The Palestra in Philadelphia is one of college basketball’s shrines, a building Michigan State hasn’t played in since 1966. That ends Saturday when the Spartans face Penn State at Philadelphia’s fabled arena that opened in 1927.
Michigan State (11-5, 3-0 Big Ten) will go for its fifth straight win and look to keep its share of the conference lead. Penn State (9-7, 1-2) is coming off a 72-69 loss at Michigan on Wednesday, a game it led by as many as 14 points in the second half. Michigan State leads the overall series 36-7, including winning the last seven games, but Penn State has won the only two games in the series played on neutral courts.
This game was originally scheduled as a Penn State home game but was moved to Philadelphia by agreement of both teams. This will be the first Big Ten regular-season game played in Philadelphia.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch/listen to the Michigan State vs. Penn State matchup:
Michigan State basketball vs. Penn State game time, details
Time: 1 p.m. ET tipoff
Date: Saturday, Jan. 7
Location: The Palestra, Philadelphia
The line: Michigan State is favored by 6 points.
Which TV channel is Michigan State basketball vs. Penn State on?
The game will be broadcast on ESPN.
How can I watch Michigan State basketball vs. Penn State online?
The game will be streamed on WatchESPN.
How can I listen to Michigan State vs. Penn State on the radio?
The game can be heard on radio over the 38-affiliate Spartan Sports Network, including flagship stations WMMQ-FM (94.9)/WJIM-AM (1240) in Lansing and WJR-AM (760) in Detroit. It is also on Sirius Channel 135 and XM Channel 195.
Who is calling the Michigan State vs. Penn State game?
Dave Flemming will handle play-by-play for ESPN with analyst Dan Dakich. Will Tieman will call play-by-play with analyst Matt Steigenga on the Spartan Sports Network.
Michigan State basketball vs. Penn State three keys
How much does Miles Bridges play?
The freshman played 17 minutes against Rutgers on Wednesday after missing seven games with a high-ankle sprain. He scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in Michigan State’s 93-65 win, but most importantly he showed that his ankle is healthy. Now it’s a matter of how quickly his minutes increase. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo brought him off the bench in the Rutgers game. There is the possibility that Bridges starts against Penn State, but regardless, expect him to play between 20-25 minutes.
Bridges scored on an alley-oop dunk 16 seconds into his appearance against Rutgers, but he didn’t force his hand on the play. He is finding his way back into the rotation, which makes Michigan State better.
Who else steps up?
While Bridges is rounding into shape, freshmen Cassius Winston and Nick Ward have become two constants for Michigan State. Izzo is still looking for more constants. He called out Eron Harris, Kenny Goins and Matt McQuaid before the Rutgers came, saying the trio needed to step up their play. Each of them responded positively against the Scarlet Knights with their best efforts in some time. They combined to make 15 of 22 field goals and score 43 points. This can’t be a one-game performance for them.
Handle the emotion
A game at the Bryce Jordan Center on the Penn State campus wouldn’t have drawn the attention this one will at the Palestra. Penn State has six players from the Philadelphia area on its roster, including freshmen starters Tony Carr and Lamar Stevens. There is significant hype surrounding the game in an iconic arena that seats less than 9,000. Michigan State is the better team but it needs to get off to a good start and play with the lead.