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Hour Until Tip-off

The players are warming up and the stands are starting to fill. Here are a few quick notes on both teams heading into tonight's match-up:

1) Junior guard Greivis Vasquez is 22 points away from becoming the 47th player in Maryland history to reach 1,000 career points. With a solid game against the Spartans, Vasquez could reach the plateau tonight.

2) Michigan State center Goran Suton is highly unlikely to play tonight as he is suffering from ailments in both knees. His replacement in the starting lineup would be 6-foot-8 senior forward Marquise Gray.

3) Maryland is averaging 14 turnovers per game, while forcing opponents to commit 20 turnovers per game. Michigan State, on the other hand, is averaging 9.5 turnovers per game and forcing opponents to commit 17.5 turnovers per game. The turnover category might be one to keep an eye on tonight.

4) The Spartans hold a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series between these two programs. The teams have split two neutral site games -- Michigan State beat the Terps in the Sweet 16 of the 2003 NCAA tournament, while Maryland exacted some revenge with a win in the 2006 2K Sports College Hoops Classic championship game in Madison Square Garden.

5) The Old Spice Classic marks the fifth straight year Maryland and Michigan State have played in the same in-season tournament. However, this will be just the second time they actually have played each other in said tournaments. The Terps and Spartans both have played in the 2004 BB&T Classic, the 2005 Maui Invitational, the 2006 2K Sports College Hoops Classic, the 2007 CBE Classic and the 2008 Old Spice Classic.

By the way, Georgetown escaped with a 58-50 win over Wichita State, though the Hoyas were far from impressive. Friend and colleague Liz Clarke will have a more detailed look at the game online a little later.

I ran into Terps assistant coach Chuck Driesell after the game ended. His take on how Georgetown looked? "It's still early," Driesell said.

By Steve Yanda  |  November 27, 2008; 6:01 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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