Opponent Preview: Michigan State

Minnesota looks to end Michigan State's five-game winning streak on Wednesday. Tip-off at Williams Arena is set for 7:30 p.m. and will be televised by the Big Ten Network.

Minnesota (17-10, 5-9) vs. No. 6 Michigan State (22-5, 11-3)
Minneapolis, Minn. – Williams Arena
7:30 p.m. CT – Big Ten Network (Gus Johnson, Shon Morris)

Quotable

"I wouldn't say I'm a scoring machine. I'd say it's more doing my job, being efficient and knocking down shots that I'm supposed to knock down, when we need them." – Spartans shooting guard Austin Thornton

"I mean you don't even appreciate what he does, because sometimes he doesn't score, he doesn't rebound, he doesn't make an assist. But just the fact that he has the ball, people have to cover you different. And maybe it's a hockey assist. Maybe he hits the guy that hits another guy (who scores)." – MSU head coach Tom Izzo of forward Draymond Green

PREGAME NOTES

Since the Last Meeting: Michigan State enters Wednesday's contest with a 22-5 (11-3 Big Ten) record. The Spartans are riding a five-game winning streak following a loss to Illinois (42-41) on January 31. During the streak, MSU has knocked off three top-25 teams; No. 23 Michigan (64-54), No. 3 Ohio State (58-48) and No. 15 Wisconsin (69-55).

Coaching Preview: Tom Izzo is in his 17th season with the Spartans and has amassed a record of 405–166. He is known for his post-season success, which includes one national title, six Final Four appearances, and two Big Ten tournament championships. The six Final Four appearances have come within the past 12 seasons. Against the Golden Gophers, Izzo holds a 24-8 record.

Last Meeting: Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo won his 400th career game as MSU defeated Minnesota, 68-52, on Jan. 25, 2012, in East Lansing. Draymond Green led the Spartans with 22 points and 14 rebounds while Rodney Williams scored 15 points for the Gophers off the bench.

Series History: The Spartans hold the all-time series lead by a tally of 62-57 over the Golden Gophers. Michigan State has won 11 of the last 12 meetings against Minnesota.

Exclusive Company: The last time a team in one of the power six conferences had a player average 15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists was in the 1996-97 season. That player was Wake Forest's Tim Duncan. Draymond Green is averaging 15.4 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists. Duncan averaged 20.8 points, 14.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists as a senior.

Projected Starters:
C 5 Adreian Payne (6-10, 240, So.) - 6.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg
F 23 Draymond Green (6-7, 230, Sr.) - 15.4 ppg, 10.5 rpg
G 22 Branden Dawson (6-6, 220, Fr.) – 8.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg
G 13 Austin Thornton (6-5, 210, r-Sr.) - 5.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg
G 11 Keith Appling (6-1, 190, So.) – 12.0 ppg, 3.8 apg

Background:
Location: East Lansing, Michigan
Enrollment: 47,800
Conference: Big Ten
Mascot: Spartan
Coach: Tom Izzo (17th Season)


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