January 29, 1999
Saturday, Jan. 30
Looking to extend its winning ways, the Michigan State men's basketball team closes out the month of January with a home date against the Wildcats of Northwestern. The Jack Breslin Student Events Center (14,659) on the MSU campus will serve as the site of the 95th meeting between the Spartans and Northwestern and tipoff is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. (EST).
Following its meeting against NU, the Green and White will travel to Penn State on Tuesday (Feb. 2) in an ESPN telecast starting at 7:30 p.m.
MSU PROBABLE STARTERS (17-4 Overall; 6-1 Big Ten)
F -- #44 JASON KLEIN (Sr., 6-7, 11.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg)
F -- #34 ANDRE HUTSON (So., 6-8, 8.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg)
F -- #13 ANTONIO SMITH (Sr., 6-8, 7.1 ppg, 8.3 rpg)
G -- #14 CHARLIE BELL (So., 6-3, 7.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg)
G -- #12 MATEEN CLEAVES (Jr., 6-2, 12.0 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 7.2 apg)
NORTHWESTERN PROBABLE STARTERS (12-5; 4-3)
F -- #32 TAVARAS HARDY (Fr., 6-8, 7.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg)
C -- #42 EVAN ESCHMEYER (Sr., 6-11, 20.1 ppg, 11.1 rpg)
G -- #22 SEAN WINK (So., 6-2, 9.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg)
G -- #24 DAVID NEWMAN (Fr., 5-11, 9.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg)
G -- # 4 JULIAN BONNER (Sr., 6-1, 4.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg)
The MSU-Northwestern game will be televised locally by WLAJ-TV (Ch. 53). Other stations throughout the state airing the contest include WFUM (Ch. 28) in Flint and WDWB (Ch. 20) in Detroit. Tim Staudt will serve as the play-by-play host with Shon Morris as analyst.
All MSU basketball games can be heard on WJIM Radio (1240 AM/97.5 FM). Describing the play-by-play will be Mark Champion while former MSU coach Gus Ganakas serves as analyst.
Michigan State is directed by head coach Tom Izzo (Northern Michigan 77), who is in his fourth season at the helm of the program. Izzo checks into the Northwestern game with a school and career mark of 72-40. Last season, he was named the national coach of the year by both the Associated Press and the United States Basketball Writers Association. In games at the Breslin Center, Izzo has a 45-12 mark, 27-28 in road/neutral contests. He is 4-1 vs. Northwestern.
Northwestern is guided by second-year head coach Kevin O'Neill (McGill 79) who shows a school record of 22-22. Now in his 11th campaign as a head coach, O'Neill has a career slate of 162-142.
Michigan State, ranked No. 8 in the nation by both USA Today/ESPN poll and the Associated Press, brings a 17-4 record into the Northwestern contest, 6-1 in the Big Ten, good for first place. MSU has won its last six and 13 of the last 14 decisions including a 76-71 triumph at home over Ohio State on Wednesday. In the game, MSU trailed, 37-33, at halftime and faced an eight-point deficit, 42-34, with 15:52 remaining. However, a 22-7 run, keyed by a pair of three-point field goals by senior Jason Klein, enabled the Spartans to claim a 56-49 lead with 6:40 remaining. Aiding in the MSU win was clutch free throw shooting that saw the Green and White go 8-for-10 from the charity stripe over the last 45 seconds with junior guard Mateen Cleaves sinking all six of his attempts in finishing with a team-high 16 points. Sophomore Charlie Bell notched 14 points as did Klein while senior Antonio Smith snared a game-high 11 caroms.
Northwestern comes to town with a three-game winning streak that has boosted its record to 12-5 overall, 4-3 in the Big Ten which is good for a fifth-place tie. In their last game, the Wildcats topped No. 14 Purdue, 54-50, at Evanston.
In a series that started in 1918, Michigan State posts an all-time record of 59-35 against Northwestern. In games played at East Lansing, the Green and White stand 36-7 against the Cats, 8-0 at the Breslin Center. Last season, MSU brought home a win in the only meeting between the schools, 72-66 in overtime, at Evanston. Overall, the Spartans have captured 21 of the last 22 meetings between the schools.
SPARTAN BENCH DOMINANT AFTER 21 GAMES
Through 21 games, MSU reserves have compiled an impressive 565-295 (26.9 vs. 14.4) scoring advantage against opposing benches. In the Ohio State game, Spartan reserves finished with a 36-22 scoring advantage. In the last 10 games, Spartan subs have racked up a 259-129 scoring advantage vs. their opposition. MSU reserves have outpointed opposing team reserves in 19 contests with two games ending in ties (Michigan, (1/9) & Pepperdine).
MSU AND THE BRESLIN CENTER
The win over Ohio State (Jan. 27) boosted MSU's all-time record in Breslin Center games to 119-27 (.815) since the facility opened in 1989 (55-7 vs. non-conference opponents, 64-20 in Big Ten contests). MSU has shot 50 percent or better from the floor in 79 contests at the BSEC while allowing foes to reach that mark on just 21 occasions. MSU is 10-0 at the Breslin Center this season with nine of its victories being greater than 12 points. MSU's current 10-game winning streak at the BSEC ties the MSU longest single-season mark.
SMITH AMONG MSU TOP 5 CAREER REBOUNDERS
Senior forward Antonio Smith's game-high 11 rebounds in the Ohio State game increases his career total to 872. Smith, who holds down the No. 4 spot on the school's all-time rebounding list, has 43 career outings of 10 or more boards (10 this season) including seven of 15-plus caroms.
MORE ABOUT LAST GAME
MSU's 76 points against the Buckeyes marked the third straight game that it had scored 70-plus points ... MSU's eight three-point field goals tied a season high ... The Spartans' 12 offensive rebounds vs. OSU marked the 10th straight outing that it has grabbed 10 or more caroms on the offensive end and the 19th this season ... OSU's 71 points marked the first time an opponent had scored 70 or more points against the Spartans since UCONN (82 pts.).
MATEEN CLEAVES UPDATE
Mateen Cleaves' nine assists against Ohio State pushed his career total to 514 (fourth on MSU's all-time list). His team-high 16 points increased his career total to 1,032, good for 26th place on the school's all-time scoring list. In addition, his 7.2 assists per game average leads both the squad and the Big Ten and is good for a seventh-place tie nationally (through 1/28).
MSU has won 34 of its last 36 games when holding the opposition to 60 or fewer points (10-1 in 98-99, 13-1 in 97-98) ... Under Izzo, the Green and White post a 45-5 mark in such contests ... Since the 1996-97 season, the Spartans are 22-2 when scoring 80-plus points (7-0 in 98-99, 9-1 in 97-98) ... MSU was 17-1 when leading at halftime last season and shows a 61-9 won-lost slate in those games during Izzo's tenure as head coach (15-2 in 98-99) ... MSU has 10 or more steals in eight games this year (8-0) ... The Spartans are 11-1 this year when turning the ball over 15 or fewer times.
MORE TO MUSE OVER
Through games played Jan. 28, MSU was No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 20 nationally in field goal shooting (.482) ... Through Jan. 28, the Green and White stood No. 3 in the Big Ten and 16th nationally in scoring defense (60.3 ppg) ... The Spartans held down the No. 4 spot in the Big Ten (through Jan. 28) in free throw shooting (.727) ... So far this season, the Spartans are 11-0 in games when they have had 20 or more free throw attempts ... Last season's MSU team was shooting 45.6 percent from the floor after 21 outings ... MSU has held opponents to less than 10 field goals in 14 halves this season.
THE TURNOVER FACTOR
Entering the Northwestern contest, opponents have turned the ball over more in 12 games this season with the Spartans standing 11-1 in those games. Since 96-97, MSU has a 29-4 record when turning the ball over fewer times including a 9-2 effort last year. The only blemishes on that record have come against Florida State (97 NIT), Purdue (3/1/98), North Carolina (3/19/98) and Duke (12/2/98).
MSU STRONG ON THE BOARDS
MSU has outboarded 20 foes this year (Tulsa is the only opponent to have outrebounded MSU, 29-27) and shows a healthy 36.8-26.9 per-game edge in rebounding with the +9.9 per-game margin tops in the Big Ten. This year the Spartans have outrebounded 12 opponents by 10 or more boards. Since Tom Izzo has been head coach, MSU has outrebounded 90 of 112 opponents and owns a 64-26 record when enjoying an edge in that department.
THE SPARTANS ALL-TIME UNDER IZZO
AT HOME: 45-12
ON ROAD/NEUTRAL: 27-28
MOST POINTS SCORED: 96 vs. Oakland (11/17/98) 96 vs. Purdue (3/1/98) 95 vs. Wright St.(12/17/97)
FEWEST PTS SCORED: 43 vs. Wisconsin (1/4/97)
MOST PTS ALLOWED: 99 by Purdue (3/1/98) -- ot 92 by N. Carolina (11/21/95)
FEWEST PTS ALLOW: 33 by Illinois-Chicago (12/13/98) 39 by UNC Asheville (12/30/98) 40 by Wisconsin (1/8/98)
BEST FG PERCENT: 63.9% vs. East Tennessee St. (12/10/98) 59.7% vs. Oakland (11/17 98)
WORST FG PERCENT: 26.3% vs. Wisconsin (1/4/97)
WHEN LEADING AT HALF: 61-9
WHEN TRAILING AT HALF: 9-29
WHEN TIED AT HALF: 2-2
LARGEST HALF. LEAD: 28 pts. vs Kans. 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: 45.9% (1501 of 3268)
FG SHOOTING ON ROAD/NEUTRAL: 44.1% (1373 of 3113)
3 PT SHOOTING AT HOME: 34.2% (261 of 762)
3 PT SHOOTING ON ROAD/NEUTRAL: 32.5% (265 of 815)
FT SHOOTING AT HOME: 67.2% (813 of 1209)
FT SHOOTING ON ROAD/NEUTRAL: 67.8% (683 of 1007)
SHOOT 50% OR BETTER FROM FLOOR: 31-4
SHOOT LESS THAN 50% FROM FLOOR: 41-36
OPP. SHOOTS 50% OR BETTER FROM FLOOR: 9-17
OPP. SHOOTS LESS THAN 50% FROM FLOOR: 63-23
MSU OUTREBOUNDS OPPONENT: 64-26
OPPONENT OUTREBOUNDS MSU: 6-14
REBOUNDS ARE EQUAL: 2-0
MSU OUTSHOOTS OPPONENT FROM FIELD: 57-5
OPPONENT OUTSHOOTS MSU FROM FIELD: 14-35
TEAMS SHOOT SAME FROM THE FIELD: 1-0
MSU WHEN IT HAS MORE TURNOVERS: 34-32
MSU WHEN OPP. HAS MORE TURNOVERS: 32-8
MSU WHEN TURNOVERS ARE EQUAL: 6-0
MSU POINT AVG. AT BRESLIN: 71.5 (4076 pts/57 gms)
MSU POINT AVG. ON THE ROAD: 67.1 (3694 pts/55 gms)
OPP POINT AVG. AT BRESLIN: 60.9 (3410 pts/56 gms)
OPP FG PCT AT BRESLIN: 40.8% (1241 of 3038)
IN OVERTIME GAMES: 1-3
MSU IN GAMES DECIDED BY 1-5 PTS: 16-13
MSU IN GAMES DECIDED BY 6-10 PTS: 9-7
MSU IN GAMES DECIDED BY 11-15 PTS: 22-11
MSU IN GAMES DECIDED BY 16-PLUS PTS: 24-9
WHEN SCORING 80-PLUS POINTS: 22-2
WHEN SCORING 75-79 POINTS: 11-0
WHEN SCORING 70-74 POINTS: 9-5
WHEN SCORING LESS THAN 70 PTS: 30-33
WHEN ALLOWING 60 OR FEWER PTS: 45-5
WHEN ALLOWING 61-64 PTS: 7-3
WHEN ALLOWING 65-70 PTS: 14-9
WHEN ALLOWING 71-75 PTS: 4-7
WHEN ALLOWING 76-80 PTS: 2-8
WHEN ALLOWING 80-PLUS PTS: 0-8