No. 1/1 Michigan State Visits Ohio State on Sunday
East Lansing, Mich. -
Michigan State's men's basketball team hits the road this weekend for a Big Ten Conference game at Ohio State on Sunday, Jan.7. Tipoff at Value City Arena is slated for 4:30 p.m.
The game will be shown live on CBS, with Andrew Catalon calling the play-by-play and Bill Raftery serving as the color analyst. The Spartan Sports Network radio call can be heard on one of 38 affiliates and on the web at SpartanSportsNetwork.com, with Will Tieman handling the play-by-play and Matt Steigenga serving as the color analyst. The game can also be heard on Sirius 135 and XM 195.
The Spartans, winners of 14-straight games, improved to 15-1 overall and 3-0 in the Big Ten with a 91-61 win over Maryland on Thursday night at the Breslin Center.
Michigan State is ranked No. 1 in the country in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls. This is the first time Michigan State has been ranked No. 1 in the national polls since the 2015-16 regular season, when the Spartans held the top spot for four weeks. The Spartans have an all-time record of 15-5 at No. 1.
In the win over Maryland on Thursday, sophomore guard/forward Miles Bridges had 15 points, seven assists, six rebounds and two blocks, leading four players in double figures. MSU used a 15-0 late in the first half to take a 44-32 lead at the break and led by as many as 30 points in the second half. The Spartans hit a season-high 16 3-pointers on the way to the win. Sophomore forward Nick Ward added 16 points and two blocks, freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. had 15 points and three blocks and sophomore guard Cassius Winston had 10 points and eight assists. Redshirt junior Kenny Goins scored a season-high eight points and junior Matt McQuaid grabbed a career-best seven rebounds. MSU received 27 points from its bench.
Ward was named the Big Ten Player of the Week earlier this week. This is the second-straight week a Spartans player has been named the league's player of the week, following Bridges, who earned the honor on December 26. In two games last week, Ward averaged 21.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in 20.5 minutes as went 16-of-17 from the field, connecting on 94.1 percent of his shots. He tied his season high in points (22) and rebounds (15) in a 111-61 win over Cleveland State and followed that up with a perfect 9-of-9 from the floor en route to 21 points in a 108-52 win against Savannah State. He registered a pair of double-doubles to bring his season total to four.
Bridges leads Michigan State with 16.9 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, while adding 3.1 assists and 1.1 blocks per game. He ranks fifth in the league in scoring and seventh in the league in assists.
He is one of five players scoring in double figures for the Spartans. Ward is second with 15.4 points and second on the team with 7.4 rebounds. He ranks first in the Big Ten, and No. 3 nationally, connecting on 72.3 percent of his field goals. Sophomore Joshua Langford is third on the team with 13.7 points, while Winston is fourth with 12.9 points and leads the team, and ranks No. 10 nationally, with 7.3 assists per game, and Jackson Jr. is averaging 10.4 points, is third on the team with 6.8 rebounds and is averaging 3.3 blocked shots per game, which ranks No. 8 in the country.
Michigan State leads the all-time series with Ohio State, 73-58. The Spartans have won 33 of the last 48 games in the series. Tom Izzo is 28-15 in his career against the Buckeyes. Fourteen of the last 17 games in the series have been decided by 10 points or less. Eight of the last 14 games have been decided by five points or less.