Coach Mark Dantonio and Michigan State should get plenty of early Christmas presents this week — ideally 20. That’s how many players the Spartans have committed to their 2018 class, which will have its first opportunity to sign on Wednesday. The inaugural early signing period for college football recruits goes from Dec. 20-22, after which point all those unsigned will have to wait until Feb. 7 for their next chance.
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One of Xavier Henderson’s many trips to Michigan State came last winter. The 2018 four-star defensive back from Pickerington Central High School in Ohio, who had already committed to the Spartans, was in East Lansing for an unofficial visit. The trip coincided with visits from a slew of commits from the 2017 class and helped Henderson bond with his future teammates.
If there’s a weakness to second-ranked Michigan State, it seems clear through 11 games that is 3-point shooting defense. The Spartans have had their issues most of the season guarding the 3, and it was again a problem Saturday in the 86-73 victory over Oakland at Little Caesars Arena.
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Oakland’s out-of-necessity zone presented Michigan State’s offense with some challenges the Spartans expect to see more of later in the season.
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Michigan State’s men’s basketball team returns back to the Breslin Center on Monday, Dec. 18, hosting Houston Baptist University (HBU). Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m.
Michigan State returns to the Breslin Center for its final home non-conference game of the season, taking on Quinnipiac on Monday, Dec. 18 at 9 p.m. The game is the second half of a doubleheader with the Spartans men’s basketball team.
Cassius Winston was playing the worst game of his season in his return to his hometown and his coach was letting him know it. The Michigan State sophomore point guard was scoreless with four turnovers in the first half on Saturday against Oakland. He turned the ball over twice more early in the second half and didn’t hit his first shot until eight minutes remained in the game.
Michigan State women’s basketball outscored East Tennessee State, 17-8, in overtime to grind out an 83-74 road win over the Buccaneers Saturday night in Johnson City, Tenn. The Spartans used a school record 15 blocks to help seal the hard-fought road win. MSU’s previous school record was 13 blocks against Indiana on Dec. 28, 2006. Michigan State has now won two-straight games, improving to 7-3, while ETSU falls to 6-7 this season.
The Michigan State hockey team won its final game of the calendar year on Saturday night, topping the U.S. National Team Development Program U-18 Team, 3-0, in an exhibition contest at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth. The Spartans were led by a pair of USNTDP alums in Patrick Khodorenko, who scored twice, and goaltender Ed Minney, who made 20 saves in a shutout effort.
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Sixteen members of the Michigan State wrestling team competed in the Cleveland State Open on Saturday held at the CSU Wooding Gymnasium. A total of five Spartans medaled at the event, highlighted by a third-place finish by redshirt freshman Jwan Britton at 149 pounds.
There are aspects of this team that are better than any Tom Izzo has had at MSU. There are other characteristics that don’t yet stack up. Nunn was the offensive killer the Spartans didn’t have most of Saturday afternoon. He scored 32 points, 31 in the first 31 minutes, helping Oakland three times take a second-half lead and tie the game as late as 66-66. He was the best player on the floor most of the afternoon.
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Michigan State survives scare from Oakland to win ninth straight MLive.com
Facing a hot-shooting mid-major team away from home after a week off for final exams looked like a recipe for a Michigan State upset for 35 minutes on Saturday at Little Caesars Arena. But in its first close game in weeks, Michigan State was able to muster an impressive closing stretch led by Cassius Winston to escape against one of the more dangerous non-opponents on its schedule.
Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State’s 86-73 win over Oakland Lansing State Journal
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch gives his initial thoughts on the Spartans’ 86-73 win Saturday over the Golden Grizzlies at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.
MSU gets riled, puts away pesky Oakland Detroit News
With 12 minutes to play on Saturday afternoon, Michigan State was in a battle with Oakland at Little Caesars Arena, the mid-major school leading the No. 2 team in the nation by a point. The Spartans and Golden Grizzlies have had these games before, most notably two seasons ago at The Palace when Oakland pushed top-ranked Michigan State to the limit before the Spartans prevailed in overtime.
No. 2 MSU staves off upset against Oakland in front of record crowd in Detroit State News
Two late threes from Cassius Winston led No. 2 MSU to its ninth-consecutive win on Saturday, as MSU staved off a near upset to Horizon league opponent Oakland University, 86-73, at Little Caesars Arena.
Michigan State survives scare from Kendrick Nunn, Oakland, 86-73
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Oakland brought the fight. Miles Bridges came up swinging but was held back. A hard foul by Chris Palombizio on the Michigan State star preventing a breakaway dunk nearly turned things testy in the second game of the Hitachi College Basketball Showcase. Bridges hit a 3-pointer to swing momentum with about 6 minutes left, and Cassius Winston scored the Spartans’ final 14 points as No. 2 MSU held off the Golden Grizzlies, 86-73, on Saturday in front of the largest crowd in the brief history of Little Caesers Arena (20,695).
MSU tops Oakland Fighting Kendrick Nunns in close game The Only Colors
No matter how good you are, these kind of close, scary games will come. The opponents have a player that physically can’t miss. Your top players have some off games. Luckily, MSU still skated out of Little Caesars Arena with a win.
Winston helps No. 2 Spartans pull away from Oakland at Little Caesars Arena Impact Sports
In neutral-site action in the state’s largest city, Game Two of the Hitachi Basketball Showcase between Michigan State and Oakland came down to the wire. And as he has so often has this season, Cassius Winston took over late in a tight game to ignite a Spartan victory.
No. 2 Michigan State wears down pesky Oakland squad for ninth straight win Land of 10
Another test, another success. No. 2 Michigan State (10-1, 2-0 Big Ten) got a fight from Oakland (6-5) at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Saturday, but the Spartans won 86-73. They have won nine games in a row.
Michigan State holds off Oakland 86-73 isportsweb
The last three match-ups before today between Oakland and Michigan State had been decided by a total of 11 points and today that margin only increased to 24 points. Little Caesars Arena today was absolutely electric and continually got louder for the multiple and-one three-pointers made by Oakland in the second half. The final score does not do the justice for how well of a game Oakland played.
Michigan State basketball grinds it out vs. Oakland, 86-73, after foul Detroit Free Press
Oakland’s Chris Palombizio delivered a hard foul, and Miles Bridges came up ready to swing but was held back. Normally mild-mannered Cassius Winston and Joshua Langford started jawing in the ear of Oakland’s Martez Walker moments later. Michigan State showed some uncharacteristic venom, along with some chronic concerns, that left coach Tom Izzo equally pleased and dissatisfied. The second-ranked Spartans knew they were in a fight with the Golden Grizzlies.
Five in Double Figures as Michigan State Beats Oakland, 86-73 MSUSpartans.com
Sophomore guard Cassius Winston scored all of his 19 points in the second half and No. 2/2 Michigan State used a 12-2 run late in the game to pull away from Oakland for an 86-73 win at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday afternoon. It was the ninth-straight win for the Spartans, who improve to 10-1 overall, while Oakland falls to 6-5 overall.
Hard foul on Miles Bridges sparks Michigan State in chippy win over Oakland MLive.com
With his Michigan State team leading Oakland by just five, Tom Izzo told his players in the halftime locker room that they need to start being more aggressive and take it to their opponent. Lucky for him, one of Oakland’s players helped wake Michigan State up. With 12 minutes left, Oakland’s Chris Palombizio grabbed Miles Bridges’ arm as the Spartans sophomore drove for a layup.
Turk: Quick takeaways from MSU basketball’s win over Oakland in Detroit Impact Sports
Kyle Turk breaks down Michigan State’s 86-73 win over Oakland at the Hitatchi College Basketball Showcase at Little Caesars Arena.
Winston closes the show in style in homecoming Detroit News
Cassius Winston was back home on Saturday, playing in front of more family and friends than he could count. The former UD-Jesuit star was with No. 2 Michigan State as it took on Oakland at Little Caesars Arena, and he was hoping to have a big game. However, through the first 20 minutes, the sophomore guard had little impact outside of the four first-half turnovers, a couple of which sparked a late first-half rally for the Golden Grizzlies. Apparently, Winston was saving his best for when it mattered most.
Izzo used Saturday’s return to the Motor City as a chance to visit his former point guard in Wayne County Jail. “It was good to see him,” said Izzo, who made the visit at 7 a.m. before the Spartans played Oakland on Saturday afternoon. “I think he has a whole different perspective.”
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Michigan State gymnastics hosted its annual Meet the Spartans event inside Jenison Field House Saturday afternoon in front of an energetic crowd. The meet featured performances in all four events, as a way for the Spartans to get a feel for an actual meet in preparation for the upcoming season.
Michigan State has never lost to Oakland in the 15 times the two teams have played since 1998. The Oakland team the Spartans will face this Saturday has four losses already, including one against Toledo and one against Eastern Michigan.
Last weekend, Michigan State hosted City College of San Francisco (Calif.) defensive end Jordan Allen and he could be one of the final key pieces of the class of 2018. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Allen is an early enroll prospect who plans on making his college choice on Dec. 20. In addition to MSU, Allen is also considering scholarship offers from Nebraska, TCU, Arizona State and TCU. He will take his final official visit to Lincoln, Neb., this weekend.
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This episode of Spartan Hockey All-Access takes you into head coach Danton Cole’s first day, introduces you to the new coaching staff, gives an inside look at the Spartans’ off-season workouts, dives into how the new coaching staff is preparing their young team and relives the 5-0 victory over the University of Michigan.
Oakland men’s basketball just can’t get healthy, and that’s bad news heading into Saturday’s marquee game against No. 2 Michigan State at Little Caesars Arena.Star guard Kendrick Nunn has been dealing with a sprained ankle that he rolled more than a month ago, and he’ll be a game-time decision. Nunn had an MRI on Friday afternoon, and coach Greg Kampe was anxiously awaiting the results.
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This wasn’t supposed to happen. Michigan State starting shooting guard sees the applause, the chance to play at the Breslin Center, the hard work every day at practice as something more than the life of an elite athlete in college. Long before Joshua Langford committed to Michigan State, there was a real chance the sophomore from Huntsville, Alabama never again play basketball at all.
Miles Bridges made a celebrated homecoming last year, then another in April by deciding to stay at Michigan State this season. Detroit native Cassius Winston never left the state. On Saturday, the sophomore will return his hometown as the Spartans’ hottest shooter when they face Oakland at Little Caesars Arena.
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