Another busy weekend is on tap around campus with the MSU men’s and women’s basketball teams being home for a doubleheader and the hockey team having a home weekend series. Here’s a look at what’s ahead.
HOCKEY: The Spartans haven’t played since suffering a 2-0 loss at Miami (Ohio) on Nov. 17. They will be home for games Friday and Saturday against Ohio State. The last time MSU played at home, it played in front of the largest crowd in Munn history. They will be hoping for the same kind of electric environment this weekend.
Solari has the update with the hockey team with his piece in today’s LSJ.
And for those attending Saturday’s game, there will be a food drive. Fans are being asked to bring non-perishable food items or toiletries.
MEN’S BASKETBALL: The Spartans will be looking to rebound from their loss to Miami when they return home to face Nicholls State at noon Saturday. The game begins a light stretch for MSU that includes games against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Loyola Chicago, Tuskegee (at Jenison Field House) and Bowling Green.
After that stretch, MSU is at home to face Texas on Dec. 22 before opening Big Ten play.
A positive about Wednesday for MSU was the return of Gary Harris and Travis Trice. Graham Couch touches on that in his column today.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: While things are getting lighter for Tom Izzo and the MSU men’s basketball team, the schedule picks up for Suzy Merchant and the women’s team. The Spartans face N.C. State tonight in the women’s version of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. In the five previous editions of the challenge, the Big Ten has never won. The ACC won the first four, but the conferences were tied last season.
MSU plays the second matchup in Saturday’s doubleheader with the men, taking on Wisconsin-Milwaukee at 4 p.m.
FOOTBALL: The football team will officially find out their bowl destination in the next few days. The team also has its banquet at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. The cost is $44 or $352 for a table of eight. Banquet tickets may be purchased through the Spartan Ticket Office at 1-800-GO-STATE or (517) 355-1610, or at msuspartans.com.
Also the American Football Coaches Association released its All-American team today. Wisconsin’s Montee Ball is the only Big Ten player on the squad
And thanks to all those that submitted your memories of Jenison Field House. And if you haven’t already, you can continue to share. As mentioned in the previous post, we’re looking for some of the top moments or most memorable from Jenison.