After a season ravished by injury and inexperience, Michigan State is beginning to play its best basketball of 2016-17, and their win over the 16th ranked Wisconsin Badgers on senior night Sunday might have been their biggest win so far. Hall of Famer Tom Izzo joined The Jim Rome Show on Tuesday and talked about their challenging season in East Lansing and why the win over the Badgers meant so much.
Mark Dantonio broke nearly a monthlong silence Tuesday, his first comments since three unidentified players and a staff member were suspended as part of an investigation into an alleged sexual assault. In a statement issued by the university, Dantonio said he will not discuss his program nor team while the three investigations – one criminal, one Title IX and one commissioned by MSU – are ongoing.
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Michigan State will play two road games in the final week of the season, beginning with the Spartans’ first trip to Illinois since February 2015. This is the only meeting of the season between MSU and Illinois as the Spartans’ last three opponents are all single plays.
Michigan State hosted a junior day on Sunday which had many talented prospects at it. The event produced a commitment from Dearborn Divine Child quarterback Theo Day. New offers were also extended to several attendees: Xenia (Ohio) wide receiver Meechi Harris, Gibraltar Carlson athlete Jaylan Franklin and Milan offensive tackle Michael Furtney in the junior class, and Detroit Cass Tech running back Jaren Mangham in the sophomore class.
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For the second consecutive year, the Washington Redskins have placed their franchise tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins, the team announced Tuesday. This year, the team used the exclusive tag, which prohibits Cousins from negotiating and seeking an offer sheet from another team. Had the team used the non-exclusive tag, Cousins could have sought an offer from another team, and the Redskins would have received two first-round picks in return if Cousins left.
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Not long ago, Michigan State was 12-9 overall and 4-4 in the Big Ten. For a program with the prestige of MSU, one tethered to its oft-cited streak of 19 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, things were … uneasy, uncomfortable.
The moments where it may have crossed Gary Harris’s mind to feel sorry for himself were fleeting. They were gone almost as quickly as they arrived.But it didn’t have to be that way. There was plenty of chance to let an injury-riddled start of the season sink in and sink his season.
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With only a limited number games left in the regular season tag along in exclusive meetings with the team and join Coach Izzo as he reflects back on Past Senior Days and celebrates the Senior Day win vs Wisconsin.
Tom Izzo addressed the media on Monday for the first time since the team’s 84-74 win over then-No. 16 Wisconsin Sunday and discussed the state of MSU basketball with the regular season concluding at the end of this week. The win over Wisconsin puts the Spartans in a three-way tie for third in the conference, along with Minnesota and Maryland.
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Tom Izzo insists he knew the real Matt McQuaid was in there somewhere, it was just a matter of time before he showed. And now, after breaking out with a season-high 15 points in Sunday’s win over Wisconsin, the key for the sophomore guard will be finding a way to string together a few good games, especially with the Spartans entering the final week of the regular season.
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The ball found its way to Nick Ward in the paint in Sunday’s critical, waning moments, like it had almost all afternoon. Wisconsin’s Zak Showalter had no other option than to wrap up Michigan State’s big man under the basket. His hard foul had minimal impact as Ward ripped through his grasp for a lay-up as the whistle sounded.
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Two Michigan State wrestlers earned top-eight pre-seeds for the 2017 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, which are Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5 in Bloomington, Indiana, hosted by the University of Indiana. Junior Javier Gasca is No. 7 at 141 pounds while freshman Drew Hughes is No. 8 at 165 pounds.
Michigan State women’s basketball senior Tori Jankoska was named unanimous first-team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media Monday. This is the first time that Jankoska has been named to the first team.
In the wake of a Senior Day victory over No. 16 Wisconsin on Sunday, Michigan State was riding a wave of momentum it hasn’t seen much of this season. The Spartans (18-11, 10-6 Big Ten) won for the fourth time in the last five games and further solidified their position in the NCAA Tournament while keep alive a shot, albeit a slim one, at grabbing a piece of the regular-season Big Ten title. However, getting a freshman-heavy team to put that in the rearview mirror and focus on the final two games is the biggest challenge facing coach Tom Izzo.
Lea Foerster has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week, as announced by the Conference office on Monday, Feb. 27. The weekly award is the second for the Spartans this season — Celeste Wood was the Big Ten Player of the Week on Feb. 13 after the season-opening tournament at Florida Atlantic.
Nick Ward has been named Big Ten Player of the Week as well as Big Ten Freshman of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Monday. Ward averaged 21.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg and shot .680 from the field in leading the Spartans to wins over Nebraska and No. 16 Wisconsin.
First, Eron Harris’ mom regaled the sellout crowd with the most soulful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner in Breslin Center history. And as Marveda Saunders sang a cappella late Sunday afternoon, tears streamed from Harris’ eyes. He had mentioned last week that his mother, a former high school coach, had “a beautiful voice” and had performed the anthem in the past before a few of her games. But, he didn’t give it a second thought.
Tom Izzo has admittedly learned a lot during a season in which he’s relied on four freshmen and hasn’t had the same kind of team he’s used to having because of a lack of size and veteran leaders. Recently, he’s learned a lot about a sophomore guard who entered this season coming off double hernia surgery and hasn’t been nearly the player Izzo, his staff and the fans thought he could be this season. But Matt McQuaid never got discouraged, never stopped putting the time in and finally, it appears that is starting to pay off.
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This season senior Tori Jankoska has been completely in the spotlight, leading the Spartans on the court, breaking records while preparing to leave a legacy behind. From fighting for her life at birth to fighting on the court as a Spartan, Jankoska has had a rollercoaster ride worth of experiences, but right now it seems she at the top and not coming down anytime soon.
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