How to Watch Michigan State vs. Mississippi State Basketball: Live Stream & TV Channel Info – NCAA Tournament First Round

The No. 9 seed Michigan State Spartans (19-14) will aim to defeat the No. 8 seed Mississippi State Bulldogs (21-13) in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday at Spectrum Center. This contest tips off at 12:15 PM ET.

This matchup will be available on CBS, so check it out.

Spartans vs. Bulldogs Game Info

  • Date: Thursday, March 21, 2024
  • Time: 12:15 PM ET
  • TV: CBS
  • Live Stream: Stream NCAA men’s basketball on Paramount Plus and Hulu + Live TV
  • Where: Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Venue: Spectrum Center

Spartans Insights

  • Michigan State is scoring 73.1 points per game this season (189th-ranked in college basketball), but it has really provided a lift on defense, allowing just 65.9 points per contest (24th-best).
  • This season, the Spartans are pulling down 34.6 boards per game (219th-ranked in college basketball) and giving up 33.8 rebounds per contest (127th-ranked).
  • Michigan State ranks 26th in college basketball with 16.3 dimes per contest.
  • The Spartans are committing 9.3 turnovers per game (26th-ranked in college basketball). They are forcing 11.8 turnovers per contest (122nd-ranked).
  • Michigan State is draining 6.4 treys per game (279th-ranked in college basketball) this year, while owning a 35.9% three-point percentage (71st-ranked).
  • The Spartans are 207th in college basketball with 7.5 treys allowed per game this year. Meanwhile, they rank 130th with a 32.8% shooting percentage allowed from downtown.
  • Michigan State has taken 69.8% two-pointers and 30.2% from three-point land this season. Of the team’s baskets, 76.5% are two-pointers and 23.5% are threes.

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Bulldogs Insights

  • Mississippi State is 141st in college basketball in points scored (74.8 per game) and 90th in points conceded (69.1).
  • The Bulldogs are 49th in college basketball in rebounds per game (38.3) and 48th in rebounds allowed (32.5).
  • Mississippi State is 117th in the nation in assists (13.9 per game) in 2023-24.
  • The Bulldogs commit 12.3 turnovers per game and force 11.8 per game, ranking 281st and 122nd, respectively, in the nation.
  • Beyond the arc, Mississippi State is 209th in college basketball in 3-pointers made per game (7.2). It is 267th in 3-point percentage at 32.5%.
  • Defensively, the Bulldogs are 140th in the nation in 3-pointers conceded per game at 7. They are eighth-best in 3-point percentage conceded at 29.4%.
  • Mississippi State takes 61.8% percent of its shots from inside the arc, and 38.2% percent from beyond it. In terms of makes, 72.7% of Mississippi State’s baskets are 2-pointers, and 27.3% are 3-pointers.

Spartans Leaders

  • The scoring leader for the Spartans this season is Tyson Walker, who averages 18.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game.
  • Michigan State’s leading rebounder is Malik Hall averaging 5.6 boards per game and its best passer is A.J Hoggard and his 5.2 assists per game.
  • The Spartans get the most three-point shooting production out of Walker, who knocks down 1.8 threes per game.
  • The Michigan State steals leader is Walker, who averages 1.8 takeaways per game, while its blocks leader is Carson Cooper, who compiles 0.7 rejections per contest.

Bulldogs Leaders

  • Cameron Matthews leads the Bulldogs in rebounds and assists with 6.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.
  • Josh Hubbard scores 17.1 points per game, putting him at the top of the Mississippi State scoring leaderboard. He also grabs 2.1 rebounds and averages 1.7 assists per game.
  • Hubbard is dependable from distance and leads the Bulldogs with 3.1 made threes per game.
  • Matthews is at the top of the Mississippi State steals and blocks leaderboards with two steals per game and 0.7 blocks per game.
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