There are a lot of different numbers, phrases, rankings, and terminology you’ll hear in bracket conversations. Two ranking systems you should expect to hear a lot about are the NET rankings and KenPom. At the time of writing, Michigan State is 47th in the NET rankings and 44th in KenPom. KenPom is a predictive system that operates off of data, with an emphasis on adjusted efficiency (both offensive and defensive) and other advanced analytics. The NET rankings are done by the NCAA and are a combination of both data and game results.
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The calendar is about to flip to February, with only one flip to go until the most important month of the college basketball season. And around this time, Tom Izzo starts looking for something specific from his team: consistency, the key ingredient of deep NCAA Tournament runs. “You get into February, which is right around the corner, and it gets where things have to start getting a little more consistent,” Izzo said last week.
When Michigan State hosted Purdue less than two weeks ago, it went down to the final seconds, the Boilermakers getting the winning bucket from Zach Edey with 2.2 seconds to play. The rematch at Mackey Arena on Sunday afternoon never had the same suspense as Edey, once again, had his way with the Michigan State defense as No. 1 Purdue built a big lead by halftime and held off several Michigan State runs in the second half before cruising to a 77-61 victory.
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Michigan State men’s basketball is looking to pick up another conference win against Purdue on Sunday. After taking down Iowa at home, 63-61 on Thursday night, MSU head coach Tom Izzo is more confident in his team than the last time the two met. A good chunk of that confidence comes with the return of senior forward Malik Hall.
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Ten down, ten to go. Michigan State reached the halfway point of its Big Ten schedule on Thursday by holding on to beat Iowa, 63-61 at home. The Spartans hit the midway point with a 6-4 record in Big Ten play. That record’s not as sparking as a typical Michigan State season, but given some of the challenges they’ve faced over the last month, there are reasons for players and coaches to be pleased with that mark.
Michigan State’s men’s basketball team hits the road again this weekend, playing at No. 1/1 Purdue on Sunday, Jan. 29 (12:20 p.m., CBS). The game will air live on CBS, with Spero Dedes, Bill Raftery and Jay Wright calling all of the action.
A Michigan humane society recently announced that a litter of 10 puppies had all been named in honor of Michigan State University basketball players. Later that day, they got a big surprise. On Wednesday, the Capital Area Humane Society posted to Facebook that it had named the pups A.J. Hoggard, Tyson Walker, Tre Holloman, Jaxson Kohler, Carson Cooper, Malik Hall, Mady Sissoko, Jaden Akins, Steven Izzo and Jason Whitens.
Michigan State guards Tyson Walker and Jaden Akins hit jumpers in the final 90 seconds and the Spartans held off two final shots from Iowa to grind out a 63-61 win at the Breslin Center Thursday night.
Michigan State basketball looks to get back in the win column on Thursday night as Fran McCaffery and the Iowa Hawkeyes visit the Breslin Center. Here’s a look at the key factors in this game and a prediction.
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The basketball feels the same leaving Pierre Brooks’ hand as it always has.“It’s felt the same way since I was a baby,” Brooks said. But what’s happening these days after the ball leaves his hand is unfamiliar. Brooks, the Michigan State sophomore guard, has missed 11 straight 3-point attempts for Michigan State stretching all the way back to the Spartans’ game against Nebraska on Jan. 3. It’s a shooting slump that’s proven frustrating and hard to shake as Michigan State goes through a stretch of three losses in four games.
Michigan State players got something on Monday they haven’t gotten in more than two weeks: a day off. For the first time since Jan. 4-6, Michigan State has more than two days to prepare for an upcoming game this week. That allowed the team’s players to take a day off from practice on Monday to rest and recover after a stretch of six games in 16 days.
Just weeks after being nominated along with the rest of their fellow 2023 Michigan State basketball class signees, Jeremy Fears and Xavier Booker have officially been named McDonald’s All-Americans.
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It wasn’t the start or the finish. This time, Michigan State basketball’s midsection proved the Spartans’ undoing. And maybe a little fatigue as well. In a game loaded with runs, Indiana got the biggest and most timely — an 18-4 burst midway through the second half — to pull away from MSU to a chippy 82-69 victory Sunday at Assembly Hall.
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Michigan State is back on the road on Sunday, Jan. 22, playing at Indiana (CBS, noon). The Spartans are coming off a 70-57 win over No. 23 Rutgers at home on Thursday night. The game will air live on CBS, with Spero Dedes and Jim Spanarkel calling all of the action.
First, the good news: After placing an increased emphasis on free throw shooting throughout the offseason, Michigan State has raised its team average to 75.8 percent on the year. That number is on pace to make this squad the best Michigan State free throw shooting team in 17 years. Now, the bad: Michigan State is getting to the free throw line at a historically low rate.
Michigan State used a late run in the second half and put five players in double figures as the Spartans beat No. 23 Rutgers, 70-57, at the Breslin Center on Thursday night. A.J. Hoggard scored a game-high 16 points, adding seven assists and three rebounds to lead the Spartans. Jaxon Kohler had his first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, both personal bests.
On Friday, Michigan State played an Illinois team that Tom Izzo called the most talented in the Big Ten. On Tuesday, it played a Purdue team that’s ranked in the top three of the national polls and alone in first place of the Big Ten. Now, it moves on to play a team that Izzo calls perhaps the toughest in the conference: Rutgers.