The Michigan State Spartans will look to bolster their tournament résumé on Friday as they face the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the Big Ten quarterfinals.
The Michigan State Spartans (19-13, 10-8) will take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers (23-8, 11-7) on Friday in the Big Ten quarterfinal on Friday as they look to add a quality win to their tournament résumé.
The Spartans have met and defeated the Golden Gophers twice this season, coming back to win their conference opener 75-74 on the road and following up with a 65-47 win at home two weeks later which kicked off a five-game losing streak for Minnesota.
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The Golden Gophers rattled off eight straight wins following that skid before losing their regular season finale at #22 Wisconsin, finishing fourth in the Big Ten and earning a double-bye in the tournament.
Nate Davis leads Minnesota’s four double-digit scorers with 15.5 points per game. Jordan Murphy leads with 8.7 rebounds while also scoring 11.1 points. Amir Coffey averages 12 points per game and Jordan Murphy 11.1 points.
Michigan State Spartans vs. Penn State Nittany Lions
Verizon Center – Washington, D.C.
Game Time: 2:00 p.m. Eastern
TV: The game will air live on Big Ten Network and can be streamed on BTN2Go with a subscription.
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: Michigan State leads the all-time series 36-8 but lost to Penn State in their most recent matchup, 72-63 on Jan. 7, and are 0-2 against Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament.
Line: The Golden Gophers are 1.5-point favorites and the over/under is 137.5.
The winner moves on to the Big Ten semifinals to take on the winner of Michigan-Purdue on Saturday afternoon.