#14 Michigan State takes on #17 Illinois, seeks 5th straight road win

Michigan State Spartans (15-3, 6-1 Big Ten) at Illinois Fighting Illini (13-5, 6-2 Big Ten)

Champagne, Ill.; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: No. 14 Michigan State hits the road against No. 17 Illinois, which is looking to extend its four-game road winning streak.

The Fighting Illini are 8-2 at home. Illinois is fourth in the Big Ten with 37.6 percent shooting from deep, led by RJ Melendez with 66.7 percent shooting from 3-point range.

The Spartans are 6-1 in Big Ten play. Michigan State is third in the Big Ten with 36.3 rebounds per game led by Marcus Bingham with a 6.6 average.

The Fighting Illini and Spartans meet Tuesday for the first time in conference this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Kofi Cockburn is averaging 18.4 points per game and averaging 10.3 rebounds for the Fighting Illini. Alfonso Plummer is averaging 2.1 3-pointers in Illinois’ last 10 games.

Tyson Walker is averaging 7.1 points and 5.1 assists for the Spartans. Gabe Brown is averaging 9.3 points over the past 10 games for Michigan State.

LAST 10 GAMES: Fighting Illini: 7-3, averaged 81.4 points, 37.7 rebounds, 15.3 assists, 4.7 steals and 3.0 blocks per game while shooting 46.4 percent since ground. Their opponents are averaging 69.5 points per game.

Spartans: 9-1, averaged 77.8 points, 35.7 rebounds, 18.9 assists, 5.2 steals and 6.4 blocks per game while shooting 48.2 percent from the field. Their opponents average 68.6 points.

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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