4 hours ago

There’s a whole lot of respect between Tom Izzo and Greg Kampe, who sat side by side in the rain the other day at the Little Caesars Arena construction site, Kampe holding the umbrella for both of them as sprinkling rain came down. The Dec. 16 game at LCA — part of a doubleheader, that includes Michigan and Detroit Mercy — will be the 16th meeting, and the 12th in 13 years, between Michigan State and Oakland, all in the Izzo era. Michigan State is 15-0 in the series. “We haven’t lost to them,” Izzo said, before emphatically adding, “Yet!”

Source: Detroit News

11 hours ago

In a season riddled with setbacks and injuries, head coach Tom Izzo learned to trust in a freshman class more often than not — something almost sacrilege for the Hall of Fame coach. Amid the season-ending injuries to Gavin Schilling and Ben Carter, Nick Ward evolved into one of the most overwhelming big men in the conference.

Source: The State News

11 hours ago

Tuesday night, it was Brandon McCoy heading to UNLV. Wednesday night, it was Mark Smith committing to Illinois. Before that, it was Blake Harris and Greg Elliott heading to Mizzou and Marquette, respectively. If those weren’t enough for you, the tea leaves aren’t looking too good when it comes to long time Spartan target Brian Bowen ending up in Green, either.

Source: The Only Colors

1 day ago

On Tuesday, Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo didn’t downplay his team’s potential for next season.While some coaches prefer to fly under the radar, Izzo embraced the potential for a high national ranking — and all the exposure that accompanies it — heading into the 2017-18 campaign.

Source: Detroit Free Press

1 day ago

Let the psychological warfare begin. After Tuesday’s announcement that Michigan State and Oakland will play at Little Caesars Arena on Dec. 16, joining Michigan and Detroit Mercy for a college basketball doubleheader, Oakland coach Greg Kampe praised the Spartans and longtime coach Tom Izzo. “They were (ranked) No. 1 two years ago, and we got beat in overtime,” Kampe said of his team’s 99-93 loss to MSU at the Palace. “I’m hoping they’re No. 1 again. That would be great.”

Source: Detroit Free Press

2 days ago

Mark “Rocket” Watts doesn’t play football anymore, but the nickname remains. The 6-foot-2 Detroit Old Redford combo guard won’t blow you away with his size, but he’ll blow by you with his speed. A 3-star prospect in the 2019 class per the 247Sports composite, Watts has seen his basketball recruitment explode in the days following the first Nike EYBL session in Hampton, Va.

Source: Land of 10

2 days ago

Hey, this doubleheader at Little Caesars Arena is pretty cool!However, as Spartan fans are used to hearing about sweet events at this point.Under Tom Izzo, the Spartans have been around the world – literally – taking on some of college basketball’s most historical events.

Source: The Only Colors

2 days ago

The first college basketball game at Little Caesars Arena will be Michigan against Detroit Mercy on Dec. 16. It’s the first game of a doubleheader that will be followed by Michigan State against Oakland University.

Source: Lansing State Journal

3 days ago

the AAU basketball circuit switched into high gear this past weekend. Let’s check in on how Michigan State’s 2018 commits and targets performed.

Source: Land of 10

3 days ago

It’s not just the fact that Bridges will play a lot at small forward, his natural position, with senior forward Gavin Schilling returning from injury and incoming freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. likely joining the playing rotation. One word sums up the biggest impact of Bridges’ return –– swagger.

Source: Detroit Free Press

4 days ago

While Michigan State coaches hit the road this weekend for the open recruiting period, a scholarship offer was extended close to home. ark “Rocket” Watts, a 2019 guard from Detroit Old Redford Academy, landed an offer from MSU, he announced Sunday on Twitter.

Source: MLive.com

5 days ago

Zach Randolph, the self-described blue collar forward in a blue collar town, always gives the Grizzlies whatever they need.No complaints. Just check in when called upon and scrap for rebounds and buckets.Even when relegated to coming off the bench after being a starter throughout his long career, Randolph never griped about playing fewer minutes.Randolph is answering the bell again for his Grizzlies, as only he can.

Source: ProBasketballTalk

5 days ago

The most surprising — and significant — NBA Draft development is Miles Bridges’ decision to return to Michigan State. It means four of the Spartans’ top five scorers will be back. And Bridges could now become the favorite for National Player of the Year.

Source: CBSSports.com

6 days ago

Draymond Green has come a long way since his days of playing for Tom Izzo at Michigan State. He and the Golden State Warriors have a strong chance of returning to the NBA Finals for the third consecutive season, and it seems with every game, the argument for him being the Defensive Player of the Year gets stronger. But even when Izzo and the Spartans excelled and made it to two Final Fours while Green was on the team, the Hall of Fame coach had no idea just how good Green could be.

Source: USA Today

6 days ago

The buzz around incoming Michigan State freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. is, well, buzzing.This week saw the 6-foot-10 forward vault in the final recruiting rankings for the 2017 class. As it stands, Jackson sits at No. 7 in the 247Sports Composite ranking, which equally weighs ratings from all major recruiting outlets. He’s also popping up as a projected lottery pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Source: MLive.com

6 days ago

6 days ago

Tom Izzo, Michigan State’s Hall of Fame head coach, joined the Sidelines Podcast to talk Miles Bridges return among other things. Then Scout analysts Josh Gershon and Brian Snow to discuss the final player rankings.

Source: Scout

1 week ago

If there’s one thing that Tom Izzo knows to be true, it’s the importance of closing on a recruit early in the class to avoid what he’s facing this year. Michigan State is waiting to hear the decision of three top targets in 2017, and that’s something he’d rather get squared away early in the process. For reasons such as those, Izzo has hit the road to take care of some business in the 2018 and 2019 classes. He’s been checking in with top targets and one of them happens to be five-star small forward Keion Brooks.

Source: Spartan Avenue

1 week ago

There’s work to be done. Miles Bridges freely admits that. He knows that would have been the case if he chose to return to Michigan State, which he did last week, or if he had he decided to enter the NBA draft .“I can get better here as well as in the NBA, but I would rather stay here and get better,” Bridges said Thursday. “I have a lot to work on.”

Source: Detroit Free Press

1 week ago

The thousand or so Michigan State students and fans gathered around Miles Bridges, his family, Tom Izzo and Sparty last Thursday were in no mood for a killjoy. So when Casey Harrison, a reporter from MSU’s student newspaper, asked a sobering question in the middle of their celebration — and just after Bridges’ family had arrived on stage for a makeshift press conference — fans grumbled. A few booed.“ Has it ever come across your mind to get an insurance policy?” Harrison asked. Izzo rescued the moment. “Good question,” he said.

Source: Lansing State Journal

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