In Christie's first matchup against the Wildcats, he was welcomed by a fan club of friends, family and high school mentors.
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After a dismal first half, the shorthanded Spartans got some huge performances late from several of their veterans.
Freshman guard Jaden Akins may not be getting a lot of minutes, but is flashing brilliance in short time.
The Spartans look to build on their last three encouraging performances against a well-seasoned Penn State squad.
As Michigan State men's basketball's ceiling gets higher, Tom Izzo and his team look to get a handle on their biggest problem so far: turnovers.
Michigan State men's basketball's defense has been their saving grace in their first eight games.