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  • 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

  • Payne has career-high 41 points in MSU's 93-78 win over Delaware

    Michigan Live "Adreian Payne grabbed the basketball with both hands and dunked it, hard. It was his 35th point of the night -- a new career high -- and it perfectly illustrated the physical domination that No. 4 seed Michigan State used to crush No. 13 seed Delaware 93-78 Thursday in the second round of the..." March 20

  • Michigan State-Delaware game promises to be played at fast pace

    Detroit News "One of the biggest misconceptions surrounding the Michigan State basketball team is that it doesn’t like to play up-tempo. Plodding, 50-point Big Ten games are often cited as evidence, but that’s simply not Michigan State’s style. Coach Tom Izzo wants to run, and in Thursday’s second round of..." March 19

  • Michigan State's Keith Appling shakes funk, joins Adreian Payne for Final Four push

    Detroit News "They’ve played games in 19 states and two continents. They’ve played on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific Ocean and an air base in Germany. They’ve played in football stadiums and in that old gym, Jenison Field House, across the street. “We’ve played just about everywhere,” Keith Appling..." March 19

  • Delaware realistic about its weaknesses against bigger, stronger and deeper Michigan State

    Michigan Live "Delaware coach Monte Ross likes the concept of wearing the Cinderella slipper as much as any coach of a No. 13 seed in the NCAA tournament, and he's proud to have a Blue Hens team that features three players averaging more than 18 points. But Ross is a realist. He has real concerns about the..." March 19

  • Michigan State's defense improving at right time with Blue Hens flying its way

    Michigan Live "Michigan State coach Tom Izzo was happy to see his team win the Big Ten tournament this past weekend, but accomplishing his other goal was even more important. The Spartans needed to play three games in Indianapolis for the simple reason of playing more games, improving as a unit, making..." March 19

  • Barack Obama picks Michigan State to win it all: 'Bring it home for me'

    Detroit Free Press "Who isn’t picking Michigan State to win it all? Even President Barack Obama has a seat on the bandwagon now. The Commander-in-Chief revealed his NCAA tournament championship selection on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” this morning. His picks up through the Final Four were released Tuesday night. "Tom..." March 19

  • Michigan State 69, Michigan 55: Spartans cruise to Big Ten tournament title

    Detroit Free Press "Gary Harris got past Glenn Robinson III, put a crossover dribble on Max Bielfeldt, threw down a ferocious dunk over Spike Albrecht and couldn’t be stopped until Tom Izzo met him near halfcourt with an emphatic hand slap. “That’s what I’m (expletive) talking about!” Izzo screamed at Harris, his..." March 17

  • Michigan St 83, Wisconsin 75

    ProSportsDaily "Adreian Payne scored 18 points as the Spartans downed the Badgers to advance to the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis for the second time in three years. Branden Dawson posted 14 points and seven rebounds while Denzel Valentine contributed 12 points and seven boards for third-seeded..." March 16

  • Izzo says playing Michigan in Big Ten final like 'Fourth of July on Christmas'

    Michigan Live "Somebody call the governor of Michigan -- Sunday's Big Ten tournament championship game just turned into a state holiday. Or, according to Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo, a double holiday. "My big goal of the weekend was to play three games," Izzo said following the Spartans' 83-75 win..." March 16

  • Michigan St 67, Northwestern 51

    ProSportsDaily "Branden Dawson posted 16 points and nine rebounds as the Spartans cruised past the Wildcats in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis. Indiana native Gary Harris added 13 points, seven rebounds and three blocks for No. 3 seed Michigan State (24-7), which defeated..." March 15

  • Michigan State's Gary Harris goes right - just like his mom

    Detroit Free Press "Joy Harris was listening to the words being spoken by another parent’s son when, suddenly, one of her own came into view. “Wish I was closer to get that picture,” she said. She had just caught a glimpse of her oldest boy, Michigan State sophomore guard Gary Harris, who was with his teammates..." March 13

  • Michigan State's tournament success rests on the shoulders of its oldest philosophy -- defend, rebound, break

    Michigan Live "Michigan State's postseason chances may be as unpredictable as any in recent memory, but the formula it needs to be successful this year is the same as the day Tom Izzo took over as head coach. Defense begets rebounding. Rebounding begets the break. Despite a tough 69-67 loss on the road..." March 13

  • Ohio State gains No. 5 seed in Big Ten Tournament with win over Michigan St.

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Aaron Craft dove to the Value City Arena floor for one last time with 29 seconds remaining Sunday. When he got up, every ounce of emotion he tried to hide the last week came to the surface with one hearty yell. The play was one of many signature moments in Craft's illustrious career, and this..." March 10

  • Four freshmen listed among 15 finalists for Wooden Award

    CBSSports.com "The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced on Saturday the 15 finalists for the 2014 John R. Wooden Award, which is given annually to the nation's top college basketball player. The 15 finalists are: (Players listed in alphabetical order) Kyle Anderson (UCLA) Cleanthony Early..." March 08

  • Appling, Spartans beat up on Iowa 86-76 in seniors' final home game

    Detroit News "It was the final home game of Keith Appling’s Michigan State career on Thursday night and through one half, his coach thought the senior guard was playing as poorly as he had all season. So Tom Izzo challenged his entire team at halftime, Appling in particular. “I told them to quit talking..." March 07

  • Report: Tom Izzo considering playing Keith Appling less

    College Basketball Talk "After a season full of injuries and illnesses, Michigan State finally has everyone on their roster available to play. That didn’t stop the Spartans from losing to Illinois on Saturday, their third loss in the last four games and sixth loss in the last 10 games. The problem now is Keith..." March 04

  • Illini shock Spartans 53-46 for third straight win

    Chicago Sun-Times "There was no good reason to see this coming. Sure, Illinois rode its first Big Ten winning streak in nearly two months into the Breslin Center. No doubt, those two straight victories, and three consecutive games holding their opponents under 50 points, were impressive. They might even have..." March 02

  • Izzo believes Michigan State could make 'some serious noise' in the next three weeks

    Michigan Live "Tom Izzo got one foot out the door before pausing. "We will get back, guys," the Michigan State coach boomed reassuringly as he started the trek back to his office. Another polar vortex was moving towards Michigan, but something about Izzo's demeanor Thursday suggested a thawed..." February 28

  • Branden Dawson will return for Michigan State's game vs. Illinois

    Michigan Live "Michigan State junior forward Branden Dawson will play Saturday versus Illinois, according to Tom Izzo. Dawson has been sidelined with a broken hand since Jan. 23 and has missed nine straight games. No. 18 Michigan State (22-6, 11-4) has gone 4-5 with Dawson on the bench. "(Dawson) is going..." February 28

  • Michigan might take Big Ten basketball title, but Wisconsin is ascending

    Chicago Sun-Times "Michigan not only took over first place in the Big Ten with Sunday’s 79-70 victory against rival Michigan State, it also set itself up as an extremely strong favorite to finish the job by winning the regular-season title. At 11-3 in league play, the Wolverines have a half-game lead on MSU and..." February 25

  • Michigan knocks out Michigan State, 79-70, as LeVert, Stauskas fuel comeback win

    Michigan Live "There was no kiss. This time, it was a knock-out punch. Michigan's Nik Stauskas piled up 25 points on Sunday afternoon to lead the 20th-ranked Wolverines to a 79-70 come-from-behind win over rival Michigan State. As it tends to when it comes to Stauskas against Michigan State, the..." February 24

  • Michigan State's Keith Appling looks for his first win in Ann Arbor

    Detroit Free Press "Keith Appling watched plenty of Michigan-Michigan State games as a kid and remembers a majority of those ending with the Spartans winning. But as the Michigan State senior point guard and Detroit native enters his final regular-season matchup in the rivalry, he’s still in search of his first..." February 22

  • Stauskas looks to back up strong outing against Michigan State in Sunday rematch

    Michigan Live "A smirk split Nik Stauskas’ expression. “Maybe I shouldn’t have done that, but it’s alright,” he said Friday. It was about one month ago when Stauskas borrowed a page from Jimi Hendrix’s book, excusing himself from a postgame celebration to kiss the sky. Skipping sideways across the..." February 22

  • Branden Dawson ruled out for Michigan State's showdown vs. Michigan

    Detroit Free Press "Branden Dawson’s return to the Michigan State lineup likely won’t be happening until at least another week. MSU coach Tom Izzo ruled out the junior forward for the No. 13-ranked Spartans’ game against rival and No. 20 Michigan on Sunday in Ann Arbor. It will be the ninth straight game missed by..." February 22

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