Michigan and Michigan State meet Tuesday night for the second time in nine days, this time at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor.
Michigan State (14-9, 6-4 Big Ten) won on its home floor on Jan. 29, 70-62, behind an 18-5 run in the second half that negated Derrick Walton Jr.’s 24-point effort for Michigan (14-9, 4-6). Michigan State is coming off one of its best performances of the season in a 72-61 win at Nebraska last Thursday, while Michigan dropped a 70-66 decision against Ohio State at home Saturday.
It was just Michigan’s third loss in 15 home games this season. Walton Jr. had a season-high 25 points against Ohio State.
Michigan State has won five straight games in the series.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch/listen to the Michigan State at Michigan matchup:
Michigan State at Michigan: game time, details
Time: 9 p.m. ET tip-off
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 7
Location: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor.
The line: Michigan is favored by 4 points.
Which TV channel station is Michigan State basketball at Michigan on?
The game will be broadcast on ESPN.
How can I watch Michigan State basketball at Michigan online?
How can I listen to Michigan State basketball at Michigan on the radio?
For Michigan: 950 AM (WWJ-Detroit), 102.9 FM (WWWW-Ann Arbor) and 1050 AM (WTKA-Ann Arbor) are the primary stations for the U-M Radio. Click here for other Michigan radio affiliates.
For Michigan State: 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 can also be heard on Sirius/XM Channel 84.
Who is calling the Michigan State basketball at Michigan game?
Dan Shulman will handle play-by-play for ESPN with analyst Dan Dakich and reporter Molly McGrath. Will Tieman will call play-by-play with analyst Matt Steigenga on the Spartan Sports Network. Matt Shepard will handle the play-by-play duties with analyst Terry Mills on the U-M Radio Network.
Three keys to Michigan State basketball at Michigan
Balance, balance, balance
Michigan State has found it in winning its last two games, while Michigan has gotten little help behind Walton Jr. The senior is playing his best when the Wolverines need him but fellow senior Zak Irvin has made just 2 of 18 field goal attempts in the last two games and scored just 5 total points. He went scoreless, missing all 8 field-goal attempts at Michigan State.
The Spartans were having a similar problem with no one stepping up behind freshman Miles Bridges during a three-game losing streak. That’s changed the last two games, as Michigan State has gotten eight double-figure scorers in beating Michigan and Nebraska. Freshman point guard Cassius Winston has scored 26 points with 7 assists in the two games.
Can Michigan find its shooting touch?
The Wolverines are shooting just 35.5 percent in the last two games after shooting better than 51 percent in the previous five contests. They were just 7 of 26 on 3-point attempts (26.9 percent) at Michigan State, the third-lowest percentage the Wolverines have shot this season.
Michigan State made a concerted effort to make Michigan take contested outside shots in the first game, and it worked. The Spartans have had a tough time replicating efforts from home on the road but did exactly that in the win at Nebraska.
Who hits the offensive boards?
Michigan was outscored 36-13 on second-chance points by Michigan State and Ohio State. The Wolverines out-rebounded Michigan State both offensively (14-8) and overall (33-32) but the Spartans were more efficient with their offensive rebounds. Michigan State isn’t as deep inside as Ohio State but Bridges, along with freshman forward Nick Ward and sophomore forward Kenny Goins, aren’t afraid to go to the glass.
Michigan coach John Beilein couldn’t say the same thing about the effort Mo Wagner and D.J. Wilson gave against Ohio State. They had 1 rebound each.