Michigan State vs. Rutgers highlights: College hoops on FOX

It’s a full day of men’s college basketball on FOX — and we’ve got you covered with all the action from start to finish!

Kicking things off, Michigan State (14-8) is taking on Rutgers (15-7) in a Big Ten showdown at Madison Square Garden.

Later, Illinois (16-6) will face Iowa (14-8) to jumpstart the afternoon slate, followed by No. 16 Xavier (18-5) playing host to St. John’s (14-9) in Cincinnati. Rounding out FOX’s Saturday action is Villanova (10-12) battling Creighton (14-8).

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Michigan State vs. Rutgers

Tough to gain momentum in the Big Ten

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo was asked to assess his team before the game, calling it “confusing” and explaining that it has been tough for the Spartans to gain a foothold because the Big Ten “is so amazing.”

“It gets so confusing because you don’t realize how good all the teams are,” he said, “… but also nobody’s maybe elite except for Purdue. And they are elite.”

A story of tragedy narrowly averted

In the lead-up to Michigan State-Rutgers, we tell the touching story of former Spartans assistant Mike Garland, who narrowly avoided tragedy thanks to the help of two complete strangers.

Said Izzo: “My friend is living because of these two guys.”

A battle on the court

Mowat Mag gave the Scarlet Knights and early lead with a corner 3.


AJ Hoggard flew in to deny Rutgers what looked like would be an easy basket.


Illinois at Iowa (2:30 p.m. ET)

Illinois Fighting Illini


Iowa Hawkeyes


St. John’s at Xavier (5 p.m. ET)

St. John’s Red Storm



Xavier Musketeers


Villanova at Creighton (7:30 p.m. ET)

Villanova Wildcats


Creighton Bluejays


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