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Michigan State Basketball Gameday: Spartans face Western Michigan on short turnaround

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GAME INFORMATION

Who: No. 8 Michigan State (4-0) vs. Western Michigan (0-1)

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Breslin Center, East Lansing

TV: Big Ten Network (Brandon Gaudin, Robbie Hummel)

Radio: Spartan Sports Network, WJIM-AM (1240)/WMMQ-FM (94.9) in Lansing, WJR-AM (760) in Detroit, Sirius Ch. 206, XM Ch. 195 (Streaming 957)

Line: Michigan State -25

Twitter: Follow Kyle Austin

GAME NOTES

• Western Michigan has played one game this season, a 66-62 loss to Butler in its season-opener. The Broncos’ two games since then have both been canceled: a game against Division 2 Trine and a Wednesday game at Notre Dame.

• Sophomore guard B. Artis White led the Broncos in their opener with 17 points. He is the son of former Spartans basketball player Benny White, who was the team’s assist leader in 1976-87.

• Through four games, Michigan State has three players averaging double-digits scoring, eight players scoring at least 5.0 points per game and nine players playing at least 10.0 minutes per game.

• Spartans senior guard Joshua Langford missed Michigan State’s Friday game against Detroit Mercy due to a knee injury but is expected to return against Western Michigan. Spartans junior forward Joey Hauser also missed the last seven minutes against Detroit Mercy due to what Tom Izzo called a bruised knee.

• Michigan State played Western Michigan on Dec. 29 of last year. Foster Loyer started in place of Cassius Winston in that game and scored a career-high 16 points to help the Spartans win, 95-62. Before last year, the Spartans and Broncos hadn’t played since 1998.

PRE-GAME LINKS

Michigan State glad to get lesson – but not loss – in scare vs. Detroit Mercy

Knee injuries force Michigan State’s Joshua Langford, Joey Hauser to bench

Michigan State escapes Detroit Mercy behind 23 from Rocket Watts

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