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GAME THREAD: Michigan State vs Butler - Men’s Basketball

The Gavitt Games comes to Breslin as the Big East’s Butler takes on the Big Ten’s Spartans.

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Michigan State is hosting Butler in the last year of the Gavitt Games. The Gavitt games feature Big East teams against Big Ten teams for a week of high profile early season games.

This year’s challenge for the Spartans features some familiar faces: former Ohio State head coach Thad Matta and former Spartan Pierre Brooks.

WHile Butler isn’t expected to do very well in the Big East this year, this is still an important early showdown for a Michigan State team still trying to figure itself out.

Game Time: Friday, November 17th at 6:30pm (US East Coast Time)

Watch the game: FS1 (or streaming in the Fox Sports App with a cable subscription)

Game Preview: Read the preview here

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Debate Points/Things to Watch:

  • Will AJ Hoggard get on track offensively?
  • How will Pierre Brooks look in his return to Breslin? Could he have helped a crowded MSU roster this year?
  • How much time should the freshmen be getting in this game for the Spartans?