MSU is expecting a near sell out crowd in the Breslin Center for the home opener.
Lake Superior State plays in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, where they had a record of 5-13 last year. Lake Superior State is going through a rebuilding process this year only returning two players from their 9-19 finish in the 2004-2005 campaign. The only two players returning from last season are junior guards Brock Bower and Dave Zeitlin.
The young Lakers should get quite an experience at the Breslin Center tonight. With a whopping 11 freshmen on the roster this year, head coach Mike Fitzner says that this will be an experience they'll never forget.
On the Lakers official team website Fitzner said, "This is a great opportunity for our program. No.1, to be playing in front of a crowd that big against one of the premiere Division 1 teams in the country. No.2, this experience for the kids is awesome. They will never play in an environment like this again. It will be so energetic."
Two junior college transfers, Tim Stark (6-foot-1) and Shawn Berry (6-foot-5), are expected to make an immediate impact. These players will join returning juniors Bower and Zeitlin to form the nucleus of the Lakers squad.
The Spartans will get a good chance to do what they do best against this young Laker squad, get out and run. Senior center Paul Davis should have a field day down low on Monday night. The tallest man on the roster for Lake Superior State is 6-foot-9; this will give Davis (7-foot-0) the advantage down low.
Lake Superior State opened up play against Laurentian on Friday night and locked up their first victory of the year 77-66. The Lakers rotated everybody on the roster into the game; the leading scorer was freshman guard Mark Morse with 18 points.
The contest is not expected to be a tight game by all means, so MSU head coach Tom Izzo will likely get the opportunity to see a lot of players on the court and try to find out who will be making big contributions this year off the bench.
Players like freshman guard Maurice Joseph (6-foot-4), and red-shirt freshmen Idong Ibok (7-foot-0) and Marquise Gray (6-foot-8) should see a lot of playing team along with the rest of the Spartans bench.
MSU will likely start power forward Delco Rowley along with Davis, Maurice Ager, Shannon Brown, and Drew Neitzel. MSU will get its first opportunity on Monday night to live up to the preseason hype they have received thus far. Expect to see a lot of explosiveness from the Spartans in this game and a lot of points lighting up on the scoreboard at the Breslin Center.