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Men’s Basketball Game Thread: Michigan State Spartans versus Seton Hall Pirates

NCAA Basketball: Binghamton at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

The Michigan State Spartans take on the Seton Hall Pirates on the hardwood tonight as part of the Gavitt Games. Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m. EST at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

MSU enters the game with a 1-1 record, after falling to the Kentucky Wildcats in the opener and rebounding with a blowout win over Binghamton. Seton Hall is 2-0, with defeats over Wagner and Stony Brook.

The big question for Seton Hall is whether or not preseason All-American guard Myles Powell will play. He is listed as a “game-time” decision with an ankle injury, but more than likely won’t suit up or will be severely limited.

Regardless of if Powell plays or not, Seton Hall’s length could be an issue for the Spartans. The Pirates have six players on the roster that are at least 6-feet-9-inches tall. The Spartans, meanwhile, only have three such players of the size — including Joey Hauser whose playing status is currently in limbo after transferring in from Marquette.

Another story line to watch is the emotions of Cassius Winston and the MSU basketball team, and how they’re able to focus, following the tragic loss of Winston’s brother, Zachary.

This is going to be another early-season test for the Spartans against a talented team. Powell’s availability will make a big difference, but MSU is going to be challenged on the road either way.

For more on the matchup between Michigan State and Seton Hall, check out Matt Hoeppner’s game preview.


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