Michigan State junior men’s basketball Xavier Tillman (Grand Rapids, Mich./GR Christian) was selected to the Academic All-District 5 First Team by the College Sports Information Director of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday.
Michigan State hits the road to Lincoln to take on the lowly Nebraska Cornhuskers Thursday night (8:30 FS1). Michigan State needs to get over their road woes and make sure they don’t end up in a hotly contested game against a team that is in the early stages of a program reset under first-year head coach Fred Hoiberg.
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Basic math says it’s not over, but reality says otherwise. As Michigan State prepared to play at Nebraska on Thursday night, there were five games left to play in the regular season and the idea of winning a third straight Big Ten championship seemed out of reach, even if the Spartans haven’t technically been eliminated from the race.
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Michigan State is looking to get back on track with a road win against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Spartans have lost our of their last five games and they have struggled all year on the road and will look to pick up a solid win on Thursday night.
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Harlon Barnett is coming back to East Lansing — again. The former Michigan State defensive back will coach DBs on Mel Tucker’s staff, the program announced Thursday. Barnett, who played for the Spartans from 1986-89, coached at MSU under former head coach Mark Dantonio from 2007-17.
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The Michigan State Spartans (14-15-1, 10-9-1) will look to end their recent skid as they host the No. 12 Ohio State Buckeyes (16-10-4, 9-8-3). The Spartans have lost four of their last five, including being swept by the Michigan Wolverines, losing 5-1 in East Lansing and 4-1 at Little Caesars Arena.
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Mel Tucker just hired one former Spartans great to be an assistant on his slowly-coming-together staff. Another former Michigan State football standout hopes there’s room on the staff for at least one more alum. “I’ve been in the game, I’m ready, let the monkey out of the cage, you know,” Sedrick Irvin, one of the program’s best running backs, told The News in a Wednesday night phone conversation from Florida.
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Unranked Michigan State has lost four of its past five games, is in the middle of a four-way tie for third place in the muddled Big Ten standings and is currently a No. 6 seed in Bracketology. And yet: The Spartans are still the Big Ten’s best chance at a national championship. In fact, Michigan State’s shot at the title — 5% — is more than double Maryland’s or any other Big Ten team’s chance, per ESPN’s Basketball Power Index (BPI).
You might have heard of Cassius Winston, the Big Ten’s all-time leader in assists and Michigan State’s relentless point guard. You might have heard of Elijah Collins, who burst onto the scene as the Spartan’s lead running back as a redshirt freshman this past season. And if you’re following the success of the MSU hockey team this year, you’ve definitely heard of Tommy Apap, an integral player and captain of the team.
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When his cousin and brother were murdered 18 months apart on Chicago’s West Side, Raequan Williams nearly quit football to save his family from further violence. But it was his family who ended up saving him from making the biggest mistake of his life.
Michigan State head football coach Mel Tucker has announced that Jay Johnson will join the Spartan offensive staff as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Johnson, 50, is a veteran coach and administrator of 25 seasons, including 10 as an offensive coordinator at four FBS schools (Colorado, Minnesota, Louisiana, Southern Mississippi) in addition to coaching quarterbacks, running backs and tight ends as a position coach. Johnson comes to East Lansing after serving as the offensive coordinator at Colorado for one season under Tucker.
First, it was Penn State. A crucial home series for Michigan State. The end result: a split. Then it was a week off in early February, followed by very important series for the Spartans at Minnesota. The end result: another split. Last weekend, it was a rivalry series with Michigan with more on the line than bragging rights. A split would have been nice, but MSU suffered two losses – 5-1 at Munn Arena and 4-1 at Little Caesars Arena. And now? Perhaps you guessed it. Another crucial two-game Big Ten series against Ohio State.
The version of this Michigan State basketball team that looks like the best team in the Big Ten and one of the best in the country can still be seen on most game nights. It was there on Saturday night when the Spartans went on a 12-2 second-half run took a seven-point lead over first-place Maryland.
It has only been a week since Mel Tucker was hired as Michigan State’s new coach. His lengthy to-do list includes assembling a staff, getting to know his players and evaluating the team ahead of spring practice. There’s also recruiting, which will be critical to the future of the program.
Fred Hoiberg got an inside look at Michigan State’s basketball program last year. Tom Izzo let him sketch out some ideas on the whiteboard. He even showed up at the Final Four wearing green and white — only a week after he was hired to coach Nebraska. The 25th-ranked Spartans — who have Hoiberg’s son Jack on the roster — will play at Lincoln on Thursday. Fred Hoiberg tried to get back in Izzo’s ear a few days earlier.
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Michigan State baseball will look to continue its hot start to the season when the Spartans make the first of two trips to Greenville, S.C. this weekend, taking on Merrimack in a four-game series at Fluor Field, Friday-Sunday, Feb. 21-23
Mel Tucker is giving an in-state high school coach a major promotion. Flint Beecher head coach and Michigan State alumnus Courtney Hawkins has been hired as the Spartans’ new wide receivers coach, the program announced on Wednesday.
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Michigan State hosts No. 12/12 Ohio State on Friday and Saturday in its final regular-season home series … Both teams are tied for fourth place with 31 points – two behind third-place Michigan and two ahead of sixth-place Notre Dame.
Michigan State has seven players headed to next week’s NFL Combine, but according to one draft analyst, there’s one player that stands out.ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. believes the Spartan with the most upside is cornerback Josiah Scott, who opted to forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the draft.
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Michigan State women’s basketball continues its busy week, traveling to West Lafayette, Indiana to take on Purdue on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network with Jordan Bernfield and Tyra Buss on the call. The Spartans started the week with a win over Minnesota on Feb. 17 and will end with a home game against Michigan on Feb. 23.