In the week leading up to Michigan State's season-opener, Matt Costello had a conversation with former Spartans big man AJ Granger. In the offseason, he spent time studying the game of former Spartans forward Goran Suton. There's a reason Costello chose those two to learn something from leading up to his senior year as a Michigan State forward: both big men took significant jumps in their final seasons in East Lansing.
Joshua Langford has stared death in the face. It was six years ago when the current Madison Academy senior basketball star worked through football two-a-days in late summer with his Riverton Middle teammates. Langford started getting tired easily. He first thought he was just out of shape, but then came headaches, a spiking fever and hallucinations.
Davis was viewed as a consensus top 40 recruit and the top recruit in the state of Michigan for 2015. He led Muskegon High School to the state semi-finals as a senior, averaging 18.5 points, 15 rebounds, and six blocks per game. While Davis is raw, especially offensively, he already could be the best shot blocker for the Spartans, and one of the better rebounders on the team. It is expected for him to get a lot of minutes on the floor as a freshman. If Davis winds up having a respectable offensive skill set as a freshman, I would not be surprised if he winds up starting once Big Ten play starts.
The Spartans are facing a Tuesday night matchup against No. 4 Kansas at the United Center in Chicago. And there's hope that Friday night's season-opening performance set the stage for a competitive game. "If we improve on it, we're going to go there and compete and it'll be a hell of a game," Izzo said. "If we don't improve on it, we're going to go there and get our butts kicked."
Michigan State probably isn't going to be as big as it wants to be for the first big game of the season, Tuesday against a Kansas team that is, yes, big. But that's a good word for the way MSU's two healthy big men performed in Friday's season opener against Florida Atlantic. Senior Matt Costello ran and dunked and shot with touch, freshman Deyonta Davis blocked and dunked and grabbed offensive rebounds, and the No. 13 Spartans cruised to an 82-55 win at Breslin Center.
Big men lead Michigan State to big win over Florida Atlantic on opening night MLive
This Michigan State team was supposed to be a sharpshooting team led by a deep and talented perimeter. On opening night, anyway, the Spartans' big men blew that notion out of the water. Michigan State beat Florida Atlantic, 82-55 Friday night in the Spartans' season-opener at the Breslin Center behind a strong start from its frontcourt.
Senior trio, freshman Davis pace Spartans in opening win 247Sports
It is a belief often spoken by Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio that seniors must have their best years for his team to have its best year. That is a comment that MSU basketball coach Tom Izzo has also made in recent weeks leading up to Friday night’s season opener against Florida Atlantic, where his three main seniors were key in a 82-55 win.
Spartans Dominate Season Opener Over FAU Impact Sports
Hungry for some real basketball? Yeah, we were too. The regular season kicked off on Friday night at the Breslin Center as Michigan State rolled over Florida Atlantic 82-55. The Owls have some notable names on their coaching staff. Former Detroit Pistons main man Michael Curry is at the helm, and former Spartan Eric Snow, who ranks third in all-time assists, is an assistant coach.
Valentine, defense impress as MSU wins opener Detroit News
While Denzel Valentine flirted with a triple-double again, Michigan State was busy playing a stifling brand of defense in the season-opener against Florida Atlantic on Friday at Breslin Center. It was a solid night all the same for Valentine. The Spartans senior scored 13 points while grabbing eight rebounds and handing out nine assists in No. 13 Michigan State’s 82-55 victory.
MSU basketball defeats Florida Atlantic, 82-55 State News
Tom Izzo and the MSU Spartans opened up their regular season Friday night with an 82-55 victory over the Florida Atlantic Owls. Denzel Valentine was the instigator all night for MSU, scoring 13 points while grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out nine assists. Matt Costello led the Spartans with 15 points, and four Spartans wound up with a double-digit tally in the scoring column.
Freshman Davis shines in debut as Spartans clip Owls in season opener isportsweb
The Owls of Florida Atlantic registered the first two points of the game. The Spartans scored 20 of the next 22 and never looked back. MSU used a balanced scoring attack, led by Costello’s 15 points and seven rebounds to knock off the Florida Atlantic Owls 82-55 in the 2015-2016 season opener.
No. 13 Michigan State Handles Florida Atlantic 82-55 in Season Opener MSUSpartans.com
Matt Costello had 15 points and Denzel Valentine scored 13, leading No. 13 Michigan State to an 82-55 win over Florida Atlantic on Friday night. The senior-laden Spartans grabbed control with a 16-0 run early in the first half. They led by 22 points at halftime and maintained a comfortable cushion in the second half.
Freshman Deyonta Davis shines in debut for MSU State News
No. 13 MSU basketball picked up a 82-55 victory Friday night over Florida Atlantic, and freshman stud Deyonta Davis was a big part of the team’s success. Davis posted 13 points on 6-14 shooting, while grabbing 11 rebounds and blocking five shots.
Freshman Davis shows some fire for Michigan State Detroit News
You probably won’t hear Deyonta Davis boasting about his Michigan State debut on Friday night. That’s because the soft-spoken freshman has let his play do the talking, for the most part. The 6-foot-10 Davis was solid in two exhibition games, but when the games started counting on Friday at the Breslin Center, he showed glimpses of why he came to Michigan State so highly regarded.
MSU basketball shows off depth in victory over Florida Atlantic State News
The No. 13 MSU basketball team showed off its depth in a big way Friday night in its 82-55 victory over the Florida Atlantic Owls. Despite having two players out with injury -- sophomore forward Marvin Clark and junior forward Gavin Schilling -- the Spartans still played 13 players Friday night, 10 of which got into the scoring action.
MSU 82, Florida Atlantic 55 Kneejerk Reactions The Only Colors
This MSU team took care of business in the season opener against an overmatched opponent. The final spread was larger than anticipated, but much of the game was garbage time after MSU sprinted to a 20-4 lead less than 8 minutes into the game. We didn't end up learning much other than the fact that the Davis and McQuaid will be real players this year, and that Eron Harris isn't setting the world on fire just yet.
Michigan State burns redshirt for Kyle Ahrens, who didn't want to sit out another year MLive
The logical move would have been for Kyle Ahrens to redshirt this season and begin his Michigan State playing career next year, when he'll have a better chance at significant playing time. But when that idea was presented to Ahrens this preseason, he talked his coach out of it. "It was a good idea," Ahrens, a Spartans freshman guard, said Friday. "But I just wanted to give it a shot."
The leader of Michigan State's successful program is on a list with just eight other Division I basketball coaches, a loyal group topped by Syracuse's Jim Boeheim and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski. "I wouldn't go as far as saying we're dinosaurs, but I do think it will be a lot harder for coaches to stay in one place for 20-plus years," Izzo told The Associated Press before beginning his 21st season with the Spartans on Friday night against Florida Atlantic.
There is a lot of excitement around the Michigan State basketball team this year. A big part of that excitement is junior 6’3, 195 lb, shooting guard Eron Harris, who is now eligible to play this year after sitting out a year due to NCAA transfer rules. Harris comes in as a big time scorer, and a player who can drive to the hoop. If there is one part of Harris’ game that needs work, it is his defense. According to Tom Izzo, his defense has improved, but it still needs a lot of improvement.
Joshua Langford made his northern destination official earlier this week, but the celebration is just beginning. The Madison Academy five-star combo guard signed with Michigan State on Wednesday, six months after committing to the Spartans. A signing ceremony is scheduled for this afternoon at Madison Academy.
One of the lasting images from the 2014-2015 Final Four run of a year ago, is Denzel Valentine sprinting over to his father Carlton, his older brother Drew and his mother Kathy, and jumping into their arms in the Carrier Dome after knocking off Louisville to reach his first Final Four.
Basketball season is here at last! The Michigan State Spartans open their season against the Owls of Florida Atlantic. It appears the reason they're playing this particular team is that Florida Atlantic has former MSU great Eric Snow as one of its assistant coaches.
After nearly eight months of anticipation, college basketball season has arrived. On Friday night the Breslin Center will be full of excitement as Michigan State hosts the Florida Atlantic Owls in the regular season opener. This is Michigan State’s final chance to improve before they travel to Chicago next Tuesday to take on the Kansas Jayhawks.
The games themselves were fine. But for the young Valentine brothers, the real highlights of the many trips to the Breslin Center came after the final horn. As the sons of a former player, Drew and Denzel were allowed to go outside the Michigan State locker room and meet the Spartan greats as they made their way out.
Matt Costello and Gavin Schilling have done for Deyonta Davis what Derrick Nix and Adreian Payne once did for them, a number of things that might not seem nice at the time — hip check here, extended elbow there — but serve a purpose.
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo didn’t want to get too far ahead of himself, but he was asked to do so anyway during Thursday’s ESPN-hosted John Wooden Legacy Tournament conference call.