No. 25 Michigan State will host Villanova in Friday night’s Gavitt Tipoff Games

East Lansing, Michigan – The Michigan State men’s basketball team returns home for only their second home game of November, hosting Villanova at the Gavitt Tipoff Games on Friday, November 18 (8pm FS1). The Spartans win a thrilling 86-77 double overtime win over No. 4 Kentucky at the Champions Classic.

The game will be broadcast live on FS1 with Aaron Goldsmith and Bill Raftery covering all the action. The TCF Bank Spartan Media Network radio call can be heard on one of 38 affiliates and web at, with Will Tieman conducting play-by-play and Kevin Pauga serving as color analyst. The game can also be heard on channel 382 on SiriusXM and channel 982 on the SiriusXM app.

About the Spartans

  • The Spartans return with nine letter winners from last year’s team, which finished 23-13 overall and in the Big Ten 11-9 and reached the NCAA tournament for the 24th straight season… That’s the second-longest active streak in the Division I. Tie for third-longest streak in NCAA history and longest streak in Big Ten history.
  • Graduate forward Joey Hauser, who had 23 points and eight rebounds in a win over Kentucky, leads the Spartans and is 20th in the Big Ten with 14.3 points per game while adding 6.3 rebounds per game. Hauser is ranked #5 in the Big Ten on 3-point percentage (44.4%) and 7th in the league on 3-point percentage (2.67/game).
  • Senior forward Malik Hall, a preseason All-Big Ten pick, leads MSU in FG percentage (56.0%) and blocks (1.0 bpg). He is second on the team with 12.0 points per game and ranks second on the team in rebounding (6.3 rpg).
  • Junior forward Mady Sissoko, who had a career-high 16 points and had eight rebounds with two assists and three steals in the Kentucky game, is third on the team at 11.3 points per game. Sissoko, who hit 64.7 percent of his shots, ranks 11th in the Big Ten with 7.7 rebounds per game, leading the Spartans.
  • Junior guard AJ Hoggard, who dished out a season-high nine assists in Tuesday night’s win over Kentucky, is second in the Big Ten in assists per game with 7.7 assists. Hoggard is 10th in the Big Ten in free percentage (86.7%, 13 of 15) while averaging 8.3 points per game.
  • Senior guard Tyson Walker, in his second season at Michigan State after joining from Northeastern, is fourth on the team with 10.7 points per game while adding 3.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists. His 3-point mark in overtime in the win over Kentucky pushed him past the 1,000-point mark in his career. Walker leads the Big Ten in minutes played (38.7 mpg) and steals (1.3 spg).

The nation’s toughest November

  • MSU opens its season with six of its first eight away games against one of its toughest schedules ever.
  • The Spartans are expected to play six teams ranked in the Associated Press preseason poll.
  • Since 2009-10, the Spartans have been one of six teams (including the 2016-17 Spartans) to face at least four AP ranked opponents in the month of November.
  • MSU is the ONLY team to play two teams in the Top 4, with No. 2 Gonzaga last Friday (a 64-63 loss) and No. 4 Kentucky Tuesday night (an 86-77 double win in overtime) .

Sissoko helps lead Michigan State past Kentucky 86-77 in a double overtime thriller

  • Junior forward Mady Sissoko scored seven of his 16 points in second overtime and Michigan State battled No. 4 Kentucky for an 86-77 win at the Champions Classic Tuesday night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
  • Graduate forward Joey Hauser scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead four players by double digits, while senior forward Malik Hall had 20 points and had five rebounds, Sissoko finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and two assists, and senior guard Tyson Walker ended with 14 points and six assists.

About Villanova

  • Villanova goes into Friday’s game with a 2-1 aggregate record after beating Delaware State 60-50 at home on Monday night.
  • VU opened the season with an 81-68 win over LaSalle before losing 68-64 at Temple on November 11.
  • The Wildcats ranked #16 in the Associated Press and #17 in USA Today Coaches preseason polls.
  • Graduate guard Caleb Daniels, a Tulane transfer, leads the team with 16.7 ppg and 6.0 ppg in rebounds.
  • Daniels is one of three starters to play at least 30 minutes per game, along with redshirt junior forward Eric Dixon (31.9 mpg), who leads the team with 18.3 ppg, and grad forward Brandon Slater (31 .9 mpg), which averages 12.0 ppg and reaches 5.7 rpm.
  • Villanova’s starters played 77.3 percent of the team’s minutes played… The team’s top reserve, Mark Armstrong, averages a 5.0 in 14.9 minutes, while freshman guard Brendan Hausen averages with an average 3.5 points scored and State scored 7 points in the win against Delaware.
  • Preseason BIG EAST Rookie of the Year Guard Cam Whitmore has not played this season due to right thumb surgery.

series history

  • Villanova leads the head-to-head series 3-1 and won the last meeting 81-73 in the 2002 Great Alaska Shootout, MSU Head Coach Tom Izzo‘s only game against the Wildcats.
  • The teams first played at the 1966 Quaker City Tournament in Philadelphia and won Nova 66-63.
  • MSU’s only win in the series was a 70-63 decision at Villanova in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament.


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