No. 4/5 Michigan State Plays No. 9/9 North Carolina on Sunday
Portland, Ore. -
Michigan State's men's basketball team will play North Carolina for the championship of the Victory Bracket of the PK80 Invitational on Sunday, Nov. 26 at the Moda Center. Tipoff is slated for 8:30 p.m. ET (5:30 p.m. PT).
The game will be shown live on ESPN, with Roxy Bernstein calling the play-by-play and Bill Walton serving as the color analyst. 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 and Matt Kevin Pauga serving as the color analyst.
Michigan State, ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press poll and No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches poll, enters the game with a 4-1 overall record.
The Spartans advanced to the championship game after a 77-57 win over UCONN on Friday night. Sophomore guard Cassius Winston scored 23 of his career-high 28 points in the second half and MSU used a big second half to pull away from the Huskies. Winston scored 18 of MSU's final 26 points over the last 8:23. He also assisted on two other baskets, having a direct hand in 22 of MSU's final 26 points.
Sophomore guard/forward Miles Bridges, who missed the first game of the PK80 Invitational against DePaul with a sprained ankle, returned to action and scored six points and had eight rebounds against UCONN. He leads the team in scoring with 16.3 points and is second on the team with 7.3 rebounds.
Sophomore forward Nick Ward, who had 11 points and nine rebounds in the win over UCONN, is second on the team in scoring with 15.2 points per game and is third on the team with 6.0 rebounds. Winston is third on the team in scoring with 13.2 points and leads the team with 7.6 assists, while sophomore guard Joshua Langford is third on the team with 11.8 points.
Freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. is fifth on the team with 11.4 points and leads the team with 8.8 rebounds. He has his second-straight double -- and third of the season -- with 12 points and 10 rebounds against the Huskies.
The win over UCONN advanced the Spartans to the championship game of a preseason tournament for the fourth time in the last five years. MSU won the 2013 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Brooklyn and the 2015 Wooden Legacy in California, while finishing second in the 2014 Orlando Classic.
The game against North Carolina will mark the 16th all-time meeting between the schools. The Tar Heels lead the head-to-head series, 12-3, and have won the last seven meetings. The last win for the Spartans in the series was a 77-64 decision in November 2000.