Nick Ward posted his sixth double double of the season.
Coaches and players discuss MSU-Indiana game.
Photos from Michigan State men's basketball vs. Indiana - Friday, Jan. 19, 2018
Photos from Michigan State men's basketball vs. Michigan - Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018
Photos from Michigan State men's basketball vs. Rutgers - Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018
Check out the USATSI photo gallery from the men's basketball game against Maryland.
The Spartans play host to the Tigers in non-conference action.
2016-17 Game-by-Game Stats
Powerful, long lefty post who can create space and score with good touch on the interior • Very crafty with both hands around the rim • Excellent offensive rebounder • Among the best in the nation at drawing fouls.
Appeared in 35 games, including starting 21, averaging 13.9 points and 6.5 rebounds in 19.8 minutes • All-Big Ten Honorable Mention • Earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors on Feb. 27, becoming the only conference freshman during the season to win the honor and first Spartan freshman to earn POW honors since Delvon Roe in 2009 • Four-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week (12/5,12/26, 1/2 and 2/27) • Co-recipient of MSU's Most Improved Player Award • Ranked 16th in the Big Ten in scoring (13.9 ppg), 12th in rebounding (6.5 rpg), third in field goal percentage (.592) and tied for fifth in blocked shots (1.5 bpg) • Ranked second in the nation in both fouls drawn per 40 minutes (8.8) and offensive rebounding percentage (17.5%) according to KenPom.com • Scored in double figures in 25 of the last 29 games, and in 26 games overall • Had six games of 20+ points and had at least nine rebounds in each of those games; MSU was 5-1 when he scored 20 or more points • Posted four double-doubles on the season, including three with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds • Grabbed double-figure rebounds in five contests, and totaled nine rebounds or more in 13 contests • His 54 blocked shots led the team and were the second most by a freshman in MSU history, trailing only Deyonta Davis 64 in 2015-16 • Established a MSU freshman record with 181 field goals • His 485 points were the second most in a season by a freshman in MSU history, trailing Magic Johnson's 511, while his 13.9 scoring average ranked fourth-best among freshman in school history • Also ranks among the all-time Spartan freshman leaders in free throws (2nd, 123), free throws attempted (2nd, 200), rebounds (4th, 227) and rebound average (5th, 6.5 rpg) • Started his first career game vs. Oakland (12/21), scoring a season-high 25 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the field • Totaled 24 points and 10 rebounds in 26 minutes against Oral Roberts (12/3) • Recorded a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds in his Big Ten debut at Minnesota (12/27) • Scored 20 points vs. Nebraska (2/23) and joined Miles Bridges as the first freshman duo at Michigan State to score 20+ points in the same game since Earvin "Magic Johnson" and Jay Vincent in 1978 • Posted a double-double at Maryland (3/4) by pulling down a season-high 16 rebounds, while his 22 points matched the most he scored in a Big Ten game • Led all scorers with 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the floor to go along with seven rebounds in his first NCAA Tournament game vs. Miami (3/17) • Averaged 17.1 points and 8.3 rebounds in the seven games Miles Bridges missed with an ankle injury in December.
Averaged 21.0 points and 8.5 rebounds as a senior, playing for Coach Tony Staib at Gahanna Lincoln High School • Shot 64 percent from the field • 2016 Associated Press Division I All-Ohio honoree • Led Gahanna Lincoln to a 25-3 record and an appearance in the regional finals • Ohio Division I-II North-South All-Star Game MVP, totaling 31 points and eight rebounds • 2016 Ohio-Kentucky All-Star • Columbus Dispatch All-Metro team honoree • 2016 Ohio Capital Conference-Ohio Division Co-Player of the Year • Three-time OCC-Ohio champion • Averaged 18 points, eight rebounds and two blocks as a prep junior • 2015 Third-Team Associated Press All-Ohio honoree, while also earning first-team all-league and first-team Associated Press Central Division I All-District accolades • Named to the All-Junior Team and All-State Division I Third Team by PrepHoopsOhio.com • Played AAU basketball with All-Ohio Red • Rated among the Top 50 players in his class by ESPN 100 (#39), Rivals.com (#41), Scout.com (#48), and 24/7 Sports (#49), resulting in a 24/7 Sports Composite ranking of #41.
Born Sept. 2, 1997 • Son of Jeff and Stephanie Ward • Communication major.