INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 11: Draymond Green #23 of the Michigan State Spartans reacts in the second half against the Purdue Boilermakers during the quarterfinals of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 11, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Michigan State won 74-56. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
The Michigan State Spartans host the UMKC Kangaroos on Monday night as they look to win their 10th consecutive game before Big Ten play starts next week.
The Michigan State Spartans began their season with two consecutive losses, but Tom Izzo's men's basketball team has rebounded quite well. The Spartans will look to improve to 10-2 on the season Monday night as they host the UMKC Kangaroos at 8:30 p.m. in a game that will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
The Spartans schedule hasn't been all that difficult following the team's season-opening losses to the Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels -- the No. 23 Gonzaga Bulldogs have been their only other ranked opponent -- but Michigan State has taken care of business regardless.
Senior forward Draymond Green is nearly averaging a double-double for the Spartans with 15.9 points and 9.7 rebounds to lead Michigan State in both categories while Keith Appling and Brandon Wood are also averaging double-figures in points with just over ten per game apiece.
The Kangaroos, hailing from Missouri-Kansas City, are led by senior guard Reggie Chamberlain and his 19 points per contest. Kirk Korver, the younger brother of NBA sharpshooter Kyle, averages 6.6 points and a team-high 4.8 rebounds for the Kangaroos.
The Spartans will play Lehigh on Thursday before their first Big Ten opponent, the Indiana Hoosiers, visit next Wednesday.