Spartans Head to California for the Wooden Legacy

Coming off an 89-65 win over Eastern Michigan earlier this week, No.3 Michigan State heads west to participate in the Wooden Legacy, where the Spartans look to improve upon their 4-0 record.

This Thanksgiving, one could assume that many Spartans are thankful for the success of their men’s basketball team. But Boston College, one could bet, is not, as MSU will take on BC on Turkey Day at 6:30 p.m. EST.

Something on everybody’s watch will be the man, the myth, the legend himself: Tom Izzo. MSU’s next win will be Izzo’s 500th of his career (would become 91st coach to record at least 500 wins).

If State wins, they play the winner of Boise State vs. UC-Irvine. If the Spartans were to be upset, they would play the loser of the aforementioned game. The Wooden Legacy is a three-game tournament with eight teams.

If everything goes according to plan, MSU will end up playing Pac-12 powerhouse No. 11 Arizona in the title game (Sunday, November 29, 10:00 p.m. EST on ESPN2), which would be an intriguing matchup on a number of different levels.

But let’s focus on the task at hand: Boston College. Eli Carter, a graduate transfer from Florida last season, leads the Eagles in scoring, averaging 18.7 points per game. Matt Costello, Deyonta Davis and possibly Gavin Schilling (turf toe) will have their hands full with containing senior center Dennis Clifford, who averages 10.7 rebounds per game early in this season.

BC leads the all-time series between the two schools, holding a slight 3-2 advantage over the Spartans. The Eagles have also won their first three games by an average of 21 points. Seeing if the Spartan defense can shut the Eagles down will be interesting to watch.

STAT OF THE GAME: Michigan State owns a whopping +23.8 rebounding margin, leading both the Big Ten and the nation, much thanks to freshman Deyonta Davis who is averaging seven rebounds per game off the bench.