6 hours ago

If there’s a weakness to second-ranked Michigan State, it seems clear through 11 games that is 3-point shooting defense. The Spartans have had their issues most of the season guarding the 3, and it was again a problem Saturday in the 86-73 victory over Oakland at Little Caesars Arena.

Source: Detroit News

18 hours ago

Oakland’s out-of-necessity zone presented Michigan State’s offense with some challenges the Spartans expect to see more of later in the season.

Source: Detroit Free Press

20 hours ago

Michigan State’s men’s basketball team returns back to the Breslin Center on Monday, Dec. 18, hosting Houston Baptist University (HBU). Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

1 day ago

Cassius Winston was playing the worst game of his season in his return to his hometown and his coach was letting him know it. The Michigan State sophomore point guard was scoreless with four turnovers in the first half on Saturday against Oakland. He turned the ball over twice more early in the second half and didn’t hit his first shot until eight minutes remained in the game.

Source: MLive.com

2 days ago

There are aspects of this team that are better than any Tom Izzo has had at MSU. There are other characteristics that don’t yet stack up. Nunn was the offensive killer the Spartans didn’t have most of Saturday afternoon. He scored 32 points, 31 in the first 31 minutes, helping Oakland three times take a second-half lead and tie the game as late as 66-66. He was the best player on the floor most of the afternoon.

Source: Lansing State Journal

2 days ago

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Michigan State survives scare from Oakland to win ninth straight MLive.com
Facing a hot-shooting mid-major team away from home after a week off for final exams looked like a recipe for a Michigan State upset for 35 minutes on Saturday at Little Caesars Arena. But in its first close game in weeks, Michigan State was able to muster an impressive closing stretch led by Cassius Winston to escape against one of the more dangerous non-opponents on its schedule.

Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State’s 86-73 win over Oakland Lansing State Journal
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch gives his initial thoughts on the Spartans’ 86-73 win Saturday over the Golden Grizzlies at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

MSU gets riled, puts away pesky Oakland Detroit News
With 12 minutes to play on Saturday afternoon, Michigan State was in a battle with Oakland at Little Caesars Arena, the mid-major school leading the No. 2 team in the nation by a point. The Spartans and Golden Grizzlies have had these games before, most notably two seasons ago at The Palace when Oakland pushed top-ranked Michigan State to the limit before the Spartans prevailed in overtime.

No. 2 MSU staves off upset against Oakland in front of record crowd in Detroit State News
Two late threes from Cassius Winston led No. 2 MSU to its ninth-consecutive win on Saturday, as MSU staved off a near upset to Horizon league opponent Oakland University, 86-73, at Little Caesars Arena.

Michigan State survives scare from Kendrick Nunn, Oakland, 86-73
Detroit Free Press
Oakland brought the fight. Miles Bridges came up swinging but was held back. A hard foul by Chris Palombizio on the Michigan State star preventing a breakaway dunk nearly turned things testy in the second game of the Hitachi College Basketball Showcase. Bridges hit a 3-pointer to swing momentum with about 6 minutes left, and Cassius Winston scored the Spartans’ final 14 points as No. 2 MSU held off the Golden Grizzlies, 86-73, on Saturday in front of the largest crowd in the brief history of Little Caesers Arena (20,695).

MSU tops Oakland Fighting Kendrick Nunns in close game The Only Colors
No matter how good you are, these kind of close, scary games will come. The opponents have a player that physically can’t miss. Your top players have some off games. Luckily, MSU still skated out of Little Caesars Arena with a win.

Winston helps No. 2 Spartans pull away from Oakland at Little Caesars Arena Impact Sports
In neutral-site action in the state’s largest city, Game Two of the Hitachi Basketball Showcase between Michigan State and Oakland came down to the wire. And as he has so often has this season, Cassius Winston took over late in a tight game to ignite a Spartan victory.

No. 2 Michigan State wears down pesky Oakland squad for ninth straight win Land of 10
Another test, another success. No. 2 Michigan State (10-1, 2-0 Big Ten) got a fight from Oakland (6-5) at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Saturday, but the Spartans won 86-73. They have won nine games in a row.

Michigan State holds off Oakland 86-73 isportsweb
The last three match-ups before today between Oakland and Michigan State had been decided by a total of 11 points and today that margin only increased to 24 points. Little Caesars Arena today was absolutely electric and continually got louder for the multiple and-one three-pointers made by Oakland in the second half. The final score does not do the justice for how well of a game Oakland played.

Michigan State basketball grinds it out vs. Oakland, 86-73, after foul Detroit Free Press
Oakland’s Chris Palombizio delivered a hard foul, and Miles Bridges came up ready to swing but was held back. Normally mild-mannered Cassius Winston and Joshua Langford started jawing in the ear of Oakland’s Martez Walker moments later. Michigan State showed some uncharacteristic venom, along with some chronic concerns, that left coach Tom Izzo equally pleased and dissatisfied. The second-ranked Spartans knew they were in a fight with the Golden Grizzlies.

Five in Double Figures as Michigan State Beats Oakland, 86-73 MSUSpartans.com
Sophomore guard Cassius Winston scored all of his 19 points in the second half and No. 2/2 Michigan State used a 12-2 run late in the game to pull away from Oakland for an 86-73 win at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday afternoon. It was the ninth-straight win for the Spartans, who improve to 10-1 overall, while Oakland falls to 6-5 overall.

Hard foul on Miles Bridges sparks Michigan State in chippy win over Oakland MLive.com
With his Michigan State team leading Oakland by just five, Tom Izzo told his players in the halftime locker room that they need to start being more aggressive and take it to their opponent. Lucky for him, one of Oakland’s players helped wake Michigan State up. With 12 minutes left, Oakland’s Chris Palombizio grabbed Miles Bridges’ arm as the Spartans sophomore drove for a layup.

Turk: Quick takeaways from MSU basketball’s win over Oakland in Detroit Impact Sports
Kyle Turk breaks down Michigan State’s 86-73 win over Oakland at the Hitatchi College Basketball Showcase at Little Caesars Arena.

Winston closes the show in style in homecoming Detroit News
Cassius Winston was back home on Saturday, playing in front of more family and friends than he could count. The former UD-Jesuit star was with No. 2 Michigan State as it took on Oakland at Little Caesars Arena, and he was hoping to have a big game. However, through the first 20 minutes, the sophomore guard had little impact outside of the four first-half turnovers, a couple of which sparked a late first-half rally for the Golden Grizzlies. Apparently, Winston was saving his best for when it mattered most.

2 days ago

Izzo used Saturday’s return to the Motor City as a chance to visit his former point guard in Wayne County Jail. “It was good to see him,” said Izzo, who made the visit at 7 a.m. before the Spartans played Oakland on Saturday afternoon. “I think he has a whole different perspective.”

Source: Detroit Free Press

2 days ago

Michigan State has never lost to Oakland in the 15 times the two teams have played since 1998. The Oakland team the Spartans will face this Saturday has four losses already, including one against Toledo and one against Eastern Michigan.

Source: MLive.com

3 days ago

Oakland men’s basketball just can’t get healthy, and that’s bad news heading into Saturday’s marquee game against No. 2 Michigan State at Little Caesars Arena.Star guard Kendrick Nunn has been dealing with a sprained ankle that he rolled more than a month ago, and he’ll be a game-time decision. Nunn had an MRI on Friday afternoon, and coach Greg Kampe was anxiously awaiting the results.

Source: Detroit News

3 days ago

This wasn’t supposed to happen. Michigan State starting shooting guard sees the applause, the chance to play at the Breslin Center, the hard work every day at practice as something more than the life of an elite athlete in college. Long before Joshua Langford committed to Michigan State, there was a real chance the sophomore from Huntsville, Alabama never again play basketball at all.

Source: WKAR

3 days ago

Miles Bridges made a celebrated homecoming last year, then another in April by deciding to stay at Michigan State this season. Detroit native Cassius Winston never left the state. On Saturday, the sophomore will return his hometown as the Spartans’ hottest shooter when they face Oakland at Little Caesars Arena.

Source: Detroit Free Press

3 days ago

Here’s a look at five things to watch when No. 2 Michigan State faces Oakland on Saturday in the Hitachi College Basketball Showcase at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit (2:30 p.m./ESPNU).

Source: Detroit Free Press

3 days ago

It’s been a while since Cassius Winston got to play in his hometown. That’s why Michigan State’s sophomore guard is looking forward to Saturday’s game against Oakland at Little Caesars Arena. “It’s gonna be a great environment,” Michigan State’s Miles Bridges said. “I’m happy that Cassius gets to go home.”

Source: Detroit News

3 days ago

Michigan State’s men’s basketball team is back in action after a week off during final exams, traveling to play Oakland at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Tipoff is slated for 2:30 p.m. The game will air live on ESPNU, with Clay Matvick calling the play-by-play and Brooke Weisbrod serving as the color analyst. The Spartan Sports Network radio call can be heard on one of 38 affiliates and on the web at SpartanSportsNetwork.com, with Will Tieman handling the play-by-play and Matt Steigenga serving as the color analyst. The game can also be heard on Sirius 119 or XM 196.

Source: Michigan State University Official Athletic Site

3 days ago

The annual Michigan State versus Oakland basketball matchup is upon us and the Spartans may be better than Greg Kampe has seen. The Grizzlies come into the matchup with a 6-4 record and a recent loss to Eastern Michigan and the Spartans are 9-1 and ranked No. 2 in the country.

Source: Spartan Avenue

3 days ago

Michigan State players made their first trip to Little Caesars Arena in Detroit last Friday when they took in a Detroit Pistons game against the Golden State Warriors. They’ll make their second trip this Saturday, when they play Oakland as part of a college basketball doubleheader at the new arena. They hope to make a third trip in March to play their first two NCAA Tournament games.

Source: MLive.com

4 days ago

From 2011 to 2015, Branden Dawson was one of the key players for the Michigan State University men’s basketball team. A native of Gary, Indiana, Dawson came from little, but he was blessed with the ability to play basketball. He is MSU’s career blocks leader with 142, fifth in career starts, sixth in career steals and seventh in career rebounds. Dawson is also one of just three players in MSU history with 1,000 career points and 100 career blocks, joining Draymond Green and Adreian Payne.

Source: Spartan Newsroom

4 days ago

In the past, when Michigan State was preparing to play a team that might be seen as an underdog, Tom Izzo would typically go to one of his old standby catchphrases to describe what the Spartans would be up against. “It will be Christmas, New Year’s and the Fourth of July,” Izzo has said more than a few times.

Source: Detroit News

4 days ago

Michigan State’s men’s basketball team hits the road tomorrow in advance of the team’s game at Little Caeser’s Arena in Detroit on Saturday, Dec. 16 against Oakland. Tipoff for the game is slated for 2:30 p.m. The 90-mile bus ride to Detroit will be one of the team’s shortest road trips of the season, but it’s also a chance for several Spartans to play in their hometown. It’s also a chance to play against a team nearly every player knows well and in a brand-new arena.

Source: Michigan State University Official Athletic Site

4 days ago

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