Michigan State (9-1, 2-0 Big Ten) and Oakland (6-4) tip off at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 16, in the second game of a doubleheader at
Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Stay here for live updates, scores and analysis.
Michigan State-Oakland live updates, score
Michigan State 34, Oakland 24 (H1, 3:09): Michigan State got itself in trouble with suspect passing, particularly from Cassius Winston, who tried to pass over the
top of defenders. Those errors led to transition opportunities for Oakland and fouls on the Spartans. Jaren Jackson Jr. and
Josh Langford each got to 2 fouls in a hurry.
Michigan State 31, Oakland 19 (H1, 6:14): Oakland came out of a timeout and immediately got a shot clock violation. On the other end, Michigan State found open looks
and hit them. Matt McQuaid hit a 3-pointer in transition, a welcome sign for a fan base that has seen him struggle mightily
in recent weeks.
Michigan State 24, Oakland 19 (H1, 7:59): Michigan State’s commitment to attacking the rack gave Oakland a lot of trouble and put the Grizzlies in serious foul trouble.
Starters Martez Walker and Isaiah Brock both had 3 fouls with a lot of time to play in the first half.
Michigan State 17, Oakland 14 (H1, 11:58): Michigan State and Oakland got off to a fast-paced start, and Josh Langford showed his importance to the Spartans. He continually
sprinted up the sideline, got the ball in good positions and got his quick shot off. He scored 7 of Michigan State’s first
Michigan State 0, Oakland 0 (H1, 20:00): Michigan State started its usual five of Cassius Winston, Josh Langford, Miles Bridges, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Nick Ward.
Oakland did not start leading scorer Kendrick Nunn, who has been battling an ankle injury.
Michigan State-Oakland basketball: Game time, information
Michigan State and Oakland play at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 16.
Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, Dec. 16
Location: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit
How can I watch the Michigan State-Oakland basketball game on TV and online?
Michigan State and Oakland will be broadcast on ESPNU.
WatchESPN will have the live stream. You also can stream the game from your
Clay Matvick and Brooke Weisbrod will call the game.
How can I listen to the Michigan State-Oakland basketball game on the radio?
Michigan State and Oakland can be heard over the 38-affiliate
Spartan Sports Network, including flagship stations WMMQ-FM (94.9)/WJIM-AM (1240) in Lansing and WNAS-FM (93.1) in Detroit.
Will Tieman and Matt Steigenga will have the call.
Michigan State-Oakland basketball preview
It’s not a Big Ten opponent, but Oakland is as familiar a foe as any for Michigan State. Spartans coach Tom Izzo has faced
the Grizzlies in 15 of his 22 seasons, including 11 of the last 12. This will make it 12 meetings in 13 years.
Michigan State has won every time, but Oakland steadily has been inching toward the massive upset it craves. In the last three
meetings at a neutral site, the Grizzlies have lost by an average of 3.7 points. In 2015, they took the Spartans to overtime
behind 37 points from current Bulls point guard Kay Felder.
“I don’t know why in the hell I keep doing it,” Izzo said of his series with Oakland. “But I do because I have great respect
for [Grizzlies coach Greg Kampe] and his program. … It’s sold out. How cool is that? Of course, that’s gonna be big for them.
“But where I’d like to see if our team is maturing, I hope it’s really big for us, too, because we get a chance to play downtown
Detroit. We get a chance to play where [coach Stan] Van Gundy leads the Pistons. We get a chance to play in a place where
if we win enough we could be playing there in March.”
The new Pistons arena will host first- and second-round games in the NCAA Tournament this spring. Should Michigan State lock
up a No. 1 seed, it could earn the right to play there again.
But getting that seed means taking care of teams such as Oakland, tough squads that will put up a fight. The Grizzlies have
plenty of talented players but have struggled to get them all on the floor at the same time. Jalen Hayes, who averages 19.3
points and 9.3 rebounds, missed four games because of an eligibility issue. Illinois transfer Kendrick Nunn, who averages
21.7 points, has been set back by an ankle injury. But per The Detroit News’ Tony Paul, Nunn will play on Saturday.
“They have three players averaging [around] 20 points per game, and all three of them have given us problems in the past,”
Izzo said, also referencing Martez Walker, who averages 21.2 points. “It is no surprise that Kampe calls this his best team.”
The dynamic Oakland trio will be a stiff test for a Michigan State team that has been shutting teams down inside the arc.
Each of the Spartans’ last three opponents have shot worse than 26 percent on 2-pointers. But defending 3-pointers has been
a tougher task, and they’ll face a Grizzlies team hitting 8.8 shots from long range per game.
On offense, Michigan State has players getting it done inside and out. Despite his limited minutes, big man Nick Ward has
scored 13.7 points per game behind 64.1 percent shooting. Additionally, point guard Cassius Winston is hitting a scalding
61.0 percent of his 3-pointers (25 of 41).