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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Citadel at Michigan St
When: 6:00 PM ET, Monday, December 22, 2014
Where: Jack Breslin Student Events Center, East Lansing, Michigan

Michigan State can expect to drop out of the Top 25 as it attempts to bounce back from a shocking loss in Monday's home game against The Citadel. On paper, it shapes up as a mismatch for the Spartans, but the same held true Saturday, when Texas Southern stunned No. 22 Michigan State in overtime. "I'm going to find out what the NCAA will legally allow me to practice (Sunday), and then I'm going to probably exceed it," Spartans coach Tom Izzo said.

Even though Michigan State was without big man Branden Dawson (wrist) and endured one of its worst shooting performances Saturday, Izzo took responsibility for the defeat. "That loss falls strictly on me," Izzo said. "My job is to get a team ready to play." The Bulldogs are 4-6 and have yet to win a true road game, but nearly pulled off a major upset Saturday, leading by five points at halftime before falling at Virginia Tech 64-61.

TV: 6 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network Plus

ABOUT THE CITADEL (4-6): Junior guard Ashton Moore rebounded from his lowest output of the season - a seven-point outing versus Chattanooga - with his highest, knocking down a career-high seven 3-pointers and scoring 27 points against Virginia Tech. It marked the third time in eight games that the Bulldogs' leading scorer has connected on at least five 3-pointers, and he also snared a season-high eight rebounds. Center P.J. Horgan, the team's leading scorer, had six rebounds and three blocks Saturday but was held to five points.

ABOUT MICHIGAN STATE (8-4): The Spartans entered Saturday's contest leading the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (44.4 percent) but they couldn't overcome a 4-for-21 effort from long range - "You live by the 3, you die by the 3," Izzo said - and the absence of Dawson, who will sit out again Monday. One of the few bright spots was the play of reserve forward Matt Costello, who scored a career-high 17 points to go with 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. Costello is averaging 13.3 points over his last four games.

TIP-INS

1. The Spartans continue to labor at the free-throw line, shooting 59.4 percent in five games this month.

2. The Citadel has dropped 18 in a row on the road and hasn't beaten a team from a power conference since the 1988-89 season.

3. Michigan State G Travis Trice averages 13.5 points but has been held to 8.3 points on 10-of-31 shooting over the past three games.

PREDICTION: Michigan State 72, The Citadel 60
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Citadel 4-6 L2 4-1 0-3 0-2 2-3 2-3 0-1
Michigan St 8-4 L1 5-1 1-1 2-2 1-2 7-2 0-0
Last Meeting
Citadel Michigan St
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/7/09 MSU 69 CIT 56 56 16 38.8 69 35 54.8
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Citadel C. Wells 16 38.5 5
Michigan St K. Lucas 17 66.7 4
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Citadel Z. Urbanus 6 0 6
Michigan St R. Morgan 10 2 8
Assists Player  
Citadel C. Wells 5
Michigan St K. Lucas 6
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Citadel A. Moore 171 38.7 24
Michigan St D. Valentine 170 46.8 21
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Citadel P. Horgan 67 26 41
Michigan St B. Dawson 85 28 57
Assists Player  
Citadel W. Sledge 37
Michigan St T. Trice 66
Quickchart Matchup
Citadel Off vs  Michigan St Defense
58.0 Points For
60.6 Points Against
42.9 FG%
37.5 FG%
24.6 Reb
27.4 Reb
Michigan St Off vs  Citadel Defense
74.4 Points For
64.3 Points Against
48.5 FG%
47.7 FG%
27.4 Reb
28.1 Reb