MSU faces BC in Big Ten-ACC Challenge

Spartans looking to guard Drew Neitzel to continue his hot shooting in Chestnut Hill as they begin play in ACC-Big Ten challenge.

EAST LANSING - Hitting the road for the first time this season, Michigan State (6-1) travels to Chestnut Hill to face Boston College (2-2) in the eighth-annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

The contest will be a rematch of last year's game in the Jimmy V Classic in Madison Square Garden as the Spartans won 77-70 after shooting 77.3 percent on their way to a 51-point second half.

Jared Dudley led all scorers in the game with 23 points. Now a senior, Dudley leads the Eagles with 18.3 points per game along with 9.8 rebounds per game.

Also back are sophomore Tyrese Rice (14.8 PPG), senior Sean Marshall (14.0 PPG), junior Sean Williams, and junior John Oates.

Ranked #15 to start the season, the Eagles were upset by Vermont at home and then lost at Providence to follow. Now 2-2, they look to get back on track against a young and defensively tough Spartan team.

Junior Drew Neitzel's 17.7 points per game lead MSU's offense and his scoring of late has been the story, averaging 20 points per game in the last four games.

Freshman Raymar Morgan adds 10.9 points per game for an offense that scores 61 points a game, but more importantly, has shut down their opponents to 51 points a game, including out rebounding their counterpart by a margin of 12 boards per game.

Gone are the stars for MSU such as Maurice Ager, who scored 22 points along with Paul Davis' 18. Now Neitzel is the only returning starter, leading a much different team into Boston College than the one that beat the Eagles last year.

The Spartans are on a roll lately, beating Vermont and Oakland last week to follow a strong performance in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.

They catch the Eagles at the right time as they are struggling and trying to justify their national ranking at the start of the year.

While Chestnut Hill might be the first road test for the Spartans, Tom Izzo's club showed no effects of playing in front of a big crowd in New York and could silence the crowd by coming out early.

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