EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State has added a third player to its basketball recruiting class.
Julius Marble signed a letter of intent on Wednesday to play for coach Tom Izzo next...
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.
Michigan State’s Tom Izzo signs star guard Mark Watts
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State has signed 6-foot-3 guard Mark "Rocket" Watts.
The school announced Wednesday it received a letter of intent from Watts, who attends SPIRE Academy...
Tom Izzo is expected to have much of his latest Final Four team back next season at Michigan State.
The Hall of Fame coach was not in the mood to celebrate that after Texas Tech eliminated...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Texas Tech coach Chris Beard has modeled his program after Michigan State.
The physical play. The toughness. The attention to defense and rebounding. Everything Tom Izzo...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The buzzer sounded and Tom Izzo walked stoically across the Final Four floor to shake hands with Texas Tech counterpart Chris Beard, complimenting him on his team's toughness...
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Following an epic Elite Eight and a week of buildup, the Final Four is finally here.
Michigan State is the regular, making its eighth appearance in the national semifinals...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It has been nearly two decades since Mateen Cleaves and the rest of the Flintstones carried Michigan State to the national championship, triumphing over Florida at the...
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Tom Izzo struggled with tears of joy as Michigan State knocked off top-seeded Duke to reach the Final Four. He was emotional again only a few hours later when fans...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One team's coach got kicked out of the sport for three years, and two of his assistants have been named in bribery scandals. Another team's coach is the most high-profile name...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tom Izzo certainly knows his way around the Final Four, even if the longtime Michigan State coach had never toured U.S. Bank Stadium until the Spartans arrived for practice...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Zion Williamson is not here. Neither is R.J. Barrett or the rest of Duke's freshmen.
North Carolina's Coby White? Knocked out in the Sweet 16. So was LSU's Tremont Waters....
Michigan State's Tom Izzo has the most Final Four experience of any of the coaches in this year's NCAA Tournament finale.
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Dick Bennett's fingerprints will be all over this year's NCAA Tournament.
The former longtime coach has ties to three of the four coaches in Minneapolis this week, one by...
Tom Izzo drew up the perfect play at the perfect moment, sending Michigan State past mighty Duke for a spot in the Final Four.
The trip is always emotional, but Izzo has done it before. This...
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Zion Williamson watched in awe in 2015 when Duke and Michigan State met in the Final Four.
When he steps on to the court for another Duke-Michigan State NCAA Tournament...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Matt McQuaid could not believe LSU was giving Michigan State freshmen Aaron Henry and Gabe Brown so much room at the 3-point line.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Zion Williamson went to Duke for its winning history. Kerry Blackshear went to Virginia Tech to create one.
Tom Izzo feels the need to explain why Michigan State hadn't...
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Michigan State doesn't just hope to get to the Sweet 16 each year. It expects it.
The Spartans played with that attitude, and then some, rolling past Minnesota 70-50...
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Unlike the grind of conference season, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo says, the fun of coaching in the NCAA Tournament is coming up with a game plan for an unfamiliar...
If this was Tom Izzo's One Shining Moment, it was downright embarrassing.
Of course, the Michigan State coach felt no shame.
Like so many of his brethren, he considers it well within...
5-0 Big Ten start yields rare 2nd-round matchup in NCAAs
Already appearing drained by Michigan State's difficult victory over the upset seekers from Bradley , coach Tom Izzo winced a little more in his postgame interview on the court when the subject...
Winston, Michigan State hold off Bradley 76-65
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — For about 35 minutes, it felt like Bradley might pull off the first bracket-busting stunner of this year's NCAA Tournament.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It seems as though coach Tom Izzo has Michigan State poised to make a Final Four run nearly every year.
The Spartans need to focus on surviving the first weekend this...
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...
McQuaid, Winston lead Michigan State over Michigan 65-60
CHICAGO (AP) — Michigan State coach Tom Izzo had one simple question for his team. He got the answer he wanted, and the sixth-ranked Spartans picked up their sixth Big Ten Tournament...
CHICAGO (AP) — No. 6 Michigan State has its sights set on a sixth Big Ten Tournament championship and a deep NCAA run. The Spartans are off to a good start.
While it might not land a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Big Ten was arguably the nation's top conference during the regular season.
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) — Michigan State's Breslin Center has hosted a slew of important games since it opened three decades ago.
Tom Izzo has witnessed them all on the sideline as a head...
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Kenny Goins and Matt McQuaid have been role players for much of their careers at Michigan State.
On the same night and in timely fashion, the seniors were stars...
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Their in-state rivalry is as friendly as it is competitive, and that's the way both Michigan coach John Beilein and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo like it.
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...
Friendly rivals: Michigan State’s Izzo, Michigan’s Beilein
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan coach John Beilein, shaking off the effects of anesthesia, looked at his phone for the first time a few days after having double-bypass heart surgery last...
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.
Winston outduels Happ in Michigan State win
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Michigan State coach Tom Izzo called it grit. Perhaps no Spartan embodied that more Tuesday night than his point guard.
Cassius Winston scored 23 points to help No. 11 Michigan State beat 20th-ranked Wisconsin 67-59.
In doing so, the Michigan State (20-5, 11-3 Big Ten) star outdueled Wisconsin's Ethan Happ, who scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Illinois’ defense spurs 79-74 win over No. 9 Michigan State
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois coach Brad Underwood had tears in his eyes after his Illini upset Tom Izzo's ninth-ranked Michigan State Spartans.
"Michigan State is a great team, and Tom is a great coach," Underwood said. "They're everything I want to be."
Ayo Dosunmu scored 24 points, and the Illini used its swarming defense to shock the Spartans. Illinois forced 24 turnovers by Michigan State, including 17 in the first half.
No. 9 Michigan State drops 3 spots after losing 2 in a row
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — No. 9 Michigan State dropped three spots in The Associated Press poll after losing two straight for the first time this season.
"We're going to try to get up off the mat," coach Tom Izzo said Monday.
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.
Winston’s career-high 29 lifts No. 6 Spartans over Huskers
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Four nights after Tom Izzo called out Cassius Winston for his poor play in Michigan State's previous game, the Spartans' star point guard responded better than his coach would have expected.
Winston scored a career-high 29 points to go over 1,000 for his career, had six assists and played tough defense on Glynn Watson Jr. while leading No. 6 Michigan State past Nebraska 70-64 on Thursday night.
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."
Former Michigan St basketball coach Gus Ganakas dies at 92
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gus Ganakas, who was the coach of Michigan State's men's basketball team from 1969-76 and remained part of the athletic department until his retirement in 2000, has died. He was 92.
Michigan State said Ganakas died Friday.
"Gus was one of the most selfless and positive people that I've ever been around," said Tom Izzo, the men's basketball program's current coach. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ganakas family as they grieve their loss."
No. 6 Michigan State shakes off bad start, tops Purdue 77-59
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Cassius Winston shook off a slow start and took over when No. 6 Michigan State needed him most against Purdue.
Winston began with a 16-plus-minute scoreless stretch but finished with 23 points, helping the Spartans pull away to beat the Boilermakers 77-59 on Tuesday night.
"That's what great players do," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said.
The Spartans (14-2, 5-0 Big Ten) have won nine straight.