Michigan State is off to one of the best starts in school history, with wins in 24 of its first 27 games this season. Their 24-3 record to start the season is the best start since 2000-01 when they also started 24-3.
Minnesota enters the game on Tuesday night with a 14-13 overall record and a 3-11 mark in the Big Ten Conference. The Gophers are coming off an 80-56 loss at Indiana on Friday night and have lost seven-straight games.
Michigan State probably needs to win its remaining four games to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans also need some help to capture the Big Ten regular-season title, so any slip-up could eliminate them from that race.
The game will be shown live on ESPN2, with Dave Flemming calling the play-by-play and Dan Dakich serving as the color analyst and Molly McGrath on sidelines.