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The last time there was a Spartans in the NBA, two players had yet to make their NBA debuts. Well now that two weeks have passed, Cassius Winston and Xavier Tillman were both able to make their NBA debuts! Draymond Green was also able to make his season debut and has had a few good performances in his return. Jaren Jackson Jr. has still not made his season debut, but should be returning within the next few weeks.

Source: Spartans Wire

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Learn more about Dennis Cesana’s hockey family, and dive deeper into what made Marcus Bingham Jr who he is today.

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Michigan State basketball’s tenets of defense, rebounding, and running are well known and loudly touted. However, those concepts also are among the biggest inconsistencies for Tom Izzo’s team over the past month. The Spartans continue to lose games in varying fashion, with their latest defeat, 55-54, Friday night against Purdue, coming with an inability to protect the post from Trevion Williams in the second half.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Almost two days after Michigan State’s stunning second-half collapse against Purdue, the sting has yet to fade away. Giving up a 17-point lead with 19 minutes to play is tough enough to deal with, but the lasting effect could be even more critical for the Spartans. Instead of riding a three-game winning streak and likely moving up in the national rankings, Michigan State is trying to come up with a way to regroup while staring at a five-game stretch to close the month of January that will be no picnic.

Source: Detroit News

2 weeks ago

Thursday afternoon, Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo was specifically asked about his plans to defend Purdue center Trevion Williams, whose sheer presence exceeds his measurables at 6-foot-10, 265 pounds. “We’re gonna throw the kitchen sink at him,” Izzo said, before naming each of his options in redshirt junior Joey Hauser, junior Thomas Kithier, junior Marcus Bingham Jr., sophomore Julius Marble, and freshman Mady Sissoko.

Source: Spartan Tailgate

2 weeks ago

Emoni Bates hears the questions. He knows Michigan State basketball fans are anxious to see the top-ranked Spartan commit play in green and white, especially after another MSU loss Friday. Bates, who turns 17 on Jan. 28, is soft-spoken and succinct. When asked Friday about reclassifying grade levels, he said he’s focused on getting better while playing with fledgling Ypsilanti Prep Academy.

Source: Detroit Free Press

2 weeks ago

Answers and explanations did not come easy for Tom Izzo. Michigan State basketball led Purdue almost the game Friday — including 19 minutes, 55.5 seconds of the second half — by dominating defensively, shooting above a 50% clip, containing Trevion Williams early and building a 17-point lead less than a minute after halftime.But for the final 18:46, Williams was nearly unstoppable. For more than 12 minutes, the Spartans missed shot after shot from all over.

Source: Detroit Free Press

2 weeks ago

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Michigan State Falls, 55-54, as Purdue Hits Late Shot Michigan State University Athletics
No. 23 Michigan State took a 15-point lead at halftime and led by four points in the final minute, but Purdue’s Trevion Williams hit a jumper with four seconds left as the Boilermakers came back for a 55-54 win at the Breslin Center in a Big Ten men’s basketball game Friday night.

Michigan State blows lead in final seconds, stunned by Purdue, 55-54 Detroit Free Press
MSU’s defense collapsed down the stretch, particularly against Trevion Williams. The Boilermakers’ big man scored eight of their final 10 points in the final 3:19, hitting a hook shot with 4.5 seconds left that gave Purdue a stunning 55-54 comeback win Friday night at Breslin Center.

Michigan State blows big halftime lead, falls to Purdue, 55-54 Spartans Wire
The Spartans led for nearly the entire game until Purdue junior forward Trevion Williams hit a jumper with four seconds left in the game to lift the Boilermakers past Michigan State. Junior forward Aaron Henry had a chance to win the game but his buzzer beater shot bounced off the rim, completing the incredible comeback for Purdue.

Michigan State stumbles in second half, gets upended by Purdue 55-54 Detroit News
Michigan State’s defense was on point again Friday night at the Breslin Center, but the offense decided to take most of the second half off as the Spartans hosted Purdue. That, and a decision to go small late in the game, cost No. 23 Michigan State as Purdue’s Trevion Williams hit a jumper with 4.5 seconds to play to give the Boilermakers a 55-54 victory.

MSU blows 17-point lead, falls to Purdue on last-second shot Spartan Tailgate
Of course the ball was going to Trevion Williams, and on Friday night, of course the Purdue center made the shot. The 6-foot-11 junior took an inbound feed from Eric Hunter Jr. and tossed in the game-winning basket with 4.5 seconds left to play at Breslin Center, capping a dominant second half and giving the Boilermakers a 55-54 win over No. 23 Michigan State.

2 weeks ago

Purdue is a level-up in complexity of the challenge compared to Rutgers. The Boilermakers run more stuff (Matt Painter’s typically well-run and dynamic offense is still there even with a more “basic” roster) than Rutgers, and they have far bigger match-up challenges. Literally.

Source: The Only Colors

2 weeks ago

Michigan State has now shown that it can beat top-tier Big Ten teams after it downed No. 15 Rutgers by 23 on Tuesday. Now, its next challenge is to do that consistently. That quest starts when Purdue (7-5, 2-3) comes to the Breslin Center to face No. 23 Michigan State (8-3, 2-3) on Friday (7 p.m., FS1).

Source: mlive.com

2 weeks ago

“I’m expecting a lot out of Purdue and hopefully a lot out of Michigan State,” coach Tom Izzo said Thursday. “We’ll see if we can win another game.”Here is what to watch when the Spartans (8-3, 2-3 Big Ten) host the Boilermakers (7-5, 2-3). Tipoff is 7 p.m. at Breslin Center, and the game will be televised on FS1:

Source: Detroit Free Press

2 weeks ago

Michigan State turned in one of its best defensive performances of the season during Tuesday night’s victory over No. 15 Rutgers, and if the Spartans expect to extend their winning streak to three and get back to .500 in the Big Ten, they’ll need a similar effort on Friday.

Source: Detroit News

2 weeks ago

The No. 23-ranked Michigan State men’s basketball hosts Purdue on Friday, Jan. 8 (FS1, 7 p.m.). After playing three of its first four Big Ten games away from home, the Spartans are in the midst of playing four of their next five games at home. The game will air live on FS1, with Tim Brando and Donny Marshall calling all of the action.

Source: Michigan State University Athletics

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On a night when Aaron Henry stuffed the stat sheet on the offensive side of the ball with 20 points, it was his hard work on the defensive side of the ball that stood out in his mind and in the mind of his head coach. Not only did Henry pull down eight rebounds (seven on the defensive end), but he blocked four shots and got two steals; there was a contagious defensive intensity that spread throughout the team.

Source: The Only Colors

2 weeks ago

Late in the game on Tuesday night, Tom Izzo was able to laugh for a second. It came in the final minutes as No. 23 Michigan State was putting the finishing touches on a 68-45 victory over No. 15 Rutgers at the Breslin Center, and junior Aaron Henry was cutting freshman guard A.J. Hoggard some slack for a rookie mistake.

Source: Detroit News

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2 weeks ago

As Emoni Bates watched Michigan State get off to an 0-3 start in Big Ten play this season before they won their last two league games, he couldn’t help but think that things might’ve been different had he been with the Spartans. “He says that all the time,” Elgin Bates, Emoni’s father, said this week in a phone interview. “Plus, he has a couple close friends that play on that roster and he always says, ‘I wish I was out there with my boys,’ so I know he could definitely, definitely help them, but adversity is the key to success.”

Source: Forbes

2 weeks ago

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Michigan State clamps down defensively to blow out Rutgers MLive.com
On shaky ground early in the Big Ten season, Michigan State got back to its roots and notched a critical top-15 win.The No. 23 Spartans used their best defensive performance of the Big Ten season and a standout game from Aaron Henry to dispatch No. 15 Rutgers, 68-45, on Tuesday night at the Breslin Center.

Aaron Henry scores 20, No. 23 Michigan State throttles No. 15 Rutgers 68-45 Detroit News
A win over Nebraska is one thing. Knocking off the No. 15 team in the country is another. Michigan State, coming off its first Big Ten victory over the weekend in Nebraska, validated that win by returning home on Tuesday night and defeating Rutgers, 68-45, at the Breslin Center.

MSU 68, Rutgers 45, men’s hoops capitalizes off defensive performance State News
With a dominant defensive performance and a 13-0 to close the game carried by junior forward Aaron Henry, No. 23 Michigan State men’s basketball won its second conference game in a row on Tuesday against No. 15 Rutgers 68-45.

Aaron Henry leads Michigan State over Rutgers Spartan Tailgate
A commanding start from Aaron Henry powered No. 23 Michigan State early, then late flurries from fellow wings Rocket Watts and Joshua Langford carried the Spartans to the finish line Tuesday against No. 15 Rutgers.

Michigan State beats No. 14 Rutgers 68-45: Instant reactions from the win Spartans Wire
Michigan State Basketball knocked off Big Ten foe No. 14 Rutgers 68-45 in an emphatic win. It was a game that many fans were nervous about, but the Spartans showed up and looked like the team they were supposed to look like all year and dominated the Scarlet Knights.

2 weeks ago

Michigan State has been outrebounded in two straight games, something that rarely happens. In fact, in 31 games last season, Michigan State was outrebounded just six times and ranked No. 10 in the country in total rebounds per game at 40.51.

Source: Detroit News

2 weeks ago

I know the projection doesn’t look great for the Spartans right now, but if there is anybody I trust to right the ship, it’s Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo — the guy with eight Final Four appearances and one national championship. The man who has led MSU to 22 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (and would have been 23 had last season’s tournament not been canceled). The National Coach of the Year on multiple occasions. The Hall of Famer. Mr. March.

Source: The Only Colors

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