EAST LANSING, Mich. â€“ The Michigan State menâ€™s basketball team will face Texas in the fifth-annual Dickâ€™s Sporting Goods Spartan Clash, on Saturday, Dec. 22 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The game between the Spartans and Longhorns will tip-off at 6:30 p.m. and be televised by ESPN2. Tickets for the 2007 Spartan Clash go on sale Friday, Sept. 28 at www.palacenet.com, the Palaceâ€™s box office and all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 248-645-6666. Following the MSU-UT game, Oakland and Oregon will meet in the second game of the doubleheader.
The Spartans are 3-1 in Spartan Clash history, having won the last three. Last year, MSU defeated BYU, 76-61, and collected victories over Stanford in 2004 and Wichita State in 2005. Oklahoma defeated Michigan State, 80-77 in overtime, in the first year of the Clash.
Last year, the Spartans defeated the Longhorns, 63-61, in the Coaches Vs. Cancer tournament. Despite losing Kevin Durant, the No. 2 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, UT returns its next seven top scorers and is ranked No. 18 by ESPN.comâ€™s Andy Katz in his preseason top 25.