MSU MBB announces 2021 schedule


MSU guard Gabe Brown attempts a 3-pointer/ Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

Nathan Stearns, Sports Broadcast Director

EAST LANSING— Michigan State now knows who it will be facing in 2021.

The Spartans are scheduled to kick off the 2021 season with two home exhibition games on Oct. 27 vs. Ferris State and Nov. 4 vs. Grand Valley State. Their regular season will begin in New York against Kansas on Nov. 9 in the annual Champion’s Classic Tournament before heading back home on Nov. 12 to face off against Western Michigan.

The rest of MSU’s 2021 schedule is listed below (away games are bolded and neutral sight games are in italics):

Nov. 17: @Butler

Nov. 20: vs. Eastern Michigan

Nov. 24: vs. Loyola Chicago (Battle 4 Atlantis)

Nov. 25: vs. Auburn/ UConn (Battle 4 Atlantis)

Nov. 26: vs. Arizona State/Baylor/Syracuse/VCU (Battle 4 Atlantis)

Dec. 1: vs. Louisville

Dec. 4 vs. Toledo

Dec. 8: @Minnesota

Dec. 11: vs. Penn State

Dec. 21: vs. Oakland (Detroit)

Dec. 29: vs. High Point

Jan. 2: @Northwestern

Jan. 5: vs. Nebraska

Jan. 8: @Michigan

Jan. 12: vs. Minnesota

Jan. 15: vs. Northwestern

Jan. 21: @Wisconsin

Jan. 25: @Illinois

Jan. 29: vs. Michigan

Feb. 1: @Maryland

Feb. 5: @Rutgers

Feb. 8: vs. Wisconsin

Feb. 12: vs. Indiana

Feb. 15: @Penn State

Feb. 19: vs. Illinois

Feb. 22: @Iowa

Feb. 26: vs. Purdue

March 3: @Ohio State

March 6: vs. Maryland


The 2022 Big Ten tournament is scheduled from March 9-13 in Indianapolis, Indiana, at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. MSU will be looking to rebound from an up-and-down 2020-21 season that saw them only register a 15-13 overall record, as well as a 9-11 conference record, the first time that head coach Tom Izzo ever sustained a losing record in conference play in one season.

Despite knocking off No. 5 Ohio State, No. 4 Illinois and No. 2 Michigan in late February and early March, the Spartans fell to Maryland 68-57 in the first round of the Big Ten tournament and UCLA in overtime 86-80 in their first four matchup of the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

Five-star freshman guard/forward Max Christie, as well as four-star forward Pierre Brooks and four-star guard Jaden Akins, are expected to play large roles for the Spartans in 2021. In addition, the Spartans added former Northeastern point guard Tyson Walker via the transfer portal on March 29.

During his two seasons at Northeastern, Walker averaged 13.6 points a game and started in 48 games. In 2020-21, he averaged 18.8 points and 4.8 assists a game for the Huskies and was selected as the Colonial Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

No start times have been announced for the scheduled 2021 games.