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Michigan State’s men’s basketball team is ranked No. 10 in the country in the Associated Press Preseason poll, released on Monday afternoon.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

4 days ago

Michigan State junior men’s basketball player Nick Ward (Columbus, Ohio/Gahanna) was selected to the watch list for the 2019 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today. He was one of 21 players selected to the watch list.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

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Brooks, who Izzo has been recruiting since he was a fresh high school prospect, just gave the Spartans a key advantage in his recruitment, revealed on Tuesday evening. According to Brian Snow of 247Sports, Brooks will be making his last official visit to Michigan State in mid-November.

Source: Spartan Avenue

6 days ago

Michigan State had two primary class of 2019 targets visit for its Michigan State Madness event nearly two weeks ago. Now, both are moving toward a decision with Michigan State still in the mix. Five-star forward Trayce Jackson-Davis and four-star forward Malik Hall both named Michigan State among their three finalist schools in the last week.

Source: MLive.com

7 days ago

Four-star power forward Malik Hall announced his top three Tuesday, and Michigan State and Purdue remain in the mix. Oregon is the third school.

Source: Detroit News

1 week ago

Cassius Winston was named one of 20 watch list candidates for the 2019 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award.  Named after Class of 1971 Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic and Holy Cross guard Bob Cousy, the annual honor, now in its 16th year, recognizes the top point guards in Division I men’s college basketball. A national committee comprising top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

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“I trust him now,” Izzo said of Ward on Thursday at Big Ten media day. “I still have my moments that I don’t like what he does and he probably still has his moments. But now there’s a relationship that is built on trust the way it should be. I’ll be shocked if Nick doesn’t have a great year.”

Source: MLive.com

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“I don’t feel vindicated, because you shouldn’t be commended for doing what you’re supposed to do,” Izzo said. “And we didn’t do anything any different than just about every program that I know here, that does it the same way. I take my hat off to all the Big Ten coaches. And yet, it’s not healthy for our organization, it’s not healthy for college basketball, it’s not healthy for college sports. Hopefully, something will come of it.”

Source: Detroit Free Press

2 weeks ago

“The thought that I was gonna hide something like what happened makes me sick,” Izzo said. “The thought of that makes me sick. It’s never been hidden. It never was. That was the big complaint on me and Dantonio and (former athletic director Mark) Hollis and it never was hidden. Never will be hidden.

Source: Detroit News

2 weeks ago

Tom Izzo and the rest of the Big Ten coaches kicked off basketball season Thursday, with the annual media day back in the Chicago area for the first time in three years. Here are five takeaways from what the Spartans’ coach had to say as he enters his 24th season

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Michigan State won 30 games last year and an outright regular season Big Ten championship. But the program exited the NCAA Tournament in the second round, marking the program’s third straight first-weekend exit of the tournament. Despite that regular season success, Izzo isn’t hiding from the fact that his program’s NCAA Tournament performance in the last three years hasn’t been up to expectations.

Source: MLive.com

2 weeks ago

Michigan State point guard Cassius Winston and forward Nick Ward are two of 10 players selected for the preseason All-Big Ten team, released Thursday ahead of the league’s basketball media day in Chicago. The juniors are entering their second season as full-time starters for head coach Tom Izzo.

Source: Spartan Tailgate

2 weeks ago

The Spartans went 30-5 last season. They won the Big Ten regular-season title outright. They return three of their top four scorers and four of the six players that played starters’ minutes last season. They’ll start at least four, and possibly five, upperclassmen this year, including a trio of top 50 prospects that are finally — hopefully? — coming of age. On paper, without all the noise that comes with the hangover of last season, this team looks really, really good.

Source: CollegeBasketballTalk

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2 weeks ago

Michigan State and Michigan are the top two college basketball teams in the Big Ten this season, according to a panel of league media voters. In a media poll featuring 28 voters, MSU was picked to win the Big Ten this season

Source: Detroit Free Press

2 weeks ago

The Spartans will face Gonzaga in a closed scrimmage on Oct. 27 in Minneapolis, according to a source. The news was first reported by Stadium on Monday.

Source: MLive.com

2 weeks ago

They’re still Michigan State’s two big men, to be sure. But Nick Ward and Xavier Tillman aren’t quite as big as they were last season. And that’s just fine with Spartans coach Tom Izzo.”They’ve done an unbelievable job with their bodies, both of them,” Izzo said after Tuesday’s practice.

Source: MLive.com

2 weeks ago

Michigan State’s men’s and women’s basketball teams marked the official start of the 2018-19 season with the annual MSU Madness on Friday night.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

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