Sanders Returns from Suspension for Rutgers against No. 2 Michigan State

Another top-five opponent gets a shot at the struggling Rutgers basketball team tonight at the RAC when No. 2 Michigan State travels to Piscataway for the return of star freshman guard Corey Sanders from suspension.

Rutgers star freshman Corey Sanders returned to practice this week, and he is back tonight for the struggling Scarlet Knights against No. 2 Michigan State. No more fun on Twitter or street clothes on the bench, Sanders resumes his role as Eddie Jordan's keystone after his two-week suspension for a violation of team rules.

Rutgers (6-23, 0-16) was not competitive without Sanders in a four-game stretch and remains without a conference win with two left before the Big Ten tournament. Sanders leads Big Ten freshmen with 16.2 points per game, with two Player of the Week nods this season. 

Red-shirt freshman center Ibrahima Diallo makes his 2016 home debut for Rutgers after Jordan previously ruled him out for the season with a fractured foot. With Sanders and Diallo back, Rutgers has nine scholarship players available for the first time since a 34-point loss at George Washington.

The Scarlet Knights lost in similar fashion at Michigan State in January in a 96-62 final. Guards Sanders and Mike Williams combined for 35 points on 15-for-30 shooting while the Spartans' Denzel Valentine scored 20 with six assists and seven rebounds.

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