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No. 2/1 Michigan State Plays at Minnesota on Tuesday Night

Feb. 12, 2018


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Michigan State hits the road for three of its final four games of the regular season, starting on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at Minnesota. Tipoff at Williams Arena is slated for 9 p.m.

On the Air
The game will be shown live on ESPN2, with Dave Flemming calling the play-by-play and Dan Dakich serving as the color analyst and Molly McGrath on sidelines. The Spartan Sports Network radio call can be heard on one of 38 affiliates and on the web at, with Will Tieman handling the play-by-play, Matt Steigenga serving as the color analyst and Dalton Shetler as the studio host. The game can also be heard on Sirius 135, XM 195 and Internet 957.

Last Time Out
Sophomore guard/forward Miles Bridges hit a 3-pointer with 2,7 seconds left and then-No. 4 Michigan State held on to beat No. 3 Purdue, 68-65, on Saturday … Michigan State went into the break down five points, 36-31, after a 3-pointer from Bridges and a layup from Cassius Winston in the final minute … MSU fell behind by eight points, 46-38, early in the second half on a jumper from Isaac Haas at the 16:60 mark … The Spartans still trailed by seven points, 50-43, after a jumper from Dakota Mathias, but MSU went on a 14-5 run over 7:06 and took a 59-55 lead after a pair of jumpers from Bridges … Purdue tied the game back up at 59-all on a jumper from Haas with 5:23 to play, and it was back and forth over the final five minutes, with four lead changes and three ties … The Boilermakers went ahead 65-63 on a Haas jumper with 1:05 to play, but Kenny Goins hit a put-back jumper with 48 seconds left to tie the game and after a Purdue miss, MSU called a timeout and Bridges hit his 3-pointer from the right wing, sealing the win

Top Notes
Miles Bridges was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday, Feb. 12 after helping lead the Spartans to wins at Iowa and at home against then-No. 3 Purdue ... He averaged 22.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists while connecting on 60.7 percent of his shots from the floor (17-of-28) ... Bridges scored 25 points, had four rebounds and four assists in a 96-93 win at Iowa last Tuesday ... He scored 20 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left as MSU beat then-No. 3 Purdue on Saturday, 68-65 ... This is the second time Bridges has been named Big Ten Player of the Week this year (12/26).
• Bridges is one of only two players in the country averaging at least 17.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 blocks per game.
• Michigan State is off to one of the best starts in school history, with wins in 24 of its first 27 games this season ... The 24-3 record to start the 2017-18 season is the best start since 2000-01, when the team started 24-3.
• Michigan State’s sophomore class – Miles Bridges, Joshua Langford, Cassius Winston and Nick Ward – has helped lead the way for the Spartans ... Through 27 games, that quartet has accounted for 66.3 percent of the team’s scoring (1,487 of 2,244 points), 48.6 percent of its rebounds (540 of 1,110) and 59.1 percent of the team’s assists (322 of 545) ... Together they are averaging 55.1 points, 20.0 rebounds and 11.9 assists … When all four scored in double figures, the Spartans are 9-0 this season when all four reach double figures in scoring.

Series History
• Michigan State and Minnesota meet for the 129th time on Tuesday night.
• The Spartans lead the all-time series with Minnesota, 68-60, while the Golden Gophers have a 36-25 advantage in games played in Minneapolis.
• The Spartans have won 17 of the last 21, 22 of the last 27, and 28 of the last 34 meetings.
Tom Izzo has a 30-11 all-time record against the Golden Gophers.
• Three of the last six games have gone to overtime and four of those games have been decided by 10 points or fewer.

Scouting Minnesota
• Minnesota enters the game on Tuesday night with a 14-13 overall record and a 3-11 mark in the Big Ten Conference.
• The Gophers are coming off an 80-56 loss at Indiana on Friday night and have lost seven-straight games.
• The Gophers are 10-5 at home, including a 2-5 mark in league play.
• Junior forward Jordan Murphy leads Minnesota in scoring and rebounding ... He is sixth in the Big Ten in scoring with 17.4 points per game and leads the league with 11.6 rebounds per game.
• Senior guard Nate Mason is second on the team with 16.5 points (ninth in the Big Ten) and leads the team with 4.2 assists (T7th in the league).
• Junior guard Depree McBrayer is averaging 9.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in conference play this season.
• Minnesota is fourth in the Big Ten in scoring offense (77.2 ppg) and 13th in scoring defense (74.5 ppg).



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