No. 4/4 Michigan State Hosts Rutgers on Wednesday at the Breslin Center
East Lansing, Mich. -
Michigan State's men's basketball team returns back home to the Breslin Center on Wednesday, Jan. 10, hosting Rutgers in a Big Ten Conference game. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. This will be the first of three-straight home games for the Spartans.
The game will be shown live on the Big Ten Network, with Kevin Kugler calling the play-by-play and Shon Morris 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 145, XM 195 and Internet 957.
The Spartans, ranked No. 4 in the country in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls, had a 14-game win streak end on Sunday in an 80-64 loss at Ohio State. Michigan State enters the game on Wednesday with a 15-2 overall record and a 3-1 mark in league play.
In Sunday's loss at Ohio State, sophomore guard/forward Miles Bridges scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead four players in double figures. Sophomore guard Joshua Langford added 17 points, sophomore guard Cassius Winston finished with 12 points and six points and freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. added 11 points.
Bridges leads the Spartans in scoring and rebounding, averaging 16.9 points and 7.6 boards per game. He is fourth in the league in scoring and eighth in rebounding.
He is one of five players scoring in double figures for the Spartans, who lead the Big Ten in scoring offense (86.5 ppg), field goal percentage (52.5 percent) and 3-point percentage (41.4 percent).
Sophomore forward Nick Ward is second on the team with 14.7 points and 7.4 rebounds, which ranks tied for 13th in the league in scoring and ninth in rebounding, respectively. Langford is third on the team with 13.9 points per game, while Winston is averaging 12.8 points and leads the conference with 7.2 assists per game. Jackson is fifth on the team with 10.8 points per game and leads the team with 3.2 blocks per game, which ranks ninth nationally.
This is the second meeting of the season between Michigan State and Rutgers. The Spartans won the first game, 62-52, last month in New Jersey. MSU leads the all-time series between the teams, 6-0, and has won the only two meetings in East Lansing.
Rutgers enters the game with an 11-6 overall record, including a 1-3 mark in the Big Ten following a 64-60 win over Wisconsin on Sunday. The Scarlet Knights lead the Big Ten in scoring defense, allowing only 60.9 points per game.