Michigan State-Oakland: Time, TV channel, watch online (December 16, 2017)

No. 2  Michigan State (9-1, 2-0 Big Ten) and Oakland (6-4) men’s basketball will meet for a nonconference matchup on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. Find game time, TV channel and how to watch online information below.

Michigan State enters on an eight-game winning streak, its last loss coming to No. 1 Duke on Nov. 14. Oakland will be the second of six consecutive nonconference opponents to close out 2017, and it will be the only one of those six teams to meet Michigan State away from the Breslin Center.

Little Caesars Arena in Detroit hosts the game, which is part of the Hitachi College Basketball Showcase. Michigan and Detroit Mercy will meet in the first game of the doubleheader.

Michigan State-Oakland basketball: Game time, information

Michigan State and Oakland play at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 16.

Time: 2:30 p.m. ET

Date: Saturday, Dec. 16

Location: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan

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

Michigan State and Oakland will be broadcast on ESPNU. WatchESPN will have the livestream. You also can stream the game from your  Android or  iOS device.

Clay Matvick and Brooke Weisbrod will call the game.

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

Michigan State and Oakland 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-Oakland basketball preview

It’s not a Big Ten opponent, but Oakland is as familiar a foe as any for Michigan State. Spartans coach Tom Izzo has faced the Grizzlies in 15 of his 22 seasons, including 11 of the last 12. This will make it 12 meetings in 13 years.

Michigan State has won every time, but Oakland steadily has been inching toward the massive upset it craves. In the last three meetings at a neutral site, the Grizzlies have lost by an average of 3.7 points. In 2015, they took the Spartans to overtime behind 37 points from current Bulls point guard Kay Felder.

“I don’t know why in the hell I keep doing it,” Izzo said of his series with Oakland. “But I do because I have great respect for [Grizzlies coach Greg Kampe] and his program. … It’s sold out. How cool is that? Of course, that’s gonna be big for them.

“But where I’d like to see if our team is maturing, I hope it’s really big for us, too, because we get a chance to play downtown Detroit. We get a chance to play where [coach Stan] Van Gundy leads the Pistons. We get a chance to play in a place where if we win enough we could be playing there in March.”

The new Pistons arena will host first- and second-round games in the NCAA Tournament this spring. Should Michigan State lock up a No. 1 seed, it could earn the right to play there again.

But getting that seed means taking care of teams such as Oakland, tough squads that will put up a fight. The Grizzlies have plenty of talented players but have struggled to get them all on the floor at the same time. Jalen Hayes, who averages 19.3 points and 9.3 rebounds, missed four games because of an eligibility issue. Illinois transfer Kendrick Nunn, who averages 21.7 points, has been set back by a right ankle injury.

“They have three players averaging [around] 20 points per game, and all three of them have given us problems in the past,” Izzo said, also referencing Martez Walker, who averages 21.2 points. “It is no surprise that Kampe calls this his best team.”

The dynamic Oakland trio will be a stiff test for a Michigan State team that has been shutting teams down inside the arc. Each of the Spartans’ last three opponents have shot worse than 26 percent on 2-pointers. But defending 3-pointers has been a tougher task, and they’ll face a Grizzlies team hitting 8.8 shots from long range per game.

On offense, Michigan State has players getting it done inside and out. Despite his limited minutes, big man Nick Ward has scored 13.7 points per game behind 64.1 percent shooting. Additionally, point guard Cassius Winston is hitting a scalding 61.0 percent of his 3-pointers.

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