The last time Baylor entered a tournament, it won the whole thing. The defending 2021 NCAA Tournament champions will now play against Michigan State for a different championship: the 2021 Battle 4 Atlantis.
Who: Michigan State (5-1) vs. No. 6 Baylor (6-0)
When: 11 a.m.
Where: Imperial Arena, Nassau, Bahamas
HOW TO WATCH
TV Network: ESPN
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Major Cable Providers
Comcast: Channel 32/202(HD) | Streaming
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Dish: Channel 140 | Streaming
DIRECTV: Channel 209 | Streaming
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HOW TO LISTEN
Radio Network: Spartan Media Network
Affiliates: WJR-AM 760 Detroit; WJIM-AM 1240/WMMQ-FM 94.9 Lansing; 22 other Michigan-based affiliates listed on MSUSpartans.com
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Satellite: SiriusXM Ch. 381
• Baylor won the 2021 NCAA Tournament, the first national championship in school history. It brings an 11-game win streak into Friday’s matchup, the longest active streak in the country.
• The Bears returned only one starter from its national championship team in center Flo Thamba. It also returned six reserves from that team, including leading scorer LJ Cryer (15.8 points per game).
• Michigan State has played Baylor only one time before: in the 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis, when the Bears won 73-58, en route to the tournament championship.
• Michigan State will be playing for its third regular-season tournament championship of the last five years. The Spartans won the 2017 PK80 Invitational and the 2018 Las Vegas Invitational (Michigan State did not play in a regular-season tournament in 2020 due to COVID-19.)
• The Spartans rank second in the country in defensive efficiency, at 86.6 points per hundred possessions, per Kenpom.com. Since Michigan State’s win over Kansas, no team has scored more than 61 points against them or shot better than 37 percent from the floor.
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