The 2014-15 Michigan State basketball schedule was released on Thursday. And as usual, true to Tom Izzo form, the non conference part of the schedule is a tough one, one which includes the first six of eight games being played away from East Lansing, as well a games against Duke, Notre Dame and likely match ups with Marquette and Kansas. The schedule even includes an exhibition match up with The Master’s College, the school which former Spartan basketball player Russell Byrd transferred to this offseason.
“Our schedule will provide a tough test right out of the gates,” Izzo said in a press release. “With the potential of playing two Top 10 teams in the first few weeks of the season, we’ll have a good early gauge of where our team stands… We’ve had a great summer as a team, and I’m excited about coaching this group of dedicated and hard-working young men this upcoming season.”
Listed below is the complete 2014-15 schedule. Games listed in ALL CAPS indicate home game.
Mon. 3 THE MASTER’S COLLEGE (exhibition) East Lansing, Mich. TBA <—Russell Byrd plays for them!
Fri. 7 ST. CLOUD STATE (exhibition) East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Fri. 14 at Navy (CBS Sports Network) Annapolis, Md. 9 p.m.
Tues. 18 vs. Duke (Champions Classic) (ESPN) Indianapolis, Ind. 7 p.m.
Fri. 21 LOYOLA (CHICAGO) East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Mon. 24 SANTA CLARA East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Thurs. 27 vs. Rider (ESPN2) Kissimmee, Fla. 6:30 p.m.
Fri. 28 vs. Georgia Tech/Marquette (ESPNU/ESPN2) Kissimmee, Fla. 6:30/9 p.m.
Sun. 30 vs. Kansas/Rhode Island/Santa Clara/Tennessee (TBA) Kissimmee, Fla. TBA
Wed. 3 at Notre Dame (ACC/Big Ten Challenge) (ESPN2) Notre Dame, Ind. 7:15 p.m.
Sat. 6 ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Sun. 14 OAKLAND East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Wed. 17 EASTERN MICHIGAN East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Sat. 20 TEXAS SOUTHERN East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Mon. 22 THE CITADEL East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Tues. 30 MARYLAND East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Mon. 5 INDIANA East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Thurs. 8 at Iowa Iowa City, Iowa TBA
Sun. 11 NORTHWESTERN East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Sat. 17 at Maryland College Park, Md. TBA
Wed. 21 PENN STATE East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Sat. 24 at Nebraska Lincoln, Neb. TBA
Tues. 27 at Rutgers Piscataway, N.J. TBA
Sun. 1 MICHIGAN East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Sat. 7 ILLINOIS East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Tues. 10 at Northwestern Evanston, Ill. TBA
Sat. 14 OHIO STATE East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Tues. 17 at Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. TBA
Sun. 22 at Illinois Champaign, Ill. TBA
Thurs. 26 MINNESOTA East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Sun. 1 at Wisconsin Madison, Wis. TBA
Wed. 4 PURDUE East Lansing, Mich. TBA
Sat. 7 at Indiana Bloomington, Ind. TBA
Wed.-Sun. 11-15 Big Ten Tournament Chicago, Ill.
Tues.-Wed. 17-18 NCAA Tournament – First Round
Thur.-Sun. 19-22 NCAA Tournament – Second & Third Rounds
Thur.-Sun. 26-29 NCAA Tournament – Regionals
Sat. & Mon. 4 & 6 NCAA Final Four Indianapolis, Ind.