Game Day Essentials:
Michigan State (13-6, 5-3) at Indiana (12-6, 3-4)
- Tip Time: 12:00 p.m. Eastern
- Location: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222), Bloomington, Indiana
- Television: CBS (Spero Dedes and Jim Spanarkel)
- Stream: CBS Sports
- IU Radio Network: IU Radio Network
- Point Spread: Indiana is a 4-point favorite
- KenPom Projected Score: No. 21 Indiana 72 No. 33 Michigan State 68
- Series: Indiana leads 71-58. MSU won last meeting 76-61 on Feb. 12, 2022
Michigan State’s Tom Izzo:
Tom Izzo is in his 28th season as head coach of the Spartans.
During his time there, he has won 10 regular-season Big Ten Championships, six Big Ten Tournament titles, eight National Coach of the Year awards and one National Championship.
He also has eight Final Four appearances and has a Big Ten-record 24 straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Furthermore, his 666 wins are fifth most by any coach in his first 27 seasons in college basketball history.
All of the accolades led him to be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on September 9, 2016.
Not to be overlooked by his successes on the court is that, in his 27 years leading the program, 85 percent of his players who completed their eligibility also left with a degree.
Watch: Tom Izzo calls Jackson-Davis “sick athlete” and Hood-Schifino “NBA guard”
Michigan State’s results and roster:
Michigan State is 8-2 in their last 10 games after starting the season 5-4.
They have three top-40 KenPom wins on their resume; 86-77 on a neutral court vs. No. 33 Kentucky, 67-58 at No. 39 Penn State and 70-57 at home vs. No. 18 Rutgers.
– The Spartans are coming off a 70-57 win over No. 23 Rutgers at home on Thursday night
– Including the game against Michigan on Jan. 7, the game on Sunday at Indiana will be the sixth game in the last 16 days for the Spartans
– MSU is 3-2 on the road this year, including 2-1 in the Big Ten
– In the last 10 games, the Spartans are 8-2, and in that span the team is scoring 69.2 ppg, while holding opponents to 60.0 ppg and limiting teams to 38.5% shooting from the field and 26.0% from 3-point land
– MSU is 2nd in the B1G in scoring defense (62.3 ppg) and 1st in FG% defense (40.0%)
– Per KenPom.com, MSU has faced the nation’s 3rd-toughest slate of opposing offenses in the country, the 16th-toughest slate of opposing defenses and ranks No. 6 overall in strength of schedule
– The Spartans are ranked No. 37 in the latest NET rankings
Michigan State’s 2022-23 KenPom Highlights:
Tempo – No. 308 (Offense No. 264 / Defense No. 332)
Offensive Efficiency – No. 54
- Michigan State’s effective field goal percentage of 51.0 percent is No. 145 nationally. They are No. 249 nationally in two-point percentage (48.2) and rank No. 26 in three-point percentage (37.8).
- The Spartans share the ball, as assists occur on 59.5 percent of field goals made, No. 22. They don’t turn it over much either (16.5 percent turnover rate, No. 50).
- While they shoot well from beyond the arc, Michigan State gets most of their points from two, as three-point attempts account for just 32.6 percent of field goal attempts, No. 298.
- MSU shoots it well from the free throw line (75.8 percent, No. 40), but they have one of the lowest free throw attempt rates in the country (No. 345).
Defensive Efficiency – No. 34
- Michigan State ranks No. 26 in overall opponent effective field goal percentage (45.8), including No. 22 in three-point percentage (29.5) and No. 69 in two-point percentage (46.8).
- The Spartans limit opponent’s second chance opportunities, as opponent’s get offensive rebounds on just 24.1 percent of possessions, No. 28.
- Tom Izzo’s team is more fundamental than aggressive, forcing turnovers on only 14.5 percent of possessions, No. 358.
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