Michigan St Rumors & News

  • Tom Izzo has put together a monster recruiting class at Michigan State

    SB Nation "This past season was supposed a rebuilding year for the Michigan State Spartans after Gary Harris and Adreian Payne left for the NBA and four-year starting point guard Keith Appling graduated. Instead, Tom Izzo's group peaked at the perfect time, upsetting No. 2 Virginia in the NCAA Tournament on..." April 14

  • Five-star Caleb Swanigan picks MSU

    Detroit News "Following its most recent Final Four appearance, Michigan State has kept the momentum rolling. With an already solid recruiting class signed for the upcoming season, the Spartans got the final coveted piece on Friday when five-star center Caleb Swanigan announced on Twitter he would attend..." April 11

  • Ranking the starters in the Final Four from No. 1 to No. 20

    CBSSports.com "We ranked the starters in the Sweet 16 from No. 80 to No. 1, and noted that many of the nation's stars were still in play with 15 games remaining in the tournament. Well, that's still the case in the Final Four. The nation's four best big men are still playing (no coincidence on that), along..." April 01

  • Man could win $1M if MSU wins it all

    ESPN.com "Almost every day, Derek Stevens likes to stop at the sportsbook at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, located between the two properties he owns, to plunk down a bet. On Dec. 5, Stevens walked in and told sportsbook director Tony Miller that he wanted to make a bet on Michigan State to win it..." March 31

  • Perfection looming, Vegas rooting against UK

    ESPN.com "Kentucky heads into the Final Four as an odds-on favorite to cap an undefeated season with a national championship. The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas made Kentucky a minus-120 favorite to win the national title, shortly after the Final Four was finalized with Duke's win over Gonzaga. The..." March 30

  • Michigan State's Bryn Forbes has 'rocket-shipped' forward on defensive end, Tom Izzo says

    Michigan Live "Bryn Forbes didn't just take a step forward in his defensive prowess on Sunday against Virginia. He didn't take a leap, either. "I think he rocket‑shipped off the ground compared to where he was," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. Forbes was part of a Michigan State defensive effort..." March 25

  • Michigan State forward Matt Costello is dealing with knee tendinitis

    CBSSports.com "Michigan State junior forward Matt Costello has some tendinitis in his knee, but coach Tom Izzo said Tuesday that it is nothing serious, reports the Detroit Free Press. The issue is not expected to prevent Costello from playing in Friday's Sweet 16 game against the Sooners. The 6-foot-9,..." March 24

  • Magic Johnson: Spartans 'beautiful'

    ESPN.com "Magic Johnson has operated in the stands and behind the scenes for the Michigan State Spartans as they have marched into the Sweet 16. On Sunday, speaking again at the behest of coach Tom Izzo, the team's biggest booster measured up its performance in the locker room, telling the Spartans they..." March 23

  • MSU discounts Georgia's NCAA inexperience as factor

    Detroit News "Michigan State is playing in its 18th straight NCAA Tournament and 29th overall. Georgia is playing in its 12th overall and it's the first appearance for the Bulldogs since 2011. So Michigan State has a decided edge in experience, but Tom Izzo isn't convinced that will matter when the teams..." March 20

  • Izzo endorses beleaguered IU coach Crean

    ESPN.com "Indiana coach Tom Crean came under heavy scrutiny this week. On Saturday, he might have gotten the biggest endorsement of all. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo used nearly 5 minutes of his news conference following the Spartans' 74-72 victory over the Hoosiers to explain why Crean should keep..." March 07

  • MSU's Izzo: Javon Bess may be done for year

    Detroit Free Press "Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo said today that swingman Javon Bess might be done for the season because he has pain in the right foot he broke before the season. Bess said Saturday that he was awaiting tests. Izzo said that Bess definitely will miss MSU's game Tuesday at Northwestern..." February 10

  • 2015 McDonald’s All-American rosters announced

    College Basketball Talk "Rosters for the 2015 McDonald’s All-American game were announced on Wednesday and the game is headlined by nine uncommitted players out of the game’s 24 roster spots. Duke and LSU currently have the most commitments in the game with two each, but that number is sure to change once the uncommitted..." January 29

  • Branden Dawson will miss at least two games with fractured wrist

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAB - The Dagger "Considering the pain Branden Dawson appeared to be in after his hard fall Wednesday night against Eastern Michigan, the diagnosis doesn't seem as dire as it could have been. Tests revealed the Michigan State senior suffered a stable, non-displaced fracture to his left wrist, the school..." December 19

  • MSU's Alvin Ellis (ankle): I'll be ready vs. Notre Dame

    Detroit Free Press "He went down in the first three minutes of the first game in his first season as a starter, so forgive Michigan State sophomore guard Alvin Ellis III for being eager. "I'll be able to play, I'll be able to play Wednesday," Ellis said of No. 19 MSU's ACC/Big Ten Challenge game at Notre Dame,..." December 03

  • Michigan State's Alvin Ellis sprains ankle, thinning rotation with Duke on tap

    Michigan Live "One game into the season, Michigan State already has significant injury issues heading into its biggest game of the non-conference season against No. 4 Duke on Tuesday. At the 9:20 mark in the first half of a victory over Navy, Alvin Ellis went down grasping his ankle after feeding Branden..." November 15

  • Michigan State freshman Javon Bess to miss a month with right foot injury

    Michigan Live "Michigan State freshman guard Javon Bess will miss at least a month of action after injuring his right foot, the school announced Monday. Bess will undergo surgery Tuesday afternoon to repair his fifth metatarsal. Bess came to East Lansing during the summer as a three-star recruit, but had a..." October 28

  • MSU coach Tom Izzo undergoes hernia surgery

    Detroit News "Michigan State men's basketball coach Tom Izzo underwent hernia surgery Wednesday morning, the school announced. The surgery was a success, MSU said." October 09

  • Four-star guard Matt McQuaid commits to Michigan State

    SI.com "Four-star class of 2015 shooting guard Matt McQuaid has committed to Michigan State, McQuaid told Scout.com. McQuaid originally committed to SMU but decommitted in July, a week after five-star point guard and fellow SMU commit Emmanuel Mudiay announced he would play overseas instead of in..." September 25

  • Former Michigan State basketball player Kenny Kaminski lands at Ohio U

    Detroit News "After being dismissed from the Michigan State basketball team early this month, sophomore Kenny Kaminski has transferred to Ohio University, according to the Athens Messenger. On his Twitter account, Kaminski said, “Blessed to be here! I love it here already.” The report also said Kaminski,..." August 26

  • Bryn Forbes granted NCAA waiver to play immediately for Michigan State basketball

    Michigan Live "Michigan State's revamped backcourt just got a boost for the upcoming season. Bryn Forbes, a shooting guard who transferred to Michigan State from Cleveland State this offseason, has been granted a waiver to play for the Spartans in the 2014-15 season, the school announced Wednesday..." August 21

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN.com "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Tom Izzo makes it very clear: Kenny Kaminski was dismissed from Michigan State

    College Basketball Talk "Over the weekend, Michigan State redshirt sophomore Kenny Kaminski tweeted out that that he was leaving the program. On Monday, Tom Izzo put out a statement that in no uncertain terms made it clear that he was in fact dismissed from the program. “Despite multiple opportunities, Kenny..." August 05

  • Michigan State loses Kenny Kaminski to late offseason transfer

    CBSSports.com "By the time August gets here, most players have settled at their school for the upcoming season. Classes are a month away or less, in most places, and we don't often see the decision to transfer at this point on the calendar. But in the past few years there have been a handful of guys who've..." August 04

  • Class of 2016 WR Cameron Chambers chooses Michigan State over Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State

    Michigan Live "Michigan State's Class of 2016 is off to a hot start with the addition of four-star receiver Cameron Chambers from Timber Creek High School in Erial, N.J. Chambers, 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, picked the Spartans over Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Florida, Iowa, Maryland and South..." August 03

  • Bryn Forbes to join Spartans

    ESPN.com "Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said Friday that guard Bryn Forbes is transferring to become a Spartan after averaging 15.6 points for Cleveland State last season as a sophomore. Izzo was impressed that Forbes scored 22 points against Kentucky last season, a game in which he made seven..." June 14

  • Eron Harris transfers to Michigan St.

    ESPN.com "Michigan State has added West Virginia transfer Eron Harris. The 6-foot-3 sophomore wing and Indianapolis native, who averaged 17.2 points this past season for Bob Huggins and the Mountaineers, chose the Spartans over Michigan and Purdue. Harris was slated to visit Michigan this past..." June 09

  • Ohio shooting guard Kyle Ahrens commits to Michigan State

    Michigan Live "Driving around Michigan State’s campus on a golf cart with Tom Izzo this week, Kyle Ahrens knew he was seeing the campus where he wanted to spend his college basketball career. “Non-stop, I was smiling at everything,” Ahrens said. “It made me feel like home. My parents knew right away, they..." June 06

  • Former Michigan State guard Brandan Kearney to make 'last stop' at Detroit Mercy

    Michigan Live "Brandan Kearney's third stop in his college basketball journey will be his last, he says. And it will be close to home. Kearney, the former Michigan State guard and Detroit native, announced Monday that he will transfer to the University of Detroit Mercy. "Crazy when your last stop is in..." June 03

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    JMU transfer Charles Cooke is down to URI, Dayton, + Michigan State, source told @CBSSports. Already visited URI. Visits Dayton in June.

  • Tom Izzo disappointed in rising number of college basketball transfers

    Michigan Live "Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has often decried the rise of transfers in college basketball, a trend that’s shot upward in recent years. As of mid-April, 325 players had suited up for multiple Division 1 teams, according to the Associated Press, nearly three times as many as a decade ago. But..." May 16

  • Branden Dawson to return to Michigan State for senior season

    College Basketball Talk "Branden Dawson will return to Michigan State for his senior year, the school announced on Tuesday evening. The Spartans will graduate point guard Keith Appling and center Adreian Payne this spring, and on Monday, sophomore guard Gary Harris declared for the 2014 NBA Draft. Having Dawson back..." April 15

  • Family announces Lacey, young friend of MSU hoops program, has died

    Detroit Free Press "Lacey Holsworth, the 8-year-old girl from St. Johns who battled a rare form of cancer for several years and befriended Michigan State star Adreian Payne, apparently died last night. An Instagram account named missprincesslacey posted this message around 3 a.m.: “Princess Lacey has achieved the..." April 09

  • MSU sophomore Gary Harris expected to enter NBA Draft

    CBSSports.com "Michigan State sophomore Gary Harris will, barring a surprising change of plans, eventually announce that he's entering the 2014 NBA Draft, sources told CBSSports.com on Tuesday. "He's going to go," one source said. "And he probably should." Harris averaged 16.7 points and 4.0 rebounds while..." April 01

  • UConn Roars Back Against MSU; Reaches Final Four

    Hartford Courant "The trends were all going against UConn, a position in which the Huskies have found themselves many times, in many ways, the past couple of years. Michigan State had built a nine-point lead when coach Kevin Ollie called time out. "And when Coach looks at me in a certain way," Shabazz Napier..." March 31

  • History favors Michigan State in Elite Eight game

    Detroit News "It might not be fair to two other teams in the East Regional of the NCAA Tournament, but when breaking down Michigan State’s chances of reaching the Final Four, a common belief in recent days is, get past Virginia in Friday’s regional semifinal and the Spartans will be headed to Arlington,..." March 29

  • Michigan State still standing after Sweet 16 heavyweight battle

    Detroit Free Press "Exhaustion matched excitement. As ecstatic as Keith Appling was surviving to see another game in the NCAA tournament, the senior Michigan State point guard was even happier taking a seat in the locker room, grabbing a cold bottle of water and taking a thankful sigh of relief. “It felt like we..." March 29

  • Michigan State's next opponent, UConn, considers Madison Square Garden 'third home'

    Michigan Live "Early in Friday night’s game, when Michigan State took a lead over Virginia, the Spartans slapped their palms on the Madison Square Garden floor to generate enthusiasm in their East Regional game of the NCAA tournament. Later, in the second half, when they fell behind by four points amid a..." March 29

  • How a broken hand helped Michigan State's Branden Dawson become his best

    Michigan Live "Branden Dawson will tell you the truth of the matter now -- he thought long and hard about transferring after his freshman season at Michigan State. "We need more out of you," coach Tom Izzo continued to say. Unable to be who Izzo knew he could be and struggling with the aftermath of a torn..." March 29

  • Michigan State hangs on against Virginia, advances to Elite 8

    Michigan Live "They said the buckets would be hard to come by. And they were right. When the dust settled, Michigan State emerged victorious with the scars to prove it. The No. 4 seed Spartans -- behind Branden Dawson's 24 points and 10 rebounds -- beat the top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers 61-59 in an NCAA..." March 29

  • Despite NBA rumors, Tom Izzo finds peace through transparency

    CBSSports.com "There's a flattering but awkward backdrop to the regional semis here in Manhattan. There's also an apt stage. Playing in an NBA arena -- the World's Most Famous -- three of the four coaches who've taken their teams to the Sweet 16 in the East Regional either have strong connections to the pros or..." March 28

  • Michigan State's Mr. Fix-it keeps Spartans on the court

    USA Today "For much of the season, the bodies of Michigan State basketball players appeared brittle. One by one, players went down but not out. They suffered a plethora of injuries, none season-ending. A sprained ankle here, plantar fasciitis there. A lingering wrist injury. A broken bone in a..." March 28

  • NCAA East Regional betting news and notes: Izzo knows Bennett well

    Covers.com "The final four teams in the East Regional do battle for a spot in the Elite Eight. Before you bet on Friday's games, brush up on these East Region betting news and notes: No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers vs. No. 4 Michigan State Spartans (-1.5, 127) The Virginia Cavaliers’ pack-line defense,..." March 28

  • Virginia just second No. 1 Sweet 16 underdog in 22 years

    Covers.com "The No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers are in exclusive company heading into Thursday’s Sweet 16 matchup with No. 4 Michigan State. And that’s not a good thing. The Cavaliers, the top seed in the East Regional, opened as 2-point underdogs against the Spartans, becoming just the second No. 1 seed to be..." March 28

  • Michigan State opponent Virginia loves to 'grind it out'

    Detroit News "Michigan State is playing in its third straight Sweet 16 and the 12th in the past 17 years. As for its opponent — No. 1 seeded Virginia — this isn’t exactly familiar territory. After defeating Memphis in the third round, Virginia reached the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1995 and will be..." March 25

  • Michigan State facing defensive-minded Virginia in unlucky Madison Square Garden

    Detroit Free Press "Asked about the Sweet 16 and what it means to Michigan State, sophomore guard Denzel Valentine used the word “revenge.” He and the Spartans had just finished an 80-73 win Saturday over Harvard to reach the East Regional semifinals and didn’t know at the time they’d be playing Virginia. But MSU..." March 25

  • Michigan State returns to scene of February dismay, seeks revenge on MSG

    Michigan Live "Michigan State's 64-60 loss to Georgetown on Feb. 1 at Madison Square Garden reeked of everything that was wrong. The Spartans had no Adreian Payne or Branden Dawson and got crushed on the boards. Keith Appling had become a shell of his early-season self, and limped through 38 minutes with one..." March 25

  • Memphis coach Josh Pastner says Adreian Payne the 'X-factor' against Virginia

    Michigan Live "Memphis coach Josh Pastner and his Tigers were knocked out of the NCAA tournament Sunday night by Virginia in Raleigh, N.C. Last season, Pastner had the misfortune of drawing Michigan State at Auburn Hills in the NCAA tournament. The Memphis coach talked Monday with MLive.com about some..." March 25

  • Tom Izzo says Virginia a No. 1 seed for one simple reason -- defense

    Michigan Live "Since Michigan State returned home from Spokane in Sunday's wee hours, Tom Izzo started watching Virginia film. And then he watched a little more. And a little more. It didn't take long before Izzo knew exactly why Virginia is the top seed in the East Regional. "Why are they a No. 1..." March 25

  • Pistons Expected To Pursue Tom Izzo

    Hoops Rumors "Pistons owner Tom Gores is expected to pursue Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo to take over permanent head coaching duties on Detroit’s bench, USA Today’s Sam Amick reports (video link). John Loyer is serving as interim coach in place of Maurice Cheeks, whom Gores fired in February. Lionel..." March 25

  • Michigan State survives Harvard 80-73 to reach Sweet 16

    Michigan Live "That Jud Heathcote is on to something -- he really may be Michigan State's lucky charm in the confines of eastern Washington. The No. 4 seed Spartans beat No. 12 seed Harvard 80-73 Saturday in the third round of the NCAA tournament, advancing to their sixth Sweet 16 in the past seven..." March 23