Matchup analysis and a prediction

James Madison’s Terrence Edwards, a 6-6 wing, is the Dukes’ top offensive player.

• What: Michigan State vs. James Madison

• When: 8:30 p.m. Monday

• Where: Breslin Center, East Lansing

• TV/Radio: Big Ten Network/Spartan Sports Network radio, including WJIM 1240-AM and WMMQ 94.9-FM; Sirius/XM Ch. 195

• Records/Rankings: This is the season opener for both teams. MSU is ranked No. 4 in both the preseason Associated Press and Coaches polls. James Madison is unranked.

• Vegas Line: MSU -16.5

• Coaches: MSU — Tom Izzo is 687-280 beginning his 29th season as a head coach, all with the Spartans. James Madison — Mark Byington is 188-133 beginning his 11th season as a collegiate head coach, including 50-32 entering his fourth season with the Dukes.

• Series: This is the first meeting ever between the two programs.

Projected lineups

MSU

C (22) Mady Sissoko (6-9) 5.1 (2022-23 stats)

F (25) Malik Hall (6-8) 8.9

G (3) Jaden Akins (6-4) 9.8

G (2) Tyson Walker (6-1) 14.8

PG (11) AJ Hoggard (6-4) 12.9

James Madison

F (22) Julien Wooden (6-8) 8.4

F (11) Justin Amadi (6-7) 4.9

G/F (2) Terrence Edwards (6-6) 13.3

SG (1) Noah Freidel (6-4) 8.7

PG (4) Bryant Randleman (6-4) 8.7*

*At previous school

• MSU update: The Spartans begin a highly anticipated season, returning five players with substantial starting experience while introducing the program’s most heralded freshman class in seven years. MSU is coming off a 21-13 season and fourth-place finish in the Big Ten, before an NCAA tournament run that ended in the Sweet 16. The Spartans will be without big man Jaxon Kohler perhaps until Christmas with a foot injury. Otherwise, MSU starts the season healthy, with two home games this week — against James Madison and Southern Indiana — before a trip to Chicago for a Champions Classic date with Duke next week.

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Author : Lansing State Journal

Publish date : 2023-11-06 01:51:20

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