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Men's Basketball Team Returns Home to Battle Purdue
Mateen Cleaves and the Spartans<BR>take on Purdue this week.
Mateen Cleaves and the Spartans
take on Purdue this week.


February 15, 1999

  • Tuesday, Feb. 16
  • vs. Purdue
  • 7:35 p.m.

    After establishing a school record for consecutive Big Ten victories, the Michigan State men's basketball team continues a busy stretch on Tuesday when it entertains the Boilermakers of Purdue. The Jack Breslin Student Events Center (14,659) on the MSU campus will serve as the setting for the 87th clash between MSU and Purdue and tipoff is slated for 7:35 p.m. (EST). Tuesday's matchup marks the third contest of a five-game 11-day stretch for the Spartans.

    Following its meeting against PU, the Green and White venture to Ann Arbor on Thursday (Feb. 18) to tangle with arch-rival Michigan.

    The MSU-Purdue game will be televised by ESPN. Serving as the play-by-play host will be Dave Barnett while Quinn Buckner handles commentary.

    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.

    The Coaches
    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 Purdue game with a school and career mark of 77-40. 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 47-12 mark, 30-28 in road/neutral contests.

    Purdue is guided by 18th-year head coach Gene Keady (Kansas State '58) who shows a school record of 412-175. In 21 seasons as a head coach, Keady has a career mark of 450-194. During his tenure at Purdue, Keady has led the program to six Big Ten crowns.

    MSU PROBABLE STARTERS (22-4 Overall; 11-1 Big Ten)

    F -- #44 JASON KLEIN (Sr., 6-7,  10.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg)
    F -- #34 ANDRE HUTSON (So., 6-8, 8.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg)
    F -- #13 ANTONIO SMITH (Sr., 6-8, 6.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg)
    G -- #14 CHARLIE BELL (So., 6-3, 8.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg)
    G -- #12 MATEEN CLEAVES (Jr., 6-2, 12.1 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 7.1 apg)
    PURDUE PROBABLE STARTERS (18-7; 6-5 Big Ten)
    F -- #35   BRIAN CARDINAL (Jr., 6-8, 10.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg)
    C -- #54   JOHN ALLISON (Fr., 6-10, 0.9 ppg, 0.6 rpg)
    G -- #43   CARSON CUNNINGHAM (So., 6-0, 7.2 ppg, 1.0 rpg)
    G -- #15   ALAN ELDRIDGE (Sr., 6-1, 6.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg)
    G -- #22   JARAAN CORNELL (Jr., 6-3, 15.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg) 
    Michigan State, ranked No. 4 in the nation by USA Today/ESPN , brings a 22-4 record into the Purdue contest, 11-1 in the Big Ten, good for first place. MSU has won its last 11 (a school record for longest winning streak in Big Ten play) and 18 of the last 19 decisions including a thrilling 84-82 come-from-behind verdict over No. 22 Minnesota last Saturday. In that game, MSU faced a 71-61 deficit with 7:54 remaining before staging a 17-7 scoring surge over the final 4:55 that wiped out a 75-67 deficit. Junior guard Mateen Cleaves led the scoring attack with 23 points, including the winning bucket a strong drive to the hoop with 1.2 seconds left. Junior forward Morris Peterson played a big role in the victory, scoring eight of his 20 points over the last 5:16 while sophomore guard Charlie Bell scorched the Golden Gophers by hitting six-of-10 from the floor, including a career-high four treys, and finishing with 18 points. While it was outshot (60 to 50 percent) and outrebounded, 28-25, the Spartans used a school-record tying 12 three-point goals in coming away with the win.

    Purdue, ranked 18th by USA Today/ESPN, comes to town with an overall record of 18-7 including a 6-5 mark in the Big Ten, good for fourth place. The Boilermakers have captured their last two contests and are coming off a 63-56 win at Illinois last Saturday.

    In a series that started in 1910, Purdue posts an all-time record of 56-30 against Michigan State. In games played at East Lansing, PU stands 23-19 vs. MSU and has won the last five decisions played at the Breslin Center. The Spartans' last win at home over Purdue came on Feb. 22, 1992, by a 70-68 margin. Overall, the Boilermakers have won eight of the last nine meetings between the schools.

    Through 26 games, MSU reserves have compiled an impressive 718-416 (27.6 vs. 16.0) scoring advantage against opposing benches. In the Minnesota game, Spartan reserves finished with a 32-20 scoring edge . MSU subs have been outscored just once this season (at Iowa, 2/6, 52-47). MSU reserves have outpointed opposing team reserves in 23 contests with the other two games ending in ties (Michigan, (1/9) & Pepperdine).

    The win over Illinois (2/11) boosted MSU's all-time record in Breslin Center games to 121-27 (.817) since the facility opened in 1989 (55-7 vs. non-conference opponents, 66-20 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 12-0 at the Breslin Center this season with 11 of its victories being by 12 or more points. MSU's current 12-game winning streak at the BSEC is the longest single-season mark since moving into the building.

    Senior forward Antonio Smith became just the fourth MSU player ever to grab 900 career rebounds with his four caroms against Minnesota (2/13) pushing his total to 901. The 6-foot-8 Smith holds down the No. 4 spot on the school's all-time rebounding chart and has 44 career outings of 10 or more boards (11 this season) including seven of 15-plus caroms.

    The Spartans' 10 offensive rebounds vs. Minnesota marked the 15th straight outing that they had grabbed 10 or more offensive caroms and the 24th time this year ... 18 of MSU's 22 wins have been greater than 10 points ... The Spartans turned the ball over a season-low eight times in the Minnesota game ... The Spartans have won three two-point decisions in conference play this season ... MSU's 11 wins in league play marks the seventh time in the 1990s that it has secured 10 or more triumphs in conference play ... The Spartans are 24-4 in Big Ten games since last year ... Minnesota's 60 percent mark from the floor represented the first time since March 10, 1993, (Indiana) that an opponent had shot 60 percent or better from the field vs. MSU ... The Spartans have had three different leading scorers in the last three contests (27 pts. by Peterson vs. Iowa; 10 pts. by Thomas Kelley vs. Illinois; 23 points by Cleaves vs. Minnesota) ... Cleaves' 23 points vs. Minnesota was his 11th career contest of 20 or more points, seven of which have come on the road.

    MSU has won 36 of its last 38 games when holding the opposition to 60 or fewer points (12-1 in '98-99, 13-1 in '97-98) ... Under Izzo, the Green and White post a 47-5 mark in such contests ... Since the 1996-97 season, the Spartans are 24-2 when scoring 80-plus points (9-0 in '98-99, 9-1 in '97-98) ... MSU was 17-1 when leading at halftime last season and shows a 66-9 won-lost slate in those games during Izzo's tenure as head coach (20-2 in '98-99) ... MSU has 10 or more steals in nine games this year (9-0) ... The Spartans are 16-1 this year when turning the ball over 15 or fewer times.

    Through games played Feb. 14, MSU was No. 2 in the Big Ten and tied for 16th nationally in field goal shooting (.480) ... Through Feb. 14, the Green and White stood No. 4 in the Big Ten and was tied for 17th nationally in scoring defense (61.1 ppg) ... The Spartans held down the No. 4 spot in the Big Ten (through Feb. 14) in free throw shooting (.738) ... So far this season, the Spartans are 13-0 in games when they have had 20 or more free throw attempts ... Last season's MSU team was shooting 45.5 percent from the floor after 26 outings ... MSU has held opponents to less than 10 field goals in 18 halves this season.

    Entering the Purdue contest, opponents have turned the ball over more in 15 games this season with the Spartans standing 14-1 in those games. Since '96-97, MSU has a 32-4 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 has outboarded 24 foes this year (Tulsa (29-27) and Minnesota (2/13, 28-25) are the only two opponents to have outrebounded MSU) and shows a healthy 36.0-27.1 per-game edge in rebounding with the +8.9 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 94 of 117 opponents and owns a 68-26 record when enjoying an edge in that department.


                                  MSU         PURDUE
    Record                     22-4; 11-1   18-7; 6-5
    Scoring                       74.3        71.3   
    Pts. Allowed                  61.1        65.4
    Scoring Margin               +13.2        +5.9
    FG Percentage                .480         .443
    FG Percentage Defense        .436         .443
    FT Percentage                .738         .688
    3-Pt. FG Percentage          .342         .299
    3-Pt. FG Percentage Defense  .316         .306
    Rebound Margin               +8.9         +2.4
    Assists Per Game             15.3         14.4
    Turnovers Per Game           14.6         15.1
    Steals Per Game               8.2          8.1
    MATEEN CLEAVES UPDATE -- Mateen Cleaves' five assists against Minnesota pushed his career total to 547 (fourth on MSU's all-time list). His 23 points increased his career total to 1,096, and he ranks 23rd all-time at MSU in scoring, just four points from moving past Bill Kilgore ('70-73) into 22nd position and 14 points from surpassing Al Ferrari's ('52-55) current 21st-place standard of 1,109. In addition, his 7.1 assists per game average leads both the squad and the Big Ten and was good for a sixth place nationally (through Feb. 14).

    MSU REACHES 20 WINS -- MSU's 22 wins represents the ninth time in school history that a Spartan program has reached the 20-win plateau and the sixth time during the decade of the 1990s. The 95-81 win over Iowa (2/6) enabled this year's Spartan team to tie the 1977-78 and 1994-95 squads for the fastest 20 wins in school history (24 games). Through Feb. 14, the Spartans' 84.6 winning percentage was No. 7 in the nation.

    CAN IT BE COINCIDENCE??? -- That MSU has a record of 9-2 when Mateen Cleaves has scored 20 or more points in a game during his career and a 6-1 slate when Morris Peterson scores 20 or more ... That part of the reason for its 24-4 regular-season mark in Big Ten games since 1997-98 is that MSU was tied for the No. 1 spot in steals last year (8.25) and is the leader in that category again in '98-99 (8.25 spg) in conference contests ... That good free throw shooting has helped the Spartans in close conference games -- in the three two-point wins in league affairs, the Green and White are shooting a combined 78 percent from the line (39-of-50).

    BELL AND GRANGER FIND OUTSIDE TOUCH -- MSU's 84-82 win over Minnesota was keyed by excellent outside shooting that saw the Green and White tie a school record by draining 12 treys. Bell, who went into the game with a 13.6 percent mark from beyond the arc (3-of-22), sank a career-best four three-pointers in five attempts while Granger, who had 11 treys to his credit prior to the contest, threw in three long-range shots, also establishing a career high.


    AT HOME:                               47-12
    ON ROAD/NEUTRAL:                       30-28
    MOST POINTS SCORED:                    96 vs. Oakland (11/17/98)
                                           96 vs. Purdue (3/1/98)  
                                           95 vs. Iowa (2/6/99)
                                           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:                  66-9
    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:                   45.8% (1548 of 3377)
    FG SHOOTING ON ROAD/NEUTRAL:           44.5% (1459 of 3275)
    3 PT SHOOTING AT HOME:                 33.9% (267 of 786)
    3 PT SHOOTING ON ROAD/NEUTRAL:         33.5% (291 of 867)
    FT SHOOTING AT HOME:                   67.5% (839 of 1242)
    FT SHOOTING ON ROAD/NEUTRAL:           68.4% (734 of 1072)
    SHOOT 50% OR BETTER FROM FLOOR:        33-4
    SHOOT LESS THAN 50% FROM FLOOR:        44-36
    MSU OUTREBOUNDS OPPONENT:              68-26
    OPPONENT OUTREBOUNDS MSU:               7-14
    REBOUNDS ARE EQUAL:                     2-0
    MSU WHEN TURNOVERS ARE EQUAL:           8-0      
    MSU POINT AVG. AT BRESLIN:             71.2 (4202 pts/59 gms)
    MSU POINT AVG. ON THE ROAD:            67.9 (3943 pts/58 gms)
    OPP POINT AVG. AT BRESLIN:             59.3 (3502 pts/59 gms)
    OPP FG PCT AT BRESLIN:                 40.4% (1272 of 3141)
    IN OVERTIME GAMES:                      1-3
    MSU IN GAMES DECIDED BY 1-5 PTS:       18-13
    MSU IN GAMES DECIDED BY 6-10 PTS:       9-7
    MSU IN GAMES DECIDED BY 11-15 PTS:     23-11
    WHEN SCORING 80-PLUS POINTS:           24-2
    WHEN SCORING 75-79 POINTS:             11-0
    WHEN SCORING 70-74 POINTS:             10-5
    WHEN SCORING LESS THAN 70 PTS:         32-33
    WHEN ALLOWING 60 OR FEWER PTS:         47-5
    WHEN ALLOWING 61-64 PTS:                7-3
    WHEN ALLOWING 65-70 PTS:               15-9
    WHEN ALLOWING 71-75 PTS:                4-7
    WHEN ALLOWING 76-80 PTS:                2-8      
    WHEN ALLOWING 80-PLUS PTS:              2-8         




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