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?
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 championship run. 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 people.”
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 performance.
“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.”