Spartans Men’s Basketball News: Michigan State Hosts Ohio State 4 PM today at the Breslin Center

By Danielle Daniels

2 25 2024





East Lansing, Mich. – Michigan State’s men’s basketball closes out a two-game homestand on Sunday, Feb. 25, hosting Ohio State in its penultimate home game of the regular season (4 p.m., CBS). The Spartans, coming off a 78-71 loss to Iowa on Tuesday, have won 3 of their last 4 games, 5 of the last 7 and 13 of the last 18 games overall.

The game will air live on CBS, with Brad Nessler and Jay Wright calling all of the action. The Spartan Media Network radio call can be heard state-wide and on the web at, with Will Tieman handling the play-by-play and Matt Steigenga serving as the color analyst, and Blake Froling is the studio host. The game can also be heard on channel 372 on SiriusXM and on the SiriusXM app.

About the Spartans

  • Michigan State enters Sunday’s game against Ohio State with a 17-10 overall record (9-7 B1G) following a 78-71 loss to Iowa on Tuesday.
  • MSU is No. 23 in the NET rankings, including No. 14 in NET Strength of Schedule.
  • The Spartans are No. 16 in KenPom and No. 18 in the ESPN BPI.
  • The Spartans are No. 15 in the tempo free stats, No. 29 in adjusted offensive efficiency and No. 18 in defensive efficiency.
  • MSU ranks No. 32 in the country in FG% defense (40.7%) and No. 37 in scoring defense (66.2 ppg), No. 46 in FG% (47.4%), No. 30 in 3-point percentage (37.1%), No. 21 in assists (17.0 apg) and No. 7 in assist/turnover ratio (1.72).
  • MSU averages 78.6 ppg at home, shooting 48.8% FG/36.3% 3FG, while holding opponents to 62.9 ppg (37.0%FG/29.9% 3FG).
  • The Spartans have four players scoring in double figures, and 10 with at least 3.0 points, while nine players average at least 10 minutes per game.
  • Through 27 games, graduate guard Tyson Walker leads the team in scoring with 18.3 points per game, connecting on 45.7 percent of his shots … In Big Ten games, Walker is averaging 17.3 ppg and 2.9 assists, while shooting 43.8 percent from the floor.
  • Graduate forward Malik Hall, who has scored in double figures in 11 of the last 12 games and 13 of the last 15 overall, is second on the team with 12.8 points, while adding 5.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists … In league games, Hall is averaging 15.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 2.2 apg.
  • In the last 15 games, forward Malik Hall is averaging 15.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg and shooting 59.1% from the field, including 57.1% 3FG …
  • Senior guard A.J. Hoggard is third on the team with 11.3 points, while adding 3.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists, which ranks fifth in the B1G.
  • Junior guard Jaden Akins, who scored a career-high 23 points against Michigan and has been in double figures in 12 of the last 17 games, is fourth on the team with 11.0 points and 3.7 rebounds.
  • Sophomore guard Tre Holloman is averaging 5.6 points and is third on the team with 2.7 assists.
  • Senior forward Mady Sissoko adds 3.7 points and a team-best 5.6 rebounds, while sophomore center Carson Cooper adds 3.8 points and 4.8 rebounds.
  • Freshman forward Coen Carr contributes 3.8 points and 2.0 rebounds and freshman forward Xavier Booker is averaging 3.4 points and 1.7 rebounds.

About Ohio State

  • Ohio State enters the game on Sunday with a 15-12 overall record and a 5-11 mark in the Big Ten following an 88-79 loss at Minnesota on Thursday night.
  • The Buckeyes have lost two of their last three games and seven of their last nine overall.
  • The Buckeyes rank 9th in the Big Ten in scoring offense (74.6 ppg) and 9th in the league in scoring defense (70.4 ppg) … In conference games only, Ohio State is 10th in the league in scoring offense (71.6 ppg) and 11th in scoring defense (75.8 ppg).
  • Ohio State is 0-8 on the road in conference play this season … The Buckeyes are averaging 68.4 ppg on the road, while shooting 42.5% FG / 30.7% FG and allowing 77.8 ppg, with opponents shooting 48.7% FG / 44.8% 3FG.

Series History

  • Michigan State and Ohio State have played 142 times, with MSU leading the all-time series 80-62.
  • MSU has won seven of the last 10 meetings and 13 of the last 18 overall.
  • The Spartans swept the regular season series in 2022-23, winning 62-41 on the road and 84-78 at home, before falling 68-58 in the Big Ten Tournament.
  • MSU is 49-17 all-time at home against the Buckeyes, including a 22-5 record at the Breslin Center.
  • The Spartans have won the last nine games played at the Breslin Center.
  • Ohio State’s last win at MSU was a 72-70 decision on March 4, 2012.
  • MSU Head Coach Tom Izzo is 35-19 all-time against the Buckeyes.