Aug 26, 2013
Allendale, Mich. - It was recently announced that the Grand Valley State men's basketball team will play an exhibition game at Michigan State to kick off the 2013-14 season. The Lakers will travel to East Lansing, Mich. to take on the Spartans on Oct. 29. Gametime has yet to be determined.
"We're very excited and appreciative of Michigan State to give us this opportunity," said 10th year head coach Ric Wesley. "Obviously Michigan State is one of the top teams in the country and it's always exciting to play in the Breslin Center. Coach Izzo has been a great friend of our program and we're really looking forward to the challenge."
The upcoming match-up will be the fifth time that GVSU has faced off with Michigan State during Wesley's tenure. Grand Valley State pulled off a major upset during the 2007-08 season, knocking off #8 MSU in an exhibition game by an 85-82 score in double overtime. The two teams have not played each other in an exhibition game since the 2009-10 season.
Wesley continues to schedule quality Division I opponents for exhibition contests. In addition to taking on Michigan State a number of times, the Lakers have traveled to Cincinnati, Iowa State, Dayton, Utah, Detroit, and Michigan for preseason games since Wesley took over the program in 2004-05.
Last season, Grand Valley State finished the year with a 19-9 overall record and a 15-7 conference mark, just one game shy of a share for the league title. GVSU returns nine letterwinners from the 2012-13 team, including junior guard Ryan Sabin, who led the team with 10.8 points per game. The Lakers advanced to the semifinals of the GLIAC Tournament last year.
Michigan State finished 2012-13 with a 27-9 record, going 13-5 in Big Ten play. The Spartans advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen before falling to Duke. MSU's Breslin Center is always a tough atmosphere in which to play; last year, the Spartans were 17-1 on their home floor.