No. 6 Michigan State Plays at Penn State Sunday Afternoon

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East Lansing, Mich. – Michigan State’s men’s basketball team plays at Penn State on Sunday, Jan. 13, the first of four games out of the next five that are away from home for the Spartans.
On the Air
The game will air live on CBS, with Tom McCarthy calling the play-by-play and Bill Raftery serving as the color analyst. The Spartan Sports Network radio call can be heard on one of 38 affiliates and on the web at, with Will Tieman handling the play-by-play and Matt Steigenga serving as the color analyst. The game can also be heard on Sirius 103, XM 195 and Internet 957.
Michigan State enters Saturday’s game with a 14-2 overall record and a 5-0 mark in the Big Ten. The Spartans, ranked No. 6 in the Associated Press poll and No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches poll, have won nine-straight games and 14 of the last 15 overall. Penn State enters the game with a 7-9 overall record and an 0-5 mark in league play.
Last Time Out
Junior guard Cassius Winston (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) scored a game-high 23 points and Michigan State pulled away from Purdue for a 77-59 win on Tuesday night ... Purdue cut MSU’s 13-point halftime lead to four in the second half, but a Winston layup helped push the lead back to 57-48 and the Boilermakers got no closer than seven points the rest of the way ... Largely in part to the defensive effort of Matt McQuaid (Duncanville, Texas/Duncanville), MSU held Purdue guard Carsen Edwards to a season-low 11 points on 3-of-16 shooting from the floor, including 2-of-13 from 3-point land ... Winston scored 23 points to lead three players in double figures, with Nick Ward (Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln) adding 16 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots and sophomore forward Xavier Tillman (Grand Rapids, Mich./GR Christian) added 11 points and five rebounds.
About the Spartans
• Michigan State enters Tuesday’s game with a 14-2 overall record and a 5-0 mark in the Big Ten ... The Spartans have won nine-straight games and 14 of the last 15 overall.
• Through 16 games, Winston leads the team with 18.0 points per game and 7.4 assists per game ... Winston is sixth in the Big Ten in scoring and is No. 4 in the country in assists per game.
• Ward is second on the team with 16.7 points and third on the team with 6.6 rebounds ... He is tied for 11th in the Big Ten in scoring and ranks fourth in the league, and is No. 13 nationally in field goal percentage, connecting on 65.5 percent of his shots.
• Junior guard Joshua Langford (Huntsville, Ala./Madison Academy) is third on the team in scoring with 15.0 points per game, while adding 3.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
• Tillman is fourth on the team in scoring with 8.7 points and second with 7.8 rebounds, while redshirt senior Kenny Goins (Troy, Mich./Warren Mott) is sixth on the team in scoring with 6.6 points and leads the team with 9.4 rebounds per game, which ranks No. 32 nationally.
• McQuaid is averaging 8.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists ... Redshirt junior Kyle Ahrens (Versailles. Ohio/Versailles), who has started seven games, is averaging 6.1 points and 2.8 rebounds.
• MSU ranks No. 9 in the country in scoring offense (86.4 ppg), No. 9 in field goal percentage (50.6%) and No. 3 in field goal percentage defense (36.9%).
The Series
• Michigan State leads the all-time series with Penn State, 38-8.
• The Spartans have won 22 of the last 27 games in the series, including nine of the last 10 ... Tom Izzo is 31-7 in his career against Penn State.
• Michigan State is 14-4 in road games in the series and has won three of the last four games.
About Penn State
• The Nittany Lions are coming off a 70-64 loss at Nebraska at Thursday night ... Penn State has lost a pair of Big Ten games at home, to Indiana in December (64-62) and on Jan. 6 to Wisconsin (71-52) ... The Nittany Lions beat Virginia Tech, 63-62, at home in November.
• Junior forward Lamar Stevens leads the team with 18.6 points and 8.1 rebounds ... He is fourth in the Big Ten in scoring and tied for sixth in rebounding.
• Freshman guard Rasir Bolton is second on the team with 12.6 points and 32 3-point field goals, while senior guard Josh Reaves is third on the team with 10.1 points and leads the team with 3.2 assists.
• Redshirt junior forward Mike Watkins, who had 12 points and 14 rebounds in the loss at Nebraska, is averaging 7.9 points and leads the team with 8.2 rebounds.
• Penn State is scoring 67.9 points per game, but only 58.4 per game in league play (14th) ... The Nittany Lions also rank sixth in the league in scoring defense in league games, allowing 67.8 points per game.