In 2010, the Cleveland Cavaliers fired their head coach Mike Brown after he failed to produce any championship rings for the organization after multiple years with LeBron James.
Following Brown’s dismissal, the Cavs expressed interest in stealing Tom Izzo away from the Michigan State Spartans.
Izzo politely declined.
Nothing came easy for MSU Friday night as they upset No. 1 University of Virginia, 61-59, in one of the Spartans’ hardest fought victories of the year.
Tom Izzo’s team lost the turnover and rebounding battles, but managed to pull out a win thanks in large part to Branden Dawson who recorded a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds.
Sweet, then Elite!
Episode 23 of Walk the Line finds Dan Krier & Ryan Smith in the midst of NCAA Tournament heaven. Time to break down the Sweet 16 & Elite 8 matchups, with Thursday and Friday’s spreads on the board waiting to be picked apart, including MSU vs. UVa.
March Madness is upon us, but could the Pistons be looking to join the action? According to a Sports Illustrated report, the Pistons are expected to pursue Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo to be their new head coach this offseason.
Detroit fired their first year coach Maurice Cheeks back on February 9, and have been led by John Loyer ever since. During that time the Pistons have failed to live up to their preseason expectations and have produced a record of 26-44.
Harvard almost blew up everybody’s bracket on Saturday night. That is, if your bracket has not already been blown up.
With 17:38 remaining in the game, a Branden Dawson throw-down gave the No. 4 seeded Spartans a 16-point lead and all of the momentum they needed to bury No. 12 Harvard, but the Crimson pulled the upset in the second round, and they had their eyes on the Sweet Sixteen.
Clear the floor, it’s time to dance!
The 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament is finally here, and the Michigan State Spartans are playing their best basketball of the season. Time to get excited? You better believe it!
Episode 22 of Walk the Line reunites Dan Krier with Ryan Smith for a complete analysis of the entire slate of Thursday and Friday first-round tournament games. Time to talk point spreads, not just brackets.
After a two-week hiatus, Hayes and Blake make their triumphant return to breakdown all of the Big Ten tournament action and start to look forward to the Big Dance.
The duo also previews Michigan State’s quarterfinal game against the Northwestern Wildcats. Read More…
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.
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.
Who’s that filling in for Ryan Smith on this week’s Walk the Line? None other than Impact Sports founder Alex Scharg!
Dan Krier & Alex discuss the previous two Michigan State Spartan men’s basketball games against Nebraska and Purdue, and then look forward to this Sunday’s gigantic matchup with the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor. Is it payback time for Sparty, or will U of M put themselves on the path to a Big Ten Championship? Surely MSU will be underdogs, but by how much?
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 Cornhuskers came out hot, hitting four of their first five attempts.
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.
Time to break down Big Ten basketball, Walk the Line style!
The MSU Spartans men’s basketball team sits atop the conference standings for yet another weekend of games leading up to this Sunday’s home matchup with Nebraska. Will the presence of Payne mean another 15-point spread and a cakewalk victory for Tom Izzo’s crew?
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.
Michigan State basketball finds itself in the heart of the Big Ten season and is nearing the home stretch before March Madness commences.
In some corners, this month is simply known as “Izzo.” As a tribute to Spartan basketball teams of the past 18 seasons and a way to get our mind off of this year’s injury-plagued team, here is a look back at the top five Spartan teams under head coach Tom Izzo.