The Michigan State Spartans open their Big Ten schedule on the road on Wednesday night against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
The Michigan State Spartans (8-5) will take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers (12-1) on the road in their Big Ten conference opener on Wednesday night.
The Golden Gophers wrapped up their non-conference schedule at 12-1, winning three of their four matchups with power conference schools. Their only loss came at Florida State, 75-67, on Nov. 28.
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Richard Pitino’s Golden Gophers have a height advantage in the paint, with three players on the roster standing 6’10” or taller. Minnesota averages 41 boards per game, including 11 on the offensive glass.
Four different Golden Gophers average double-digit points, led by junior guard Nate Mason‘s 13.2 points and 5.5 assists per game.
Freshman Miles Bridges is “doubtful” for the Spartans, still dealing with an ankle injury. Junior guard Lourawls Nairn has also been injured, wearing a walking boot as a precaution due to “a little stiffness in his foot” according to head coach Tom Izzo. He has practiced all week and is expected to play on Tuesday.
In Bridges’ absence, the Spartans have leaned on solid performances from two of their other freshmen. Cassius Winston has averaged 11.8 points and nine assists in December and Nick Ward has averaged 17.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per game since Bridges’ injury.
Here are all the details for today’s game:
Michigan State Spartans vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers
Williams Arena – Minneapolis, Minn.
Game Time: 9:00 p.m.
TV: The game will air live on ESPN2, with Rich Hollenberg and Fran Fraschilla on the call.
Live Stream: The game will available for online streaming with a subscription on WatchESPN.
Radio: Will Tieman and Matt Steigenga will be on the mic for the Spartan Sports Network, which can be streamed here. A full list of over-the-air radio affiliates is available here and the game can be streamed through the SSN Mobile App with a subscription.
Series History: The Spartans and Golden Gophers have met 115 times, with Michigan State leading the series 66-59. The Spartans won their most previous matchup, 69-61, last season in January.
Line: The Spartans are currently 6.5-point favorites and the over/under is 137.5.