3 weeks ago

It was a memorable season given the backdrop of playing amid a pandemic, though far from a notable on in East Lansing. To put a bow on the Spartans’ 2020-21 campaign, here are five final thoughts on the season:

Source: Spartan Tailgate

3 weeks ago

The Spartans’ season ended on Thursday when they lost in a play-in game to UCLA. That means for the first time since 1997, the NCAA Tournament’s first round is being played without Michigan State. Now, it’s the offseason already in East Lansing. And the offseason brings questions for a team that will be looking to improve significantly on its 15-13 campaign this year.

Source: MLive.com

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Senior Joshua Langford said he played his final game for Michigan State basketball after the Spartans’ 86-80 OT loss to UCLA in the NCAA tournament.

Source: Detroit Free Press

3 weeks ago

Michigan State basketball showed off every bit of its season Thursday night and early Friday morning. A hot start, a near collapse, and a recovery that lead to extra time. But UCLA dominated overtime as the Spartans fell apart with missed shots, turnovers and defensive breakdowns. The Bruins ended MSU’s season with an 86-80 defeat at Mackey Arena, where Tom Izzo’s team has not won since 2014.

Source: Detroit Free Press

3 weeks ago

Michigan State is making its 23rd-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament under Head Coach Tom Izzo, marking the nation’s longest active current coaching streak. The Spartans are the No. 11 seed in the East Region and will open against No. 11 UCLA in the NCAA First Four on Thursday, March 18 (9:57 p.m. ET).

Source: Michigan State University Athletics

4 weeks ago

“They are a veteran team and that was a great experience for us,” Cronin said Wednesday as his team prepared for its final practice. “My message last year, if I recall, was we’re going to play against somebody that’s going to teach us how hard you have to play to be a great program, and you have to do it for 40 minutes.”

Source: Detroit Free Press

4 weeks ago

4 weeks ago

After a tumultuous closing stretch to the regular season and conference tournament that saw the Spartans play eight games in 20 days, winning some very difficult and important contests — including top-5 wins over Illinois, Ohio State, and Michigan — the Spartans find themselves in the First Four play-in game for the 11-seed in the East Region.

Source: The Only Colors

4 weeks ago

We cover the Big Ten coaching vacancies, some interesting developments in the transfer portal, and cover the MSU UCLA matchup.

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After a quarantine period in the new hotel, where all MSU personnel is housed on one floor, the Spartans were able to get a practice session in Monday in Indianapolis. Tuesday, they made the hour-plus bus trip up to West Lafayette to practice at Mackey Arena, where they’ll face the Bruins Thursday night in the last game of the tournament’s opening day.

Source: Spartan Tailgate

4 weeks ago

Michigan State basketball walked into the Hall of Horror that is Mackey Arena and looked up at the big screen above the basketball court to see the Spartans’ logo. Welcome to the 2021 NCAA tournament, where nothing is normal.

Source: Detroit Free Press

4 weeks ago

Tom Izzo and junior forward Aaron Henry met with the media on Tuesday afternoon to preview the First Four NCAA Tournament matchup against UCLA. The 11th-seeded Spartans (15-12) and Bruins (19-7) will meet on Thursday, March 18 at approximately 9:57 p.m. ET from Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana, and the game will be televised on TBS. The winner will face sixth-seeded BYU on Saturday, March 20.

Source: Michigan State University Athletics

4 weeks ago

The Spartans are currently in Indiana awaiting their First Four matchup against UCLA. At the same time, Michigan State is not wasting any time making headway with NCAA Transfer Portal targets. Over the last couple days, reports have circulated that MSU’s staff has made contact with two guards and a big man that are currently in the portal.

Source: Spartan Tailgate

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4 weeks ago

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Matt Charboneau and Tony Paul take a look at Michigan State’s opening play-in game against UCLA and Oakland University coach Greg Kampe break down the Spartans’ chances in the East Region bracket.

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No. 11-seed Michigan State will tip off against No. 11 UCLA at 9:57 p.m. Thursday in a First Four play-in game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind. The game will be televised by TBS.

Source: Detroit News

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