No. 3/3 Michigan State Visits Rutgers on Tuesday Night
New Brunswick, N.J. -
Michigan State’s men’s basketball team plays its first Big Ten Conference road game of the season on Tuesday, Dec. 5, visiting Rutgers. Tipoff at the Louis Brown Athletic Center is slated for 7 p.m.
The game will be shown live on the Big Ten Network, with Dave Revsine calling the play-by-play and Jon Crispin 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 Paul Davis serving as the color analyst.
Michigan State, ranked No. 3 in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls, improved to 7-1 overall and 1-0 in the Big Ten Conference with an 86-57 win over Nebraska on Sunday.
Sophomore forward Nick Ward tied a season-high with 22 points and led four players in double figures as the Spartans won their sixth-straight game. Ward hit 6-of-7 shots from the floor and was 10-of-13 from the free throw line to finish with 22 points, adding seven rebounds and three blocked shots. Freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. registered his fourth double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore guard Cassius Winston scored 16 points, handed out seven assists and grabbed six rebounds and sophomore forward Miles Bridges added 12 points and six rebounds.
Bridges, the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year, leads the team in scoring with 14.6 points per game and is second on the team with 6.6 rebounds. Ward is tied for the team lead in scoring with 14.6 points and is grabbing 6.3 rebounds per game.
Langford is third on the team with 13.3 points per game, while Winston is fourth on the team with 13.3 points and leads the team, and the Big Ten, with 7.4 assists per game, which ranks No. 11 in the country. Jackson Jr. is fifth on the team in scoring with 10.0 points and leads the team with 7.8 rebounds per game.
Michigan State’s sophomore class – Bridges, Langford, Winston and Ward – have helped to lead the way for the Spartans. Through eight games, that quartet has accounted for 66.3 percent of the team’s scoring (432 of 652 points), 42.6 percent of its rebounds (146 of 343) and 56.4 percent of the team’s assists (84 of 149).
Michigan State’s game against Rutgers on Tuesday is the team’s third in the last six days and the sixth in the last 13 days, including a pair of games against top-10 teams (then-No. 9 North Carolina and then-No. 5 Notre Dame). MSU has won all five games during that stretch and has won six-straight games overall. The team’s average margin of victory in that span is 21.5 points, with four wins by at least 20 points and two by 18 points. The last time MSU won six-straight games by 18 or more points was at the start of the 1985-86 season, but none of those games included ranked opponents.
Michigan State and Rutgers meet for only the sixth time in program history. The Spartans lead the head-to-head series, 5-0, and have won all four meetings since Rutgers joined the Big Ten Conference. MSU’s average margin of victory in the four games since Rutgers joined the Big Ten is 28.5 points. The Spartans have scored at least 90 points in each of the last three games between the teams.