No. 2/1 Michigan State Plays at Northwestern on Saturday
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
Michigan State’s men’s basketball team hits the road for the fourth time in the last five games, playing at Northwestern on Saturday, Feb. 17. Tipoff at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. is slated for 2 p.m.
Michigan State, ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press poll and No. 1 in the USA Today Coaches poll, has won nine-straight games and is 25-3 overall and 13-2 in the Big Ten Conference, while Northwestern is 15-12 overall and 6-8 in league play.
On the Air
The game will be shown live on FOX, with Gus Johnson calling the play-by-play, Steve Lavin serving as the color analyst and Lisa Byington on sidelines. 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, Matt Steigenga serving as the expert color analyst and Dalton Shetler as the studio host. The game can also be heard on Sirius, XM and Internet 84.
Last Time Out
Freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. poured in a career-high 27 points and No. 2/1 Michigan State hit 14 3-pointers en route to an 87-57 win over Minnesota on Tuesday night … It was the ninth-straight win for MSU … The Spartans took a 43-25 lead at halftime, connecting on 10 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes … MSU led by 16 points six minutes into the second half, 51-35, and went on an 18-4 run and took a 69-39 lead on a layup from Jackson with 9:38 to play in the game … Jackson hit 10-of-14 shots from the floor, including tying a career-high with five 3-piont field goals, added six rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots … Sophomore guard Cassius Winston hit four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points, five rebounds and five assists, while sophomore forward Nick Ward scored 13 points and added nine rebounds … Michigan State shot 63.6 percent from 3-point land (14-of-22) and hit 53.3 percent of its field goals overall (32-of-60).
• Michigan State will play its fourth road game in the last five when it tips off at Northwestern.
• MSU’s 25-3 start to the season is the best 28-game start to a season in program history.
• Sophomore Miles Bridges is one of only three players in the country averaging at least 17.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 0.9 blocks per game.
• Bridges was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Feb. 11 after averaging 22.5 points in two games last week.
• Bridges was one of 30 players named to the late season team for the 50th Citizen Naismith Trophy, selected by the Atlanta Tipoff Club … He was also named to the John R. Wooden Award® Late Season Top 20 by the Los Angeles Athletic Club last week, is one of 10 finalists for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award and was one of 14 players selected to the midseason watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, which is presented by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association to college basketball’s national player of the year.
• Sophomore guard Cassius Winston is the only player in the country averaging at least 12.0 points, 7.0 assists and shooting above 50% from 3-point land.
• Freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. is one of only three players in the country averaging at least 11.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game.
• Sophomore forward Nick Ward is one of only seven players in the country averaging at least 13.0 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting at least 65.0 percent from the floor.
• Michigan State’s sophomore class – Bridges, Joshua Langford, Winston and Ward – has helped lead the way for the Spartans ... Through 28 games, that quartet has accounted for 65.3 percent of the team’s scoring (1,523 of 2,331 points), 48.5 percent of its rebounds (562 of 1,159) and 58.4 percent of the team’s assists (334 of 572) ... Together they are averaging 54.4 points, 20.1 rebounds and 11.9 assists.
• Michigan State’s standard starting lineup –Bridges, Langford, Winston Ward and Jackson Jr. – has combined for a 23-3 record this season ... Together, they are averaging 66.0 points, 26.2 rebounds and 13.2 assists.
• The game on Saturday, Feb. 17 between Michigan State and Northwestern will be the 128th meeting between the schools.
• MSU leads the all-time series with Northwestern, 89-38, including a 35-30 advantage in games played away.
• The Spartans have won 24 of the last 26, 31 of the last 34, and 51 of the last 55 contests.
• Tom Izzo is 34-4 in his career against Northwestern.
• Northwestern enters Saturday’s game with a 15-12 overall record and a 6-8 mark in the Big Ten Conference.
• The Wildcats are coming off a 67-58 overtime loss at Rutgers on Tuesday night.
• NU has lost its last two games and three of the last five.
• The Wildcats have played five of their last six games on the road.
• NU is 11-3 at home, including a 4-2 mark in conference games.
• Senior guard Scottie Lindsey is one of four players scoring in double figures, leading the team with 14.6 points per game … He has hit a team-best 61 3-point field goals, which ranks eighth in the league.
• Senior guard Bryant McIntosh is second on the team with 12.1 points and leads the squad with 5.0 assists, while junior forward Vic Law is averaging 11.8 points and 5.9 rebounds and junior center Derek Pardon is fourth with 11.4 points and leads the team with 7.0 rebounds.
• NU ranks 12th in the league in scoring offense and fifth in scoring defense.