Men's Basketball Team Returns Home to Battle Purdue
February 15, 1999
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.
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.
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)THE RECORDS
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.
SPARTAN BENCH STRONG AFTER 26 GAMES
MSU AND THE BRESLIN CENTER
SMITH REACHES 900 CAREER REBOUNDS
NOTES AND NIBBLES
MORE TO MUSE OVER
THE TURNOVER FACTOR
MSU STRONG ON THE BOARDS
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 8.1MATEEN 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.
THE SPARTANS ALL-TIME UNDER IZZO
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 OPP. SHOOTS 50% OR BETTER FROM FLOOR: 11-17 OPP. SHOOTS LESS THAN 50% FROM FLOOR: 66-23 MSU OUTREBOUNDS OPPONENT: 68-26 OPPONENT OUTREBOUNDS MSU: 7-14 REBOUNDS ARE EQUAL: 2-0 MSU OUTSHOOTS OPPONENT FROM FIELD: 60-5 OPPONENT OUTSHOOTS MSU FROM FIELD: 16-35 TEAMS SHOOT SAME FROM THE FIELD: 1-0 MSU WHEN IT HAS MORE TURNOVERS: 34-32 MSU WHEN OPP. HAS MORE TURNOVERS: 35-8 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 MSU IN GAMES DECIDED BY 16-PLUS PTS: 26-9 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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