3 days ago

Goins is MSU’s most versatile player. McQuaid is arguably as important as anyone other than Winston. His defense, shooting and, Sunday, his playmaking, make him an essential piece. Ward, though, is the bear on the block that changes scouting reports.

Source: Lansing State J

3 days ago

The loss of Ward comes at a critical time for Michigan State (21-5, 12-3). With just five games left in the regular season, the Spartans are tied for first place in the Big Ten with Michigan. The rivals face each other in Ann Arbor next Sunday, a game Ward almost certainly won’t play in. They square off one more time in the regular-season finale on March 9 in East Lansing.

Source: Detroit News

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3 days ago

Nick Ward sustained a hairline fracture of his left hand toward the end of the first half during the Spartans’ 62-44 win over Ohio State on Sunday. There is no timetable for his return, but he will be reevaluated on a weekly basis and it is hoped he will return before the end of the season.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

3 days ago

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Michigan State clamps down on Ohio State; how bad is Nick Ward’s hand? Detroit Free Press
Nick Ward came out of halftime with a wrist wrap on his left hand. Cassius Winston couldn’t hit his shot and picked up his third foul. Xavier Tillman sat on the bench in foul trouble, joining Aaron Henry who did not start the second half and played sparingly. No. 11 Michigan State basketball needed a spark against Ohio State with its two stars struggling and its regular rotation out of whack. It found it from unexpected sources. Starting on defense.

Defense, strong bench helps Michigan State pull away in win over Ohio State MLive.com
First came the injury, then the foul trouble, then the ineffectiveness from Michigan State’s best player. With eight minutes left in a tie game against Ohio State, it all combined to force Michigan State into an unorthodox lineup: two non-rotation freshmen and an ailing guard trying to fend off an upset bid.

No Nick Ward, no problem in Ohio State win Spartan Avenue
No Nick Ward, no Josh Langford and a Cassius Winston who had one of his worst games of the season and you’d think that Michigan State would lose to a team like Ohio State which was 16-8 coming into East Lansing on Sunday. Wrong. Michigan State stood strong thanks to its seniors, putting up a huge second-half fight, beating the Buckeyes, 62-44.

Without injured Nick Ward, Michigan State surges past Ohio State Detroit News
Michigan State was in trouble Sunday afternoon. It was the second half against Ohio State as Nick Ward sat on the bench with an injured left hand. Xavier Tillman was next to him with four fouls, and there was Cassius Winston with three fouls and running out of gas. It left No. 11 Michigan State with a lineup it hasn’t seen much this season. But the Spartans somehow managed to wrestle control of the game from Ohio State on their way to a 62-44 victory at the Breslin Center to remain in a tie for first place in the Big Ten.

No. 11 Michigan State basketball pulls away from Ohio State State News
In one of the ugliest performances of the season, No. 11 Michigan State (21-5, 12-3 Big Ten) survived an upset bid from the tough Ohio State Buckeyes (16-9, 6-8 Big Ten), 62-44. Senior guard Matt McQuaid led the Spartans with 14 points, including two big shots during the run that decided the game.

Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State basketball’s second-half rally and win over Ohio State Lansing State Journal
1. McQuaid and Goins rise up and rescue MSU during an incredible second-half stretch
2. If Nick Ward’s wrist is seriously hurt, that’s trouble
3. Freshman thoughts – the Ohio State edition, Part II

Michigan State finishes regular season sweep of Ohio State Spartan Tailgate
Ohio State owned the final five minutes of the first half. Michigan State controlled the final seven minutes of the game, holding the Buckeyes scoreless from the floor in that stretch as the Spartans scrapped their way to an ugly 62-44 win Sunday at Breslin Center.

 

 

4 days ago

Following an impressive road win in Madison on Tuesday, Michigan State (20-5, 11-3 B1G) will look to follow that performance up Sunday afternoon when Ohio State (16-8, 6-7 B1G) comes to town.

Source: The Only Colors

4 days ago

Six games remain for No. 11 Michigan State in the Big Ten stretch run. Every win inches the Spartans closer to a showdown for the regular-season crown with rival Michigan, which they have not yet played. The Wolverines are a half-game ahead of MSU atop the conference standings, and their two critical games come up Feb. 24 in Ann Arbor and March 9 in East Lansing.

Source: Detroit Free Press

4 days ago

The Spartans are riding a two-game winning streak after losing three straight previously while the Buckeyes are fresh off a tough home loss to suddenly red-hot Illinois. Michigan State must remain focused and take care of business to avoid a letdown loss like it had at home versus Indiana just a couple of weeks ago.

Source: Spartan Avenue

4 days ago

The Nick Ward-Kaleb Wesson matchup should be entertaining again. Ward played well and with poise in the first matchup, with 21 points and eight rebounds in his hometown. His wide-bodied counterpart was even better. Wesson tallied 25 points and showed a completeness to his game that I hadn’t see before, scoring both on the block and from long range.

Source: Lansing State Journal

5 days ago

fter playing six of its last nine games on the road, No. 11/12 Michigan State returns home to host Ohio State on Sunday, Feb. 17. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m. The game will air live on CBS, with Ian Eagle calling the play-by-play and Bill Raftery serving as the color analyst.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

5 days ago

No. 11 Michigan State is riding a two-game win streak with a return to form, as the Spartans prepare to host Ohio State on Feb. 17 at Breslin Center.

Source: Detroit Free Press

5 days ago

Nick Ward isn’t trying to hide it – playing Ohio State means a little more to him. If his recent play is any indication, that’s good news for No. 11 Michigan State as it prepares to put its two-game win streak on the line at home Sunday against the Buckeyes.

Source: Detroit News

5 days ago

Michigan State Basketball Preview | Ohio State

5 days ago

Aaron Henry missed a 3-pointer, then heeded Tom Izzo’s suggestion: Look for your midrange shot. Michigan State’s freshman grabbed a defensive rebound, then again looked for his jumper. This one, from the free-throw line, hit nothing but net. It was a key basket in the Spartans’ 67-59 victory at Wisconsin on Tuesday, and it was a hopeful sign for No. 11 MSU’s offense that is working to replace the perimeter scoring lost with Joshua Langford’s season-ending foot surgery.

Source: Detroit Free Press

6 days ago

Lansing State Journal columnist and Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari are riding as high as the Spartan basketball team after their two victories over the past week.

6 days ago

Things can change quickly in the Big Ten. The last couple of days — Tuesday, in particular — have provided clear evidence that there are no guarantees in arguably the toughest conference, top to bottom, in the country.

Source: Detroit News

6 days ago

Well, last week the house was on fire, dog and cats were living together, and everyone wanted to know what was wrong with MSU’s basketball team. This week, we have much better news to report.

Source: The Only Colors

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6 days ago

It was a heartbreaking moment on the basketball court, in front of everyone, when Kyle Ahrens re-injured his right foot during a practice in late October 2017. The injury, a Jones fracture to the fifth metatarsal his right foot, devastatingly happened minutes into his first practice of the season. He was coming back from a stress fracture in his right foot during the summer and was hopeful to rejoin the Spartans line-up.

Source: Michigan State University Athletics

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1 week ago

With the shot clock at less than 10 seconds, freshmen Aaron Henry had the ball out on the wing, well beyond the 3-point line in front of the Michigan State bench. Sensing the moment, Spartans star guard Cassius Winston moved toward Henry and called for the ball. That’s when it happened. Henry, the freshman, waved off the candidate for Big Ten Player of the Year.

Source: Detroit News

1 week ago

Special Guest: Recruiting Coordinator Doug Wojcik discusses the Win over Wisconsin and the upcoming matchup against Ohio State. Players Interviewed: Freshman Guard Foster Loyer and Freshman Forward Gabe Brown

Source: Spartan Sports Network

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