Michigan State basketball has no problem with Oakland, rolling to 72-49 win Detroit Free Press
Make it 18-0. No. 15 Michigan State basketball used an interior advantage and its deep rotation to craft big scoring runs while relying on its defense to knock out Oakland, 72-49, on Saturday in front of 18,145 fans at Little Caesars Arena.
Michigan State trounces Oakland in Detroit Spartan Tailgate
Oakland missed 48 of the 65 shots it took Saturday afternoon at Little Caesars Arena, allowing Michigan State to glide to a 72-49 victory in the Motor City. After a jumper from Daniel Oladapo put the Golden Grizzlies up 6-4, the Spartans quickly separated with a 22-5 run. The game wasn’t competitive the rest of the way as MSU improved to 18-0 all-time against Oakland.
Michigan State avoids typical Oakland scare, runs away with easy win Spartans Wire
The Spartans finally put the clamps on Oakland in a location outside of East Lansing. The Spartans used physicality and its large talent advantage to coast to a 72-49 win at the Detroit Pistons’ Little Caesers Arena. At the end of the season it won’t be looked back upon as a victory of note, but for a Michigan State team that has struggled to find itself in the early going, there were some good steps taken.
Michigan State dominates overmatched Oakland in 23-point win mlive.com
Tom Izzo knows his program’s undefeated record against Oakland will end one of these years. It was in little peril this year. The No. 16 Spartans dominated start to finish in a 72-49 romp over Oakland on Saturday afternoon at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.
Michigan State trounces Oakland 72-49 before 18,145 spectators at LCA Detroit News
Michigan State continued its dominance over Oakland on Saturday, putting together a big run in the first half then pulling away in the second to earn a 72-49 victory at Little Caesars Arena. It was the 18th straight win for the Spartans in their series with the Golden Grizzlies as Michigan State (7-3) remained perfect against Oakland.
Michigan State cruises past Oakland at Little Caesar’s Arena State News
No. 16 Michigan State (7-3) rolled past Oakland (5-6) 72-49 at Little Caesar’s Arena Saturday. After nearly three minutes of gameplay, MSU found points first, as sophomore forward Gabe Brown hit a pair of free throws.
No. 19/23 Michigan State women’s basketball returns to the Breslin Center after three games on the road to take on Morehead State on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. The game will be televised on BTN Plus with Jack Sznewajs and Lexi Ayala on the call.
Twenty-nine Spartan student-athletes will take part in commencement ceremonies on the Michigan State campus this weekend. Twenty-three student-athletes will receive their undergraduate degree while six individuals are receiving an advanced degree.
Playing some of the top programs in the country is nothing new at Oakland. The Golden Grizzlies routinely line up quite the schedule of big boys every season, and for the better part of November and December, veteran coach Greg Kampe leads his team through the gauntlet as it tries to prepare for Horizon League play while bolstering their NCAA Tournament resume.
Source: Detroit News
MSU’s hockey team is 8-7-1 overall heading into this weekend’s home series with Arizona State (7 p.m. Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday), which sits at No. 9 in the all-important Pairwise Rankings. On its own, MSU’s overall record only shows a slight uptick, from 6-9-1 through 16 games last season and 7-8-1 at this point two years ago, Danton Cole’s first season as the Spartans’ coach. Like that record two years ago, this year’s overall mark is an outlier. Only now, all the other data suggests MSU is in the middle of a strong push back toward college hockey relevancy.
Source: Lansing State Journal
The No. 16-ranked Michigan State men’s basketball team plays Oakland as College Basketball in the D returns to Little Caesars Arena on Saturday, Dec. 14. Tipoff time is slated for noon. The game will air live on ESPN2, with Kevin Brown and Jon Crispin calling all of the action.
Michigan State Basketball prepares to face Horizon League foe Oakland University tomorrow at Little Caesars Arena. The Spartans have not met expectations thus far on the year. They have fallen down to No. 16 in the AP Poll. Hopefully, they dominate Oakland University and climb back up in the rankings.
Source: Spartans Wire
Thirteen months ago, Michigan State played Arizona State in the first meeting between the two hockey programs. Things didn’t go too well for the Spartans that early November weekend in the desert in Tempe, Arizona.
Michigan State gymnastics hosts its annual Green and White meet on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. at Jenison Field House. The event is free admission to all fans. The Green and White meet will provide Spartan fans an opportunity to get a glimpse of the 2020 squad in a meet-like setting. The team will be split into a ‘Green’ and ‘White’ team, with gymnasts competing on floor, vault, beam, and bars in front of judges and fans.
When Michigan State goaltending coach Joe Exter met John Lethemon for the first time, he noticed three things. “Polite, perfectionist that wanted to do things right. And when things didn’t go the way that he wanted, it would affect him,” Exter said.Changing the mindset on the latter can be difficult, especially when you’re a collegiate athlete at a Big Ten school.
Source: College Hockey News
The sport has never seen five No. 1 teams in the first seven weeks since the poll was instituted in 1948. The record for different No. 1 teams in a season is seven, a figure that this season is on pace to break easily. “I do think seven will get blown out of the water. I really do,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said last week.
Michigan State’s final game of the 2019 season was announced shortly after 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. About two hours later, coach Mark Dantonio arrived at Breslin Center for a press conference to preview Michigan State (6-6, 4-5 Big Ten) playing Wake Forest (8-4, 4-4 ACC) in the Dec. 27 Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in New York. He said he had just returned to East Lansing after being gone recruiting for a week, and his stay didn’t last long.
It’s not the Rose Bowl. Or the College Football Playoff. For Michigan State football fans, a late December trip to the Pinstripe Bowl feels like a letdown. Even coach Mark Dantonio said it is not where the Spartans want to be. For Wake Forest fans, though, there is plenty of excitement. Even if it means going north, instead of somewhere warm.
Source: Detroit Free Press
For the second consecutive season, Michigan State fifth-year senior defensive end Kenny Willekes has been named to the Walter Camp All-America Second Team, the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced on Thursday. The nation’s oldest All-America squad, dating back to 1889, was revealed during The Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards Show.
The bright lights have faded for the moment at Michigan State, and that’s probably exactly as it should be for the Spartans. After a whirlwind open to the season that included stops in New York and Maui with games, home and away, against top-ranked opponents, No. 16 Michigan State is now entering a stretch over the next few weeks that could be critical in determining where the season heads.
Source: Detroit News
Even after the New Era Pinstripe Bowl is over, Brian Lewerke and Darrell Stewart will have one last chance to connect downfield.Both Michigan State redshirt seniors have accepted invitations to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl all-star game in January, per the event’s Twitter account. Khari Willis, Matt Sokol, RJ Shelton, and Marcus Rush are among the former Spartans who were invited to the game prior to making a run at a career in the NFL.
Source: Spartan Tailgate
The No. 18 Spartans host No. 16/15 Arizona State in their last series before the Christmas break this Saturday and Sunday at Munn Ice Arena. Michigan State is coming off a sweep of Wisconsin last weekend that moved the Spartans to 6-3-1 in the Big Ten and tied for second place with Ohio State with 19 points – two behind conference-leading Penn State.
Michigan State Basketball faces off against Oakland University on Dec. 14. This game takes place at LCA, Little Ceasars Arena, in Detroit. The Spartans are No. 16 in the country and 6-3 on the year. The Golden Grizzlies are unranked and 5-5 on the season thus far.
Source: Spartans Wire
Scott, Rob, and Danton recap the Wisconsin series, and preview the upcoming Arizona State series. Also, the ugly sweater contest. Guest is msuspartans.com writer Neil Koepke.