Ann Arbor Pioneer linebacker Antjuan Simmons might have narrowed his recruitment down to four schools, but it wasn’t difficult for him to make his final decision. The four-star recruit announced on Saturday his verbal commitment to play for Michigan State, saying it was an “easy decision.” “MSU has always been one of my favorites,” Simmons said. “I’ve always loved their program and the people within it.”
The Spartans (12-7, 4-2 Big Ten) couldn’t stop the Ohio State University Buckeyes Sunday night. It was a game Ohio State (11-7, 1-4 Big Ten) needed to win in order to stave the firing of tenured head coach Thad Matta and stay afloat in the Big Ten standings.
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Michigan State’s height challenges are well-documented. Ohio State took full advantage of it Sunday, both in the paint and on the perimeter.The Spartans’ unfocused defensive effort during their 72-67 loss to the Buckeyes perturbed coach Tom Izzo. He felt MSU’s big men struggled to guard Ohio State’s post players and didn’t adequately help his guards on ball screens away from the basket.
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Michigan State concludes a two-game road trip with a nationally televised matchup against Northwestern on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 9 p.m. (ET) on the Big Ten Network. This is the only regular-season meeting between the Spartans and the Wildcats this season
Michigan State guard/forward Miles Bridges has been selected as the Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Monday. Bridges averaged 20.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg and shot 73.7 percent from the floor and 75.0 percent from 3-point range in two games last week and shares the honor with Penn States Mike Watkins.
MSU football head coach Mark Dantonio’s roster for next season received more depth Saturday after linebacker Antjuan Simmons verbally committed to the Spartans.
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Will Tieman asks Coach Izzo how he went about building his play book
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The Michigan State football program will hold a walk-on tryout meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 4 p.m. in the Pentecost Team Meeting Room inside the Skandalaris Football Center.
The Michigan State women’s tennis team will feature an athlete once a week this spring in attempts to Meet the Spartans. This week, freshman Samantha Memije (Monroeville, Pa.) sat down with msuspartans.com to answer some questions.
Before the 2016 season, when Malik McDowell was on just about every preseason All-America list, the Spartans junior defensive tackle spoke of potentially jumping into the top three of the NFL Draft and helping the Spartans repeat as Big Ten champions. The season didn’t go as planned, between a slew of injuries for McDowell, constant double teams that limited his production and Michigan State’s plummet to 3-9 overall.
What if — just, what if — Michigan State could arm Bridges to do more of what he did on Sunday and — and! — relocate the old Ward, the one who debilitated opposing defenses throughout December. If a rising tide lifts all boats, than the idea of Bridges and Ward manifesting their talents at once represents a tidal wave.
This weekend the Michigan State hockey team lost their 8th and 9th consecutive conference games falling to number 4 Penn State on back-to-back nights. MSU has not won a game since defeating North Dakota 4-3 on November 25th. While the excuse has been made the team is young and will need some time to develop, the team has failed to translate on the ice that improvements are coming, putting head coach Tom Anastos back on the hot seat. The start to the season saw the Spartans face numerous tough teams, and that will continue into Big Ten play.
As long as Bridges and Ward continue to demand heavy attention from opponents on the offensive end, it will be up to Michigan State’s guards to bear the weight of this team’s success.
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Tom Izzo stuck to the plan and to his principles with his early game substitutions Sunday at Ohio State. It was a stubborn, formulaic, big-picture approach. Perhaps the right thing to do in a macro sense. Perhaps.
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After two McDonald’s All-Americans last year in guard Joshua Langford and forward Miles Bridges, the MSU men’s basketball team will welcome another in the form of signee Jaren Jackson Jr. Over on the women’s basketball side, signee Sidney Cooks was also named a McDonald’s All-American.
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Michigan State is happy to get used to this. Another Spartan is a McDonald’s All-American. Continuing a recent trend, MSU signee Jaren Jackson Jr. was named to the 2017 McDonald’s All-American team on Sunday night, joining the 24 best high school players in the country on the team.
Michigan State’s two basketball signees for the 2017 class have two big things in common. Xavier Tillman and Jaren Jackson Jr. are McDonald’s All-American candidates, and neither has lost a game so far this season.
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Michigan State wrestling got a pin from Javier Gasca and a major decision from Logan Griffin to boost the Spartans to a thrilling 19-17 victory for MSU over Maryland Sunday afternoon at Jenison Field House for the Spartans’ first Big Ten victory this season.
Michigan State was hoping to build some momentum Sunday afternoon at Ohio State. Instead, the Spartans head back home still struggling to find any consistency. Miles Bridges scored 24 points, but he also turned the ball over six times as Ohio State held off Michigan State, 72-67, at Value City Arena for its first Big Ten victory of the season.
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Bridges has big game but Michigan State felled by Ohio State, 72-67 Detroit Free Press
Welcome to the Big Ten 2017, Michigan State, where anything can happen and records are virtually meaningless. The Spartans watched an early eight-point lead evaporate before halftime, fought back, then fizzled down the stretch Sunday afternoon at Ohio State. JaQuan Lyle’s 22 points led five Buckeyes in double figures in their first conference victory of the season, 72-67 over MSU.
Michigan State loses at Ohio State, 72-67, despite 24 points by Miles Bridges Land of 10
Ohio State earned its first Big Ten victory with a 72-67 win Sunday afternoon over Michigan State. Miles Bridges scored 24 points for the Spartans (12-7, 4-2), who shot 50 percent from the field but turned the ball over 17 times in the game, leading to 16 points for the Buckeyes (11-7, 1-4). Michigan State turned the ball over 12 times in the second half.
Michigan State stumbles down the stretch, loses at Ohio State MLive
In his pregame radio show on Sunday, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo pondered, “Are we growing up? Or are we just going to go up and down?” That philosophical question met the stark reality of a desperate team. Ohio State, looking to avoid its first 0-5 start in the Big Ten since 1997-98, beat the Spartans, 72-67, on Saturday at Value City Arena.
OSU earns first Big Ten win as Spartans fall on the road State News
It’s been a point of emphasis for head coach Tom Izzo and the Spartans (12-7, 4-2 Big Ten) to come out of the gate with more energy and take an early lead against opponents on the road. Sunday would be a test for Izzo as MSU traveled to the Value City Arena to take on the Ohio State University Buckeyes (11-7, 1-4 Big Ten). There, the Spartans would falter to the Buckeyes, 72-67.
Bridges’ 24 points not enough in MSU’s 72-67 loss to Ohio State Spartan Tailgate
The road continues to be unkind to the Michigan State men’s basketball team. After an 18-point home win over Minnesota earlier in the week, MSU went to Columbus and lost to Ohio State 72-67 on Sunday at Value City Arena. The Spartans fell to 12-7 overall and 4-2 in Big Ten play, while the Buckeyes picked up their first conference win of the season and snapped a five-game losing streak to MSU.
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Ohio State pulled away down the stretch to beat Michigan State 72-67 on Sunday. Bridges paced Michigan State with 24 points on 9-for-12 shooting.
Three Takeaways: MSU Wastes Golden Opportunity, loses at Ohio State 72-67 The Only Colors
At the end of the day, who knows how far this team can really go but their best chance to get there is by keeping role players in their roles. That was not the case today.
What he said: Tom Izzo on Michigan State’s 72-67 loss at Ohio State Land of 10
The Spartans led 15-7 early after making their first six-field goal attempts, and had a 58-56 lead after a Nick Ward basket with 7:31 left to play, But Ohio State went on a 10-0 run to grab control of the game. Lyle scored the first five points of that run as part of his 22-point game. He made 5 of 7 3-pointers in the game despite having made just 31.3 percent of his 3-pointers entering the game.
Turnovers, among other things, sink the Spartans at Ohio State MLive
Michigan State fell on the road on Saturday, 72-67, at Ohio State. Some immediate observations from Value City Arena.
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Michigan State went into Columbus, Ohio. on Sunday afternoon looking to build off their beat down at home of Minnesota, but left with a loss and multiple question marks heading into the bulk of their Big Ten schedule, as the Spartans fell to Ohio State 72-67.
Ward struggles in spoiled homecoming Detroit News
It wasn’t exactly the homecoming Nick Ward was looking for. The Michigan State freshman from Gahanna, Ohio, just a little more than 10 miles east of Ohio State’s campus, was hoping to have a big game Sunday in front of what amounted to a hometown crowd.
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Every shot Michigan State took kept falling, all six of them. Nearly every one Ohio State took missed. The problem, in Tom Izzo’s mind, is the ball kept falling into the Buckeyes’ hands. Out went four of his starters. In came four of his reserves. And away went the momentum, just 3:09 into the Spartans’ eventual 72-67 loss to Ohio State on Sunday at Value City Arena.
Talkin’ Spartans: Analyzing MSU’s loss at Ohio State (Take 2)
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press / LSJ MSU beat writer Chris Solari make a hiccup-filled second attempt to break down the Spartans’ loss to Ohio State after a rousing first take that’ll never be seen.
Despite injuries, youth and a height shortage the Spartans find themselves atop the conference standings at 4-1 but if they want to stay there, they’ll have to buck the #B1G trend and win games they’re supposed to. Today’s game against a struggling Ohio State would qualify as one of those.
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