Jan. 2, 2010
No. 16/24 MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS (10-4, 1-2) at
INDIANA HOOSIERS (8-5, 1-1)
Date: Sunday, Jan. 3
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Location: Bloomington, Ind.
Arena: Assembly Hall
TV: Big Ten Network (Lisa Cornwall - play-by-play; Patricia Babcock McGraw - analyst)
Radio: WVFN 730 AM (Rick Berkey - play-by-play)
Internet: Live audio and stats at MSUSpartans.com
The Hoosiers are coming off a 76-66 loss at Purdue on Thursday, but enter the game at 8-5 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten. Indiana comes in with four players in double figures, led by Jori Davis' 16.9 points, which ranks fourth in the conference. Davis is also second in the conference with a 53.1 3-point field goal percentage. Sasha Chaplin leads the Hoosiers and is fourth in the Big Ten with 7.7 rebounds per game, and is also second in the Big Ten with a 54.5 field goal percentage. Jamie Braun, who is second on the team in scoring with 11.6 points, leads the squad with 3.5 assists per outing. As a team, Indiana is third in scoring (74.0), but is last in the league, allowing 67.1 points per game.
AGAINST THE HOOSIERS
Michigan State leads the all-time series 36-23, but lost the meeting earlier this season in East Lansing, 68-63. MSU has won the last six meetings in Assembly Hall, three of which have gone to overtime, and is 16-11 all-time in Bloomington.
HOW MSU RANKS ACCORDING TO COLLEGERPI.COM
The Spartans are second in the Big Ten in RPI this season, ranking 10th according to CollegeRPI.com. Ohio State is first at seventh. The MSU schedule is the toughest among conference foes and ranks third nationally, trailing only Connecticut and Stanford. As a conference, the Big Ten is second in RPI and fourth in strength of schedule.
Michigan State has been a dangerous team this season against teams ranked in the nation's top-10. Against Xavier (Dec. 9), MSU became the first school to play three top-10 teams. With the win, the Spartans improved to 2-1 in those games, with the lone loss (No. 5/6 Notre Dame) coming by one point. To this point of the season, teams that have been ranked in the top-10 have had only 12 losses, with two of them coming at the hands of MSU. Connecticut and Stanford also have two top-10 wins this season.
It was the only the second time in program history that a Spartan team has beaten two Associated Press top-10 teams in the same regular season. The 2002-03 Spartans knocked off No. 7/6 Purdue on Jan. 6 and No. 10 Minnesota on Jan. 23.
NEW LEADER EVERY NIGHT
Each night, a different Spartan has stepped up as the offensive leader, as seven different players have led MSU in scoring. In addition, Michigan State is the only team in the Big Ten to have four different player score 20 or more points in a game.
In all, nine different Spartans have scored in double-figures in a game this season, including a school-record six in the win over Florida Gulf Coast. The last time a MSU team had six players in double-digits was Feb. 18, 1996 vs. Michigan.
Senior Allyssa DeHaan is one of only five Spartans to rank in the top-10 in both career points and rebounds. She is seventh place all-time with 1,474 points and is also seventh with 817 rebounds. DeHaan is also fifth with 307 made free throws and seventh with 571 made field goals in MSU career record books.
SWATTING HER WAY INTO THE NCAA RECORD BOOKS
Senior Allyssa DeHaan entered her senior season on pace to break the NCAA Division I blocked shots record. Against St. Bonaventure, she moved into a tie for third all-time with 446 blocks and needs only 35 rejections to surpass the record held by Sandora Irvin of TCU (2001-05).
DeHaan became the Big Ten's all-time blocked shots leader during MSU's Big Ten Tournament game against Wisconsin on March, 6, 2009. She surpassed Ohio State's Jessica Davenport (384) for the record. In addition, in last season's win over Stony Brook (Nov. 16, 2008), she became the fastest in conference history to reach the 300-block plateau, needing only 72 games.
THREE-PLUS YEARS OF SWATTING
Upon Allyssa DeHaan's arrival to East Lansing, the Spartans have been one of the effective teams in the country in protecting the rim. Since the beginning of the 2006-07 season, MSU is second in the nation with 714 blocks. North Carolina is first with 802, followed by MSU, Baylor (698), Duke (691) and Connecticut (666).
The Spartans had been among the NCAA leaders in blocks each of those three years, finishing the season eighth in 2008-09, 11th in 2007-08 and fourth in 2006-07.
Redshirt senior Aisha Jefferson became the 20th Spartan to score 1,000 career points against Indiana. Jefferson's milestone point came on a free throw with 7:30 on the clock in the first half. Jefferson is currently 18th all-time with 1,044 points. In addition, she is also climbing the career rebounds list, sitting in 20th-place with 578, and is tied for 15th with 418 made field goals and 20th with 199 made free throws.
STEPPING UP FROM BEHIND THE ARC
Sophomore Lykendra Johnson has improved her outside shooting early in the 2009-10 season, having already matched her made 3-point field goal total from last season. This season, she is 14-of-33 (.424) from the arc, while last year she went 4-of-20 (.200) in 33 games. Johnson is 5-of-8 (62.5%) in her last two games.
PRODUCTION OFF THE BENCH
The depth of the 2009-10 Spartans has paid dividends early in the season. The MSU bench is averaging 31.9 points, 19.3 rebounds and 7.8 assists, while playing 87.0 minutes per game, compared the opposition's 15.9 points, 14.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 61.9 minutes.
Junior Kalisha Keane (9.6 points), who started her first game of the season vs. Michigan, leads the Big Ten in bench production, while redshirt senior Lauren Aitch (7.9 points) is third in the conference off the bench.
AMONG BIG TEN LEADERS
Through the first part of the 2009-10 season, the Spartans lead the Big Ten in blocked shots with 7.50 and total rebounds (44.4). They are also second in scoring offense (73.4), rebound margin (+7.4), assists (17.14), offensive rebounds (15.79) and assist-to-turnover ratio (0.95), and third in scoring margin (+9.4).
Individually, redshirt sophomore Lykendra Johnson ranks among the conference leaders in many categories: offensive rebounds (3.6; 1st), rebounds (8.2; 3rd), blocks (10th; 1.5), field goal percentage (6th; .515), 3-point field goal percentage (t-9th; .424) and scoring (21st; 10.6). Senior Allyssa DeHaan is second in the league in blocks with 3.1, and is also tied for ninth in rebounds (6.5), ninth in free throw percentage (.778) and 14th in scoring (12.6). Kalisha Keane is 10th in the Big Ten in steals with 1.79.
In conference games, the Spartans are second in scoring offense (67.7), assists (14.7), 3-point field goal percentage (37.8%) and offensive rebounds (18.00), and third in field goal percentage (40.5%) and blocks (5.7). Individually, Keane is eighth in scoring (15.0), fourth in field goal percentage (.552) and second in 3-point field goal percentage (.636). Johnson leads in offensive rebounds with 5.7, and is also sixth in steals (2.3) and 3-point field goal percentage (.500), seventh in rebounding (7.3) and eighth in blocks (1.7). Brittney Thomas is fifth in assists (4.3).
ON THIS DATE
Michigan State is 2-4 all-time on January 3.