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...
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...
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...
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. 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...
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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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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."
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.
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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).
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."
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.
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,"
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.
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.
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.
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 .
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Michigan State coach Tom Izzo had a simple request after his team staged one of the biggest rallies in NCAA history: Try not to make it a 28-point comeback next time.
Cassius Winston scored 17 points, and the second-ranked Spartans rallied from 27 down on Saturday to beat Northwestern 65-60 and extend its winning streak to 10 games.