Michigan State and DePaul play at 11:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 23.
Time: 11:30 p.m. ET
Date: Thursday, Nov. 23
Location: Moda Center, Portland, Ore.
How can I watch the Michigan State-DePaul basketball game online?
Kevin Brown and Sean Farnham will call the game.
How can I listen to the Michigan State-DePaul basketball game on the radio?
Michigan State and DePaul can be heard over the 38-affiliate Spartan Sports Network, including flagship stations WMMQ-FM (94.9)/WJIM-AM (1240) in Lansing and WJR-AM (760) in Detroit.
Will Tieman and Matt Steigenga will call the game.
Michigan State-DePaul basketball preview
The main thing on every Michigan State fan’s mind going into the PK80 Invitational: Will Miles Bridges play in this tournament? The Spartans’ superstar sprained his ankle after stepping on a Stony Brook player’s foot on Sunday, bringing back bad memories of when he missed a month of his freshman season with an ankle injury.
Michigan State is already without Bridges’ backup, Kyle Ahrens, who may miss the season with a foot injury. Guards Josh Langford and Matt McQuaid will each see extended action for as long as Bridges’ absence lasts. And according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, it appears the sophomore standout won’t play against DePaul.
Tom Izzo just told me he doesn't expect Miles Bridges (sprained ankle) to play tomorrow against DePaul. Izzo put it at 30 percent chance.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) November 23, 2017
Michigan State should still be in good shape against DePaul. Dave Leitao’s Blue Demons only have two players taller than 6-foot-7 who have played at least five minutes per game. Michigan State, with its stacked front court, has five such players.
Even when star freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. fouled out scoreless on Sunday against Stony Brook after scoring 32 points in his first two games, fellow first-year player Xavier Tillman stepped in with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks.
Healthy relationship between the freshmen. pic.twitter.com/NLw3FsK174
— Luke Srodulski (@lsrodulski) November 20, 2017
And Tillman’s 71.4 field goal percentage this year isn’t even as good as Nick Ward’s 75.9 percent mark. The sophomore big man has hit 22 of 29 shots through three games.
Now the Spartans will face off against a DePaul team that has shot below 40 percent from the field but held opponents to a poor mark as well. The Blue Demons have averaged 15.7 offensive rebounds per game and forced 14.3 turnovers, playing into two Michigan State weaknesses.
But until DePaul can prove it, it’s tough to imagine the Blue Demons keeping up with coach Tom Izzo’s Spartans, which have been an offensive juggernaut early on. Michigan State has scored 98, 81 and 93 points in its first three games while averaging 78.4 possessions. DePaul has averaged just 72.4 possessions per game, ranking 224th in the nation.