Michigan State travels to Minnesota on Tuesday in search of its ninth straight win. The Spartans (24-3, 12-2 Big Ten) are coming off a massive resume building home win over Purdue on Saturday to move into a tie for second place in the Big Ten standings.
Check out where and when to watch the game below:
Michigan State-Minnesota basketball: Game time, details
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 13
Time: 9 p.m. ET
Location: Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota
What TV channel is Michigan State-Minnesota basketball on?
The game between Michigan State and Minnesota will be televised on ESPN2.
How can I watch Michigan State-Minnesota basketball online?
The game between Michigan State and Minnesota will be streamed on WatchESPN.
How can I listen to Michigan State-Minnesota basketball on the radio?
The game between Michigan State and Minnesota can be heard on 1130 KTLK-AM, 103.5 FM and Spartan Radio Network.
Michigan State-Minnesota basketball preview:
With the game clock winding down Saturday against then-No. 3 Purdue, Miles Bridges received a pass at the top of the key, dribbled to the right wing, and, from at least a few feet behind the three-point arc, heaved what would serve as the game-winning 3-pointer. Just like that, the Spartans picked up their biggest win of the season.
They’ve now won eight games in a row, their last defeat an 82-72 home stumble against Michigan on Jan. 13. And after dropping as low as ninth in the AP Top 25, the Spartans are now ranked second in the latest rankings, which were released Monday.
However, their winning streak and high ranking does not warrant a No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament right now.
On Sunday, the NCAA Tournament selection committee released its projected top 16 overall seeds a month before Selection Sunday. Purdue, the same team Michigan State beat on Saturday, earned the final No. 1 seed, while the Spartans sat on the No. 3 seed line.
There’s a few reasons for this. For one, Michigan State has a poor strength of schedule, meaning it hasn’t had many opportunities for wins against quality opponents. So, despite the Spartans losing just three times this season, they’ve only beaten two teams currently ranked in the top 50 of the rating percentage index (RPI). It’s one of the main metrics the selection committee uses to judge and seed teams for the NCAA Tournament.
Their upcoming schedule doesn’t do much to help their overall body of work, either. After traveling to Minnesota, the Spartans close out the regular season with Northwestern, Illinois and Wisconsin. None of those teams are ranked better than No. 93 in the RPI. As a result, winning these games will likely help coach Tom Izzo’s team remain a projected No. 3 seed. But should it lose, even just once, Michigan State’s resume will take a significant hit.
If the Spartans want to secure a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, they’ll have to win out in the regular season and pick up at least one win against either Purdue, Michigan or Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament. They’ll also have to root for teams such as Auburn, Kansas, Duke Cincinnati — the projected No. 2 seeds right now — to drop games against inferior opponents.
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