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MSU basketball schedule released

Less than 36 hours from kickoff of MSU-Boise State, let’s take a minute to look at MSU’s men’s basketball schedule.

It’s a demanding slate as always, with eight opponents having reached the NCAA Tournament and seven others having played in either the NIT or CollegeInsider.com tournament last season. In total, the Spartans play 21 of their 31 games against teams that reached the 2012 postseason. TV times and game times are still being finalized, per director of basketball operations¬†Kevin Pauga.

As already reported, the Spartans will open the season against Connecticut in Germany and then face Kansas in Atlanta. Oakland visits Breslin on Nov. 23 for a battle between MSU freshman Denzel Valentine and brother Drew, a fellow Sexton High grad who will be a senior for the Grizzlies.

The Spartans travel to Miami for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 28. They host Tuskegee on Dec. 15 as part of “Jenison Weekend” to celebrate the “Game of Change,” the day after an alumni game also at Jenison Field House that’s expected to be another star-filled event. A rare visit to a Mid-American Conference foe, at Bowling Green, follows on Dec. 18.

And Big Ten play opens Dec. 31 at Minnesota, with the home-opener against Purdue on Jan. 5. The Spartans face lower-tier conference opponents Iowa, Illinois, Northwestern and Penn State only once during the season – making for another grueling Big Ten grind to repeat as champs.

Oh, and Boise State comes to MSU as part of the Spartan Showcase on Nov. 20. So that ties it a little together with kickoff.

Here’s the full release¬†with quotes from coach Tom Izzo, and here’s MSU’s complete schedule.

October
Tues. 30 NORTHWOOD (FL.) (Exhib.) East Lansing, Mich. TBA
November
Fri. 2 ST. CLOUD STATE (Exhib.) East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Fri. 9 vs. Connecticut (Armed Forces Classic) Ramstein Air Base, Germany TBA
Tues. 13 vs. Kansas (Champions Classic) (ESPN) Atlanta, Ga. 7 p.m.
Spartan Showcase presented by Auto-Owners Insurance
Sun. 18 TEXAS SOUTHERN East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Tues. 20 BOISE STATE East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Fri. 23 OAKLAND East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Sun. 25 LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Wed. 28 at Miami (Fla.) (ACC/Big Ten Challenge) (ESPN) Miami, Fla. 7:30 p.m.
December
Sat. 1 NICHOLLS STATE East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Wed. 5 ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Sat. 8 LOYOLA (CHICAGO) East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Jenison Weekend
Fri. 14 MICHIGAN STATE ALUMNI GAME (Jenison Fieldhouse) East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Sat. 15 TUSKEGEE (Jenison Fieldhouse) East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Tues. 18 at Bowling Green Bowling Green, Ohio TBA
Sat. 22 TEXAS East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Mon. 31 at Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn. TBA
January
Sat. 5 PURDUE East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Thurs. 10 at Iowa Iowa City, Iowa TBA
Sun. 13 NEBRASKA East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Wed. 16 at Penn State State College, Pa. TBA
Sat. 19 OHIO STATE East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Tues. 22 at Wisconsin Madison, Wis. TBA
Sun. 27 at Indiana Bloomington, Ind. TBA
Thurs. 31 ILLINOIS East Lansing, Mich. TBA
February
Wed. 6 MINNESOTA East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Sat. 9 at Purdue West Lafayette, Ind. TBA
Tues. 12 MICHIGAN East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Sat. 16 at Nebraska Lincoln, Neb. TBA
Tues. 19 INDIANA East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Sun. 24 at Ohio State Columbus, Ohio TBA
March
Sat./Sun. 2/3 at Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. TBA
Thurs. 7 WISCONSIN East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Sun. 10 NORTHWESTERN East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Thur.-Sun. 14-17 Big Ten Tournament Chicago, Ill.
Tues.-Wed. 19-20 NCAA Tournament – First Round
Thur.-Sun. 21-24 NCAA Tournament – Second & Third Rounds
Thur.-Sun. 28-31 NCAA Tournament – Regionals
April
Sat. & Mon. 6 & 8 NCAA Final Four Atlanta, Ga.
Home games (BOLD) played at the Breslin Center
Game times are Eastern Standard Time and subject to change

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21 Responses to MSU basketball schedule released

  1. avatar Spartan in Los Angeles says:

    Nice schedule, to be the best you have to beat the best. I like the tie in for Sexton with the Valentine brothers on Thanksgiving weekend, their family can host Thanksgiving than take the feast to the Big Dawg table at the Bres on Friday.

    • avatar MSUDersh says:

      Thats a pretty observation, SILA. I like how Coach Izzo is willing to take family into consideration when scheduling games, he did it with Draymond, Dahlmann, and even his nephew at St. Cloud State. I’m sure there were more too.

    • avatar MSUDersh says:

      *Pretty astute observation

  2. avatar dmbtierney says:

    Hey, Chris: The only negative I see in the schedule is the Dec. 1 game. If MSU makes the football title game again that same day in Indy, the BB team could be playing to a near-empty Breslin. I know that most of the BB season ticket holders also buy FB tickets and the Indy game would take priority. And I know Coach Izzo would rather be at the FB game, too!

    • avatar Chris Solari says:

      Knowing Hollis, my guess is he’d find a way to play the hoops game in the afternoon and keep the new Breslin scoreboards up and running for an all-day celebration/watch party if that were to happen.

  3. avatar Michwalt says:

    Definitely a tough Big Ten slate. The teams we only see once (Penn State, Iowa, Illinois and Northwestern) are all likely to be in the bottom half of the BIG this year. Makes the road to a championship pretty tough. They should be primed for March though!!!

  4. avatar Chad says:

    ATTENTION SPARTAN STUDENTS: NEW FOOTBALL TRADITION: Yell the M – S – U at the end of the alma mater during pregame.

  5. avatar The Tanner says:

    Hoopers gonna hoop baby !!!

    Tuskegee airmen come to town baby !!!

    The Tanner bring the goods baby !!!

  6. avatar '89 Chemistry says:

    Yesterday’s Rexrode blog entry had some long-range football personnel updates:
    http://tinyurl.com/8p2c6hj

    So jerseyjohn was right: One way or another, I spoke too soon on Hayes. Here’s wishing him and Taylor C. good luck just the same.

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      Unfortunately Jersey John has a nose for recognizing evil men and he will be right about Urban Meyer in five to seven years as well, Dantonion will not elaborate because he is too classy, have to get up at 3 to get on that 6am flight to Lansing, see you tomorrow.

  7. avatar '89 Chemistry says:

    Another football note: These folks predict MSU to go 7-5 [5-3]:
    http://cfn.scout.com/2/1214839.html

    Compu-Picks, by its own admission, was a poor predictor in 2011–but it expected to be better this year. Note that MSU only returns 21% of its yardage generators from last year; one might understand how it reached its conclusions by that statistic alone. And if I believed that there was no such thing as on-field BLOCKERS–well, maybe I’d reach a similar conclusion.

    The probability it lists for MSU going 12-0 is that same for MSU going 2-10 or worse.

    May the Compu-Picks message brainwash coaches & players around the land! I loves it whens the Spartans are underestimateds!

  8. avatar Breadtruck86 says:

    The truck is packed, the coolers are ready. The stage is set. Sunshine, the beauty that is MSU on a sunny warm Friday, a hot grill, a cold frosty beverage, and a rabid Spartan defense that will sap the will from a tough but inexperienced Boise State team.

    This is gonna be sweet….

  9. avatar '89 Chemistry says:

    It astonishes me that no Boise State commenter has picked up on a harbinger: A blue moon is scheduled to rise over Spartan Stadium at 7:57 P.M.

    Honest! Look here
    http://www.weather.com/weather/today/East+Lansing+MI+USMI0248:1:US
    and, if necessary, look up the definition of a blue moon.

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