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BYU faces another stiff test, takes on Michigan State

Dec 8, 2007 - 2:38 PM No. 10 Michigan St (7-1) at No. 22 BYU (7-1) 4:00 pm EST

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Ticker) -- No. 22 Brigham Young continues its challenging early season schedule as it faces No. 10 Michigan State on Saturday.

For the Cougars, it will be their third game against a team ranked in the top 10 in a 15-day stretch. BYU's only loss to date was a 83-73 decision to top-ranked North Carolina.

Swingman Trent Plaisted leads the Cougars in scoring (17.6 points per game) and rebonding (9.4). The 6-11 junior had 24 points and 17 rebounds against the Tar Heels and a 21-point, 12-rebound effort against then-No. 6 Lousiville.

Sophomore forward Jonathan Tavernari is averaging 15.8 points and 6-7 junior guard Lee Cummard 14.1 for BYU.

The Spartans have won four straight since only loss to then-No. 1 UCLA, including a 66-61 win at Bradley on Tuesday in their first road game of the season.

Sophomore forward Raymar Morgan leads a Michigan State team that returned its entire starting lineup, averaging a team-high 17.6 points along with 7.9 rebounds per contest. Senior guard Drew Neitzel averages 14.1 points and junior center Goran Suton 8.9 points and 8.5 rebounds.

The all-time series is tied, 4-4, with Michigan State winning the last meeting, 76-61, last December at the Spartan Clash in Detroit. That game marked the first between the teams since the 1986-87 season.