As Michigan State prepares to take on a top-25 Illinois team on the road, one question looms largest, literally and figuratively. The status of Illini star center Kofi Cockburn is up in the air a day before the Spartans’ Tuesday game with the Illini, after he missed the Illini’s Friday night game at Maryland due to concussion protocols.
Michigan State’s men’s basketball team plays its second-straight road game and a second-straight game against a Top 25 team, visiting No. 24 Illinois on Tuesday, Jan. 25 (7 p.m.The game will air live on ESPN, with Jason Benetti, Robbie Hummel, and Myron Metcalf calling all of the action.
Matilda Ekh was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday, as announced by the league office. The Västerås, Sweden native captured her second Freshman of the Week honor after leading the Spartans to a win against Minnesota on Jan. 23, scoring 23 points. Ekh also dished out a career-high six assists, topping her previous high of four, done twice in the previous two games, at Ohio State (1/12/22) and vs. Northwestern (1/16/22). She also garnered the honor on Dec. 13. Ekh is now also tied for the most 20+ points games by a Spartan freshman since Nia Clouden had three 20-point outings in 2018-19.
Michigan State had perhaps its most complete game of the year Saturday night against Ohio State. From the drop of the puck, the Spartans were the aggressors, peppering OSU freshman goalie Jakub Dobes with shots and outworking the Buckeyes in all three zones. But Ohio State came away with the win thanks to a stellar performance from Dobes between the pipes and contributions from the highly skilled forwards, handing Michigan State its sixth straight loss.
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If Bingham and the Spartans were to get nine games in the postseason and Bingham keeps his average blocks per game at 2.5, he would get have a total of 98 blocks this season. This would nearly make Bingham the second Spartan to eclipse 100 blocks in a season. He would still have some work to do though if he wants to break Jaren Jackson’s record.
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Behind 14 fourth-quarter points by senior guard Nia Clouden, the Spartans battled to a 74-71 win over Minnesota Sunday afternoon at the Breslin Center. Michigan State head coach Suzy Merchant returned to the bench after missing the Northwestern game on Jan. 16 due to COVID-19 protocols.
The Michigan State wrestling team got a big upset in the 197-pound bout with redshirt senior Cameron Caffey defeating No. 2 Max Dean, but the Spartans could not pull off the team win over No. 1 Penn State, dropping a 28-9 match to the top-ranked Nittany Lions on Sunday afternoon in Jenison Field House.
Michigan State women’s basketball is looking to build on their big home victory against the Northwestern Wildcats last week when they welcome the Minnesota Gophers to East Lansing this Sunday. The Spartans enter the matchup 9-8 overall and 3-3 in conference play while the Gophers are 9-10 overall and 2-5 in conference play.
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No. 15 Ohio State was able to withstand a late Spartan rally to hold on for a 3-2 win at Munn Ice Arena on Saturday night. The Buckeyes held 2-0 and 3-1 leads, but the Spartans were active and entertained the crowd of more than 6,000 with an up-tempo 60-minute contest.
No. 15 Michigan State gymnastics was edged by No. 16 Iowa Saturday night at Jenison Field House in the 15th annual Jan Howard Breast Cancer Awareness pink meet, 196.475-196.350. MSU suffered its first loss of the season, falling to 4-1 overall and 0-1 in Big Ten action
Michigan State men’s tennis moved to 4-0 on the season with wins over Cleveland State (0-1) and IUPUI (0-1) on Saturday at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.
Breaking her own program record in the indoor pole vault, senior Sophia Franklin was one of five Spartans to take first place in their respective event at the Michigan Invitational, as the Michigan State men’s and women’s track & field teams completed its third meet of the season Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor.
Junior forward Malik Hall had 14 points, eight rebounds and two assists to lead five players in double figures as No. 14 Michigan State opened up a 16-point halftime lead en route to an 86-74 win over No. 8 Wisconsin at the Kohl Center on Friday night.
No. 15 Ohio State scored two unanswered goals to break a 1-1 tie and then iced the game with an empty-netter to earn a 4-1 victory at Munn Ice Arena on Friday evening.
A 2:19 fall from redshirt junior Layne Malczewski over fifth-ranked John Poznanski proved to be the turning point, as No. 21 Michigan State used three bonus-point victories to defeat No. 14 Rutgers, 20-17, in Big Ten wrestling action Friday night inside Jenison Field House.
After having its game against Indiana postponed on Jan. 17, the Michigan State women’s basketball team returns to action, hosting Minnesota on Sunday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Breslin Center. This is the Spartans’ final home game of January.
There are some clear reasons Michigan State has struggled over the last few weeks, most of them talked about and dissected ad nauseum. From turnovers to poor rebounding to a drop-off defensively, it’s all contributed as No. 14 Michigan State saw its nine-game winning streak come to an end with a loss at home on Saturday to Northwestern. It was the culmination of a handful of lackluster performances, and while the Spartans managed to get away with it in wins over Minnesota, Nebraska, and at Northwestern in early January, it all caught up to them last weekend.
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Head Coach Kim Chavers announced staff changes to the Michigan State rowing program on Friday afternoon. Volunteer assistant coach Kayla Brock will move into the open assistant coach position for the upcoming Spring 2022 season. Brock joined the Spartan rowing staff in fall of 2021 and spent extensive time working with the novices and first-year varsity athletes.
No. 15 Michigan State gymnastics is back at home on Saturday, January 22 to host Iowa in the Spartans’ Big Ten season opener. The meet is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start inside Jenison Field House. The Spartans are returning to Jenison for their second straight home meet, which will also serve as the 15th Annual Jan Howard Breast Cancer Awareness pink meet. Fans who arrive wearing pink will receive free admission to the event.