Michigan State star Winston coming back, Ward leaving
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — All-America guard Cassius Winston wants to accomplish more at Michigan State. He is coming back for his senior season.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Xavier Tillman has had to grow up fast on and off the basketball court.
The Michigan State forward was forced to transform from being a role-playing reserve to a...
Given the track record that Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and Kansas counterpart Bill Self have put together over the years, it is hardly surprising nobody felt much sympathy for them this...
CHICAGO (AP) — Michigan State star forward Nick Ward has returned to the rotation after missing five games because of a broken left hand.
The team's second-leading scorer, Ward checked in...
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nick Ward is expected to play for No. 6 Michigan State at the Big Ten Tournament nearly a month after having surgery on his left hand.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Cassius Winston struggled to make shots for more than a half and his rivals took advantage, controlling a game with a share of the Big Ten title at stake.
No. 7 Michigan (26-4, 15-4) vs. No. 9 Michigan State (24-6, 15-4)
Jack Breslin Student Events Center, East Lansing, Michigan; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST
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GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 7 Michigan (26-4, 15-4) at No. 9 Michigan State (24-6, 15-4), Saturday night. The winner clinches at least a share...
Indiana faces tough test vs No. 6 Michigan State
No. 6 Michigan State (23-5, 14-3) vs. Indiana (14-14, 5-12)
Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Indiana; Saturday, 12 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 6 Michigan State presents a tough challenge for...
No. 10 Michigan State knocks off No. 7 Michigan 77-70
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Underestimate Tom Izzo and Michigan State at your peril.
The Spartans are plenty dangerous — even when they're short-handed and playing on the road against a highly...
Big 10 lead at stake in 1st Michigan-Michigan St matchup
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — While looking ahead to his first game against Michigan State, Michigan freshman Iggy Brazdeikis was asked if there were any moments in the rivalry from years past that...
No. 7 Michigan looks to knock off No. 10 Michigan State
No. 10 Michigan State (22-5, 13-3) vs. No. 7 Michigan (24-3, 13-3)
Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Sunday, 3:45 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 7 Michigan goes for its 11th straight win...
Michigan State, Michigan finally set to meet this weekend
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GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Michigan State at Michigan. It's finally here — the first of two meetings between the in-state rivals that have looked...
Winston scores 28, No. 10 Michigan State beats Rutgers 71-60
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Xavier Tillman got off to a shaky start, filling in for Nick Ward in the starting lineup for No. 10 Michigan State.
No. 10 Michigan State expects to be without Ward for weeks
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State forward Nick Ward had surgery on his broken left hand and is expected to be out of for at least a few weeks.
"I'm a quick healer so I'll be back," Ward said Monday with his left arm in a sling.
Ward said he was injured when his hand made contact with an opponent's elbow in a 62-44 win over Ohio State on Sunday.
No. 11 Michigan State beats Ohio State 62-44, but Ward hurt
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State shut down Ohio State in the second half despite an injury to Nick Ward.
Now the Spartans may be without their standout big man for a while.
No. 9 Michigan State beats Minnesota 79-55, ends 3-game skid
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Magic Johnson was back at Michigan State, joining his teammates to celebrate the 40-year anniversary of winning the national championship.
The Hall of Famer and Los Angeles Lakers president had plenty of opportunities to flash his familiar smile.
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Michigan State’s Langford out for the season
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State guard Joshua Langford will miss the rest of the season because of his injured ankle.
Spartans coach Tom Izzo said in a statement Wednesday that the junior will likely need surgery. Langford has missed the last eight games. In the 13 games he did play — all starts — Langford averaged 15 points.
"Josh has a stress injury that we caught fairly early and we had hoped that, with treatment and rest, he would recover," Izzo said. "He has not."
No. 6 Michigan State blows past No. 19 Iowa, 82-67
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa had the crowd rocking and plenty of momentum on its side.
But sixth-ranked Michigan State had the necessary toughness, blowing past the upstart Hawkeyes in a vintage Tom Izzo performance on the road.
Cassius Winston scored 23 points, Nick Ward had 21 points with 10 rebounds and the Spartans beat No. 19 Iowa 82-67 on Thursday night, extending their winning streak to 13 games.
Nick Ward leads No. 6 Michigan State over Penn State, 71-56
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Tom Izzo wasn't impressed with much of No. 6 Michigan State's double-digit victory over Penn State.
The Spartans built a big lead early and dominated at times in the paint in their 71-56 win on Sunday. From Izzo's standpoint, that's all they did well and that won't be enough for the Spartans to be the team they want to be.
"Maybe we're all talking too much about how good we are," Izzo said. "We're not that good."
No. 6 Michigan State surging with fewer stars than last year
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State is proving it doesn't need NBA-ready talent to succeed.
The Spartans have surged to No. 6 in the AP Top 25 with eight straight victories, including an 86-77 win against then-No. 14 Ohio State on the road Saturday.
No. 8 Michigan State holds off No. 14 Ohio State 86-77
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Riding a seven-game winning streak, No. 8 Michigan State came to Columbus to play No. 14 Ohio State with captain and scoring machine Joshua Langford sidelined indefinitely with an ankle injury. The team's two other veterans had to pick up the slack.
No. 8 Spartans take 7-game win streak into No. 14 Ohio St.
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Ward scores 21, No. 8 Michigan State tops Northwestern 81-55
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nick Ward was so dominant in the first half he didn't have to score after halftime to help No. 8 Michigan State stay undefeated in Big Ten play.
Ward scored all 21 of his points in the first half to give the Spartans build a big lead and they went on to beat Northwestern 81-55 Wednesday night.
The 6-foot-9 post player took full advantage of being defended by only one player on most possessions.
Ward’s big day helps No. 9 Michigan St rout Green Bay 104-83
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State gave up a basket, and Nick Ward immediately took off. The 6-foot-9, 245-pound forward beat everyone down the court and took a long pass for a layup.
Nick Ward scores 26, No. 10 Michigan State beats Iowa 90-68
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nick Ward used his power to gain position and his touch to score, putting together a perfect game from the field.
Ward made all 10 of his shots, scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead No. 10 Michigan State to a 90-68 win over No. 18 Iowa on Monday night.
"There's not a lot I can yell at him about," coach Tom Izzo said. "He did miss some free throws."
No. 9 Michigan State edges Rutgers 78-69
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Last season, Tom Izzo wanted to leave Nick Ward in New Jersey after a poor game against Rutgers.
Friday night, Michigan State's coach and the rest of the Spartans were singing Ward's praises.
Cassius Winston scored 22 points and Ward added 20 to lead No. 9 Michigan State past Rutgers 78-69 in the Big Ten opener Friday night.
The Latest: No. 11 Michigan State easily beats No. 17 UCLA
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the Las Vegas Invitational (all times local):
Cassius Winston had 19 points and seven assists to help No. 11 Michigan State cruise past No. 17 UCLA 87-67 on Thursday night to reach the final of the Las Vegas Invitational.
Nick Ward scored 16 points, Joshua Langford had 14 and Josh McQuaid had 11 for Michigan State (4-1).
Michigan State ties biggest win, 101-33 over Tennessee Tech
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nick Ward's status was uncertain for Michigan State heading into Sunday's game against Tennessee Tech.
His play was anything but.
The junior forward scored 23 points, including the first eight points for the No. 11 Spartans, in a 101-33 victory, tying the largest margin of victory in program history.
"I was just working as hard as I can," Ward said. "I just ran my lanes, posted deep. I just did what I could for my team to win."
No. 11 Michigan State forward Nick Ward leaves game injured
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nick Ward is out with an injury, leaving No. 11 Michigan state without one of its top players in a closely contested game against Louisiana-Monroe.
Ward went down midway through the first half Wednesday night and pounded the court with both fists. He got up on his own and hobbled off the court, trying to keep weight off his right leg, and did not return in the first half.
Ward had four points, three rebounds and a block in five minutes.
No. 10 Michigan State breezes past FGCU 106-82
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Two games into the season, Tom Izzo has already had it with how college basketball is being officiated.
And he doesn't blame the referees.
"I felt bad for our fans, I felt bad for their team, I felt a little bad for our team, and I felt really bad for the officials," Izzo said. "I've been here 24 years as a head coach and not sure I ever felt bad for an official,"
No. 10 Michigan State breezes past FGCU 106-82
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nick Ward had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Joshua Langford added 18 points to lead No. 10 Michigan State to a 106-82 victory over Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday night.
The Spartans (1-1) were barely challenged in their home opener and rebounded comfortably from a season-opening loss to Kansas. Michigan State led 59-35 at halftime on the strength of a dominating performance on the boards.
Michigan State basketball preview capsule
Last season: 30-5, won Big Ten title and lost in second round of NCAA Tournament.
Coach: Tom Izzo.
Conference: Big Ten.
Who's gone: Miles Bridges (NBA), Jaren Jackson (NBA), Tum Tum Nairn, Gavin Schilling, Ben Carter.
Michigan State thin on stars, heavy on experience for Izzo
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State does not have the stars it did last season, when Miles Bridges and Jaren Jackson did enough to end up becoming top NBA picks.
While Tom Izzo lamented the loss of the talented duo, he sounded and looked excited about having several upperclassmen he can count on for a change. The Hall of Fame coach will have juniors Cassius Winston, Nick Ward and Joshua Langford along with a trio of seniors this season.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State forward Nick Ward is withdrawing his name from the NBA draft and returning to school for his junior season.
Ward says Tuesday the workouts and interviews with NBA teams will help him when he's ready to take the next step.
Michigan State and Michigan are Nos. 11 and 12, respectively, in ESPN's "Way-Too-Early" college basketball rankings for the 2018-19 season.
The top three teams are Kansas at No. 1, Duke at No. 2 and national champion Villanova at No. 3.
Purdue, at No. 24, is the only other Big Ten team in ESPN's Top 25.
Wait until next year?
Michigan, which lost to Villanova in the NCAA championship game on Monday night, has 28-1 odds to win the national title next year, according to oddsmaker Pregame.com.
Villanova's odds to repeat are 10-1. Duke is the favorite at 6-1.
Michigan State's odds are 20-1, despite the loss of Miles Bridges and Jaren Jackson – and possibly Nick Ward – to the NBA Draft.
Michigan State freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. announced Monday that he is entering the NBA Draft and intends to hire an agent.
Jackson becomes the third Spartan to declare early for the draft in the last week, joining sophomores Miles Bridges and Nick Ward, though Ward does not intend to hire an agent, leaving open the possibility he could return to Michigan State next season.
While a couple of his teammates have already declared for the NBA Draft, Michigan State freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. continues to contemplate his future.
According to Jackson's father, Jaren Jackson Sr., the family has not set a timetable for a decision, saying only that it will come before the early entry deadline, which is at 11:59 p.m. on April 22.
When Michigan State's season ended with a second-round loss to Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament, sophomore Nick Ward said he wasn't thinking about what next season might bring.
On Thursday, he gave some indication of his thinking when it was announced the 6-foot-8, 245-pound forward was submitting his name for the 2018 NBA Draft. However, Ward will not hire an agent, which leaves to door open for a return to Michigan State for his junior season.
Michigan State’s Ward putting name in draft, no agent
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State forward Nick Ward is submitting his name for the NBA draft but hasn't hired an agent.
The school announced Ward's decision Thursday, one day after classmate Miles Bridges announced he was turning pro .
The heads were hanging Sunday evening inside Michigan State's locker room at Little Caesars Arena. Voices were low and there were some eyes that were red and puffy.
Reality was setting in quickly for the Spartans, a team that had set a national championship as its goal, but was instead heading home after failing to get out of the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament.
"This was one of the best teams I ever played on, the best team I ever played on," sophomore Nick Ward said. "It just hurts."
As the clock wound down Sunday afternoon in what turned out to be Michigan State's final game of the season, the Spartans were desperate to score points.
It was the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Little Caesars Arena, and while 11th-seeded Syracuse was playing a stifling 2-3 zone defense, it was hardly lighting up the scoreboard. The chance was there for Michigan State to win – if it could just simply put the ball in the basket.
Detroit — Michigan State had the home crowd on Sunday, but even that couldn't get the Spartans to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
For the third straight season, Michigan State failed to get out of the first weekend of the tournament as No. 11 Syracuse knocked off the third-seeded Spartans, 55-53, at Little Caesars Arena. The Orange advance to take on Duke Friday in the Midwest Regional semifinal in Omaha, Neb.
Detroit — A little more than a minute into the second half on Friday night, the raucous Michigan State crowd grew silent in a heartbeat.
As Cassius Winston tried to throw a lob pass to Nick Ward, the pass sailed high and as Ward tried to grab it, he became tangled with a Bucknell player and tumbled to the ground, hitting his head hard on the court.
East Lansing — Michigan State has had plenty to work on since it last played a game.
Since falling in the Big Ten tournament semifinals to Michigan roughly a week-and-a-half ago, the Spartans have worked on ball-screen defense, moving the ball on offense and refocusing on the details on both ends of the floor.
Spartans regain lead by halftime
‘It’s unbelievable’: MSU’s Jaren Jackson big winner of Big Ten awards
Michigan State clinched the Big Ten regular season championship on Sunday with a victory at Wisconsin, and on Monday the Spartans picked up their share of individual accolades.
Sophomore Miles Bridges a unanimous choice to the All-Big Ten first team voted by the coaches and media while Jaren Jackson Jr. was named Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.
East Lansing — This was supposed to be their night, so it only seemed right.
Cassius Winston approached Michigan State coach Tom Izzo with a simple request the day before the Spartans' regular-season home finale against Illinois. The sophomore point guard told Izzo he wanted Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn to start in his place Tuesday. It was Senior Night, after all, and Nairn is the captain and heart-and-soul leader of this Michigan State team.