February 27th, 2017

Sam and Rod are back to revel in yet another masterful Tom Izzo coaching job. We break down the huge home win against Wisconsin, a commanding victory over Nebraska earlier in the week, and then look ahead to road dates with Illinois and Maryland to close out the regular season.

Topics include:

  • MSU’s freshmen taking over
  • Miles and Nick with a dominant week
  • The Matt McQuaid game!
  • Cassius in control
  • A biomechanical analysis (seriously!) of Josh Langford’s awkward gait
  • MSU’s <1% chances of winning the B1G regular season title

Source: The Final Four Is Not On The Schedule

February 27th, 2017

The extent to with Nick Ward is the beast of his own burdens was on full display about six weeks ago. On a Saturday afternoon at Ohio State, the Michigan State freshman vanished in a game played just 15 miles from his hometown. Much of the day was spent on the bench, laced with foul trouble, out of view from family and friends.

Source: MLive

February 27th, 2017

A point guard’s leadership role should not be a push-me, pull-you proposition. It’s primarily example. The best of them make the right play and rely upon teammates to do the same. When the teammates falter, the point guard still comes back to them. And a team is born.

Source: MLive

February 27th, 2017

The tradition called for Senior Day, and it ended with a misty-eyed, sentimental touch at the Breslin Center, as senior guard Eron Harris checked in with 11 seconds left — his right leg still immobilized after suffering a season-ending knee injury a week ago — to kiss the Spartan logo at center court goodbye. But the urgency called for something else Sunday.

Source: Detroit News

February 27th, 2017

Tom Izzo might have jumped the gun in his final remarks to the Breslin Center crowd after Michigan State’s 84-74 win over Wisconsin on Sunday.But I get it. The NCAA tournament streak means that much to him. It should. Nothing separates his program from its Big Ten peers and puts it among the national elite more than 19 straight trips to the Big Dance.

Source: Detroit Free Press

February 27th, 2017

Michigan State women’s basketball has earned the sixth seed in the upcoming Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, which will be held March 1-5 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

February 27th, 2017

In the series finale, the Michigan State baseball team fell to UNC Greensboro, 4-1, on Sunday for its first loss of the season.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

February 27th, 2017

Tom Izzo talks all the time about memory-making moments, so when he had the chance to create one for Eron Harris on Sunday, he wasn’t about to miss his chance. Harris, of course, was lost for the season to a knee injury suffered last weekend at Purdue, shelving the senior guard for the remainder of his Michigan State career, a blow that shook the entire team, from freshmen right up to the head coach.

Source: Detroit News

February 27th, 2017

They were short-handed before the opening tip. And in foul trouble by the second half. So it didn’t look good when the lead was down to four and the Michigan State Spartans had just one starter on the floor. Already, Wisconsin had come back in the first half, slicing a 13-point lead to one.

Source: Detroit Free Press

February 27th, 2017

Michigan State has its next quarterback. Theo Day, a three-star quarterback 2018 prospect from Dearborn Divine Child, announced his verbal commitment to Michigan State on Sunday night.

Source: MLive

February 27th, 2017

Tom Izzo told Eron Harris to put on his uniform one final time. Michigan State’s injured guard knew his senior day wouldn’t be spent on the court. Or would it?

Source: Detroit Free Press

February 27th, 2017

Box Score

Michigan State muscles its way to 84-74 win over No. 16 Wisconsin on Senior Day Land of 10
Michigan State (18-11, 10-6 Big Ten) sent its seniors out in style on Sunday with an 84-74 win over No. 16 Wisconsin (22-7, 11-5) in its final home game of the season. Nick Ward led four players in double figures with 22 points and nine rebounds on 9-for-12 shooting. Miles Bridges scored 17 and Matt McQuaid added 15. Cassius Winston posted 10 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.

Michigan State tops No. 16 Wisconsin, takes a long step toward securing NCAA Tournament bid MLive
Michigan State played its final 2016-17 game at Breslin Center on Sunday. The lasting impression is: When they’re good, the Spartans can be really good. When they’re off, they can be self-destructive. Either way, it’s always interesting to watch.

Michigan State beefs up résumé with 84-74 win over Wisconsin Detroit Free Press
Michigan State needed to steal at least one of its final four games to make a stronger case for an NCAA tournament berth. So far, the Spartans are 2-for-2. And they did it with a variety of contributions.

MSU upsets No. 16 Wisconsin on senior day, 84-74 State News
It was a showcase of underclassmen talent at the Breslin Center Sunday, as the Spartans hosted the University of Wisconsin for senior day. MSU upset the No. 16 Badgers by a final score of 84-74.

MSU notches resume-building win over Wisconsin Detroit News
Michigan State doesn’t have a lot of seniors, so it was fitting in the final home game of the season – on Senior Day – that it was once again the youngsters that led the way. Nick Ward and Miles Bridges – the two freshmen who have produced all season – were the catalysts again Sunday as Ward scored 22 and grabbed nine rebounds while Bridges added 17 points and seven rebounds as Michigan State beat No. 16 Wisconsin, 84-74.

Young Spartans lead Michigan State to 84-74 win over Wisconsin Spartan Tailgate
On Senior Day at Breslin Center, it was four freshmen and a sophomore who led Michigan State to an 84-74 win over a No. 16 Wisconsin on Sunday. In the process, the Spartans just might have locked up an NCAA Tournament bid with one of their best wins of the season.

Three Takeaways: Spartans Win A Big One On Senior Day, beat Wisconsin 84-74 The Only Colors
In beating Wisconsin, the Spartans were able to finally add that elusive marquee win to their resume and all but lock up a trip to the NCAA Tournament. There are still games to be played, but this was a huge opportunity and they made the most of it.

Michigan State basketball picks up signature win over Wisconsin, 84-74 Spartan Avenue
Ticket punched? We will soon find out if the selection committee finds Michigan State basketball fit to represent as an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament this season following a signature win against No. 16 Wisconsin at home.

Nick Ward-Led Michigan State beats No. 16 Wisconsin 84-74 MSUSpartans.com
Nick Ward had 22 points and nine rebounds, Miles Bridges had 17 points and Matt McQuaid added a season-high 15 to help Michigan State beat No. 16 Wisconsin 84-74 on Sunday. The Spartans (18-11, 10-6 Big Ten) have won six of their last eight games, moving them into a third-place tie in the conference and perhaps sealing their spot in a 20th straight NCAA Tournament

February 27th, 2017

Michigan State women’s basketball lost a hard-fought battle at Nebraska, 76-74, in overtime Sunday afternoon at Pinnacle Bank Arena in the regular-season finale.  With the loss, MSU ends regular-season play with a 19-10 overall and 9-7 Big Ten record. Nebraska improves to 7-21 overall and 3-13 in league play.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

February 26th, 2017

Michigan State completed the sweep of homestanding Loyola-Marymount on Sunday, scoring a 7-5 victory over the Lions. MSU has extended its winning streak to five games and improves to 10-2 overall.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

February 26th, 2017

A 13-run fourth-inning blew open the game and Michigan State baseball pulled away for a 22-16 shootout over UNC-Greensboro Saturday afternoon in game two of the three game series of the clash of the Spartans.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

February 26th, 2017

Work ethic is not something that can be learned by an athlete. Sure, you can teach a hockey player how to skate. You can teach a football player how to run a route. You can teach a basketball player the correct shooting form. But you can’t teach an athlete how to work hard. Redshirt senior guard Eron Harris’ success story is proof of what an athlete can accomplish when their grind is never ending.

Source: Eron Harris: Keeping The Faith – Michigan State Official Athletic Site

February 26th, 2017

Michigan State is running out of chances for a signature win. In fact, with Maryland stumbling (MSU plays at Maryland next weekend), today’s home game against Wisconsin might be the Spartans’ last chance for a defining win in the regular season. It’s senior day at Breslin Center for the Spartans (17-11, 9-6 Big Ten), who host a 16th-ranked Badgers squad (22-6, 11-4) that has lost three of its last four games. While MSU is hoping to enhance its NCAA Tournament resume and improve its Big Ten Tournament seeding, Wisconsin still has Big Ten title hopes and trails first-place Purdue by only a half-game entering today.

Source: MLive.com

February 26th, 2017

Thanks to a wonky Big Ten schedule, #RealRivals Michigan State and Wisconsin square off for the first, and only, time in the 2016-17 season today. These Big Ten titans have had some epic showdowns in the past, and considering all that is on the line — MSU looking to add its biggest win of the year on Senior Day, Wisconsin trying to right the ship after losing three of their last four — we could be in for another one.

Source: The Only Colors

February 26th, 2017

The Spartans (17-11, 9-6) will say farewell to three seniors on Saturday when they host No. 16 Wisconsin (22-6, 11-4) at 4 p.m. at the Breslin Center (CBS).

Source: MLive

February 26th, 2017

This is what losing does to a college football program. Forget the other noise for a minute: What Michigan State’s football program is going through right now is, first and foremost, about winning and losing.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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