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...
Beilein and Izzo talk about state of game on PodcastOne
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.
No. 8 Spartans take 7-game win streak into No. 14 Ohio St.
A look at the upcoming week around the Big Ten Conference:
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.
Big Ten appears resurgent in 1st season of expanded schedule
The Big Ten's expanded schedule is shaping up to be quite a grind.
After starting the season with only three teams in the AP Top 25, the league now has six . That's significant at a time when the Big Ten has increased the number of conference games. Each of the league's men's basketball teams will play 20 conference games now — up from 18 a season ago.
Right now, there's a bit of a lull in the schedule, but league play resumes in early January.
Cassius Winston-led No. 10 Michigan St. beats Oakland 99-69
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Oakland coach Greg Kampe has been on the sideline for more than 1,000 games over three-plus decades.
And he's never seen a team as speedy as No. 10 Michigan State.
Cassius Winston scored a season-high 26 points and directed a fast-paced offense, leading the Spartans to a 99-69 win over Oakland on Friday night.
"They are the fastest team that I've played against," Kampe said.
No. 10 Michigan State holds off Florida late, wins 63-59
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tom Izzo called Michigan State's last six games "one of the more incredible stretches" of his coaching career.
He believes no one — "not even my mother" — would have expected the 10th-ranked Spartans to go 5-1 in those games, with the lone loss coming at Louisville in overtime.
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.
Michigan State signs 6-foot-8 forward Malik Hall
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State has signed 6-foot-8 forward Malik Hall.
The school announced Tuesday it received a letter of intent from Hall, who attends Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas and is from Aurora, Illinois.
He is averaging 19 points, six rebounds and three assists this season.
Spartans coach Tom Izzo says Hall is a versatile player who can play multiple positions.
Izzo says he has a few spots left in the recruiting class.
No. 11 Michigan St pulls away, beats Louisiana-Monroe 80-59
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Cassius Winston gave his offensively challenged team a needed boost.
Winston scored 14 of his 23 points in the opening minutes of the second half, bouncing back from a rough start to help No. 11 Michigan State beat Louisiana-Monroe 80-59 on Wednesday night.
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 aims to rebound after falling short
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State won a lot of games last season and the Big Ten title.
Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo, though, knows as well as anyone college basketball teams are measured and remembered by what they do in the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans are coming off a second-round loss as a third-seeded team to 11th-seeded Syracuse in front of their fans in Detroit.
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.
The Latest: Georgia’s Tom Crean wants what Saban, Izzo had
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Southeastern Conference media day (all times Eastern):
Tom Crean wanted what Nick Saban and Tom Izzo had: A strong relationship between the basketball and football coach.
Crean thinks he is building that with Georgia football coach Kirby Smart. He was a Michigan State assistant who arrived about the same time Saban, Alabama's current football coach, took over that program in 1995.
Izzo says he never tried to cover up sex assault allegations
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Michigan State coach Tom Izzo insisted Thursday he was never part of an effort to cover up allegations of sexual misconduct within the school's athletic department.
The Hall of Famer said the idea that he would be involved sickens him.
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.
Jaren Jackson, the Big Ten defensive player of the year as a freshman for Michigan State, is leaving early for the NBA.
"Spartans, this was not an automatic decision," he tweeted Monday. "And honestly, thank you for making it one of the toughest decisions I've ever had to think about. While playing in the NBA was always my dream and desire, I did not know the opportunity would present itself in quite this way. I'm ready to live my dreams and I cannot pass it up."
Michigan State freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. announced Monday that he is entering the NBA Draft and intends to hire an agent.
Michigan didn't get the Little Caesars Arena games.
And perhaps that was a blessing — just as Oakland coach Greg Kampe predicted, back on Selection Sunday, that it just might be.
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.
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 .
Michigan State’s Bridges headed to NBA draft
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State star Miles Bridges is skipping his final two seasons of eligibility and entering the NBA draft.
The school announced Bridges' departure Wednesday. It came as no surprise after a fine season in which he was named a second-team All-American by The Associated Press.
For the first time since 2010, Michigan State men's basketball will be heading back to Maui.
Michigan State will headline a dynamite field in the 2019 Maui Invitational, it was announced Tuesday.
East Lansing — Carlos "Scooby" Johnson of Benton Harbor wanted to steal the spotlight away from Michigan State-bound Marcus Bingham of Grand Rapids Catholic Central in the Class B state championship game Saturday night at the Breslin Center with Michigan State coach Tom Izzo looking on.
East Lansing — Foster Loyer lived up to his Mr. Basketball title Friday afternoon in his future home at Breslin Center, knocking down 3-pointer after 3-pointer and finishing with 42 points to lift defending Class A state champion Clarkston to a 74-49 victory over Warren De La Salle in a Class A semifinal.
It's March, so let's consider the questions we're asking as college basketball bounces into the conference tournaments portion of its season:
• What did Michigan State coach Tom Izzo know?
• Can Arizona coach Sean Miller be believed?
• Are any coaches/programs going to survive the FBI?