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Game Thread: Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Michigan State Spartans

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NCAA Basketball: Michigan State at Penn State Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

Game Info:

When: Tuesday, Feb. 9 7:00 p.m. EST/6:00 p.m. CST.

Where: Breslin Center - East Lansing, Michigan

TV: ESPN2

Play-by-play: Dave Flemming

Analyst: Dan Dakich

Radio: TCF Bank Spartan Media Network

Lansing: WMMQ (94.9 FM)/WJIM (1240 AM)

Detroit: WJR (760 AM)

Affiliates: 38 affiliates listed at msuspartans.com

Play-by-play: Will Tieman

Analyst: Matt Steigenga

Online Radio: MSUSpartans.com. The game can also be heard on XM 377 and Internet 977.

The Michigan State Spartans (9-7, 3-7 in Big Ten play) host the Penn State Nittany Lions (7-8, 4-7) in what is essentially a must-win game for Michigan State if the Spartans want to stay alive for an NCAA Tournament bid. While Penn State’s record is somewhat lackluster, the team has played better than its record may indicate. Similar to Michigan State, Penn State had its own COVID-related issues, but has since seemed to find its footing, winning four of the last six games. For more on Penn State, check out Sam Tyler’s game preview.

Michigan State is coming off of a 10-point victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday night, while Penn State picked up a victory last time out against Maryland. MSU leads the all-time series against PSU with an impressive 40-9 mark, and the Spartans have won 24 of the 30 head-to-head contests between the two programs, as well as 11 of the past 13. The Spartans also have a 24-2 record against the Nittany Lions at the Breslin Center. Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo has a career record of 33-8 against Penn State. History is clearly on the Spartans’ side tonight, but the 2020-2021 version of Michigan State sure has its struggles.

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Go Green!