The state of Michigan wants Bama.
The Spartans open the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland with a Thanksgiving game against No. 18 Crimson Tide. From there, two more yet-to-be-determined opponents will enter one of the toughest periods of the season in Michigan on Friday and Sunday.
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- Who: 12th in Michigan (3-1) vs. 18th in Alabama (4-0)
- When: 10:30 p.m. ET, November 24th.
- Where: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon.
- Last line: Alabama -1
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Major cable TV providers
- Comcast: Channel 32/202 (HD) | Streaming
- Spectrum: Channel 34/773(HD) | Streaming
- Dish: channel 140 | Streaming
- DIRECTV: Channel 209 | Streaming
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Radio network: Spartan Media Network
- Branches: WJR-AM 760 Detroit; WJIM-AM 1240/WMMQ-FM 94.9 Lansing; 22 other Michigan affiliates are listed on MSUSpartans.com.
- Live streaming: MSUSpartans.com | application for iPhone | android application
- Satellite: Sirius Ch. 134; HM ch. 190; SiriusXM.com Ch. 961
• Michigan and Alabama have only met twice before, in 1998 against Michigan State 75-58 and in 1983 against Alabama State 81-69.
• Michigan State sophomore Jayden Akins is questionable for Thursday’s game after injuring his left foot late in the Spartans’ game against Villanova on Friday.
• Alabama freshman Brandon Miller is averaging 20.3 points per game, second on the team with 9.3 rebounds per game and 51.7 percent shooting from the field. On Monday, he was named Securities and Exchange Freshman of the Week.
• Michigan State will play Oregon or Connecticut on Friday in Game 2 of the PKI. On Sunday, the Spartans will play North Carolina, Villanova, Iowa State or Portland.
• Alabama coach Nate Oates spent 11 seasons as head coach at Romulus High School from 2002 to 2013 and won the 2013 MHSAA Class A state title at the Breslin Center. Previously, he worked as a coach at Michigan State basketball summer camps.
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