The State News’ new men’s basketball beat reporters Casey Harrison and Michael Duke are here to preview MSU Notre Dame in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge and then give their season expectations for Tom Izzo and Co.
Michigan State flipped it this weekend with a big win over Rutgers! Satchmo and DB discuss the victory, the football team’s remarkable turnaround this season, bowl possibilities, the college football playoffs, the state of the Spartan basketball team and other Spartan news of note.
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Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch is back off IR and returns to the podcast, joining Detroit Free Press/Lansing State Journal Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari in discussing where the Spartans will go bowling in late December/Jan. 1. Then, the duo preview Thursday’s big game in the college basketball world between No. 3 MSU and No. 5 Notre Dame. We then end the podcast by taking your Twitter questions.
Ja’Vez Alexander scanned the locker room and took a deep breath. He knew he wasn’t coming back for Sandusky’s first-round playoff game on Nov. 3 vs. Clyde at Strobel Field. But he wasn’t going to miss one last chance to try and motivate his team. The senior quarterback had gone down with a serious leg injury shortly before and was headed across the street to Urgent Care at Firelands Regional Medical Center. But before walking out of the locker room, Alexander instinctively grabbed a marker and wrote on the smart board in front of him, ‘keep playing.’
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Michigan State is a top-15 team on both sides of the floor. Notre Dame has one of the top offenses in the country, but is a work-in-progress on defense. Get a little stingier on that end, and both of these squads could go to San Antonio. This might not be the last time we see this matchup in 2017-18.
Junior wide receiver emerges as reliable target for quarterback Brian Lewerke while sophomore linebacker was outstanding
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Here are five things to watch when No. 3 Michigan State hosts No. 5 Notre Dame on Thursday in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge
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It’s been more than 40 years since Michigan State hosted Notre Dame in basketball, so might as well make it a big one. A top-five matchup qualifies as big, and that’s exactly what’s on tap as No. 3 Michigan State hosts No. 5 Notre Dame in at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Breslin Center as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the first top-five matchup in East Lansing since Jan. 7, 2014, when the fifth-ranked Spartans beat third-ranked Ohio State.
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The third-ranked Spartans host No. 5 Notre Dame on Thursday (7 p.m., ESPN). It’s the second meeting between these two regional rivals since 1979, with both part of the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.
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Michigan State’s men’s basketball team returns home on Thursday, Nov. 30, hosting Notre Dame in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at the Breslin Center. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Throughout this season we have tracked stats in some key areas we highlighted in the off-season to see if the Spartans were able to improve in these areas and thus, improve their record from last season. Well, we already know that they did, in fact, improve their record from last year, by completely flipping it from 3-9 to 9-3. Doing so is no small feat. So were the areas we focused on important or was there an overall improvement across the board that led to the resurgent season. Let’s take a final look at t
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After a strong season with Michigan State football, former walk-on defensive end Kenny Willekes has turned into the underdog success story we all needed.
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Well after midnight Saturday morning in East Lansing, Michigan State point guard Cassius Winston was putting on a show Friday night in Portland. Winston scored 23 second-half points, including a run of eight straight made field goals to end the game, to lead MSU past UConn in the semifinal of the Phil Knight Invitational. Winston finished the game with a career-high 28 points, five assists and no turnovers, putting all of his offensive talents on display.
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Michigan State will conclude its three-game road trip by heading to Miami, Florida to play in the 11th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Spartans will take on Miami on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Watsco Center.
Michigan State returns home to host No. 4 Notre Dame this weekend at Munn Ice Arena … The Spartans are coming off a loss and a tie — with a shootout win — at Penn State … Notre Dame enters Friday’s game on a nine-game winning streak.
On the coaches side, senior center Brian Allen was named second-team All-Big Ten. Wideout Felton Davis III and offensive lineman David Beedle was on the third-team.Of the honorable mentions, linemen Kevin Jarvis and Luke Campbell, one a true freshman and the other a redshirt freshman, respectively, were selected. They were joined by backfield-mates quarterback Brian Lewerke and tailback LJ Scott.
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No. 12 Michigan State has earned an at-large bid to the 2017 NCAA Division I Volleyball Tournament and will take on No. 25 Missouri State in the first round in Omaha, Nebraska on Friday. Games will be played at D.J. Sokol Arena inside the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center on the Creighton campus.
Michigan State has announced that it will welcome 15 student-athletes to rowing program when they enroll at the University in the fall of 2018.
Sophomore shooting guard Joshua Langford has had a lot to look up to since the beginning of the season. After he finished with a career-high 23 points in MSU’s 63-45 win against North Carolina Sunday, Langford, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound product of Huntsville, Alabama, is still a work in progress when it comes to honing his emotions — especially if he’s upset with the way he’s playing, according to head coach Tom Izzo.
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