The Michigan State Spartans were easily one of the more pleasant surprises in the NCAA Tournament last season. The team entered as a seven seed and advanced all the way to the Final Four before falling to eventual champion Duke.
The team will have much higher expectations for themselves entering the 2015-16 season and they have a pretty tough schedule ahead of them. College Basketball Talk shared the team’s full non-conference schedule and of their thirteen games, six of them are played at home, six at neutral sites, and one road trip to Boston.
The Spartans open the season with home match-ups against Florida Atlantic (Nov 13), Arkansas Pine-Bluff (Nov 20), and Eastern Michigan (Nov 23). On November 17, the team plays Kansas in the Champions Classic in Chicago before heading to California to participate in the Wooden Legacy.
In Fullerton, the team takes on Boston College in the first round with either UC Irvine or Boise State, both NCAA Tournament participants, awaiting them in the second round. On the other side of the bracket is Arizona, a team that has made the Elite Eight in the last two seasons.
The team returns home to open the month of December with an 2015 Elite Eight rematch against Louisville as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on December 2. The Spartans then have three more home games against Binghamton (Dec 5), Maryland-Eastern Shore (Dec 9), and Florida (Dec 12).
The Spartans’ only road trip comes on December 19 when they travel to Boston to play the Northeastern Demons as part of a series that also involves the women’s basketball and hockey teams. The team closes out its non-conference slate with a December 22 match-up against Oakland in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
Izzo’s squad made the Final Four for the first time since 2010 last season. This year, they will be looking to make the Final Four for consecutive seasons for the first time since the 2009 and 2010 tournaments.
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