Michigan faces No. 4 Michigan State on Saturday, January 13, at the Breslin Center in East Lansing in a key Big Ten basketball game. Follow along with Land of 10 for live updates, scores and stats between the two rivals.
Michigan-Michigan State basketball: live updates, score, stats
This is the lone regular season meeting between the Wolverines and Spartans in 2017-18. Michigan snapped a five-game losing streak in the series in their last battle, winning 86-57 on Feb. 7 at Crisler Center.
Michigan-Michigan State game time, details
Michigan and Michigan State play at noon ET on January 13.
- Time: Noon ET tip-off
- Date: Saturday, January 13
- Location: Breslin Center, East Lansing, Mich.
- Records: Michigan (14-4, 3-2 Big Ten); Michigan State (16-2, 4-1)
What TV channel will broadcast Michigan-Michigan State?
The Michigan-Michigan State game will be shown on FOX.
How can I watch Michigan-Michigan State online?
The Michigan-Michigan State game can be watched online at FoxSportsGo.
How can I listen to Michigan-Michigan State on the radio?
The Michigan Sports Marketing Network, headed by flagship stations WWJ (950 AM) in Detroit and WWWW (102.9 FM) in Ann Arbor, will have the call. Matt Shepard provides the play-by-play, and Terry Mills is the analyst. The game can also be heard on Sirius 84, XM 84 and Internet 84.
Michigan-Michigan State preview
The two teams share one thing in common: a road loss at Ohio State. That commonality makes this an important game for both teams in terms of the Big Ten race. Michigan State was expected to be at the top of league standings but with Ohio State and Purdue both undefeated through five games, the Spartans don’t want to drop a second game in a week. Michigan might not have been a league favorite coming into the season but the Wolverines also want to keep in touch with the top teams. A win over their in-state rival on the road would send a message to the rest of the Big Ten that they are for real.
The Spartans had won five in a row in the series before Michigan’s victory in the Crisler Center last February. The Wolverines shot 60 percent from the field and outscored Michigan State 30-7 in points off turnovers in the 86-57 rout that proved to be the largest margin of victory in the series since 1996. Michigan forced Michigan State into 21 turnovers, and that would be a good recipe for the Wolverines in this game, too. The Spartans have been careless with the ball this season, averaging 13.7 turnovers a game, which is just slightly below the 14.3 takeaways Michigan gets per game.
The point guard matchup between sophomores Zavier Simpson of Michigan and Cassius Winston of Michigan State will be a good one to watch. Simpson has steadily found his role in the offense, producing 5 or more assists in five of the last six games. The teams are tied for the best assist-to-turnover ratio in the Big Ten at 1.6. Winston leads the Big Ten averaging 7.2 assists per game.
There will be a lot of attention on star forwards Miles Bridges of Michigan State and Moritz Wagner of Michigan but each team has good depth and doesn’t rely on one player to carry the load. The Wolverines are led in scoring by sophomore guard Charles Matthews (15.6 points per game) but freshman forward Isaiah Livers has picked up his game, scoring in double figures each of the last three games. He’s made 14 of 17 shots from the field (82.4 percent) in those games, including 7 of 8 on his 3-point attempts. Michigan State freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. is averaging 11.1 points per game.
The biggest concern for Michigan head coach John Beilein heading into the game is rebounding, but not the total numbers. He wants to make sure Michigan limits Michigan State on the offensive glass, particularly sophomore center Nick Ward.