The regular season is finally over, and the fun can officially begin. March college basketball is perhaps the most entertaining basketball in the world, and we are right in the middle of it. The Big Ten tourney kicks off on Thursday in Indianapolis, Ind. so here is a prediction of every game in the first round.
There were missed opportunities in the final minute of the game Sunday afternoon. But Ohio State held on to beat No. 22 Michigan State, 69-67.
On senior day for the Buckeyes, senior Aaron Craft was his usual, pesky self, setting the all-time Big Ten record for steals with his first steal of the game on Keith Appling. Craft scored 12 points, had seven assists and four steals.
Michigan State plays in its second senior night, in as many games, as they head to Columbus, Ohio Sunday to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes. It wraps up the Big Ten regular season.
Two months ago, this game looked like it could decide the Big Ten regular season champion. Now these teams are just looking to get hot as the postseason tournaments approach.
Thursday night was senior night at the Breslin Center, but it was the sophomores and juniors who stole the show as Michigan State beat Iowa, 86-76.
Travis Trice was 4-5 from the field and led the Spartans with 17 points off the bench. Denzel Valentine looked well on his way to a triple-double in the first half, but finished with 13 points, six rebounds and nine assists.
With their shot of at least a share of the Big Ten regular season completely gone, Michigan State tries to build their tournament resume as they take on Iowa Thursday tonight in East Lansing.
The Spartans have dropped their last two games and three out of their last four. Including tonight’s Iowa game, MSU has two games left before the start of the Big Ten tournament.
Here it is. The mythical month of March.
The month where, all of a sudden, you need to know how well Virginia Commonwealth’s Havoc defense will go against a high-paced offense.
It is the month where, before the “second round” starts, you must strategically plan which games to stream on your laptop and or tablet and which one to put on TV. Or which booth at the bar will provide you with optimal game viewing opportunities.
It would appear that Michigan State has decided to take the weekend off for the past six weeks.
The Spartans dropped another head scratcher Saturday afternoon 53-46 to the University of Illinois.
The calendar has turned to March and Michigan State basketball hopes it brings the usual Izzo March magic.
The Spartans look to end the season on a roll as they face the University of Illinois Saturday afternoon in East Lansing. The Spartans have not won consecutive games since late January.
With Sunday’s 79-70 loss at the hands of the Wolverines, Michigan State is virtually eliminated from one seed contention for the tournament. The Spartans dropped five spots to No. 18 in both polls this week while Michigan moved up four places to No. 16. With only three games remaining in the season, MSU must focus on their own play, not what everyone is doing around them.
In Joe Lunardi’s latest bracketology, he has the Spartans down to a three seed. With only three games left in the regular season, MSU needs to focus on winning out for any chance at a Big Ten regular season title. The Spartans are one game back in the loss column from Michigan, who has a much easier end to the regular season.
23-34 is not usually the record of a team in playoff contention.
Through a coach firing, bricks galore and a horrible conference, the Detroit Pistons miraculously find themselves four games out of the playoffs with 25 games remaining. Their recent 1-5 stretch has not helped their chances, but with no one wanting to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, Detroit is in prime position to screw up yet another season.
In a game that was truly a tale of two halves, the No. 20 Michigan Wolverines defeated No. 13 Michigan State 79-70 Sunday afternoon, to take full control of the top spot in the Big Ten.
The Spartans started off well, never trailing in the first half after Michigan led 4-2. MSU led by five in the closing seconds of the first half when Caris LeVert hit a three as time expired, to pull the Wolverines within two at the break.
The No. 13 Michigan State Spartans (22-5, 11-3) are headed to Ann Arbor, Mich. to battle against the rivaled No. 20 Michigan Wolverines (18-7, 10-3).
Not only is school pride on the line, but a chance at winning the conference title is on the line as well.
Gary Harris and company hosted a shooting clinic in West Lafayette, Ind. on Thursday.
Michigan State started their game against Purdue on an unprecedented 11-14 streak from beyond the arc. Harris led the way for the Spartans with six three-pointers, finally breaking out of his shooting slump. He finished with 25 points, far surpassing his average of just over 13 points per game during his six-game shooting slump.
The No. 13 Michigan State Spartans (21-5, 10-3) are on the road once again headed to West Lafayette, Ind. to take on the Purdue Boilermakers (15-10, 5-7).
In the Spartans’ last game they suffered a disappointing loss to unranked Nebraska at home, losing 60-51.
When Terry Braverman, the PA announcer at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center, announced the score of the Wisconsin vs. Michigan men’s basketball game, the crowd erupted. Bo Ryan and his squad did their job and dismantled Michigan in Ann Arbor.
All Michigan State had to do was beat a middle-of-the-pack team and they would sit alone atop the Big Ten.
But the Cornhuskers had other plans.
Sunday left a lot of question marks.
Michigan State hosted the Nebraska Cornhuskers and were dealt a loss.
Following the 60-51 upset against unranked Nebraska, No. 9 Michigan State’s head coach Tom Izzo pointed out the mishaps and mistakes that cost the Spartans an expected win.
Michigan State squandered another opportunity to sit alone atop the Big Ten standings, as they lost to Nebraska, 60-51, Sunday afternoon at the Breslin.
The No. 9 Michigan State Spartans (21-4 overall, 10-2 Big Ten) are gearing up to host the Nebraska Cornhuskers (13-10, 5-6) at the Breslin Center Sunday afternoon.
Michigan State enters this game with a recent win against Northwestern, 85-70.
Right now, Izzo is in 11th place which will put him into the next round. The voting resets after each round and you can vote once per day per email address. So if you have three accounts you can vote three times a day.
In their quest to remain atop the Big Ten standings, Michigan State used its most balanced attack all year to defeat the Northwestern Wildcats, 85-70.
The Spartans relied mostly on their offense to propel the team to victory.