After nine days off, the Michigan State basketball team is set to get back to playing as it faces No. 11 Minnesota at 2 p.m.
The Spartans have won five straight at Williams Arena, but this Minnesota team might be the best Tubby Smith has had.
The Gophers have lost only once and that was to Duke, the No. 1 team in the nation. The guards are solid, led by Andre Hollins and Austin Hollins while Rodney Williams is a dynamic forward. Trevor Mbakwe is also back for one more season, and while he isn’t 100 percent following knee surgery, he’s getting close.
This will no doubt be a big test for Michigan State to open the Big Ten season. It will also be interesting to watch the rotation in the Spartans’ first game without Brandan Kearney, the guard from Detroit who announced last week that he is transferring.