Michigan State hoops to play closed scrimmage vs. SEC squad, per report
Michigan State men’s basketball added another opponent to the schedule, but fans won’t get the chance to cheer on the Spartans in this contest per MLive.com.
It was reported on Monday that Michigan State will meet Tennessee in a closed scrimmage prior to the start of the season in November.
Per NCAA rules, teams are allowed two exhibition games or one exhibition and one closed scrimmage prior to the start of a season. Closed scrimmages are not broadcast, and are closed to the public. NCAA rules also prohibit coaches and staff from talking about the scrimmages. Stats and results from the meeting are also not shared with the public.
This is the first time since 2019 that the Spartans will have a closed scrimmage. Michigan State took on Gonzaga behind closed doors in 2018 and 2019 but has since opted for the more open exhibition games instead.
The scrimmage will be the first real test for the Spartans, who are replacing 3 starters. Despite being an SEC basketball powerhouse, Tennessee is 2-5 against Michigan State in regular-season meetings and has lost three straight games.
The Spartans open the regular season on Nov. 7 against Northern Arizona.