MSU looked fantastic on Tuesday night against the Duke Blue Devils. I do not mean that sarcastically.
I am legitimately impressed with the performance that Michigan State basketball turned in against Duke.
Yes, State lost by double-digits and looked like it has a ways to go before it is anywhere near returning to championship form, but it does not appear that it is too far away. Read More…
Coach K’s ridiculously talented Blue Devils defeated Coach Izzo’s young Spartans in the Champions Classic Tuesday night, 81-71.
Duke came armed with the best recruiting class in the nation, featuring the crown jewel of the group, Jahlil Okafor. He was the top-ranked recruit in the 2014 class and is considered the favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft this summer. Read More…
There was nothing pretty about it but Michigan State started the regular season off on the right foot with a 64-59 win over Navy.
The Spartans looked sluggish all game and struggled mightily to establish an inside presence. MSU had several runs in the first half but the lead never eclipsed eight points.
“We didn’t do the things we needed to do to be successful,” head coach Tom Izzo said.
If you were not aware, Friday, the Michigan State men’s basketball team had a game. Michigan State continued its exhibition excellence against St. Cloud State with a 101-46 victory.
Junior guard Denzel Valentine finished the night with a triple double, while his point guard counterpart Travis Trice finished with a team-high 20 points, including a 4-8 stat from beyond the arc. Read More…
A new men’s basketball season is finally upon us, and with it comes the endless speculation by fans and experts alike. The success or struggles of Travis Trice, Denzel Valentine and Branden Dawson will determine the success or struggles of the Michigan State Spartans as a whole.
Here are the best-case and worst-case scenarios for the Spartans’ “Big Three.” Read More…
The leaves are changing and the temperatures are dropping, which means it is time for writers and bloggers to start filling headlines with their relatively unfounded predictions for college basketball.
Tom Izzo has never coached a senior that has not made it to the Final Four. A win on Sunday against the Connecticut Huskies will continue that incredible streak.
No. 7 UConn is a bit of a surprise team to make it to the Elite Eight, beating No. 10 St. Joseph’s, No. 2 Villanova and No. 3 Iowa State on its way. The Huskies are led by arguably the best point guard in the nation, Shabazz Napier.
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.
Michigan State faces off against a familiar foe as they play Tommy Amaker’s Harvard Crimson Saturday night.
Amaker spent seven years at Michigan, but did not get the kind of results from Big Blue that he has from Harvard. The Crimson have won four straight Ivy League titles and upset a strong Cincinnati team to make it to the Round of 32.
The road to North Texas started out on the right foot Thursday, as Michigan State soundly defeated their first round opponent, No. 13 Delaware.
Adreian Payne played like a man among boys from start to finish, scoring 23 points in the first half alone. MSU muscled their way to a quick 18-point lead with less than six minutes to go in the first half, but Delaware made a run and cut the deficit to 11 by halftime.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Even with Gary Harris going 3-20 from the field and without Keith Appling and Branden Dawson due to injuries, it took a clutch pull-up jumper from Wisconsin’s Traevon Jackson with two seconds left for the Badgers to down the Spartans, 60-58.
Michigan State played poorly on the offensive end in the first half, but their stout defense forced eight turnovers in the first half and kept MSU in the game.