounding (4.9 rpg).

#12 -- Sophomore Mateen Cleaves leads the team in minutes (33.2 mpg), scoring (16.4 ppg), assists (7.4 apg) and steals (1.93 spg) ... Leads the Big Ten in assists in overall and league (7.5 apg) and is No. 8 among Big Ten scorers in overall action ... Holds down the No. 4 spot in league scoring (18.8 ppg) ... Has 15 straight contests of double-figure scoring ... Totaled 14 points and 10 assists (third game of 10 or more assists this season, fourth of career) at Iowa (1/21) ... Named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week after helping MSU to wins vs. Minnesota (1/14) and Illinois (1/17) ... Totaled a career-high 27 point (24 in the second half) against Illinois (1/17) ... Hit nine (tying career best)-of-16 field goal attempts vs. the Fighting Illini including a career-best five treys ... Game-high 19-point performance, along with seven assists, at Minnesota (1/14) ... Dished out a game-high nine assists, vs. Wisconsin (1/8) ... Averaging 20 points and shooting 47.6 percent (20 of 42) from the floor in the last three contests ... Totaled a then career-high 25 points and and doled out a game-high eight assists against Purdue (12/30) ... Hit a then career-best nine FGs against the Boilermakers ... Game-high 15 points vs. South Florida (12/20) and doled out 10 assists ... Picked up 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 eight of the last 12 and in a total of 10 contests ... No. 2 on squad in treys with 27 ... 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 shot 50 percent or better from the floor in four of his last six contests ... Registered team-high seven assists vs. East Tennessee (11/17) ... Has 265 assists in 45 career contests (5.8 apg) ... Has led or shared for MSU's lead in assists in 40 of 45 career outings (all 16 this season) ... Scored in double figures in 31 outings during his career (16 in '96-97) ...

#13 -- Junior Antonio Smith paces the team and is tied for No. 4 among Big Ten players in rebounding (9.1 rpg) in overall play ... Big Ten's No. 3 rebounder in league contests (9.7 rpg) ... Has double-figure rebounding in five of last eight and in a total of sevn games this year ... Five points and five rebounds (tying for team high) at Iowa (1/21) ... Game-high six rebounds vs. Illinois (1/17) ... Eight points and a game-high 11 boards at Minnesota (1/14) ... 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 seven and in a total of 12 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 ... 27 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 (8.4 ppg) ... Averaging 5.2 points in his last four outings ... Picked up eight points in 17 minutes at Michigan (1/14) ... 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 10 contest this year ... 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 off the bench in the last 11 games ... Hit a trey with 8:35 left, giving MSU its first double-digit lead, and finished with three points in seven minutes at Iowa (1/21) ... 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 8.1 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 21.9 minutes per game ... Is the team's No. 1 shooter from the floor, hitting 64.0% (48 of 75) of his attempts ... Has shot 50 percent or better from the field in his last six contests, 76.9 percent (10-of-13) in his last four appearances ... Six points and five caroms in 21 minutes vs. Iowa (1/21) ... Has scored in his last 14 games ... Eight points and four rebounds in in 25 minutes at Minnesota (1/14) ... Has started the last 14 MSU contests ... Posted 11 points and seven boards at Michigan (1/10) ... Owns six games of double-figure scoring effort this season including 12 points vs. Wisconsin (1/8) and hit eight (most by a Spartan player in a game this year)-of-nine charity tosses against the Badgers... Shooting 89.4 percent (17 of 19) from the foul line in the last five games ... 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 13 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. 2 on the team in rebounding (5.4 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 22.8 minutes over the last four contests ... Tallied a career-high 20 points, hitting a career-best eight-of-11 field goal attempts at No. 10 Iowa (1/21) ... Connected on a season-high three treys vs. the Hawkeyes ... Averaging 14.3 points and shooting 64 percent (16-of-25) from the floor ... Has scored in double figures in his last three and in five games this year ... Missed three games (Temple, Cleveland State and Detroit) with a fractured bone in his right wrist ... Connected on four-of-eight from the field en route to 12 points vs. Illinois (1/17) ... Has three-point goals in his last five performances and is shooting 58.2 percent (10-of-17) from beyond the arc in that stretch ... Scored 11 points vs. Minnesota (1/14) ... 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 ... 11 points against Wright State, 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 10 points against Gonzaga (11/29) ... Posted four rebounds and six points in 16 minutes vs. Illinois-Chicago ... Has scored in double figures on 10 occasions in his career, five of which came last year ... Seven of his double-figure scoring efforts have come at home.

#43 -- Sophomore A.J. Granger has come off the bench in MSU's 16 games and is averaging 12.2 minutes ...

Hit a pair of field goals, including one trey, and finished with five points against Illinois (1/17) ... Also grabbed four boards vs. the Illini, his best effort since Wright State when he had five ... 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 11 of MSU's 16 games and has rebounds in 12 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 (11.7 ppg) ... No. 6 in the Big Ten in three-point shooting percentage (.423) in overall action ... Has scored in double figures in his last five games including a 14-point performance at Iowa (1/21) ... Averaging 14.6 points in his last five performances ... 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 (2.75 pg) in overall action and holds down the No. 1 spot for league contests (2.83 pg) ... Posted a then career high 16 points vs. Eastern Illinois (12/27) which included four treys ... Shooting 40.7 percent (11 of 27) from beyond the arc in his last four contests ... Has 11 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 45.4 percent (25 of 55) from three-point range in home contests ... No. 1 on the squad in treys with 44, good for 10th place on MSU's seasonal list ... 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 10 outings ... Has two or more treys in all 16 contests this year ... Twenty-four 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 81.

#55 -- Senior DuJuan Wiley is averaging 14.4 minutes ... Solid effort at Iowa (1/21), hitting five (tying career best)-of-five from the floor and finishing with 10 points, his fourth double-figure scoring effort of the season ... 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 ... No. 1 on the team in field goal shooting, hitting 66.6 percent (41 of 61) of his attempts ... MSU leader in blocked shots with 23 ... No. 7 in the Big Ten in blocked shots (1.44 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 11 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 26 games ... MSU has allowed just 27 of its last 165 opponents to shoot 50 percent or better from the field ... Through games played Jan. 22, the Spartans' four losses have come to teams with a combined record of 55-14 (.797) (Illinois-Chicago 15-3, Temple 10-4, Detroit 15-3) and Michigan 15-4) ... Through Jan. 22, MSU's non conference opponents had a combined record of 99-71 (.582) ... Mateen Cleaves has started the last 40 Spartan contests while Antonio Smith has drawn the starting nod in the last 43 ... Smith has 581 career boards in 77 contests (7.5 rpg) ... That DuJuan Wiley has already doubled his scoring output from a year ago with 94 points this season (34 pts. last year) ... That MSU ranks No. 1 in the Big Ten in scoring defense in overall (60.7 ppg) play and is No. 2 in conference action (59.5 ppg) ... The Spartans are No. 2 in field goal percentage defense (.383) in overall action and No. 1 in league (.394) tussles ... MSU has allowed just three opponents to shoot 50 percent or better from the field this season while 11 have been held to less than 40 percent ... The Spartans are No. 1 in the Big in three-point field goal percentage defense (.292) in overall play.

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. 22, Mateen Cleaves is the only player in the Big Ten to rank in the top 10 in scoring (t-6th, 16.4 ppg), assists (1st, 7.44 apg) and steals (t-5th, 1.94 spg) in overall action. Cleaves' 31 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. 22, Michigan State held down the No. 15 spot in the Sagarin Ratings. The Spartans have a rating of 87.53, third among Big Ten squads Purdue (8th, 89.51) and, Michigan (12th, 87.77). Of the three non conference teams that defeated MSU, Detroit had the highest ranking (28th, 84.99) and was followed by Temple (29th, 84.83) and Illinois Chicago (34th, 84.10).

SPARTAN RESERVES PRODUCING -- Michigan State's bench has played a key role in the wins over Illinois and Iowa, outscoring the Fighting Illini reserves by a 21-8 margin and Iowa's by a 33-9 count. The Spartan bench has produced more points than the opposition's bench in the

last five games and post a 105-43 (21.0-8.6) scoring advantage in that stretch. In the last nine contests, MSU's bench enjoys a scoring edge on seven occasions with the team showing a 6-1 mark in those outings.

FINALLY -- Over the last four games, opponents have converted just three-of-29 three-point field goal (.103) opportunities in the second half of play.


MSU BIG TEN 7-GAME STARTS IN THE 1990s
Year   Record    Pct
1990    5-2     .714
1991    5-2     .714
1992    4-2     .667
1993    3-4     .428
1994    4-3     .571
1995    6-1     .857
1996    5-2     .714
1997    4-3     .571
MOST POINTS BY IZZO-COACHED TEAMS
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)
FEWEST POINTS ALLOWED BY IZZO COACHED TEAMS
40, Wisconsin (1/8/98)
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)
BEST FG% SHOOTING GAMES BY IZZO COACHED TEAMS
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)
55.6% vs. Iowa (1/21/98)
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)
24.6% by S. Florida (12/20/97)
27.9% by Wisconsin (1/8/98)
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)
MATEEN CLEAVES HIGH-SCORING GAMES
Date      Opponent      Pts.
 1/17/98  ILLINOIS      27
12/30/97  Purdue        25
12/13/97  DETROIT       21
 2/15/97  Illinois      20
 1/14/98  Minnesota     19
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
 1/21/98  Iowa          10
12/20/97  S. Florida    10
 2/12/97  IOWA          10
 1/ 8/98  WISCONSIN      9
 1/18/97  N'WESTERN      9
12/21/96  KANSAS STATE   9
ANTONIO SMITH'S HIGH REBOUND GAMES
Date      Opponent       Rebs.
 3/8/97   INDIANA        19
2/22/97   PENN STATE     17
1/2/97    Indiana        16
12/30/97  Purdue         15
12/27/97  E. ILLINOIS    15
1/29/97   Purdue         15
12/14/96  Detroit        15
ANTONIO SMITH'S CAREER DOUBLE DOUBLES
Date      Opp.         Pts./Rebs.
12/20/97  E. ILLINOIS   14 /15
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
1997-98 BIG TEN STANDINGS
Team (Overall Record)   W   L   PCT
Michigan State (12-4)   5   1  .833
Michigan (15-4)         5   1  .833
Iowa (15-3)             4   2  .667
Purdue (16-4)           4   2  .667
Indiana (13-5)          4   2  .667
Illinois (12-7)         4   2  .667
Wisconsin (10-8)        3   3  .500
Penn State (9-6)        2   3  .400
Northwestern (7-8)      1   5  .167
Ohio State (7-11)       0   5  .000
Minnesota (7-10)        0   5  .000
GAMES ON JAN. 24
Penn State at Michigan State
Ohio State at Minnesota
Northwestern at Purdue
Iowa at Missouri
GAMES ON JAN. 25
Michigan at Illinois
Indiana at Wisconsin
GAMES ON JAN. 27
Wisconsin at Minnesota
MSU SEASONAL 3PT FIELD GOAL LEADERS
Player          Year        Total
Shawn Respert   1994-95     119
Shawn Respert   1993-94      92
Kirk Manns      1989-90      81
Kirk Manns      1988-89      69
Steve Smith     1990-91      66
Shawn Respert   1991-92      60
Shawn Respert   1992-93      60
Ray Weathers    1996-97      53
Steve Smith     1989-90      45
Jason Klein     1997-98      44
MSU CAREER SCORING
Player             GP    PTS/AVG
Lorenzo Guess       7      8/ 1.1
David Thomas       36     84/ 2.3
Mateen Cleaves     45    559/12.4
Antonio Smith      77    509/ 6.6
Charlie Bell       16    134/ 8.3
Steve Cherry        6      2/ 0.3
Doug Davis         14     33/ 2.3
Andre Hutson       16    125/ 7.8
Morris Peterson    46    297/ 6.4
A.J. Granger       38     68/ 1.8
Jason Klein        73    374/ 5.1
Ken Miller          7      4/ 0.6
DuJuan Wiley       40    128/ 3.2
MSU ALL-TIME THREE-POINT FG LEADERS
                            3 PT
Player           Years      Goals
Shawn Respert    1991-95    331
Kirk Manns       1987-90    212
Steve Smith      1988-81    147
Ray Weathers     1994-97     99
Kris Weshinskey  1991-94     97
Jason Klein      1995-SA     81
Mark Montgomery  1989-92     57
BIG TEN LEAGUE RECORDS IN THE 1990s
     Team             W    L    PCT
 1.  Indiana        102   48   .680
 2.  Purdue          99   51   .660
 3.  Michigan        93   57   .620
 4.  Michigan State  91   59   .606
 5.  Illinois        82   68   .547
 6.  Minnesota       79   71   .527
 7.  Iowa            75   75   .500
 8.  Ohio State      64   85   .429
 9.  Wisconsin       60   90   .400
10.  Penn State      34   61   .357
11.  Northwestern    18  132   .120
(through Jan. 22)
                          
THE SPARTANS UNDER IZZO
AT HOME: 30-11
ON ROAD/NEUTRAL: 15-21
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: 58.2% vs. Wright State (12/17/97)
WORST FG PERCENTAGE: 26.3% vs. Wisconsin (1/4/97)
WHEN LEADING AT HALF: 39-6
WHEN TRAILING AT HALF: 5-24
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% (1032 of 2270)
FG SHOOTING ON ROAD: 43.3% (883 of 2038)
3 PT SHOOTING AT HOME: 33.5% (186 of 555)
3 PT SHOOTING ON ROAD: 33.3% (176 of 528)
FT SHOOTING AT HOME: 65.1% (565 of 867)
FT SHOOTING ON ROAD: 64.5% (427 of 662)
SHOOT 50% OR BETTER FROM FLOOR: 18-2
SHOOT LESS THAN 50% FROM FLOOR: 27-30
OPP. SHOOTS 50% OR BETTER FROM FLOOR: 5-11
OPP. SHOOTS LESS THAN 50% FROM FLOOR: 40-21     
MSU OUTREBOUNDS OPPONENT: 40-20
OPPONENT OUTREBOUNDS MSU: 3-12
REBOUNDS ARE EQUAL: 2-0
MSU OUTSHOOTS OPPONENT FROM FIELD: 36-4
OPPONENT OUTSHOOTS MSU FROM FIELD: 8-28
TEAMS SHOOT SAME FROM THE FIELD: 1-0
MSU WHEN IT HAS MORE TURNOVERS: 23-27
MSU WHEN OPP. HAS MORE TURNOVERS: 17-5
MSU WHEN TURNOVERS ARE EQUAL: 5-0       
MSU POINT AVG. AT BRESLIN: 68.7 (2815 pts/41 gms)
MSU POINT AVG. ON THE ROAD: 65.8 (2369 pts/36 gms)
OPP POINT AVG. AT BRESLIN: 60.5 (2484 pts/41 gms)
OPP FG% AT BRESLIN: 40.4% (891 of 2202)
MSU IN GAMES DECIDED BY 1-5 PTS: 13-10
MSU IN GAMES DECIDED BY 6-10 PTS: 5-6
MSU IN GAMES DECIDED BY 11-15 PTS: 13-8
MSU IN GAMES DECIDED BY 16-PLUS PTS: 14-8
WHEN SCORING 80-PLUS POINTS: 11-1
WHEN SCORING 75-79 POINTS: 6-0
WHEN SCORING 70-74 POINTS: 4-4
WHEN SCORING LESS THAN 70 PTS: 24-27
WHEN ALLOWING 60 OR FEWER PTS: 30-4
WHEN ALLOWING 61-64 PTS: 5-3
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