MSU vs. Oakland: Preview/Game Thread

Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

YOUR MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS vs. THE OAKLAND GOLDEN GRIZZLIES
JACK BRESLIN STUDENT EVENTS CENTER - EAST LANSING, MI
NOVEMBER 23, 2012, 8:15 P.M.

TV: BIG TEN NETWORK
RADIO: SPARTAN SPORTS NETWORK

With Thanksgiving yesterday and football tomorrow, apologies for not having a full-fledged preview for you.

I'll start with some informative tweets by KJ this morning.

Oakland's top player is Travis Bader, who averages 19 points, 3.8 rebounds and more than 10 three-point attempts per game (making 38 percent of them).

Drew Valentine is the old brother of Denzel by 2.5 years (Insert Little Brother comment here). The senior starter averages 11.6 point, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.

KenPom has OU's OR% at 35.4 percent (110th), with allowing 37.8 percent (286th), so rebounds will be there to be had. OU also ranks No. 334 with opponents shooting 58.1 percent on 2s.

With MSU missing Travis Trice and Gary Harris, some of the lineup combinations could be interesting. I expect a heavy dose of Russell Byrd and Brandan Kearney again.

With that, let the thread begin.

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