MSU Hoops 07-08 Schedule Announced

The highly anticipated 2007-2008 Michigan State mens basketball squad found out their schedule for the upcoming season, highlighted by 18 Big Ten conference games rather than the previous 16.

The highly anticipated 2007-2008 Michigan State mens basketball squad found out their schedule for the upcoming season, highlighted by 18 Big Ten conference games rather than the previous 16.

Spartan fans will see the team hit the court for the first time on Friday, November 2 in an exhibition game with Grand Valley State.

The first regular season opponent has yet to be determined as the Spartans will be a regional host for the College Basketball Experience (CBE) Classic on November 19.

The CBE Classic is a two-week tournament created in 2001 consisting of four regional sites hosted at campuses across the country. The winner from each regional site advances to the championship round in Kansas City, Mo.

This years regional hosts are UCLA, Maryland, Missouri, and MSU. The remaining field has yet to be finalized but the Spartans could be in for some major early season tests should all the host schools reach the semifinals.

MSU will also host North Carolina State on November 28 as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Spartans fell at Boston College in last years challenge.

The non-conference schedule for the Spartans will be a test as they go on the road to face Bradley and BYU in back-to-back games on December 4 and 8.

One of the more interesting games on the schedule will be the Spartan Clash in Auburn Hills as Big 12 powerhouse Texas comes to town. The Spartans edged Kevin Durant and the Longhorns in the semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic last year on Drew Neitzels last second layup.

Not counting the Spartan Clash and the CBE Classic in Kansas City, MSU will only play two true road games in their non-conference schedule, at Bradley and BYU.

The 18 conference games will mean that MSU will have a home-and-home with every team from the Big Ten except for Wisconsin and Michigan. The Badgers will not make a visit to East Lansing this season and the Spartans will not be visiting Ann Arbor to face the Wolverines.

After starting with two roads games three consecutive seasons to open their conference schedule, the Spartans will be home for their first two games as they host Minnesota and Purdue.

But the two home games to open conference play might come back to bite as the Spartans close out their Big Ten schedule by visiting Illinois and Ohio State.

The Big Ten Tournament will then follow on March 13-16 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Overall, MSU has a very challenging schedule ahead of them but it will boost their strength of schedule at the end of the season. With a very strong and deep team this year, Tom Izzo will have fun facing some of the top teams in the Big Ten and the country.

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