The doors are now open to the public at a new Flint Township sports bar headed up by former Michigan State University star and NBA veteran Morris Peterson. Located in the outdoor village at Genesee Valley Center, Mo Pete’s Sports Retreat had its grand opening Tuesday, Jan. 23, after putting out a call last month for residents to apply for open positions. The motto for the new restaurant that’s been in the works for more than one year is: “Mo Food. Mo Sports. Mo Fun.”
Late in Michigan State’s victory at Illinois on Monday, Jaren Jackson Jr. decided one highlight-reel dunk was hardly enough. The 6-foot-11 freshman already had gotten his teammates up off their feet early in the second half when he crossed over Illinois’ Mark Smith, drove to the lane and dunked with his left hand while getting fouled. It gave the Spartans a 13-point lead and effectively put the game out of reach.
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No. 6 MSU didn’t play its most efficient game of the season, but a win is a win, as the Spartans handed Illinois an 87-74 loss at the State Farm Center in Champaign.
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Let’s be clear: Michigan State’s 2018 football recruiting class is not done. The Spartans still have work to do before National Signing Day on Feb. 7. But with 20 players already signed after the early period, and seven of them already on campus, the vast majority of the class has been finalized. And though there won’t be nearly as much turnover from 2017 to 2018 as there was from 2016 to 2017, there will still be opportunities for some of these players to make an early impact.
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Mike Tressel is now in charge of Michigan State’s defense. He was promoted to defensive coordinator after sharing co-coordinator duties for the last three seasons with Harlon Barnett, who left this month for Florida State. Tressel’s immediate focus, however, is on identifying future personnel. “Acts of duty right now in January are recruiting, recruiting, recruiting,” he said Friday, “because players make plays.”
Don Treadwell was announced Monday afternoon as Michigan State’s latest hire and will assist with defensive backs and special teams, be an offensive consultant and also serve as the freshmen head coach, which is a new position for the Spartans. That is exactly how Dantonio previously described how he wanted the 10th assistant position to be filled. “I think it’s warranted,” Dantonio said Friday of the multiple responsibilities. “We have certain needs that individual can help.”
Miles Bridges led the Spartans with 31 points on 11-13 shooting. Many coming on alley-oops. Jaren Jackson Jr. had a bit of a coming out with 21 points and 11 rebounds. The story of the night continued to be turnovers as the Spartans turned the ball over on 35.1% of its possessions for a season-high 25. Cassius Winston struggled with Illinois pressure defense and committed 8 of those turnovers while only providing 5 points and 8 assists.
Michigan State shoots its way to 13-point road win over Illinois MLive.com
Turns out, Michigan State’s shooting does travel. The No. 6 Spartans beat Illinois, 87-74, on Monday night at State Farm Center thanks to its most impressive shooting performances of the year. For the game, Michigan State (18-3, 6-2) shot 68.2 percent from the field, its best mark of the season
Michigan State’s turnovers slow dominant night in 87-74 win vs. Illinois Detroit Free Press
One of the benefits of playing a winless team in your conference? Even your mistakes can be overcome. Even if they are coming in abundance. That doesn’t mean Tom Izzo and No. 6 Michigan State are satisfied with their 87-74 victory over Illinois on Monday night. Far from it. Not with how sloppy the Spartans continue to be. But yet …
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Men’s basketball (17-3, 5-2 Big Ten) followed up its blowout of Indiana on Friday with an 87-74 victory over Illinois Monday night at State Farm Center, giving the team its second true road win on the season.
MSU basketball turns ball over 25 times, beats Illinois anyway The Only Colors
How do you beat MSU? Well, a good start is making them turn the ball over 25 times. So, how do you win with 25 turnovers? Well, shooting 68 percent from the field is a good start. And out-rebounding a team 40-20 is another good way to do it too. Do both of those, and 25 turnovers don’t deter you from winning a game 87-74.
Torrid shooting saves MSU in untidy road win over Illinois Detroit News
Michigan State was in a fistfight Monday night. At least, that’s the way Tom Izzo saw it and he wasn’t complaining one bit. Instead of lamenting a season-high 25 turnovers or the fact it came against a team that has yet to win a Big Ten game, the Michigan State coach came away impressed with his team’s 87-74 victory at the State Farm Center.
Bridges, No. 6 Michigan State hold off Illinois 87-74 MSUSpartans.com
Miles Bridges scored 31 points, Jaren Jackson Jr. had 21 points and 11 rebounds and No. 6 Michigan State got a harder-than-expected 87-74 win over Illinois on Monday night. Michigan State (18-3, 6-2 Big Ten) shot 68.2 percent, which set a record at State Farm Center for an opponent’s shooting percentage. Illinois shot 43.1 percent.
Cassius Winston, guards struggle with turnovers vs. Illinois Detroit Free Press
Cassius Winston’s eighth turnover was the one that drove Tom Izzo to get in his face. Not because it was the Michigan State point guard’s third offensive foul. But because Winston repeated the same mistake three times.
Michigan State sees growth after surviving dreadful start, 25 turnovers MLive.com
The orange-clad masses that packed the State Farm Center here on Monday night could sense that their highly ranked visitors were flustered from the start. An intense ball pressure defense from Illinois left No. 6 Michigan State out of sorts for the first 10 minutes. Illini fans started to sense the makings of an upset.
Michigan State beats Illinois in sloppiest performance of season Land of 10
No. 6 Michigan State men’s basketball (18-3 overall, 6-2 Big Ten) survived a 25-turnover performance for an 87-74 win over Illinois (10-11, 0-8) on Monday night in Champaign, Ill. Miles Bridges led the way for the Spartans with 31 points, while Jaren Jackson Jr. added 21 and 11 rebounds. No one else finished in double figures for Michigan State. Cassius Winston had 8 assists and 8 turnovers before fouling out.
Bridges, Jackson star in 87-74 road win over Illinois Spartan Tailgate
Miles Bridges led all scorers with 31 points while missing just two shots, and Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 21 points on 5-for-6 shooting to lead the Spartans. MSU shot a season-high 68.2 percent from the field and went 23-for-28 from the free throw line while holding the Illini to 42.4 percent shooting.
After one game at home, the Michigan State returns to the road, facing No. 16/18 Michigan in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. The game is MSU’s fifth-straight game broadcast on the Big Ten Network with Lisa Byington and Shelley Till on the call. The Spartans are currently 14-6 this season and 4-3 in league play. The Wolverines are 17-4 overall and 6-2 in Big Ten action.
Spartans dressed only eight players for their last contest and coach Suzy Merchant doubt she’ll have more than that for Tuesday’s encounter.
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Don Treadwell, who served as Michigan State’s offensive coordinator for four seasons from 2007-10 under head coach Mark Dantonio, has returned to the Spartan coaching staff. Treadwell will assist coaching defensive backs and special teams while also helping as an offensive consultant. In addition, Treadwell will serve as freshmen head coach, a new title created to support first-year players in their growth and development both on and off the field.
Michigan State took a step toward landing another defensive lineman to finish out the 2018 class when Habakkuk Baldonado announced on Monday that the Spartans have offered. Baldonado, a Clearwater (Fla.) Academy International senior, took an official visit to Michigan State with his mother over the weekend. “Big time offer and amazing visit,” the 6-foot-5 standout wrote.
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Miles Bridges was one of 14 players selected to the midseason watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, which is presented by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association to college basketball’s national player of the year. This is the second such honor for Bridges, who was selected to the John R. Wooden® Midseason Top 25 earlier this month.
After falling in the national rankings each of the previous two weeks, Michigan State moved back up. The Spartans rose from No. 9 to No. 6 in the latest Associated Press rankings, which were released Monday. They are one of four Big Ten teams in the top 25, along with No. 3 Purdue, No. 13 Ohio State and No. 25 Michigan.
The last time Mike Tressel called plays, it was 2001. That was at Wartburg College, a Division III program in Iowa. And, that was as the offensive coordinator. Tressel has spent the last 15 years of his career focused on defense and is now in charge. He was promoted by coach Mark Dantonio to Michigan State’s defensive coordinator after sharing co-coordinator duties with Harlon Barnett for the last three seasons.
By blowing past Indiana by 28 points at home on Friday, Michigan State proved it has moved past its lackluster two-loss week and performance against Michigan. Now, the next step is to prove it can take that performance on the road. The No. 9 Spartans travel to take on Illinois on Monday (9 p.m. ET, FS1) in only their third true road game of the season.
Michigan State women’s tennis team built on its successful start to the 2018 spring season with two more wins, bringing the Spartans to an impressive 4-0 mark on the weekend. In the second doubleheader of the weekend, the Spartans started off with a victory over Toledo, 4-0, before defeating Detroit Mercy, 4-0.
Michigan State’s men’s basketball team plays its third Big Ten Conference road game of the season on Monday, Jan. 22, visiting Illinois. Tip-off is slated for 9 p.m. (ET). Here is a closer look at Monday night’s game.
Michigan State wrestling rallied against No. 21 Wisconsin but couldn’t keep it up on Sunday afternoon at Jenison Field House, falling 28-7. After a thrilling 18-15 win at Indiana on Friday, the Spartans split the weekend and drop to 5-6 overall and 1-4 in conference duals.
Former Michigan State soccer standout Ken Krolicki was drafted by the Montreal Impact on Sunday in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft. Krolicki was the 53rd overall pick, chosen as the seventh player in the third round.