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Texas Southern vs. Michigan State: Spartans host Tigers in home opener

The Michigan State Spartans open their home schedule against the Texas Southern Tigers Sunday afternoon.

Kevin C. Cox

No. 21 Michigan State faces off with the Texas Southern Tigers of the SWAC Sunday in the Spartans' home opener.

Texas Southern marks Michigan State's first opponent not of a power conference, as the Spartans have faced the Connecticut Huskies and Kansas Jayhawks in their first two games of the season. It is the first of four non-power conference opponents before they travel to play the Miami Hurricanes on Nov. 28.

Guard Keith Appling has led Michigan State in scoring through the first two games, averaging 18 points per contest and adding 3.5 assists as well. Freshman Gary Harris has averaged 14.5 points to begin his NCAA career, while senior Derrick Nix leads the team in rebounding with 9.5 per game.

Texas Southern enters Sunday's contest at 1-2 after road losses to Boise State and Northwestern to begin the season. Raymond Penn is the leading scorer for the Tigers with 18.3 points and four assists per game.

Michigan State has not lost a home opener since 1975.

Time: 12:00 p.m. ET

Location: Breslin Center, East Lansing, Mich.