Not all paths in the NCAA Tournament are equally difficult. The entire structure of the tournament is based on the idea that the better teams (i.e. higher seeds) are given the easiest draw. But sometimes upsets occur and the occasional No. 15 seed wins a game (or three), busts the bracket, and clears the path for a No. 8 seed to survive to the Final weekend. Furthermore, not all No. 1 seeds (or No. 8 seeds or No. 15 seeds) are equally strong.
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Anthony Treash of Pro Football Focus produced a statistic that showed just how effective Michigan State was at running the flea flicker. Per his numbers, the Spartans had 4 touchdowns of 35 yards out or more through flea flickers alone.
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Tom Izzo has made it clear that he takes issue with the seismic shift in college athletics these past few years. However, it isn’t as simple as that. The Hall of Famer has repeatedly said that he is in favor of players making money, but also that he feels it really hinders their own futures when they make their college commitments based purely on quick cash.
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Gabe Brown hopes to extend his first job interview a few more days. And if it does not happen, the former Michigan State basketball captain wants to make sure he’s done enough to impress an NBA team to take him in the June draft. Brown is one of 44 prospects at G League Elite Camp, held Monday and Tuesday at Wintrust Arena in Chicago. A select group of those players get an invitation to the NBA draft combine in the same arena, starting Wednesday.
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Michigan State baseball got down early at Michigan, before rallying but the Spartans’ comeback came up shy Tuesday evening at UM’s Ray Fisher Stadium at Wilpon Complex.
The 2021-2022 season ended for Tom Izzo and the Michigan State men’s basketball program on March 20, after the Spartans fell to the Duke Blue Devils in the NCAA Tournament’s Round of 32. Roughly two months later, a lot has changed for MSU — and not in a positive way, for the most part. Michigan State had three players with remaining eligibility enter the NBA Draft: senior forward Gabe Brown, senior center Marcus Bingham Jr. and freshman shooting guard Max Christie.
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Brandon Hughes officially got the call that every minor league baseball player is striving to get, the call to the big leagues. The Chicago Cubs will be welcoming the Spartan baseball alumnus to Wrigley Field today to join the big league club for a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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Michigan State’s 2022 recruiting class is about to go from prospects to players. The Spartans’ class will enroll in East Lansing in the coming weeks to begin their summer conditioning and preparation for the 2022-23 season. That means forward Jaxon Kohler and point guard Tre Holloman will begin their work in East Lansing after months as Spartans signees; the Spartans also added an unranked recruit this month in center Carson Cooper.
Max Christie’s tenure at Michigan State appears to have ended after just one season. The 6-foot-6 guard from Arlington Heights, Illinois, has signed with an agent and will remain in the NBA Draft. Christie is scheduled to participate this week at the NBA Combine in Chicago.
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Three graduate transfers – tight end Daniel Barker (Illinois), running back Jarek Broussard (Colorado), and offensive lineman Brian Greene (Washington State) – have officially joined the Michigan State football program with classes for the first summer semester starting on Monday, May 16. Michigan State is slated to begin summer conditioning on May 31.
With more than a year to go before the early signing period, Kristian Phillips could have continued fielding interest from different schools. The 2022 three-star offensive lineman from Salem High School in Georgia could have waited until the recruiting dead period ended, visited campuses, and, for the first time, been in the same room as coaches pushing to land him. Although his parents wanted him to delay making a decision, Phillips was already sold and committed to Michigan State on Nov. 8, 2020.
Carson Cooper didn’t need an official visit to know what it would be like to return home. Cooper had spent the last year away from his home and family in Jackson while training at IMG Academy in Florida in the hopes of turning his considerable basketball potential into an opportunity to play big-time college hoops. That opportunity came suddenly last month when Michigan State started reaching out to the 6-foot-11 forward prospect to say they were interested in recruiting him.
This season, Joey Hauser will do what few players in Michigan State history have done: Play in a game at the Breslin Center after kissing the floor. In March, Hauser took part in Michigan State’s senior ceremonies at the Spartans’ home finale. He said at the time that he was undecided as to his future plans, but the fact that he was participating in senior day activities after using just three seasons of eligibility seemed to telegraph his plans. A month later, though, he had decided that those plans now included returning to play at Michigan State again in 2022-23.
Another Big Ten title by Jenna Magness on Saturday afternoon capped off the Michigan State track and field team’s performance on the final day of the 2022 Big Ten Outdoor Championships at the University of Minnesota Track & Field Stadium.
Michigan State baseball celebrated Spartan Senior Day in exciting fashion with an 11-8 Victory For MSU over Iowa, Sunday afternoon at a sun-basked McLane Stadium at Kobs Field.
The Michigan State men’s golf team will begin play in the NCAA Bryan Regional on Monday morning at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas. The Spartans are making their fifth NCAA Regional appearance in the last seven years. The Spartans are seeded No. 7 in the regional and were one of 13 teams selected to compete at the Traditions Club.
Michigan State rowing wrapped up its season today with an eighth-place showing at the Big Ten Championships. Competition kicked off at 9 a.m. in Indianapolis at Eagle Creek Park with the second novice eight race and concluded with the varsity eight race as the finale.
Ryan Talbot winning the men’s decathlon title highlighted four Spartans making the podium Saturday, as the Michigan State track and field team completed the second day of the 2022 Big Ten Outdoor Championships at the University of Minnesota Track & Field Stadium.
Michigan State baseball was downed by Iowa Saturday afternoon on MSU Alumni Day at McLane Stadium at Kobs Field, in a game that had a delayed start time and a mid-game delay due to weather.
Michigan State rowing is bound for the 2022 Big Ten Championships this weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana. Racing begins at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 15 with the second novice eight boats, and will conclude with the varsity eight race followed by the awards ceremony at 12:30 p.m.