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.
Tues. 30 NORTHWOOD (FL.) (Exhib.) East Lansing, Mich. TBA
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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