MSU Returns to Court vs IPFW

After a week off for finals, No.9 MSU looks to build off their two huge road wins last week.

After a week off, No.9 Michigan State returns to the court back home in East Lansing against IPFW on Saturday afternoon.

The Spartans (8-1) are coming off a big week, beating Bradley and No.20 BYU in hostile road games after trailing in both games.

Now MSU enters their traditional December schedule in preparation for the start of Big Ten conference play after New Years.

"The most impressive thing for us coming off a big week was that we set two attendance records," said coach Tom Izzo, referring to Bradley and BYU setting attendance records in their venues to see a big-time program like Michigan State play there.

"We were pretty beat up when we got home from the road so the week off will be good for us," Izzo added.

After such a big week, coming back home to take on a dangerous outside shooting team could spell a tough game for the Spartans, who are 5-0 at home in the Breslin Center this season and have only lost two games there in the last three seasons.

"Scary game for us because how do you get upset, you usually get upset by the three-point shot and they have a couple of guys that can flat out shoot the ball. They are a good three-point shooting team, they are outrebounding their opponent, stat wise this is a pretty good team, I think they are well coached, they are going to play hard, some of the players are from Michigan."

IPFW (4-4), which is coached by former Indiana standout Dane Fife, features the leading three-point shooter in the country, freshman Ben Botts, who is shooting 60 percent from three and 22-of-37 overall.

Mastodons' senior forward DeWitt Scott also is deadly from long-range, shooting 40 percent from three and 20-50 overall.

The Spartans saw a heavy dose of three-pointers from Bradley and BYU last week and although both teams made some threes, Izzo believes that his team's perimeter defense is improving with every game.

"I'm not totally concerned about our defense, Bradley was a little more difficult, when you have team that has three or four guys who can shoot the three, I think defensively we are starting to get better at stopping the dribble-penetration," said Izzo.

After scoring over 80 points on average early in the season, two tight games last week dropped MSU's scoring output to 66 and 68 points, which is what Izzo points to as a bigger problem than the defense.

"Our biggest problem has been that we haven't scored enough, because we're just not making our shots, we missed a lot of good looks, and even though they shot a high percentage on film, it wasn't as bad in person on some of them, they were good shots, and had some hands in their face on some looks as well," said Izzo.

Chris Allen Injures Foot

Michigan State freshman guard Chris Allen will not play in Saturday's game against IPFW due to a bone bruise in his left foot.

Allen injured the foot in last week's contest at Bradley but he played through it in their next game against BYU as well, before finding swelling and discomfort.

"I guess he got kicked, stepped on and twisted all at the same time," said Tom Izzo. "It was sore, and it started to swell up, but his is more week-to-week but he will definitely miss this week and according to his swelling they will make a decision on a week to week basis."

With Allen out, Izzo noted that freshman Durrell Summers will get more playing time and get a chance play quality minutes with a larger role.

"The injury is a tough thing but we're going to try to move on and do what we can do with it," said Summers.

"We really need Chris, he brings a lot to the table, but we're just trying to stick with him, just make sure he stays focused," said Kalin Lucas

"Its huge, it's going to be a learning experience, a lot of guys are going to have to step up and it will be a challenge for us," said Raymar Morgan.


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