17 hours ago

Sunday, when MSU announced that Harris would need surgery and his career at Michigan State was over, the Spartans gathered for a team meeting. Harris addressed his teammates in a “passionate” speech that was as emotional as the scene at Purdue’s Mackey Arena, where players were seen with tears in their eyes while Harris was down on the floor.

Source: Spartan Tailgate

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17 hours ago

There’s an elephant in Michigan State’s locker room. In Tom Izzo’s vernacular, it’s big and white.In other words, exceptionally rare and extremely weighty. The Spartans’ 19-year NCAA tournament streak is in serious jeopardy with four games left in the regular season.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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22 hours ago

Official Transcript

How to replace Eron Harris? Tom Izzo counts the ways Detroit Free Press
Coach Tom Izzo thinks Alvin Ellis has worked his way into Michigan State’s starting lineup, but there remain a lot of ways he could approach the rest of the season without shooting guard Eron Harris. He could keep Ellis, his last remaining senior, coming off the bench, a role in which Ellis has thrived. It could mean starting Matt McQuaid again. It could mean more minutes at shooting guard for Joshua Langford.

Facing another new rotation, Tom Izzo is ‘leaning toward’ Alvin Ellis III as a starter MLive
Tom Izzo has trotted out eight different starting lineups this season. No. 9 might come on Thursday. With Eron Harris out with a season-ending injury, Izzo is left sifting through the options of who to start in this week’s home game against Nebraska (12-14, 6-8 Big Ten).

MSU could turn to Ellis, McQuaid to replace Harris Detroit News
While Eron Harris gave an impassioned speech to his teammates and coaches on Sunday night, the bigger issue for coach Tom Izzo and his staff is figuring out where Michigan State goes from here. Harris, who injured his right knee on Saturday at Purdue and will require surgery that will keep him out the rest of the season, started 24 of 27 games this season and replacing him will be the next task.

Izzo using this week to figure out how to replace Eron Harris Spartan Tailgate
Michigan State senior Eron Harris started 24 of 27 games he appeared in this season, including each of the last 12. But Thursday when the Spartans host Nebraska, there will be a new starter in his place, as Harris’ college career ended Saturday in West Lafayette after he sustained a serious knee injury that will require surgery. The original diagnosis from MSU was a badly sprained knee for Harris. He will undergo surgery in the next three or four weeks after the swelling goes down, and head coach Tom Izzo said they’ll have a better indication then of the exact injury.

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23 hours ago

Michigan State guard/forward Miles Bridges has been selected as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Monday. Bridges averaged 15.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg and shot 45.5 percent from the field in games vs. Ohio State and at Purdue.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

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1 day ago

Both sides of the Eron Harris injury have come about from Michigan State fans and the media. One is that his absence won’t change the team that much because he hasn’t been doing much as it was. The more reasonable one is that the team loses one of its leaders and few players that can create shots on his own. The former is likely coming from fans hoping for the best, but know that the latter is more likely the case.

Source: Spartan Avenue

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1 day ago

Rod and Sam are back after a tumultuous 1-1 week for the Spartans. Topics include:

  • MSU is still on pace for a tourney berth with a 2-2 finish
  • Eron Harris injury impact
  • Reviewing the OSU win & brutal Der Poo loss
  • Previewing a true “must-win” against Nebraska
  • Wisconsin preview, incl. armchair psychiatry on Nigel Hayes


Source: The Final Four Is Not On The Schedule

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1 day ago

One of the undertones of this tumultuous Michigan State basketball season has been freshman big man Nick Ward. Lost in the talk of future lottery-pick Miles Bridges, Ward’s play out of the gate proved essential to the Spartans’ success. Over time, the whispers about Ward have grown. Now, he’s a known threat on a possible tournament team. Of course, when one sees a freshman mesh this well on a high-level team in his first year on campus, it begs the question: Is Ward going to be a good NBA player?

Source: Detroit Free Press

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2 days ago

Stretchered off in their 80-63 loss to No. 16 Purdue, fifth-year senior guard Eron Harris will have season-ending surgery on his right knee, according to a press release. After the game on Saturday, Harris returned home with the team and underwent an MRI for further diagnostic tests.

Source: State News

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3 days ago

Eron Harris told me recently the biggest misconception about him is that people think he’s selfish. “That’s the furthest thing away from the truth,” the Michigan State senior guard said. I don’t think we know Harris very well. We know his game. We see its flaws and strengths and the one-on-one elements that can be confused with selfishness. What what I saw in MSU’s locker room Saturday evening at Purdue, though, wasn’t the product of a selfish existence. A selfish or detached teammate wouldn’t impact a room like this.

Source: Lansing State Journal

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3 days ago

The former transfer from West Virginia was counted on to be one of Michigan State’s biggest scoring threats this season but has been plagued by inconsistency. That has not hurt his standing with his teammates, though, some who were brought to tears as Harris hit the floor with 9:18 left in the second half and screamed in pain after his right leg buckled. “It was really difficult,” freshman Miles Bridges said. “He’s like a big brother to me so I’m just praying for him, hoping everything goes well. I just gave him a hug.”

Source: Detroit News

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3 days ago

Draymond Green is blue-collar, through and through. The Saginaw native and former Michigan State standout is unwilling to be outworked, regardless of the collateral damage.Friend or foe, don’t stand in his way. He will run you over.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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3 days ago

The injury looked very bad, but head coach Tom Izzo confirmed that he was at the arena still and walking on crutches. Izzo said it was a “badly sprained knee” and that the injury “isn’t anything great.” He is out for an unknown time, but Izzo admits that he will be out for a good portion of time.

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3 days ago

Box Score


Michigan State blown out 80-63 in West Lafayette by Purdue and Caleb Swanigan isportsweb
Michigan State basketball was starting to pick up the pieces and put themselves back together after being blown out by their rival Michigan just 10 days ago. Two straight home victories over Iowa and Ohio State was a good start, but a win over No. 16 Purdue wouldn’t only provide a confidence boost heading into the final regular season stretch, but also enhance their NCAA Tournament resume tremendously.

Michigan State hammered at Purdue as Eron Harris leaves with knee injury MLive
Michigan State took a heavy loss at Purdue on Saturday. In more ways than one. In an 80-63 loss to the 14th-ranked Boilermakers, MSU starting guard Eron Harris left the floor on a stretcher with an apparent significant right knee injury.

Three Takeaways: Boilers Smoke Spartans, 80-63 The Only Colors
First and foremost, prayers to Eron Harris. The senior’s season looks to be in serious jeopardy after a right knee injury midway through the second half. Here’s to a speedy recovery. In regards to the game, this was expected. Purdue is a horrible matchup for Michigan State defensively, with two huge skilled players surrounded by a bunch of knockdown shooters. On the other end Michigan State just can’t get out of their own way.

Highlights, top performers at Purdue Spartan Avenue
Well, Saturday’s rematch with Purdue wasn’t exactly what Michigan State basketball was hoping for. The Spartans had a chance to notch their first true resume building win, but came up short after a mediocre finish to the first half. They were tied at 14 after the second media timeout, but it was all Purdue after that.

Eron Harris leaves game on stretcher as MSU falls to Purdue, 80-63 State News
Caleb Swanigan earned his NCAA-best 23rd double-double of the season, as the Spartans fell to the Boilermakers Saturday afternoon, 80-63, in the final matchup between these two teams in the regular season.

Caleb Swanigan, Purdue dominate Michigan State, 80-63 Detroit Free Press
Nick Ward flipped his arms up incredulously. Picking up his third foul earned him a quick ticket to the bench. Kenny Goins trotted onto the court to replace him. In 45 seconds, he was whistled for his second and third fouls. And then each picked up a fourth. With more than 14 minutes to play. By the time they finally fouled out, any hope Michigan State had of a comeback had long since left Mackey Arena.

Purdue too much for Michigan State in 80-63 Spartans loss Spartan Tailgate
Michigan State lost to No. 16 Purdue 80-63 and watched one of its senior leaders suffer a serious leg injury Saturday in West Lafayette. The Spartans were down by 19 midway through the second half when guard Eron Harris landed awkwardly on his right leg after attempting a layup. Harris went to the ground yelling in obvious pain as trainers from both teams rushed to him. MSU players then gathered around Harris and became emotional, with Miles Bridges being seen on TV with tears on his eyes.

Michigan State trounced by Purdue Detroit News
Michigan State had a chance to add a road win over one of the top teams in the Big Ten on Saturday. Instead, the Spartans were simply outmatched. Michigan State had few answers for Caleb Swanigan and Isaac Haas as No. 16 Purdue completed the season sweep of the Spartans with an 80-63 victory at a sold-out Mackey Arena.

Michigan State Falls to Purdue, 80-63 MSUSpartans.com
Caleb Swanigan had 24 points and 15 rebounds, and Isaac Haas scored 18 points, leading No. 16 Purdue to an 80-63 victory over Michigan State on Saturday. With the victory, the Boilermakers (22-5, 11-3) take a half-game lead over Maryland and Wisconsin in the Big Ten standings. The Terrapins and Badgers, who play Sunday in Madison, are 10-3.

MSU Drops Road Test to Purdue, Loses Harris Impact Sports
Michigan State traveled to West Lafayette, Ind. on Saturday afternoon in hopes of earning a much-needed signature win over the No. 16 team in the nation in the form of Purdue. They left with a loss in the box score, and another loss in the form of a senior guard.

What he said: Tom Izzo addresses Eron Harris’ injury, is ‘not discouraged’ by 80-63 loss to No. 16 Purdue Land of 10
The worst news for Michigan State on Saturday wasn’t the 80-63 loss at No. 16 Purdue, but rather the ugly right knee injury suffered by senior guard Eron Harris. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo addressed the injury to Harris — who left on a stretcher in the second half — after the game.

Caught in a comical mismatch, Michigan State has no answers for Purdue MLive
Michigan State fell to No. 16 Purdue, 80-63, on Saturday to fall to 16-11 overall and 8-6 in Big Ten play. Some immediate observations from Mackey Arena

Michigan State notes: Miles Bridges’ day typifies Purdue nightmare Detroit Free Press
Miles Bridges saw the time ticking away on Michigan State’s blowout loss at Purdue. He sensed a chance to vent his anger on the rim. The freshman forward grabbed one final rebound, pushed the ball up the court, then darted toward the basket. As Bridges bent his knees to take flight, the ball got stripped out of his hands. He tumbled toward the baseline, slamming shoulder-first into the padded basket stanchion. It was that kind of day.

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3 days ago

A little less than a month after the first meeting, Michigan State heads to West Lafayette today to take on No. 16 Purdue. And just like the first game, the Spartans will have their hands full against a Boilermakers team that can beat you in multiple ways.

Source: Spartan Tailgate

3 days ago

With only five games to go in the Big Ten season, Michigan State’s chances for much needed wins are rapidly decreasing. Three of the five are against ranked opponents, the first of which just so happens to be today against Purdue. Can Michigan State overcome basically the worst matchup imaginable? We shall see.

Source: The Only Colors

3 days ago

Miles Bridges and Caleb Swanigan both put on a show Jan. 24 at the Breslin Center, but Swanigan’s Purdue squad prevailed over Bridges’ Michigan State team, 84-73, behind a strong second half. Two of the Big Ten’s top players lead their teams into today’s rematch at Mackey Arena. MSU (16-10, 8-5 Big Ten) will have to do a better job of rebounding and defending the 3-pointer in order to steal a victory at No. 16 Purdue (21-5, 10-3), which is now tied with Wisconsin and Maryland atop the conference standings.

Source: MLive.com

3 days ago

Jon Crispin previews Saturday’s men’s basketball match-up between Michigan State and Purdue.

4 days ago

Nobody understands the position Michigan State is in better than Michigan State. With just five games remaining in the regular season, there aren’t exactly a bunch of impressive wins on the Spartans resume. At 16-10 overall and 8-5 in the Big Ten, Michigan State is still flirting with the NCAA Tournament bubble, though if the season ended today it’s likely Tom Izzo would have his team in for the 20th straight season.

Source: Detroit News

4 days ago

Everyone inside Michigan State’s basketball program knows the stakes. A challenging road game at No.16 Purdue is Saturday. The Boilermakers present a test with their height. And the Spartans are challenging themselves to keep winning, with NCAA tournament hopes hanging in the balance.

Source: Detroit Free Press

4 days ago

Quietly, Nick Ward has quieted many of the moving parts in his free-throw motion. The results have been pretty loud – his extra work is paying off. The freshman forward has gone 25-for-36 at the free-throw line over Michigan State’s last nine games, making 10 of 11 in the past three outings. “I’ve been working on it a lot, day and night,” Ward said after practice Thursday. “It’s a little more confidence. It’s my technique, being consistent at the line.”

Source: Detroit Free Press

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