With less than a month till practice begins there’s no better time than the present to take a deeper look at Michigan State’s upcoming non-conference schedule.
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Izzo declared last season that he was not retiring. And while the university-wide shakeup surely affected the coach, his job appears to be safe. The question, then, turns to how long he wants it. Izzo is 63 years old but also coming off a 30-5 season, the second-best record of his career. How long will he continue coaching until he decides to hang up the neatly pressed suit and hand the reins over to a successor?
Michigan State Madness will be held on Friday, Oct. 5 at the Breslin Center. MSU’s 2018 annual event celebrates the beginning of the 2018-19 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.
It’s a game that most Michigan State fans would still like to forget. But Michigan State’s 2016 NCAA Tournament upset loss to Middle Tennessee State continues to live on in college basketball lore. The loss showed up again this week when Sports Illustrated decided to rank the top 10 college basketball upset losses of the last decade.
As USA Basketball take to the court for crucial qualifying games in the next week, the Milwaukee Bucks will have their own representative on the 12-man roster. Having been invited to USA Basketball’s recent training camp in Las Vegas, Travis Trice clearly did enough to impress coach Jeff Van Gundy and his staff, as he survived the final cuts made to the roster, which were announced on Monday.
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Even though head basketball coach Tom Izzo does not currently have any commitments for the 2019 or 2020 class, he is getting a head start on some of the top talents in 2021. In Michigan alone, the 2021 and 2022 classes are stocked with an abundance of game. Sparty UP and Coming spoke with one of those uber-talented Sophomores, Pierre Brooks II.
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Spartan fans were understandably excited to learn of Nick Ward’s offseason decision to return to Michigan State for his junior season. Ward’s decision will likely result in more wins, and wins are generally more fun to watch than losses, but opposing coaches will grittily seek to kill the team’s entertainment-value by constantly and unapologetically double teaming the ultra-proficient big man.
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You can officially start planning your winter around the Michigan State basketball schedule. Television networks released tipoff times for their college basketball games on Thursday, giving nearly all of the Spartans’ 31 regular season games a television designation and tipoff time.
One of these situations resulted in a conviction. The other is more sound in its supposition than its evidence. There’s a reason other news outlets haven’t run with ESPN’s angle. he NCAA’s letter just squeezed these two stories together again. And, in doing so, made it hard to believe they thoroughly scrubbed the basketball and football programs at MSU. Because it’s really hard to believe their Nassar investigation found nothing.
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College basketball overhauled its rules for recruiting and official visits earlier this month, and Michigan State could see a quick benefit as a result. Vernon Carey, the No. 2 prospect in the country in the class of 2019, is likely to take a second official visit to Michigan State in the coming months, Rivals.com reported on Wednesday.
Michigan State’s full basketball schedule was announced earlier this week. With the increase in Big Ten games going into effect this year, the non-conference schedule gets a little tighter. Let’s take a look at the full non-conference slate, as well as the two early Big Ten games and see what stands out.
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College football season is just a week away. But even though the Big Ten is gearing up for an exciting year on the gridiron, the conference released its schedule for an intriguing 2018-19 men’s basketball season Tuesday afternoon. Michigan State followed soon after with a finalized schedule.
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Heading into the 2018-19 season, Michigan State has the requisite big-time matchups, including the season opener against Kansas as part of the Champions Classic on Nov. 6 in Indianapolis. The Spartans also take on UCLA on Nov. 22 in the Las Vegas Invitational with a second game the next day against either Texas or North Carolina.
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Michigan State released its 2018-19 men’s basketball schedule on Tuesday afternoon, highlighted by 15 games against teams that appeared in the 2018 postseason, including 11 against 2018 NCAA Tournament teams. In addition, five opponents are ranked in either the Sporting News, ESPN or CBS Sports Preseason Top 25 polls.
Darron Rogers has sent more than 30 players on to Division 1 basketball during a two-decade career as the head coach at Westlake High School in Atlanta, where he’s won three state titles. When asked to place his rising senior guard, Chase Hunter, among all of those players, Rogers doesn’t hesitate. “Chase is the most athletic D-1 guard that I’ve had,” Rogers said.
James (6-foot-6, 198 pounds) is rated the No. 12 player in the country and the No. 1 point guard in the country in the 247sports composite. He’s garnered plenty of attention from Michigan State this summer, after the Spartans offered him a scholarship in April. James’ father played for Michigan State under Jud Heathcote in the late 1980’s, when Tom Izzo was an assistant.
It’s pretty easy to forget how strong and developed he was as a high school senior, a rare feat for many a forward coming into the Big Ten. But as those highlight packages above show, Tillman had a Power Five conference frame from the moment he stepped foot onto campus. On top of that, he displayed a quickness and basketball IQ that’s equally uncommon for a young basketball player of his frame, as it’s usually easier to get by just using your raw strength to plow through undersized opponents.
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