Michigan State’s postgame celebration on Tuesday night had all the markings of an ending with a goal accomplished. After the Spartans beat Illinois to clinch at least a share of the Big Ten title, the team brought out a championship trophy and raised it as a team. Players watched as a 2018 Big Ten championship banner was raised above them. They said emotional farewells to the team’s three seniors.
In a game with 10 lead changes, the Michigan State women’s basketball team stopped Wisconsin, 69-61, on Senior Night Wednesday at the Breslin Center. Michigan State celebrated a quintet of seniors Branndais Agee, Kiara Carter, Lexi Gussert, Kennedy Johnson and Taya Reimer.
Review of the Senior Night win over Illinois and Preview of the Regular Season Wrap-Up at Wisconsin. Special Guest: Redshirt Junior Forward Kenny Goins
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press/LSJ Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari talk about Michigan State winning the Big Ten title and the impact the seniors have had over the program. Then, they talk about ESPN’s ongoing reporting of MSU’s football and basketball programs and offer their two cents on ESPN’s story and their fairness toward the school.
Michigan State track & field travels to Geneva, Ohio, on Friday and Saturday, February 23-24 for the 2018 Big Ten Indoor Championships held at the SPIRE Institute. The event will commence at 10 a.m. on Friday and continue on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.
Michigan State sophomore Allyson Geer has been named the Big Ten Women’s Golfer of the Week, it was announced by the conference office on Wednesday. It’s the first weekly conference honor of Geer’s career.
Tuesday also marked the last-ever home game for seniors Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn Jr., Gavin Schilling and Ben Carter, who started for the first time this season. It might have been the last game at the Breslin for Bridges and freshman standout Jaren Jackson Jr. Both are projected by CBS, Sports Illustrated and others to be lottery picks in the upcoming NBA draft in June.
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The Michigan State men’s golf team will go head-to-head with Penn State this weekend in the Challenge at Champions. The two teams will square off in a one-round, stroke play event on Saturday at the Champions Golf Club Cypress Creek Course in Houston, Texas.
A trio of Michigan State players were recognized after the game against Illinois at the Breslin Center on Feb. 20 … Graduate transfer Ben Carter, senior Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn Jr. and redshirt senior Gavin Schilling . Michigan State also celebrated clinching at least a share of the 2018 Big Ten Regular Season title.
The Spartans close the regular season this weekend with a pair of games at No. 5/3 Notre Dame … It’s the Spartans’ first trip to the Compton Family Ice Arena since December 2012.
Michigan State defeated Illinois 81-61 on Tuesday night and secured another Big Ten regular season championship. It’s another example of the overall dominance Michigan State has shown under Tom Izzo when it comes to conference play.
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With all of six games of college experience to his credit, Joe Bachie was named the starting middle linebacker last spring. Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio’s confidence in the sophomore was clear and, as it turned out, warranted. Eight months later, Bachie was voted MVP by his teammates.
Every year we look forward to this @MSU_Basketball Senior Night tradition. 💋
As Gavin Schilling, Ben Carter and Tum Tum Nairn leave the Breslin Center court for the final time, they give the customary kiss at center court: pic.twitter.com/DnWZf8MHzJ
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) February 21, 2018
Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State’s 81-61 Big Ten title-clinching win over Illinois Lansing State Journal
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch gives his initial thoughts on the Spartans’ 81-61 win over the Illini Tuesday night at Breslin Center
No. 2 MSU clinches share of Big Ten title, defeats Illinois on Senior Day Impact Sports
In the team’s final home game of the season, No. 2 Michigan State clinched a share of their first Big Ten regular-season title since 2012 and sent out its seniors with a victory. Michigan State powered ahead of the Illini in the second half after a sloppy first, emerging victorious 81-61.
Michigan State clinches Big Ten title share with senior day win over Illinois MLive.com
Before they leave town to accomplish their season’s biggest goals, the Spartans left their home venue with a storybook ending. Michigan State clinched at least a share of the 2018 Big Ten in its home finale and senior night with a 81-61 win over Illinois on Tuesday at Breslin Center. The title is Michigan State’s first since 2012.
MSU beats Illinois 81-61 to clinch share of Big Ten title Spartan Tailgate
Michigan State clinched at least a share of the 2018 Big Ten Championship on Tuesday night with an 81-61 win over Illinois at Breslin Center. The Spartans led by only three at halftime but cut down on turnovers and locked up defensively to finish off the win against the Illini. MSU has now won 11 straight with just one more regular season game remaining.
Champs! MSU clinches first Big Ten title since 2012 Detroit News
Big Ten championship — check. Michigan State took care of the first item on its to-do list Tuesday night by beating Illinois, 81-61, on Senior Night at Breslin Center. The victory clinched at least a share of the conference regular-season title, the first for the Spartans since 2012 and the eighth for coach Tom Izzo.
Michigan State clinches share of Big Ten with 81-61 win over Illinois on senior night Detroit Free Press
Miles Bridges came back to hang banners inside Breslin Center. He helped secure his first on Tuesday night. The sophomore scored 11 first-half points, and No. 1 Michigan State used a 12-1 run over the first 5 minutes of the second half to capture at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season championship with an 81-61 victory over Illinois.
MSU locks up Big Ten title on Senior Night The Only Colors
Senior Night is undefeated when it comes to bringing out the emotions from the players, coaches and fans. Starting with playing the Bahamian national anthem for Tum Tum Nairn before the game to the teary-eyed farewell to Ben Carter, Gavin Schilling and Nairn, it was a perfect night.
Men’s basketball crushes Illinois, wins Big Ten title on senior night State News
The No. 2 men’s basketball team’s starting unit has consisted of the same five players all year: Cassius Winston, Joshua Langford, Miles Bridges, Nick Ward and Jaren Jackson Jr. But against the Fighting Illini a trio of seniors joined the party, as Tuesday night was senior night.
strong>No. 2 Michigan State Tops Illinois 81-61, Seals Share of Title on Senior Night MSU Official
Sophomore guard/forward Miles Bridges scored 19 points to lead three players in double figures as No. 2/1 Michigan State used a big second half to pull away from Illinois for an 81-61 victory, clinching at least a share of the 2018 Big Ten Regular Season title.
Michigan State senior night: Tum Tum Nairn, Tom Izzo and all the feels Lansing State Journal
Based on Michigan State Twitter’s reaction, Tum Tum Nairn’s final walk off the Breslin Center court brought out all the feels Tuesday night. And perhaps much stronger feelings than originally anticipated.
Bridges likely played last game at Breslin Detroit News
He surprised many last spring when he opted to return to Michigan State for another season and put off life in the NBA. On Tuesday night, the crowd chanted, “One more year,” as Bridges stood at the free throw-line late in the game. He flashed a quick smile, and when he checked out of the game, there was a wave to the fans. No kissing the logo, though. That, he said last week, was for the seniors.
Seniors relish first start of season as Michigan State captures Big Ten title Detroit Free Press
Michigan State’s did not hold its senior day celebration until after a Big Ten regular season title was in hand. But the Spartans’ honors for Tum Tum Nairn, Gavin Schilling and Ben Carter began well before raising the banner after their 81-61 victory over Illinois on Tuesday night.
Miles Bridges, Jaren Jackson tight-lipped about NBA future Lansing State Journal
Miles Bridges said he decided to return to Michigan State for his sophomore season because he wanted to hang banners and hoist trophies. Freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. signed with the Spartans for the same reason.
Senior Night tears don’t blur MSU’s desired end game Detroit News
Nairn later promised near the end of an emotional postgame ceremony, telling the fans, “We’re not done. We’ve still got a lot of basketball to play.” They do, indeed, starting with one final regular-season game Sunday at Wisconsin, where the Spartans can clinch their first outright league title since 2009 and only their third in Izzo’s tenure.
Michigan State has share of Big Ten title after blowing out Illinois, but wants more Detroit Free Press
top-ranked Spartans earned at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season championship with an 81-61 victory over Illinois, capturing their first league title since 2012. “That’s why I came back, to make memories,” said Bridges, who finished with 19 points, five rebounds and three assists as well as four of MSU’s 11 3-pointers. “That banner will be up there forever. That championship will be there forever.”
Miles Bridges likely bade farewell to Breslin Center on Tuesday, even if he’s not saying it MLive.com
As Miles Bridges shot free throws with three minutes left in Michigan State’s eventual 81-61 win over Illinois, the students behind the basket chanted a phrase that’s become familiar to the Spartans’ star: “One more year”
The No. 13 Michigan State women’s golf team shot a 12-over-par 300 on Tuesday in the final round of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate to take third place. The Spartans finished the tournament at the English Turn Golf and Country Club 24-over-par 888 (284-304-300), six shots behind No. 11 USC for second place. No. 18 Florida won the tournament at 9-over-par 873.
After witnessing the comeback at Northwestern in person on Saturday I was all set to write about Cassius Winston this week. The incredible second-half turnaround doesn’t happen without Winston leading the way, both as a scorer, and a facilitator. He was in complete control in the second half of that game and the team responded to him. He was also playing with extreme confidence, as evidenced by some of the shots he took without hesitation.
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Michigan State women’s basketball will conclude the regular season portion of the home schedule, hosting Wisconsin on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed on BTN Plus. The Spartans will honor its five seniors: Branndais Agee, Kiara Carter, Lexi Gussert, Kennedy Johnson and Taya Reimer.
The Spartans (26-3 overall, 14-2 Big Ten) have a chance to clinch a share of the Big Ten title on senior night tonight against a team that it beat by double digits on the road last month. But Illinois, which has just three Big Ten wins on the season, did force MSU into 25 turnovers last time around, and the Spartans will have to come out focused to avoid having to make another comeback like Saturday at Northwestern.
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After overcoming a 27-point deficit in a win at Northwestern on Saturday, No. 2 Michigan State (26-3, 14-2 B1G) gets back to it tonight for Senior Night, hosting Illinois (13-15, 3-12 B1G) in its last home game of the season.
Tuesday’s game against Illinois will be the last time the men’s basketball team will play at the Breslin Center this season, and for a few members of the team it will be the final time they will ever play there.No. 2 MSU (26-3, 14-2) will square off against the Fighting Illini for the second time this season on senior night.
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