I’m still a little bit too salty to discuss football right now, so let’s talk about Michigan State Spartans basketball instead, shall we? Some interesting news broke today that MSU will square off with the Gonzaga Bulldogs in Minneapolis on Saturday, Oct. 27. This is according to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman.
The other big-time Not-So-Secret Scrimmage:— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) October 8, 2018
10/27 - Michigan State vs. Gonzaga in Minneapolis
This will be the program’s first ever closed scrimmage, and a good test for a young Spartans team looking to replace Jaren Jackson Jr. and Miles Bridges. Gonzaga is a West Coast Conference powerhouse coming off of a 32-5 record and Sweet 16 appearance. The Bulldogs will almost surely rank in the AP top-15 to enter the season, and possibly even top-10.
In past years, the Spartans have opted to hold two open exhibition games against Non-Division 1 opponents instead of participating in these closed scrimmages that went into effect in 2005. This year, the Spartans will host Northern Michigan at the Breslin Center on Tuesday Oct. 30 for an open exhibition event, but will also opt to play in the “secret scrimmage” three days prior against Gonzaga, instead of a second open exhibition game.
Per MLive, there are certain NCAA rules that schools must abide by in order to participate in the closed scrimmage. For example, schools are not allowed to promote the event, no fans or media can attend the game and following the game, the programs will then be allowed to release very limited information about the event.
There were rumors flying around about this scrimmage potentially happening, and now it is officially scheduled. This will be the first meeting between the two schools since 2011, when Draymond Green and the Spartans won 74-67. Go Green!