UPDATE" #1 Michigan State vs Albion Official Game Thread SPARTANS WIN!

#1 Michigan State Spartan Basketball vs Albion Official Game Thread
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Breslin Center

East Lansing

The #1 Michigan State Spartan basketball team opened the much-anticipated 2019-2020 season tonight here at the Breslin Center.  While this game is only an exhibition against Albion and two of Cassius Winston's brothers, it still matters.

Izzo said that his starting lineup will be:

PG Cassius Winston

SG Mark "ROCKET" Watts

G Aaron Henry

F Thomas Kithier

C Xavier Tillman

But the Spartans expect to play their entire team tonight.  Izzo is looking for a Spark and someone to take two spots.  

In this game thread, we will have constant updates from our courtside seats, halftime and post-game press conferences.  Should you have any questions on the game or what is happening please comment below and we will get right on it.  Also, comment along as the night goes on talking about the game with Spartans from around the nation.

This is the first time in program history that the Spartans open the season as the #1 team in the AP poll.  An honor not lost on Izzo and his team.

The game tips off at 7 p.m. and will air live on BTN Plus.

UPDATE:  6:43 PM Zach Winston, brother of Cassius is OUT for the game and will not play for Albion.

The Winston Brothers!

The Winston Brothers!

UPDATE: 7:09 PM ET 1st media timeout of the ball game. #1 MSU leads Albion 11-6. The Spartans have 2 turnovers to Albion's 1. Xavier Tillman is the leading MSU scorer with 4 points. Rebounds are MSU 7 Albion 5. 15:07 1st half.

UPDATE: 7:19 PM ET 1st media timeout of the ball game. #1 MSU leads Albion 18-16. The Spartans have 4 turnovers to Albion's 1. Xavier Tillman is the leading MSU scorer with 6 points. Rebounds are MSU 10 Albion 8. 11:04 1st half.

UPDATE: 7:25 PM ET 3rd media timeout of the ball game. #1 MSU leads Albion 25-16. The Spartans have 5 turnovers to Albion's 3. Xavier Tillman is the leading MSU scorer with 11 points. Rebounds are MSU 15 Albion 11. 7:38 1st half.

UPDATE: 7:35 PM ET FINAL media timeout of the first half. #1 MSU leads Albion 34-20. The Spartans have 7 turnovers to Albion's 4. Xavier Tillman is the leading MSU scorer with 11 points. Rebounds are MSU 21 Albion 12. 3:56 1st half.

7:48 pm ET HALFTIME UPDATE AND STATS:

HALFTIME MSU V ALBION

UPDATE: 8:11 PM ET 1st media timeout of the 2ND HALF. #1 MSU leads Albion 50-27. The Spartans have 11 turnovers to Albion's 11. Xavier Tillman is the leading MSU scorer with 11 points. The rebounds are MSU 36 Albion 20. 15:47 1st half.

UPDATE: 8:21 PM ET 2nd media timeout of the 2ND HALF. #1 MSU leads Albion 58-36. The Spartans have 12 turnovers to Albion's 13. Xavier Tillman is the leading MSU scorer with 11 points. The rebounds are MSU 40 Albion 25. 11:33 1st half.

UPDATE: 8:29 PM ET 3rd media timeout of the 2ND HALF. #1 MSU leads Albion 69-36. The Spartans have 12 turnovers to Albion's 15. Xavier Tillman is the leading MSU scorer with 11 points. The rebounds are MSU 46 Albion 26. 7:53 1st half.

UPDATE: 8:29 PM ET FINAL media timeout of the GAME. #1 MSU leads Albion 84-45. The Spartans have 14 turnovers to Albion's 18. Xavier Tillman is the leading MSU scorer with 19 points. The rebounds are MSU 51 Albion 27. 3:20 1st half.

FINAL SCORE MSU 85-50.  FINAL STATS:

MSU vs Albion FINAL

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