Michigan State-Houston Baptist: Time, TV channel, watch online (December 18, 2017)

No. 2  Michigan State (10-1, 2-0 Big Ten) and Houston Baptist (4-7) men’s basketball will meet for a nonconference matchup on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. Find game time, TV channel and how to watch online information below.

Michigan State enters  on a nine-game winning streak, its last loss coming to No. 1 Duke on Nov. 14. Houston Baptist will be the third of six consecutive nonconference opponents to close out 2017 as the Spartans look to re-enter Big Ten play at 14-1.

Starting Monday, Michigan State will play five straight games at the Breslin Center. The Spartans looks to kick off the home stand with a win over a Houston Baptist program they have never faced before.

Michigan State-Houston Baptist basketball: Game time, information

Michigan State and Houston Baptist play at 6 p.m. ET on Monday, Dec. 18.

Time: 6 p.m. ET

Date: Monday, Dec. 18

Location: Breslin Center, East Lansing, Mich.

How can I watch the Michigan State-Houston Baptist basketball game on TV and online?

Michigan State and Houston Baptist will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network. BTN2Go will have the livestream. You also can stream the game from your  Android or  iOS device.

Kevin Kugler and Jon Crispin will call the game.

How can I listen to the Michigan State-Houston Baptist basketball game on the radio?

Michigan State and Houston Baptist can be heard 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.

Will Tieman and Matt Steigenga will have the call.

Michigan State-Houston Baptist basketball preview

Ever since a nervy 80-72 win over Division II Ferris State in the opening exhibition game, Michigan State has been ruthless defending its home court. The Spartans are 5-0 at the Breslin Center, winning by an average of 25.2 points per game.

In comes Houston Baptist, which has won all four of its home games but continues to search for its first win away from Sharp Gym. The Huskies are led by senior big man Josh Ibarra, who averages 16 points and 10 rebounds. Will and Jalon Gates, sons of “Hoop Dreams” star William Gates, combine to score 19.2 points per game.

This HBU group, which scores 83.5 points a game largely by imposing its will down low, will have its hands full. Michigan State has held opponents to a paltry 31.6 percent mark on 2-point attempts, good for No. 1 in the country. The Spartans also rank second in blocks with 8.1 per game.

The key for Michigan State will be defending the 3-pointer. Houston Baptist does not shoot it particularly well, but teams have seemed to find their rhythm against the Spartans. Their last two opponents have both hit at least 10 shots from beyond the arc.

Scoring won’t likely be an issue for Michigan State. The Spartans have found production from plenty on their deep roster, with six different players leading the team in scoring through 11 games. They have scored at least 80 points in every home game.

This matchup will surely be overshadowed by Holiday Bowl preparation and the upcoming early signing period for football recruits, but as Oakland showed on Saturday by building a second-half lead, no game can be overlooked. As long as Michigan State keeps winning, it will get its opponents’ best effort.

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