Men’s College Basketball Preview: YSU-Michigan State, 12/6

The Penguins (5-4) have won four out of their last five.

Youngstown State Penguins vs Michigan State Spartans basketball

Men’s College Basketball
Tuesday, December 6 at 7 pm at Michigan State’s Breslin Center
Youngstown State (5-4) at Michigan State (5-4)

Prior Meeting
November 9, 2006 – Michigan State, 86-61

Last Meeting: November 9, 2006
EAST LANSING, Michigan – As part of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic, the Spartans ran away with a 86-61 victory over YSU early behind a barrage of three-pointers connected upon by Drew Neitzel and Maurice Joseph. Neitzel (17 points) made 5 of 8 from long distance while Joseph (16 points) was a perfect 4 for 4. Goran Suton registered a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) during Michigan State’s productive night. For YSU, Quin Humphrey (22 points) and Byron Davis (18 points) combined to score a total of 40 points. However, the Spartans outrebounded the Penguins at a rate of 39-18 while shooting 60.8% from the floor compared to just 36.5% for YSU.

Coaches
Youngstown State: Jerry Slocum, 12th season (134-215)
Michigan State: Tom Izzo, 22nd season (529-209)

2016-17 Horizon League Standings (as of 11/30)
Oakland – 8-1 (0-0)
Valparaiso – 7-1 (0-0)
Wright State – 6-3 (0-0)
Northern Kentucky – 5-3 (0-0)
Illinois-Chicago – 4-3 (0-0)
Youngstown State – 5-4 (0-0)
Green Bay – 4-4 (0-0)
Milwaukee – 3-5 (0-0)
Cleveland State – 2-5 (0-0)
Detroit – 1-7 (0-0)

2016-17 Big 10 Standings (as of 12/3)
Maryland – 8-1 (0-0)
Ohio State – 7-1 (0-0)
Minnesota – 7-1 (0-0)
Rutgers – 7-1 (0-0)
Indiana – 6-1 (0-0)
Wisconsin – 7-2 (0-0)
Michigan – 6-2 (0-0)
Northwestern – 6-2 (0-0)
Purdue – 6-2 (0-0)
Illinois – 6-3 (0-0)
Penn State – 6-3 (0-0)
Nebraska – 5-3 (0-0)
Michigan State – 5-4 (0-0)
Iowa – 3-5 (0-0)

2016 Results
Youngstown State (5-4)
Penguins 87 Oberlin 72
Penguins 75 Robert Morris 74
Canisius 90 Penguins 84
Penguins 97 Westminster 67
Penguins 78 Florida International 73
South Alabama 84 Penguins 75
Jacksonville 79 Penguins 54
Toledo 103 Penguins 98 (OT)
Penguins 90 Akron 82

Michigan State (5-4)
Spartans 80 Oral Roberts 76
Duke 78 Spartans 69
Spartans 77 Wichita State 72
Baylor 73 Spartans 58
Spartans 73 St. John’s 62
Spartans 78 Florida Gulf Coast 77
Spartans 100 Mississippi Valley State 53
Kentucky 69 Spartans 48
Arizona 65 Spartans 63

Team Statistics
Scoring Offense: Youngstown State, 82.0; Michigan State, 71.8
Rebounding: Michigan State, 38.6; Youngstown State, 37.9
Field Goal Shooting: Michigan State, 46.9%; Youngstown State, 46.8%
Three-Point Shooting: Michigan State, 37.7%; Youngstown State, 37.5%
Free Throw Shooting: Youngstown State, 70.5%; Michigan State, 64.0%
Scoring Defense: Michigan State, 69.4; Youngstown State, 80.4
Turnovers: Youngstown State, 12.2; Michigan State, 15.0

Individual Stat Leaders
Youngstown State
Scoring: Cameron Morse – 23.7
Rebounding: Jorden Kaufman – 7.0
Field Goal Percentage: Devin Haygood – 71.8% (28-39)
Three-Point Percentage: Matt Donlan – 42.9% (24-56)
Free Throw Percentage: Matt Donlan – 91.7% (11-12)
…Youngstown State is 1-2 on the road, losing their second game of the season at Toledo (103-98) in overtime. Cameron Morse, the Nation’s 5th top scorer, missed the last two games. In his absence, Matt Donlon scored 21 (against Robert Morris) and 16 versus Oberlin. Donlan (6’7/SR) is scoring 11.2 points through 9 games while shooting 24 of 56 from three-point territory (42.9%). Francisco Santiago (6’1/JR) has dished out 5.7 assists and scored 14.2 points. Brent Frantz (6’3/SR) has posted a 8.4 scoring average through his first 9 games. YSU features three players who are shooting 41% or better from long distance (Donlan, 42.9%; Santiago 42.1%; Frantz, 41.5%).

Michigan State
Scoring: Miles Bridges – 16.6
Rebounding: Miles Bridges – 8.8
Field Goal Percentage: Nick ward – 60.0% (42-70)
Three-Point Percentage: Lourawls Nairn, Jr. – 45.5% (5-11)
Free Throw Percentage: Matt McQuaid – 91.7% (11-12)
…The Spartans have won their last two contests at the Breslin Center by a combined 5 points (78-77 vs. Florida Gulf Coast; 80-76 vs. Oral Roberts). Michigan State’s leading scorer (16.6) and rebounder (8.8) – Miles Bridges, a freshman –is expected to miss about two weeks of action. The Spartans have been outscored in the second half by an average of 38.0 to 36.7. The team will be led by Eron Harris (6’3/SR) and Nick Ward (6’8/FR). Harris is scoring 12.8 points and shooting 41.9% (18-43) from the three-point land. Wardis averaging 12 points while hauling down 6 rebounds per outing. Ward is shooting just 58.5% from the foul line (24-41). Matt McQuaid (6.9 ppg) and Cassius Winston (6.0 ppg) will also be asked to pick up the scoring in Bridges-absence.

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