Michigan State Spartans vs. Rutgers
Location: Piscataway, N.J. | The RAC
Last Meeting: Jan. 31, 2016 - MSU Win 96-62
Michigan State leads the all-time series with Rutgers, 3-0, including a 1-0 advantage in Piscataway, having won last season at The RAC in the first meeting between the Spartans and Scarlet Knights as conference opponents.
Eddie Jordan is 28-66 in his third season as a collegiate head coach at his alma mater. Jordan began his coaching career as a collegiate assistant, with stops at Rutgers, Old Dominion, and Boston College. In 1992, he moved to the NBA, with coaching stints at Sacramento, New Jersey, Washington, Philadelphia and Los Angeles (Lakers). This includes time as the head coach for the Kings, Wizards and 76ers. Jordan was the point guard for Rutgers in the mid-1970’s. He was the floor general for the 1975-76 Scarlet Knights, who posted a 26-0 regular-season record, finishing with a 31-2 mark. He was named the 1976 NCAA Tournament East Regional MVP. Jordan was drafted by Cleveland in the second round of the 1977 NBA Draft, and averaged 8.1 points, 3.8 assists and 1.9 rebounds in seven seasons with the Cavaliers, Nets, Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers.
The Last Meeting
Michigan State defeated Rutgers, 96-62, on Jan. 31, 2016, in East Lansing. MSU quickly sprinted out to a 29-13 lead midway through the first half, as the Spartans hit seven 3-pointers in the first 9:03. Rutgers used a 12-3 run to pull within seven points, as MSU led by just 11 points at the half, 44-33. Leading 58-43 five minutes into the second half, Michigan State put together a 20-0 run in less than five minutes to put the contest away. During the run, MSU hit another four 3-pointers as Rutgers missed 10 straight shots. Denzel Valentine led the Spartans with 20 points, adding seven rebounds and six assists, while Matt Costello posted a double-double with 12 points and 13 boards. The Spartans tied a school record by making 17 3-pointers in 32 attempts. MSU held a 56-27 advantage on the glass, leading to a 33-2 edge in second-chance points. Mike Williams led Rutgers with 18 points.
The Last Meeting In Piscataway
Michigan State defeated Rutgers, 71-50, on Jan. 29, 2015, in a game postponed two days due to weather. The Spartans led by as many as 15 points in the first half, but held just a 42-34 advantage at the half. After both teams exchanged baskets to open the half, MSU put the game away with an 18-0 run. Bryn Forbes led MSU with 18 points and Branden Dawson tallied 17 points and 11 rebounds. Kadeem Jack paced Rutgers with 17 points. MSU shot 50.9 percent from the floor, and held RU to just 29.1 percent.
Five Scarlet Knight frontcourt players have missed a combined 75 games due to injury, including two big men who are out for the season ... Rutgers is led in scoring by freshman point guard Corey Sanders, who ranks ninth in the Big Ten at 16.2 ppg, leading all conference freshman ... Sanders also ranks second in the conference with 1.7 steals per contest ... Sanders has missed the last four games due to suspension but is expected to play against Michigan State ... The Scarlet Knights’ freshman class leads all Rutgers classes in scoring.Game Notes Provided By MSU Athletics