4 days ago

No one in basketball is more manically driven than Draymond Green. Except for his former coach, Tom Izzo.  They are connected by the coach-player relationship, of course. But these days they are connected by so much more. Izzo just went through the toughest year of his career at Michigan State. Green just went through the toughest week of his. They survive by relying on each other.

Source: Detroit Free Press

5 days ago

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Kyle Ahrens plays hero in Florida win Spartan Avenue
The ball was loose. It looked like another Spartan turnover, this time giving Florida a chance to tie or take the lead with under 10 seconds left in the game, but Kyle Ahrens came to the rescue.

3 quick takes on Michigan State basketball’s win at Florida Lansing State Journal
1. Spartans must find a way to spell exhausted Winston
2. Freshman thoughts – Florida edition
3. MSU should leave December in a good place

Saggy Spartans ‘stay course,’ snatch victory from Gators Detroit News
For the first time in the last couple of weeks, Tom Izzo thought his team was out of gas. As the seconds ticked away and the lead dwindled Saturday afternoon at Florida, the Spartans were feeling the effects of a six-game stretch that included five games away from home, including trips to Las Vegas, Louisville, and Rutgers.

No. 10 Michigan State Hangs on to Beat Florida, 63-59 MSU Official
Junior guard Joshua Langford (Huntsville, Ala./Madison Academy) hit a pair of key jumpers late and redshirt junior Kyle Ahrens (Versailles, Ohio/Versailles) scored the final seven points for No. 10 Michigan State as the Spartans held on to beat Florida, 63-59, at the O’Connell Center on Saturday afternoon.

Kyle Ahrens comes up clutch in MSU’s win over Florida Detroit News
When things started getting tight in the final minutes on Saturday, Michigan State was looking for someone to step up and take the game over. On the road for another tough nonconference game against Florida, the usual suspects weren’t exactly playing well. Cassius Winston looked worn out most of the game and Nick Ward wasn’t playing well in the defensive end. Joshua Langford did his part, hitting two big jumpers in the final six minutes to help the Spartans maintain a slim lead.

Couch: Kyle Ahrens’ game-winning dunk unleashes emotions within Lansing State Journal
When Kyle Ahrens is overcome with exhaustion late in a game, he looks over at Michigan State’s bench, his old home, and grits his teeth. “There are glimpses in my mind, ‘Would you rather be on the bench again? Or would you rather be tired right now?’” Ahrens asks himself. “I’m pushing myself through it.” The bench, to Ahrens, represents injury and frustration and precious time wasted.

 

 

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6 days ago

Michigan State (7-2) travels to Gainesville to take on the Florida Gators (5-3) on Saturday in a road test that will complete a very challenging early period of this 2018-19 season for the Spartans.

Source: Spartans Wire

6 days ago

A month into Michigan State basketball’s season, Tom Izzo’s team faces the end of its grueling start. First, before any recalibration and reassessment can take place, the 10th-ranked Spartans get one more tough road test they hope will provide another building block of experience. MSU faces Florida on Saturday at Exactech Arena at the O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.

Source: Detroit Free Press

6 days ago

A day off might not seem like much, but for Michigan State, staying away from the gym for one day was a welcomed respite. At least, that’s what the Spartans were counting on as they prepared to head to Florida to take on the Gators in a noon tip-off on Saturday.

Source: Detroit News

6 days ago

Michigan State’s men’s basketball team hits the road this weekend for the sixth game of a challenging stretch over the last three weeks, playing at Florida on Saturday, Dec. 8.  Tipoff is slated for noon. The game will air live on CBS, with Carter Blackburn calling the play-by-play and Clark Kellogg serving as the color analyst.

Source: Michigan State University Athletics

7 days ago

Spartans big men Nick Ward, Kenny Goins and Xavier TIllman posted career highs against Iowa thanks to Tom Izzo’s high-low offensive sets

Source: Detroit Free Press

7 days ago

Kenny Goins is making the most of his final season as a Spartan. The former walk-on has put up numbers that aren’t just important for Tom Izzo – if he keeps it up, he’ll be playing basketball beyond his time in East Lansing.

Source: Spartans Wire

7 days ago

The Spartans have been busy on the hardwood since leaving for Las Vegas over the Thanksgiving holiday. This has been one of the toughest stretches for the MSU basketball team over the last few seasons, based upon the travel and how many games were stuffed into such a tight window.

Source: The Only Colors

1 week ago

Michigan State gets a few days of practice before heading to Florida on Saturday, then more than a week off before the Spartans’ next game on Dec. 16.

Source: Detroit Free Press

1 week ago

Recap of the Rutgers and Iowa Games and preview of Florida. Special Guest: Director of Basketball Operations, David Thomas

Source: Spartan Sports Network

1 week ago

1 week ago

We are spicing things up here on The Only Podcast. By popular demand, we’ve taken on some guest hosts – Sara Gendernalik (@SGender) and Sarah Norris (@sarahnorris). You may know them from Twitter…or maybe not! If you don’t, you should! Either way, they’re great!

1 week ago

His limbs extend like rubber, stretching around and through his foes. He performs daring feats to earn the respect of his older comrades. Monkey D. Luffy, the protagonist of One Piece, a popular Japanese manga series, could feasibly depict Grizzlies rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. The third-youngest player in history to hang 30 points in an NBA game, “trailing” only LeBron James and Kevin Durant, is blitzing opponents. Jackson hasn’t quite stabbed himself underneath his left eye to impress drunken Pirates. His ver

Source: SI.com

1 week ago

Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari and Lansing State Journal digital sports reporter Phil Friend are here with the latest in Michigan State sports.

1 week ago

Matt McQuaid, Michigan State’s senior guard, hasn’t played for three games now due to a deep thigh bruise. His rest will pay off as he’ll become one of the Spartans’ most versatile and valuable players when the Big Ten schedule kicks into high gear.

Source: Spartans Wire

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1 week ago

Michigan State big man Xavier Tillman is only a sophomore. He’s playing like a veteran who knows what’s needed at all times. Spartan fans should begin to expect big things from this big Spartan.

Source: Spartans Wire

1 week ago

Michigan State (7-2, 2-0) has almost worked through this challenging early stretch of games. The Spartans face Florida this Saturday in Gainesville before a bit of a break in the schedule. The team has played with balance, defensive focus, and a commitment to limiting turnovers over the 2-0 start in B1G play.

Source: Spartans Wire

1 week ago

Hockey squares off against the University of Michigan, Women’s Basketball travels to Cancun, Mexico to play in the Cancun Challenge, Sophomore Xavier Tillman and Junior Nick Ward discuss changes they made as they figure to get ready for Basketball season and Men’s Basketball defeats Rutgers.

1 week ago

Cassius Winston rose up for the 3-pointer and got knocked to the ground. No foul got called as he banged knees with Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon, and play went the other direction after the ball clanged off the rim. But Michigan State’s junior point guard remained sitting on the floor for a few seconds as his teammates played 5-on-4 basketball. He slowly worked his way back on the defensive end and tugged at his shorts after a foul stopped the clock.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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