28 mins ago

Two is the magic number.Michigan State needs production at its two-guard spot. And two players, in particular, remain under the microscope: Eron Harris and Matt McQuaid.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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49 mins ago

In his 22nd year as Michigan State basketball’s head coach after being a longtime assistant, there isn’t much Tom Izzo hasn’t experienced. He battled through two NIT seasons to start his head coaching career. He’s had bubble teams and he’s led teams to No. 1 seeds. He’s won a national title and been to seven Final Fours and he’s also lost in the first round — though not often. He’s always prided himself on having teams that are tough, rebound and defend, but he’s also won with groups that could score and shoot the basketball with anybody.

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53 mins ago

You know about March Madness, so now get to know “Mark Madness.” This year’s NCAA Tournament selection chair is Mark Hollis, athletic director at Michigan State and five-year committee member. He’s the guy you’ll see getting grilled on CBS after the field of 68 is revealed on March 12, otherwise known as another two-word phrase that’s even better than road trip: Selection Sunday.

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1 hour ago

With freshman phenom Miles Bridges out with injury, fellow freshman Cassius Winston saw his minutes increase and found himself in Michigan State basketball’s starting lineup. Upon his return, Winston has seen his minutes ––and level of play –– dip dramatically.

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2 hours ago

The sour feeling from a poor defensive performance and a second Big Ten loss will sit with Michigan State through a longer-than-usual wait until it can retake the court. he Spartans (12-7, 4-2) are preparing for Saturday’s game at Indiana (4 p.m., ESPN), their primary task being to solve their own issues.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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2 hours ago

Will Tieman asks Coach Izzo when he decided he wanted to be a coach

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7 hours ago

Tom Izzo entered Sunday’s Michigan State game against Ohio State fully confident in the health of Miles Bridges’ ankle and happy with his progression back into the lineup from the injury that kept him out for seven games. That was all good news. But it didn’t mean the Spartans head coach was going to deviate from his plan for his star player.

Source: MLive

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12 hours ago

Tom Izzo gets it.He gets why fans are frustrated by his rotation — one many detractors feel played into Sunday’s loss at Ohio State. He gets why there’s frustration over the lack of consistency, especially from players who’ve been around the block like senior Eron Harris. And he gets why there is plenty of consternation over a 12-7 overall record.

Source: Detroit News

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23 hours ago

Tom Izzo stood firmly atop the podium. The Hall of Fame coach delivered a steadfast message to his followers, even though he admitted to searching for answers to Michigan State’s up-and-down season. “Don’t panic,” Izzo said. “This team is getting better.”

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1 day ago

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1 day ago

Will Tieman asks Coach Izzo about the focus for the off week

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1 day ago

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo reiterated on Tuesday what he said last week saying 6-foot-9 graduate transfer Ben Carter won’t return from a knee injury suffered just weeks before the season began. Izzo also said it appears more likely that of 6-9 senior Gavin Schilling will be in the same boat.“In my mind, it’s 99 percent definitive,” Izzo said. “I think in his mind it is, too. So, I guess we could almost say that his chances of coming back are slim this year.”

Source: Detroit News

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1 day ago

Now in his 17th season at Michigan State, assistant Coach Mike “OG” Garland has seen a lot of basketball but his stories are more than just X’s and O’s, hear what turned this once high school coach into the guy he is today. Also, as the student body returns to campus following winter

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1 day ago

While the majority of the high-level prospects in the 2017 recruiting class have committed, there are still a handful of blue chips that have yet to make their decision, including La Lumiere’s Brian Bowen.

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2 days ago

The Spartans (12-7, 4-2 Big Ten) couldn’t stop the Ohio State University Buckeyes Sunday night. It was a game Ohio State (11-7, 1-4 Big Ten) needed to win in order to stave the firing of tenured head coach Thad Matta and stay afloat in the Big Ten standings.

Source: The State News

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2 days ago

Michigan State’s height challenges are well-documented. Ohio State took full advantage of it Sunday, both in the paint and on the perimeter.The Spartans’ unfocused defensive effort during their 72-67 loss to the Buckeyes perturbed coach Tom Izzo. He felt MSU’s big men struggled to guard Ohio State’s post players and didn’t adequately help his guards on ball screens away from the basket.

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2 days ago

Michigan State guard/forward Miles Bridges has been selected as the Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Monday. Bridges averaged 20.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg and shot 73.7 percent from the floor and 75.0 percent from 3-point range in two games last week and shares the honor with Penn States Mike Watkins.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

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2 days ago

Will Tieman asks Coach Izzo how he went about building his play book

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3 days ago

What if — just, what if — Michigan State could arm Bridges to do more of what he did on Sunday and — and! — relocate the old Ward, the one who debilitated opposing defenses throughout December. If a rising tide lifts all boats, than the idea of Bridges and Ward manifesting their talents at once represents a tidal wave.

Source: It’s time for Michigan State to cue up the Miles Bridges-Nick Ward Show | MLive.com

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3 days ago

As long as Bridges and Ward continue to demand heavy attention from opponents on the offensive end, it will be up to Michigan State’s guards to bear the weight of this team’s success.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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