Jan. 26, 1998
Big Ten Leading Spartan Cagers Host Indiana
GAME No. 18-- vs. Indiana Wed. Jan. 28 8:05 p.m.
GAME INFORMATION -- The Michigan State men's basketball team, sole owners of first place in the Big Ten Conference, entertains the streaking Hoosiers of Indiana on Wednesday in a key conference matchup. The Jack Breslin Student Events Center (15,138) on the MSU campus serves as the site of the 89th meeting between MSU and IU, and tipoff is slated for 8:05 p.m.
COVERAGE -- The MSU-Indiana clash will be televised locally on WLAJ-TV (Ch. 53). Handling the play-by-play will be Tim Staudt while former Spartan cager Greg Kelser contributes analysis. 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, ranked No. 22 in this week's Associated Press rankings and No. 25 by USA Today/ESPN Poll, meets Indiana with an overall record of 13-4 including a pace-setting Big Ten ledger of 6-1. The Spartans, winners of their last four and nine of their last 10, are coming off a 71-59 win at home against Penn State last Saturday. Leading MSU to the win was sophomore guard Mateen Cleaves who tallied a game-high 25 points, tying his second-highest career total, and senior center DuJuan Wiley, who came off the bench to record a career-best 15 points along with six boards. Despite shooting a season-low 31.3 percent from the floor, the Spartans used solid free throw shooting, establishing season highs in both free throws (28) and percentage (.848). The Spartans have won their last five home games and stand 8-2 at the Breslin Center this year. Indiana comes to East Lansing with an overall record of 14-5, 5-2 in the Big Ten, good for a second-place tie with Illinois, Purdue and Michigan. The Hoosiers have won their last five games including a 69-59 win at Wisconsin on Sunday. IU is 6-4 in road/neutral 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 46-32. In games at the Breslin Center, Izzo has posted a record of 31-11, 15-21 on the road. Izzo has directed the Green and White to appearances in the NIT in each of his first two years. He is 2-2 vs. IU. Indiana is directed by Bob Knight (Ohio State '62), now in his 27th season as the head man of the Hoosiers. Knight, who has led IU to three NCAA titles (1976, 1981, 1987), has a school ledger of 612-213. In 33 seasons of college coaching, Knight has a career mark of 714-263, making him just one of 12 NCAA coaches to have chalked 700 or more victories.
THE SERIES -- Indiana has a 56-32 lead in the all-time series vs. MSU which started in 1920. Michigan State has fared well against IU in games played at East Lansing, showing a 23-21 mark against the Hoosiers on the MSU campus, 6-1 at the Breslin Center. Last year, the teams split the season series with IU claiming a 77-65 win at Bloomington and the Spartans a 63-60 decision at East Lansing. MSU has won the last five contests played at the Breslin Center.
MSU QUICK HITTERS -- MSU shot just 31.3 percent from the floor in the win against Penn State -- the last time a Spartan team shot that low and came away with a victory was on Feb. 26, 1966, when the Spartans connected on just 31 percent from the floor in a 69-63 win over Indiana at Jenison Field House ... MSU's season-high 84.8 percent mark from the foul line vs. PSU boosted the team's mark to 11-1 since the 1996-97 when it has shot 70 percent or better from the charity stripe (3-0 in 1997-98) ... The Spartans' have five wins on the road this year, bettering last year's season total of four ... Through 17 games last season, MSU was allowing 64.5 points per game (vs. this year's effort of 60.4) and allowing the opposition to connect on 42 percent of its field goal attempts (vs. 1997-98's 38.3 percent).
WILEY A KEY OFF THE BENCH -- Senior center DuJuan Wiley has come through in a big way for the Spartans in the last two games, posting double-figure scoring in both outings and some fine play on the boards. The 6-foot-9 Wiley connected on all five of his field goal attempts en route to 10 points (4 rebs.) at Iowa and was five-of-seven from the floor and five-for-five from the foul line in notching a career-best 15 points (6 rebs.) against Penn State. Wiley is shooting 83.3 percent (10-of-12) from the floor in the last two games and his 66.2 percent showing (45-of-68) this season tops all MSU players.
SPARTANS CONTINUE STRONG SECOND-HALF PLAY -- After posting a 29-27 lead at halftime in the Penn State game, the Spartans outscored the Nittany Lions, 42-32, over the final 20 minutes of play, the 13th straight time that MSU had enjoyed a second-half scoring advantage over the opposition. On six of those 13 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 seven Big Ten games, MSU posts a 41.8-29.2 second half scoring advantage (43.3 vs. 29.5 in the last four affairs).
MSU AND THE BOARDS -- MSU's 46-34 edge in rebounding against Penn State boosted the Spartans' record this year to 12-1 in games where they have enjoyed an advantage on the glass. At the start of the week, the Spartans are No. 1 spot in the Big Ten in rebound margin (+9.9) in overall play. The Green and White have outrebounded their opponents by 10 or more boards nine times this season (seven of 15 or more). Since Tom Izzo has been head coach, the Spartans have outrebounded 61 of 78 opponents and hold a 41-20 record when enjoying an edge on the boards.
MSU AND THE BRESLIN CENTER -- MSU's win over Penn State upped its all-time record at the Breslin Center to 105-26 (.801) since the facility opened in 1989 (49-7 vs. non-conference opponents, 56-19 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 17 games, MSU is shooting 40.9 percent (211-of-515) from the floor in the first half and 49.7 percent (239-of-481) in the second half ... Opponents are shooting 37.2 percent (166-of-446) from the field in the first half and 39.3 percent (184-of-468) over the final 20 minutes of action ... In MSU's last five home games, it posts a 75.6-56.8 per-game scoring advantage ... MSU is averaging 30.2 points in the first half of play (26.8 for opponents) and 42.9 points in the second half (33.5 for opponents) ... In Big Ten games, the Spartans are shooting 38 percent from three-point range (No. 4 in the league) compared to their opposition's effort of 23.6% (No. 1 in 3 pt. FG% defense) ... MSU has five or more treys in six of seven Big Ten games while the most it has allowed is five (Penn State) ... In its four losses, the Green and White is shooting 38.8 percent from the floor (87-of-224) vs. 47 percent (363-of-772) in their 12 victories.
MORSELS FOR MUSING -- MSU has won 20 of its last 21 games when holding the opposition to 60 or fewer points (9-1 in 1997-98) ... During Izzo's stint as head coach, the Spartans post a 31-4 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 40-6 when leading at halftime (11-0 this year) ... MSU has averaged 18.8 turnovers in its four losses ... Through 17 games last season, MSU had recorded 81 three-point field goals compared to this year's effort of 105 ... After 17 contests in '96-97, the Spartans had a rebound margin of +5.4 vs. this season's +9.8 ... MSU has allowed just seven halves of 40 percent or better from the floor in its last 24 halves ... The Spartans have outscored the opposition in 26 out of 34 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 10 occasions this year ... After 17 outings, MSU is averaging 15.1 offensive rebounds vs. the opposition's average of 10.6.
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 ... Six boards (most since a six-carom effort vs. Cleveland State) in 17 minutes vs. Penn State (1/24) ... Came off the bench to record four points and four rebounds in 17 minutes vs. Wisconsin (1/8) ... Held scoreless in three of last five 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 ... 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 (5.0 rpg).
#12 -- Sophomore Mateen Cleaves leads the team in minutes (33.1 mpg), scoring (16.9 ppg), assists (7.35 apg) and steals (2.11 spg) ... Leads the Big Ten in assists in overall and league (7.29 apg) action ... No. 5 among Big Ten scorers in overall action and holds down the No. 2 spot in league outings ... Has 16 straight contests of double-figure scoring ... Registered game-high 25 points, tying his second-best career effort, along with six assists vs. Penn State (1/24) ... Has three games of 20-plus points this year ... 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 22 points and shooting 46.3 percent (19 of 41) 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 a team-high 21 points vs. Detroit (12/13) ... 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 nine of the last 13 and in a total of 11 contests ... No. 2 on squad in treys with 29 ... 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 seven contests ... Has 271 assists in 46 career contests (5.8 apg) ... Has led or shared for MSU's lead in assists in 41 of 46 career outings (all 17 this season) ... Scored in double figures in 32 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 (9.2 rpg) in overall play ... Tied for Big Ten's No. 2 rebounder in league contests (9.7 rpg) ... Totaled a game-high 10 rebounds, eight points and a career-best four steals vs. Penn State (1/24) ... Has double-figure rebounding in six of last nine and in a total of eight games this year ... 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 five 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 eight and in a total of 13 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 ... 28 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 (8.2 ppg) ... Averaging 5.0 points in his last four outings ... Six points in 15 minutes vs. Penn State (1/24) ... 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 12 games ... Nine-minute stint vs. Penn State (1/24) tied his longest in a league contest ... 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 ... 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 62.5% (50 of 80) of his attempts ... Has shot 50 percent or better from the field in six of last seven games, 66.7 percent (12-of-18) in his last five appearances ... Six points and six caroms in 15 minutes vs. Penn State (1/24) ... Has scored in his last 15 games ... Eight points and four rebounds in in 25 minutes at Minnesota (1/14) ... Has started the last 15 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-of-nine charity tosses against the Badgers... Shooting 90.4 percent (19 of 21) from the foul line in the last six games ... Shooting 83.3 percent (20-of-24) from the foul line in league affairs ... 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 (5.5 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 23.3 minutes over the last four contests ... Saw a three-game double-figure scoring streak snapped when he was held to five points vs. Penn State (1/24) ... 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 12.0 points and shooting 53.1 percent (17-of-32) from the floor in last four games ... Has scored in double figure 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 five of last six performances and is shooting 55.6 percent (10-of-18) 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 all 17 games and is averaging 11.8 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 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 (11.3 ppg) ... No. 6 in the Big Ten in three-point shooting percentage (.413) in overall action ... Had a five-game double-figure scoring streak snapped vs. Penn State (1/24) as he finished with five ... Totaled 14 points at Iowa (1/21) ... Averaging 12.6 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 (2.65 pg) in overall action and holds down the No. 1 spot for league contests (2.57 pg) ... Posted a then career-high 16 points vs. Eastern Illinois (12/27) which included four treys ... 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 43.3 percent (26 of 60) from three-point range in home contests ... No. 1 on the squad in treys with 45, good for a ninth-place tie 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 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 82.
#55 -- Senior DuJuan Wiley is averaging 14.9 minutes ... Big game vs. Penn State (1/24) with a career-best 15 points, hitting five (tying career best)-of-seven from the floor and all five from the foul line, along with six board in a career-long 23 minutes ... Solid effort at Iowa (1/21), nailing five-of-five from the floor and finishing with 10 points ... Has five double-figure scoring efforts this season ... Notched 10 points and four boards vs. Eastern Illinois (12/27) ... Totaled a then career-high 12 points vs. South Florida (12/20) ... Played 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 66.2 percent (45 of 68) of his attempts ... MSU leader in blocked shots with 25 ... No. 7 in the Big Ten in blocked shots (1.47 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 12 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 27 games ... MSU has allowed just 27 of its last 166 opponents to shoot 50 percent or better from the field ... Through games played Jan. 25, the Spartans' four losses have come to teams with a combined record of 58-15 (.794) (Illinois-Chicago 16-3, Temple 11-4, Detroit 16-3) and Michigan 15-5) ... Through Jan. 25, MSU's non-conference opponents had a combined record of 104-86 (.547) ... Mateen Cleaves has started the last 41 Spartan contests while Antonio Smith has drawn the starting nod in the last 44 ... Smith has 591 career boards in 78 contests (7.5 rpg) ... That DuJuan Wiley has already tripled his scoring output from a year ago with 109 points this season (34 pts. last year) ... That MSU ranks No. 1 in the Big Ten in scoring defense in both overall (60.4 ppg) and conference action (59.4 ppg) ... The Spartans are No. 2 in field goal percentage defense (.383) in overall action and No. 1 in league (.391) tussles ... MSU has allowed just three opponents to shoot 50 percent or better from the field this season while 12 have been held to less than 40 percent ... The Spartans are No. 2 in the Big in three-point field goal percentage defense (.290) in overall play ... That after seven Big Ten games a year ago, MSU was averaging 63.1 points per outing vs. this year's effort of 71.0 ... MSU has scored 40 or more points in the second half in six of its seven Big Ten contests.
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.
SPARTAN "D" CLAMPING DOWN ON OPPONENTS
Michigan State's 9-1 record over the lat 10 games has been fueled in part by a defense that ranks at or near the top in a number of league statistical catgories. The following is a chart indicating how the last 10 opponets have fared vs. MSU in scoring and field goal percentage prior to and following its game vs. MSU.
CLEAVES AN ALL-AROUND THREAT -- Through games played Jan. 25, Mateen Cleaves is the only player in the Big Ten to rank in the top 10 in scoring (5th, 16.9 ppg), assists (1st, 7.35 apg) and steals (3rd, 2.12 spg) in overall action. Cleaves' 36 steals tops the MSU squad, and he has registered nine games of two or more thefts this season.
1997-98 BIG TEN STANDINGS
Team (Overall Record) W L PCT
Michigan State (13-4) 6 1 .857
Purdue (17-4) 5 2 .714
Michigan (15-5) 5 2 .714
Indiana (14-5) 5 2 .714
Illinois (13-7) 5 2 .714
Iowa (15-4) 4 2 .667
Wisconsin (10-9) 3 4 .428
Penn State (9-7) 2 4 .333
Northwestern (7-9) 1 6 .143
Minnesota (8-10) 1 6 .143
Ohio State (7-12) 0 6 .000
GAMES ON JAN. 27
Wisconsin at Minnesota
GAMES ON JAN. 28
Indiana at Michigan State
Illinois at Ohio State
Iowa at Penn State
GAMES ON JAN. 29
Purdue at Michigan
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
Jason Klein 1997-98 45
Steve Smith 1989-90 45
CLEAVES AN ALL-AROUND THREAT -- Through games played Jan. 25, Mateen Cleaves is the only player in the Big Ten to rank in the top 10 in scoring (5th, 16.9 ppg), assists (1st, 7.35 apg) and steals (3rd, 2.12 spg) in overall action. Cleaves' 36 steals tops the MSU squad, and he has registered nine games of two or more thefts this season. 1997-98 BIG TEN STANDINGS Team (Overall Record) W L PCT Michigan State (13-4) 6 1 .857 Purdue (17-4) 5 2 .714 Michigan (15-5) 5 2 .714 Indiana (14-5) 5 2 .714 Illinois (13-7) 5 2 .714 Iowa (15-4) 4 2 .667 Wisconsin (10-9) 3 4 .428 Penn State (9-7) 2 4 .333 Northwestern (7-9) 1 6 .143 Minnesota (8-10) 1 6 .143 Ohio State (7-12) 0 6 .000 GAMES ON JAN. 27 Wisconsin at Minnesota GAMES ON JAN. 28 Indiana at Michigan State Illinois at Ohio State Iowa at Penn State GAMES ON JAN. 29 Purdue at Michigan 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 Jason Klein 1997-98 45 Steve Smith 1989-90 45
MSU AND THE RATINGS -- Through games played Jan. 24, Michigan State held down the No. 14 spot in the Sagarin Ratings. The Spartans had a rating of 87.38, third among Big Ten squads Purdue (8th, 89.71) and Michigan (13th, 87.61). Of the three non-conference teams that defeated MSU, Temple had the highest ranking (28th, 84.89) and was followed by Detroit (29th, 84.75) and Illinois-Chicago (37th, 83.73).
SPARTAN RESERVES PRODUCING -- Michigan State's bench has played a key role in the team's four-game winning streak, outscoring the opposition reserves by a 92-29 margin (23.0-vs.7.25). The Spartan reserves have enjoyed a scoring advantage in the last six contests and has recorded a scoring margin of +10 in the last four ... In the last 10 contests, MSU's bench enjoys a scoring edge on eight occasions with the team showing a 7-1 mark in those outings.
MSU AP RANKING FIRST SINCE 1995 -- Michigan State's No. 22 showing in this week's Associated Press Poll represents the first time since the final 1995 rankings which had MSU No. 11. MSU was ranked among the Top 25 teams throughout the 1994-95 campaign with the Green and White being ranked as high as No. 7.
MSU's 6-1 LEAGUE START IS SECOND BEST IN MSU HISTORY -- The Spartans' 6-1 Big Ten start ties the second-best seven-game start in school history. The 1977-78 squad started out 7-0 while the 1959, 1966 and 1995 teams started out 6-1.
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