staff, August 7, 2012

Michigan State basketball is returning to Jenison Field House. The Spartans will play Tuskegee University in the arena they called home for a half a century on Saturday, Dec. 15, the school announced Tuesday.

[ Basketball returns to Jenison Field House]

Tom Izzo's team will play the game there because it's the 50th anniversary season of one of the arena's finest moments, when Mississippi State, consisting entirely of white players, defied a state prohibition against playing integrated teams and faced Loyola, which started four African-Americans, in the 1963 NCAA Tournament Mideast Region semifinals.

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The game against Tuskegee will mark the first for Michigan State at Jenison Field House since 1989.