Michigan State struggled to get past Oral Roberts on Saturday. The Spartans (5-4) are hoping to play better and have an easier time against Youngstown State Tuesday night.
This will be Michigan State’s second game without freshman forward Miles Bridges, who is out at least the next couple of weeks with an ankle injury. Freshman forward Nick Ward had his first career double-double against Oral Roberts, scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo wasn’t pleased with the team’s overall aggressiveness.
Youngstown State (5-4) has won four of its last five games and is led by junior guard Cameron Morse, a Flint native who averages 23.7 points per game. Head coach Jerry Slocum has won 715 games in 42 seasons as a college coach.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch/listen to the Michigan State vs. Youngstown State matchup:
Michigan State vs. Youngstown State: game time, details
Time: 7 p.m. (ET) tip-off
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 6
Location: Breslin Center, East Lansing.
The line: Michigan State is favored by 10 points.
Which TV channel is Michigan State vs. Youngstown State on?
The game will be broadcast on ESPNU
How can I watch Michigan State vs. Youngstown State online?
How can I listen to Michigan State vs. Youngstown 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 145.
Who is calling the Michigan State vs. Youngstown State game?
Eamon McAnaney will handle play-by-play for ESPNU with analyst Tim McCormick. Will Tieman will call play-by-play with analyst Drew Neitzel on the Spartan Sports Network.
This usually isn’t a question for Michigan State, but Izzo wasn’t happy with the effort the majority of his players gave against Oral Roberts. The biggest reason a one-win team like Oral Roberts nearly knocked off Michigan State on the road was that the Spartans didn’t play with enough energy and effort for as long as they needed. The Spartans aren’t big on the inside and they aren’t deep, but they can still be better rebounders. Oral Roberts outscored the Spartans 17-10 on second-chance points. That will never sit well with Izzo.
Keep getting the ball to Ward
Michigan State is far from great in the half-court, but the Spartans have found something in Ward. Duke caught him with some double teams down low last week, but Ward passed out of those situations against Oral Roberts. Twice he kicked the ball back out the fellow freshmen Cassius Winston for open 3-pointers late in the first half, and twice Winston knocked down the shots. Ward wants the ball down on the low block, but when he’s willing to pass it back out it helps out the entire offense
Don’t shy away from the open shot
This team needs Eron Harris and Matt McQuaid to be willing to take shots from the outside. Both have passed on open looks. Harris is willing to drive and take the ball to the basket, but when he’s got an open look he can’t pass it up. He’s too good of a shooter. Same with McQuaid. He’s on the court primarily for his jump shot.
Kevin Goheen covers Michigan State for Landof10.com. Follow him on Twitter at @CincyGoGo