The Michigan State Spartans face another crucial bubble game on Wednesday, opening March with a road game against the Illinois Fighting Illini.
The Michigan State Spartans (18-11, 10-6) will be on the bubble watch on Wednesday night as they visit the Illinois Fighting Illini (17-12, 7-9).
The Illini are on the outside looking in at the bubble picture as the conference schedule winds downs, despite coming into Wednesday’s game on a three-game winning streak.
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They are 0-5 against top 25 opponents and have no particularly bad losses, but they would likely need an extremely impressive Big Ten tournament to have any real chance of making the NCAA tournament.
Malcolm Hill leads Illinois with 17 points per game on a team that does not shoot the ball that well (45.2% from the floor, 36.8% from beyond the arc). The Illini’s defense has improved down the stretch as they have held six of their last seven opponents to 70 points or fewer.
Michigan State Spartans vs. Illinois Fighting Illini
State Farm Center – Champaign, Ill.
Game Time: 9:00 p.m. Eastern
Radio: Will Tieman, Matt Steigenga and Gus Ganakas 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: Michigan State leads the all-time series 59-58 and won their most recent meeting 79-54 on Jan. 7, 2016
Line: The Illini are currently two-point favorites.
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