Michigan State (6-1) coasted to a XX-XX win over No. 5 Notre Dame (6-1) at the Breslin Center in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Thursday night.
Josh Langford and Cassius Winston both scored 17 to lead the Spartans. Winston also tallied 7 assists and 5 rebounds. Miles
Bridges and Nick Ward both reached double figures with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Michigan State landed its second win over a top-10 opponent in a row before tipping off Big Ten play on Sunday against Nebraska.
Michigan State-Notre Dame basketball recap, score
Michigan State 74, Notre Dame 59 (H2, 3:37): Michigan State kept staving off Notre Dame at every opportunity, and the Irish didn’t help themselves. Whenever they inched
closer, they would miss a free throw, mishandle a pass or give up an open jumper.
Michigan State 63, Notre Dame 51 (H2, 7:09): Michigan State continued to weather the Notre Dame storm. Jaren Jackson Jr. returned to the game, hit a 3-pointer and then
promptly exited with his fourth foul on an attempted block of Bonzie Colson. Tom Izzo wasn’t happy at all with the call. The
Spartans’ turnover number rose to 12.
Michigan State 57, Notre Dame 46 (H2, 11:29): Notre Dame succeeded in slowing the game down and forcing Michigan State to score with half-court offense. It’s a lot easier
to do that when your own shots begin falling. The Irish got their pick-and-roll game going, and with Jaren Jackson Jr. on
the bench, Michigan State didn’t have the length to bother Notre Dame around the rim. But Josh Langford kept hitting one-dribble
pull-up shots to keep Michigan State ahead.
Michigan State 48, Notre Dame 38 (H2, 16:36): Michigan State came out with less defensive focus, and Notre Dame capitalized. A Matt Farrell step-back 3-pointer over Cassius
Winston gave him his first points of the game and cut the Irish deficit to 10. It didn’t help that Jaren Jackson Jr. got called
for a charge very early, sending him back to the bench with 3 fouls.
Michigan State 46, Notre Dame 26 (H1, 0:00): At the half, Michigan State had the edge in just about every category: offensive rebounds, bench points, turnovers, points
off turnovers, shooting percentage, etc. Josh Langford led the way with 12 points. Take a look.
Michigan State 41, Notre Dame 22 (H1, 3:06): Michigan State got a little sloppy and saw its turnover count jump to 4, but Notre Dame didn’t get a single field goal off
of those turnovers. On the other side, Michigan State scored 9 points off of Notre Dame’s 5 turnovers. After a rough start
to the regular season from the free throw line, the Spartans started 6 for 6.
Michigan State 33, Notre Dame 15 (H1, 7:55): Nick Ward’s early performance must have impressed his coaches. He had 3 offensive rebounds in the early-going while Notre
Dame had 5 total rebounds. The Spartans dominated on the glass, rebounding 5 of their first 9 misses. Langford hit double
digits first, with 10 points to his name.
Michigan State 27, Notre Dame 11 (H1, 10:49): Michigan State continued to get out in transition and find its shooters on the wing. Notre Dame kept jumping, so Matt McQuaid
and Josh Langford utilized the pump fake to get themselves open looks. The Spartans opened up shooting 61.5 percent from the
field compared to 37.5 percent from Notre Dame.
Michigan State 14, Notre Dame 8 (H1, 15:40): Michigan State got off to the exact type of start it wanted against a slower Notre Dame team, getting out in transition for
an alley-oop to Miles Bridges and a layup from Josh Langford, among other things. Jaren Jackson Jr. frustrated Bonzie Colson
with his length, blocking a turnaround jumper. The Irish eventually switched to a 2-3 zone to try to slow the Spartans down
and stop their transition.
Michigan State 0, Notre Dame 0 (H1, 20:00): Michigan State started its usual five of Cassius Winston, Josh Langford, Miles Bridges, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Nick Ward.
Notre Dame stayed consistent as well, going with Matt Farrell, Rex Pflueger, TJ Gibbs, Bonzie Colson and Martinas Geben.
Michigan State 0, Notre Dame 0 (H1, 20:00): Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said on his pregame show that Matt McQuaid continues to be bothered by the arch of his foot,
which he sprained against UConn last week. Kenny Goins could play, but it’s unlikely he would get significant minutes unless
the Spartans desperately need him.
Michigan State-Notre Dame basketball: Game time, information
Michigan State and Notre Dame play at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 30.
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Date: Thursday, Nov. 30
Location: Breslin Center, East Lansing, Mich.
How can I watch the Michigan State-Notre Dame basketball game online?
Michigan State and Notre Dame will be broadcast on ESPN.
WatchESPN will have the live stream. You can also stream the game from your
Karl Ravech and Jay Bilas will call the game.
How can I listen to the Michigan State-Notre Dame basketball game on the radio?
Michigan State and Notre Dame can be heard over the 38-affiliate
Spartan Sports Network, including flagship stations WMMQ-FM (94.9)/WJIM-AM (1240) in Lansing and WJR-AM (760) in Detroit.
Will Tieman and Matt Steigenga will have the call.
Michigan State-Notre Dame basketball preview
Michigan State’s confidence is sky-high coming off of a PK80 Invitational championship run in Portland, Ore. The Spartans
held their three opponents (DePaul, UConn and North Carolina) to 31.9 percent shooting on 2-pointers and 21.4 percent shooting
on 3-pointers. They also got career-high scoring outings from Langford, guard Matt McQuaid (20 against DePaul) and point guard
Cassius Winston (28 against UConn).
“We won a championship for two reasons,” coach Tom Izzo said Tuesday. “One: Our defense and rebounding, I thought, were at
a pretty high level against a couple of pretty good teams and one real good team. No. 2: We got production from different
Now Michigan State will take on another team that just won a tournament title. Notre Dame took down Wichita State to win the
Maui Invitational on Wednesday, Nov. 22, and hasn’t played since. The Irish jumped eight spots in The Associated Press Top
25 on Monday.
Coach Mike Brey’s team is led by Bonzie Colson, a 6-foot-6 forward who averages 20 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. He will
go up against Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson Jr., whose length frustrated North Carolina star Luke Maye into a 3 for 13 shooting
“Jaren didn’t score as many points but man, he’s had to make so many adjustments,” Izzo said. “He had to guard Maye, who can
score from everywhere. He was averaging 20 points a game. I thought he did a phenomenal job on him, and now he’s going to
have a real All-American that you can appreciate, because here’s a 6-6 kid that just does a lot of things well and doesn’t
do anything beyond what he can do.”
Defense doesn’t appear to be the issue. Michigan State’s problems — if it has any problems — stem from its offense. The Spartans
failed to score 80 points in any of their games in Portland after doing so in each of the first three games of the season.
After a season-low 8 turnovers against UConn, they coughed it up 24 times against North Carolina.
“We just want to get better in all aspects, especially offense,” star wing Miles Bridges said. “Our defense is coming around,
but our offense is really struggling, so we want to fix that.”
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