Just hours after the dedication to the renovations at the Breslin Center, including the Izzo Hall of History, the Michigan State men’s and women’s basketball teams were featured in the annual MSU Madness. A capacity crowd of fans packed the Breslin Center for a chance to see the 2017-18 teams, capping the night off with scrimmages by both squads.
A basketball team being picked to be one of the best in college basketball this season now has a newly updated new home. Michigan State unveiled a $50 million renovation to the Breslin Center in a Friday afternoon ceremony on campus, marking the first major upgrade to the nearly three-decade old home to the Spartans basketball facility. The highlight of the project is a 30,000 square foot addition at the southeast corner of the arena, at the site of the former ticket office.
Michigan State Madness will be held on Friday, Oct. 20. MSU’s annual event celebrates the beginning of the 2017-18 season for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Doors to the Breslin Center will open at 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.
For as much success as Miles Bridges had as a freshman for Michigan State, he did so playing somewhat out of position. With Michigan State’s frontcourt decimated by injuries, Bridges played primarily out of the post as a freshman last season — making him, at 6-foot-7, a little undersized.
We should start with Miles Bridges here, shouldn’t we? Bridges is the NBC Sports Preseason National Player of the Year. He averaged 16.9 points, 8.3 boards, 2.1 assists and 1.5 steals while shooting 38.9 percent from three on more than five threes per game as a freshman.
The annual event signifies the start of the season, even though it sits right between the start of practice and the start of the regular season. It brings out a thousands of students and fans, and sitting courtside will be a handful of top recruits.
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Miles Bridges walked out the door near the corner of Seventh Avenue and 32nd Street and looked up in the hustle and bustle of Thursday afternoon traffic. He’d been there before, at this legendary mecca, but his gaze turned into a giant smile. He froze on the sidewalk, staring at his own image splashed on a banner atop the entrance to Madison Square Garden. The Michigan State star, looking a little star-struck himself, took a picture. The kid from Flint, a basketball skyscraper in the heart of Manhattan. And he’s not even in the NBA yet. “It’s crazy, man,” Bridges said with a chuckle.
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It’s fitting that Miles Bridges was holding court in midtown Manhattan on Thursday at the Big Ten’s basketball media day. As his freshman season progressed at Michigan State last winter, most expected it would be the Flint native’s only season with the Spartans — even head coach Tom Izzo. But, as Izzo has said over and over, Bridges is not your typical superstar.
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LJ Scott, Brian Lewerke and company pounded open a hole through a wall of haters and doubters. Now Miles Bridges wants to run through it. “I mean, [the football team], they’re undefeated in the Big Ten Conference,” the Michigan State men’s basketball star told Land of 10 Thursday at the conference’s media day at Madison Square Garden. “In some ways, we want to be like them. Because we were underlooked last year, and this year, we want to come out from the jump and just pounce on teams.”
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You read that right. Ryan Cole and Davey Segal bring you back to the Impact Izzone as the MSU basketball season approaches. They review the offseason and break down just how the team began to gain so much hype. They discuss their three things to watch and even add in an Izzone update.
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The first men’s basketball Coaches Poll of the season was released Thursday afternoon and it set up a likely early-season No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup. Duke opened at No. 1 and received 20 first-place votes while Michigan State is No. 2 with nine first-place votes. The two teams will square off on Nov. 14 in the Champions Classic at the United Center in Chicago.
Tom Izzo joins Nick Wright, Cris Carter and Jenna Wolfe to discuss what makes Draymond Green such an invaluable player both on and off the court.
Michigan State is here at Madison Square Garden for Big Ten media day as the runaway favorite to win the league, with the league’s preseason player of the year in Miles Bridges. Tom Izzo isn’t disagreeing with that status, but thinks he’ll have plenty of teams within striking distance. “I heard we were picked to win it, but I heard there were like five teams picked second,” Izzo said on Thursday morning at his opening media session. “It just goes to show what this league has, and that’s parity.”
Michigan State sophomore Miles Bridges was named the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year on Thursday by a panel of conference media. Bridges was also a unanimous selection to the preseason All-Big Ten team where he was joined by teammate Nick Ward. The two were Michigan State’s leading scorers last season, with Bridges averaging 16.9 points and 8.3 rebounds a game and Ward scoring 13.9 points and grabbing 6.5 rebounds a game.
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