Michigan State is off to a quick start this season, and now it heads to California looking to win a championship. The Spartans (4-0) are playing well early and have vaulted to No. 3 in the nation, thanks in large part to their victory over Kansas last week. Now they get set to play in the Wooden Legacy tournament, where the bracket is set up for them to face No. 11 Arizona in the championship game.
It's the busiest time of the season, and one of Michigan State's best big men is still out. Spartans forward Gavin Schilling will miss Michigan State's weekend tournament in California, Spartans coach Tom Izzo said on Monday night after the team's 89-65 win over Eastern Michigan.
"Sometimes things happen that bring competition to its knees," Izzo said. "And with coach Carr losing his grandson Chad today, he's been not only a great coach in this state but he's been a friend of mine. Graduated from the same school (Northern Michigan), and I just texted him today and let him know our thoughts and prayers are with him on a courageous fight that his grandson had. Just can't imagine what that would be like, and I swear my prayers are out to him, his family, his son and everybody else."
MSU defeated Eastern Michigan 89-65 at Breslin Center on Monday night. The AP No. 3 Spartans advance to 4-0 on the season and will travel to California on Tuesday to play Boston College (3-0) in the Wooden Legacy Tournament on Nov. 26.
Spartans Soar Past Eagles Impact Sports
The grind is officially here. Michigan State tipped off their second of five games in nine days, including a trip to California. After toppling Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Friday, MSU picked up where they left off on Monday. Eastern Michigan was no match for Sparty’s high-octane offense, and they fell 89-65.
No. 3 MSU powers past Eastern, 89-65 Detroit News
Michigan State tuned up for its trip West by rolling past Eastern Michigan, 89-65, on Monday at the Breslin Center. The game was part of the Wooden Legacy tournament, the event No. 3 Michigan State will play in beginning Thursday in Anaheim, Calif.
Balanced Spartans steamroll Eagles Detroit Free Press
The party keeps raging at Michigan State, a men's basketball team that attacks in waves adding to the fun tonight. Magic Johnson was on hand to watch the Spartans, up to No. 3 in the Associated Press poll, blast Eastern Michigan 89-65 at Breslin Center to improve to 4-0. He was not able to see a triple-double from the MSU senior guard who wants to chase Johnson's program record of eight – Denzel Valentine ended up with 12 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
MSU Beats Eastern Michigan 89-65 The Only Colors
Michigan State welcomed Eastern Michigan to East Lansing (that's a fair bit of Michigan's and East's in one sentence), as the Spartans, who'd be debuting as a top-five team would beat the Eagles 89-65.
Bess, Harris key in Spartans' win against Eastern Michigan 247Sports
The Javon Bess that Michigan State was expecting to have and see last season was ever-so-apparent at Breslin Center on Monday night. And the Eron Harris that Michigan State wants every night is starting to show more and more.
No. 3 Michigan State Marches To 89-65 Victory Against E Michigan MSUSpartans.com
Despite the slow start, Michigan State got a spark from a role player in Javon Bess, who scored nine of his 13 points in the first half to match a season-high with six rebounds to help the third-ranked Spartans pull away to beat Eastern Michigan 89-65 Monday night. ''Javon was definitely a bright spot,'' Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said.
Deyonta Davis shines in win over EMU Spartan Ave
Michigan State basketball is starting to really make fans think about the possibility of a Final Four at the end of the season with their tremendously effective play game in and game out. On Monday night, the Spartans took to the hardwood at the Breslin Center and manhandled Eastern Michigan to the tune of 89-65.
Javon Bess continues to stand out in MSU victory over Eastern Michigan State News
Bess finished the night with 13 points and six rebounds, including a 9-for-12 performance from the free throw line. Thus far on the season, Bess is averaging 10.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. And his performance on Monday night was his second consecutive game in double-figures after he put up 16 points against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Friday.
Spartans pound Eagles 89-65 isportsweb
Michigan State basketball looked out of sync early against Eastern Michigan’s 3-2 zone; however the Spartans were able to pull away for an 89-65 victory.
Denzel Valentine was named Big Ten Player of the Week by the conference office on Monday. Valentine averaged 18.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 11.5 assists in Michigan State wins against No. 4 Kansas at the Champions Classic in Chicago and Arkansas-Pine Bluff at home. Valentine was also named National Player of the Week by several media outlets including ESPN.com, CBS Sports and NBC Sports.
Michigan State took advantage of a volatile second week in college basketball to make an enormous move up the polls. The Spartans are ranked No. 3 in this week's Associated Press poll, thanks to a win over previous No. 4 Kansas last week at the Champions Classic.
Michigan State and Eastern Michigan are playing for the fourth consecutive season. The Spartans' last three wins in the series have come by an average of more than 27 points per game. Michigan State is 19-1 in its last 20 home games against the Eagles.
There's no time to catch your breath, MSU fan. Your Spartans play Eastern Michigan tonight (on Big Ten Network) as a non-bracketed game of the Wooden Legacy Tournament, before shipping off to Fullerton, California for three more games this week (Thursday, Friday, and Sunday). Depending on how the tournament goes, MSU could end up playing Pac-12 favorite Arizona on Sunday. It's going to be a wild week.
It’s March 29, 2015, and Kyle Ahrens is pacing back and forth in his Versailles, Ohio, living room. Michigan State had just advanced to the Final Four, giving Ahrens just a taste of what it would be like to be a Spartan. Fast forward to Nov. 4, and reality had set in. Ahrens scored his first basket against Northern Michigan University during his debut donning the green and white.
There will come a point in this season when Tom Izzo wants to trim down his playing rotation to a core group of players. But heading into Michigan State's busiest stretch of the season, he's happy to have a little extra depth on hand.
Michigan State hosts Eastern Michigan as a non-bracketed game of the Wooden Legacy, as this is the fourth meeting between the Spartans and Eagles in the last six seasons. The Spartans will travel to California on Tuesday to take part in the bracketed event, with three games over four days.
Valentine has flirted with the feat in all three games this season. And as a player who must help out on the defensive boards and do most of the Spartans’ offensive playmaking, he should do a lot more flirting this season. “I’m going after that record,” Valentine said. “It’s gonna be hard, and it’s not gonna happen every game, but I’m gonna try every game to get one.”
Tom Izzo had been concerned about a letdown after an emotional win over No. 4 Kansas on Tuesday and a subpar practice two days later. His team proved him wrong in about two minutes. Michigan State got off to a strong start and cruised past Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 92-46, Friday night at the Breslin Center.
MSU defeats Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 92-46 State News
MSU returned to its home floor at Breslin Center after a thrilling victory over Kansas, and they showed no hangover from it, handling the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions 92-46. UAPB is a team who for the second straight season is opening up with 18 straight road games, and the Izzone crowd in East Lansing makes Breslin one of the toughest places for any opponent to play.
Spartans Dismantle Golden Lions Impact Sports
If Tom Izzo was afraid his team would have a letdown after beating Kansas on Tuesday, his fears were quickly allayed. Arkansas-Pine Bluff just had to get out of the way of the Spartan freight train in the first half. Before most spectators were in their seats, it was 21-4 MSU. It didn’t get any better for the Golden Lions after that. They put up a better fight in the second half, outscoring State at one point, but the talent level was just too much for them. The Spartans steamrolled their way to a 92-46 victory.
MSU crushes Arkansas Pine-Bluff, 92-46 247Sports
Michigan State didn’t skip a beat coming off its big win against Kansas Tuesday night, as it rolled to a 92-46 win over Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Friday night at Breslin Center.MSU picked apart UAPB’s zone defense in the first half, assisting on 15 of its 17 first-half buckets. Denzel Valentine led the passing clinic with seven-first half assists.
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After leading 5-4 early on, MSU went on a 16-0 run to lead 21-4 and never looked back. The Spartans were up 46-19 at halftime and nearly repeated that effort after the break. Valentine may be on triple-double watch every night from here on out and he has a pretty good chance of leading the Big Ten in assists this year.
Spartans dominate Arkansas-Pine Bluff Spartan Ave
As hard as it is to follow up a win over the No. 4 team in the country, the Michigan State basketball team experienced zero hangover when facing Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Friday night at the Breslin Center. The Spartans controlled the whole game and came out with a thunderous win,
No. 13 Michigan St Beats Arkansas-Pine Bluff 92-46 MSUSpartans.com
After watching his team score 46 points in the first half and 46 more after the break Friday night, coach Tom Izzo thought he'd seen two sides to No. 20 Michigan State. ''Funny game,'' Izzo said after a 92-46 romp over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. ''I'm trying to change the culture here. When you have a blowout in the first half, you should have the discipline to play the second half the same way. That was discouraging.''
Javon Bess shows aggression en route to career-high 16 points MLive
A day before Michigan State took on Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Spartans sophomore forward Javon Bess had a conversation with associate coach Dwayne Stephens about how college basketball's the new freedom of movement rules can help a slasher score points and get to the line. Starting at tipoff Friday night, Bess took the message to heart and turned in his best offensive game in a Michigan State uniform.
Michigan State doubles up Arkansas-Pine Bluff Detroit News
Michigan State didn’t get a triple-double from Denzel Valentine on this night, but he sure was close in MSU’s 92-46 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Friday. It appears full stat sheets will be a theme for Valentine — who finished with seven points, seven rebounds and 11 assists — but it was the team around him who used separate 21-3 and 14-0 runs in the first half to gain an insurmountable lead as they dominated the Golden Lions from the get-go.
MSU beats Arkansas-Pine Bluff on total team effort State News
On Tuesday night, the world was shown the premiere of the Denzel Valentine show. On Friday the show didn’t air --- but the crowd at Breslin Center witnessed a show complete with a cast of characters able to carry the show without a star in a 92-46 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Javon Bess getting comfortable at power forward Detroit Free Press
Standing at just 6 feet 5, Javon Bess doesn't resemble your prototypical power forward. But with the way basketball has evolved -- big men abandoning their back-to-the-basket game and playing further away from the hoop -- the Michigan State sophomore fits right in with the new wave.
Michigan State Basketball Doubles Up Arkansas Pine Bluff isportsweb
A good indicator of a team that is championship caliber is the ability to dominate a team that is inferior to you. Tonight against an Arkansas Pine-Bluff team that is far below the caliber of Michigan State, the Spartans did just that. The Michigan State basketball team came out of Friday night with a 92-46 win.
Sometimes, coaches like Izzo learn the most about their team in the game immediately following emotionally charged contests like Tuesday night’s in Chicago. Teams like Michigan State cannot have a letdown against lower-rated opponents, or else the season’s goals will be harmed. This is why tonight’s game (tipoff set for 7:00 p.m.) against the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions matters. The Lions will stride into the Breslin Center looking to shock the nation and upset the No. 13 Michigan State Spartans.
Kneeling alongside the scorers table with sweat dripping down his forehead and determination shining in his eyes, Matt McQuaid was ready to make his Spartan debut. It was Nov. 4, 2015 and the countless hours McQuaid had spent in the gym were about to pay off on the hardwood at the Breslin Center. “I was just thinking that I needed to let the game come to me,” said McQuaid. “That was surreal. This is one of the biggest programs in the country, and it’s just an honor to be a part of it.”