1 week ago

Bound to the bench for the most important games of Michigan State’s season, Joshua Langford and Kyle Ahrens grew closer together during their absence. Doing rehab, getting treatment and everything else required to get back to normal can be an isolating experience.

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“The last couple of weeks, from the Big Ten tournament on, it seemed like it was a blur,” Izzo said as he wrapped up the Spartans’ 32-7 season. “But I guess now I can give credit where credit is due. And honestly, I feel this team gave me every single drop that they had.

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A school-record six Spartans – Chase Gianacakos, Collin Lucas, Grayson Miller, Matt Morrissey, Matt Sokol and Khari Willis – have been named to the 2019 National Football Foundation (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society, the NFF and College Football Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday.

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1 week ago

Both Nick Ward and Cassius Winston said after Michigan State’s season-ending loss to Texas Tech on Saturday that they hadn’t thought about the decision of whether or not to declare for the NBA draft.Four days later, their coach said he thinks both should consider it. “I would recommend, and I am recommending, that both of them take a look,” Spartans coach Tom Izzo said on Wednesday.

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The Stanley Cup Playoffs begin April 10 with three former Spartan hockey players in the mix to chase the sport’s ultimate prize. Torey Krug and the Boston Bruins will take on Toronto in round one, while in the Western Conference, the St. Louis-Winnipeg series pits former teammates Mackenzie MacEachern (St. Louis) and Mason Appleton (Winnipeg) against each other.

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The Michigan State football team is in the final week of spring practice as the Spartans prepare for the annual Green-White spring game, presented by McLaren Health Plan, on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.

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It started with a silhouetted Cassius Winston walking through the tunnel, walking toward a legacy-making weekend in Washington. Michigan State made the first impression during the “One Shining Moment” tradition, even though the Spartans much rather would have been the final vision in the annual NCAA tournament-recapping video.

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1 week ago

After one of the worst offensive seasons in program history, there’s one aspect most observers will be focusing on when Michigan State plays in its annual spring game on Saturday. With a new coordinator, the Spartans’ offense will be under plenty of scrutiny, something that won’t end after the Green and White game.

Source: Detroit News

1 week ago

Dantonio said Tuesday he has yet to determine whether the Spartans will draft teams and split up the roster, as they have done for much of his tenure, or continue to use the offense vs. defense, first string vs. second string approach he has used the past two years.

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A miserable performance by Michigan State’s offense last year led to changes. Coach Mark Dantonio reshuffled his entire offensive staff with Brad Salem taking over as coordinator. The Spartans will give fans a glimpse of the 2019 team in Saturday’s spring game and Dantonio expects the changes to stand out.“I think you’re going to see some things,” Dantonio said before practice on Tuesday afternoon. “We’re not going to just go out there and just bag everything we’ve been doing all spring.”

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Check in with Spartan Football as Spring Football starts up, Michigan State Rowers compete in China in the World University Championships, Davina Nguyen from Women’s Tennis opens up about her family, and Men’s Basketball arrives at the Final Four.

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Those who are returning have one mission: Get back to the Final Four and go after Izzo’s elusive second national title. They should be a top-5 or better favorite going into the 2019-20 season. “If we’re not here (at the Final Four), we did something wrong,” swingman Aaron Henry said. “It’s gonna be our fault and nobody else’s fault if we’re not here again and actually winning it next time. … We’re getting the whole team back. I’m not stopping until I get back here.”

Source: Detroit Free Press

2 weeks ago

When the Michigan State locker room doors opened late on Sunday night and the media rushed in, there were few tears to be seen. Spartans players were sullen but composed as they sat at their lockers. Sad but also grateful. Even after a 61-51 loss to Texas Tech in a national semifinal game here at the Final Four, players were able to start to appreciate the run they had been on for the last six weeks.

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2 weeks ago

There weren’t many tears in the locker room afterward, perhaps because Michigan State had no emotion left to spill. And also because this didn’t feel like the end of a larger story. Tom Izzo just went to his eighth Final Four, and still is hunting his second national title. Cassius Winston just crafted one of the great point-guard seasons in program history – behind Magic Johnson and Mateen Cleaves – and he’ll be back.

Source: Detroit News

2 weeks ago

There were tears, sure. Just as there were then, when “Tum Tum” Nairn and Matt Costello broke down talking about sending the seniors — Travis Trice and Branden Dawson — out the wrong way. And there was a junior point guard — Cassius Winston now, Denzel Valentine then — reminding teammates about unfinished business.

Source: Detroit News

2 weeks ago

Matt Charboneau of The Detroit News on what’s next for all of Michigan State’s potentially returning scholarship players, as well as projected incoming freshmen

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Michigan State’s Run Ends With Loss To Texas Tech, 61-51 MSU Official
Junior guard Cassius Winston scored a team-high 16 points, but Michigan State struggled to find its offensive rhythm in a 61-51 loss to West Regional Champion Texas Tech in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament at U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday night.

Michigan State basketball knocked off by Texas Tech, 61-51, in Final Four Detroit Free Press
One more run? Down 13. Under 10 minutes remaining between one more game or a long trip home. Michigan State basketball’s battered-engine-that-could all season finally ran out of steam. Gassed by a Texas Tech defense that smothered them for much of the night, the Spartans put together one final rally, chopping a 13-point deficit to one point with 2:52 to play. But the Red Raiders’ All-American Jarrett Culver scored six straight points to lead them past MSU and into the championship game with a 61-51 victory on Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium.

‘They hurt us’: Texas Tech defense smothers Michigan State in Final Four semifinal Detroit News
The NCAA Tournament can bring the highest highs and the lowest lows, from cutting down nets to wiping away tears. Michigan State experienced them all in a three-week run, beating top-seeded Duke last week to reach the Final Four only to head to the final weekend of the season and run smack into the best defensive team in the nation.

Michigan State comeback falls short in Final Four loss to Texas Tech mlive.com
As the stage got bigger and bigger, this Michigan State team time and again found a way to overcome early deficits, to find another gear in the second half and pull out critical win after critical win on the road to the Final Four. When the stage got the biggest, Michigan State couldn’t finish off one more. Michigan State fell to Texas Tech, 61-51, in a NCAA Tournament national semifinal game in front of 72,711 fans at U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday night.

Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State’s Final Four loss to Texas Tech – and what’s next Lansing State Journal
1. Texas Tech never let MSU get comfortable. The Red Raiders were just better.
2. Freshman thoughts — the Texas Tech Final Four edition
3. Much of this MSU group isn’t done, but there are questions to answer

Michigan States loss to Texas Tech doesn’t define season Spartan Avenue
Michigan State exceeded expectations. Josh Langford went down, Nick Ward was out for a month and never truly regained his old form and Kyle Ahrens missed the NCAA Tournament. No one expected Michigan State to make a run, but it did. Winston dealt with a foot injury and knee tendonitis, but he got the job done.

Michigan State’s final run doesn’t take it over the finish line Detroit News
Late in the second half on Saturday night, Michigan State found itself in a spot it had been before more than once this season, down double-digits with things starting to unravel. The Spartans were there against Michigan — twice — and managed to find a way to rally and beat their rival. They were down nine last week to Duke before rebounding to knock off the NCAA Tournament’s No. 1 overall seed and reach the Final Four.

Michigan State basketball seniors live the dream, leave great legacy Detroit Free Press
As time trickled away and all fates were sealed, Matt McQuaid walked over to Kenny Goins in what would be their final moments together as Michigan State Spartans. “I just told him I love him,” McQuaid said Saturday night in Minneapolis, after the season-ending loss to Texas Tech at the Final Four.

Tom Izzo’s 85 minutes of reflection following Michigan State’s Final Four loss mlive.com
Nobody could find Tom Izzo’s backpack. Several Michigan State staff members searched the locker room and the various connected rooms. Izzo was holding court with reporters, but he’d stop talking eventually — maybe? — at which point he’d need to exit U.S. Bank Stadium for good. But not without his bag.

Michigan State staged its typical comeback, but this time couldn’t finish it mlive.com
Matt McQuaid thought the shot was in and that he had tied the game. With 1:50 left in a national semifinal game against Texas Tech and his team trailing by three, the Michigan State senior got a clean at a 3-pointer from the corner on a pass from Aaron Henry. He launched it and watched the ball went in and out. “I even started running back a little early,” McQuaid said. “I thought it was going to drop in, but it didn’t.”

Michigan State players face decision: Chase NCAA title or test NBA draft? Detroit Free Press
Through the grief came frustration about what could have been done differently. Then came the reality: Michigan State basketball’s season is finished, and decisions about the future need to be made by a few Spartans. Return to MSU and chase for another Final Four and national title or test the pro process and pursue their dreams of playing in the NBA?

Xavier Tillman returning next year, Cassius Winston and Nick Ward undecided about NBA Draft mlive.com
Xavier Tillman will not test the NBA draft waters and return to Michigan State next year, while two of his teammates still have decisions to make about their future. In the postgame locker room after Michigan State’s 61-51 loss to Texas Tech, Tillman said definitively that he will return to East Lansing for his junior season in 2019-20.

After Spartans loss, Winston and Ward offer no hints about next season Detroit News
It’s the nature of the NCAA Tournament. Things end quickly, and it doesn’t take long to start thinking of what’s next. Michigan State found itself in that position on Saturday night, a game earlier than it expected. The Spartans had just run into the suffocating defense of Texas Tech and saw its season end in the Final Four in a 61-51 loss to the Red Raiders at U.S. Bank Stadium.

 

 

2 weeks ago

Xavier Tillman is about three minutes into another incredibly thoughtful answer about Michigan State basketball and life and you stop to remind yourself something that’s often easy to forget in his presence. Tillman’s not a well-seasoned life coach, skilled in the art of offering perspective, discipline and time management skills. He’s a 20-year-old kid.

Source: Detroit Free Press

2 weeks ago

Of all the Final Fours Izzo’s made, only one other time did he get there — other than the year he won it — with the inner confidence that his team’s highest level of play would be good enough to win it … no matter what the opponent did.

Source: Detroit Free Press

2 weeks ago

If Michigan State beats Texas Tech on Saturday and gets a win on Monday night to earn its third national title, it will be because of Winston. “He’s kind of covered the entire gamut,” Izzo said this week. “He scores points. He’s playing better defense. He’s making other players score points, and he almost gets to coach the team a little bit.

Source: Detroit News

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