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  1. Finally at full strength, Michigan State sleepwalks through loss to Illinois

    Mar 1, 2014, 6:46 PM EDT

    Tracy Abrams, Gavin Schilling, Adreian Payne

    For the first time since January 4th, Michigan State played a basketball game with everyone on their roster available as Branden Dawson made his triumphant return from a broken hand on Saturday afternoon. It’s the moment that we’ve been waiting for since Gary Harris sat out his first game with a bum ankle way back…

  2. Tom Izzo: Adreian Payne ‘very doubtful’ for Tuesday’s showdown with Iowa

    Jan 27, 2014, 1:31 PM EDT

    Adreian Payne

    Adreian Payne has missed the last five games with a sprained foot, and it finally caught up to the Spartans on Saturday as they lost to Michigan in East Lansing. On Tuesday, the Spartans head down to Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes, and head coach Tom Izzo doesn’t expect to have Payne in…

  3. Matt Costello back to practice for Michigan State, questionable for start of Big Ten play

    Dec 29, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT

    Matt Costello

    On Saturday, Michigan State reinserted freshman forward Kenny Kaminski into the lineup, missing the previous three games with a suspension, in the Spartans’ 101-48 win over New Orleans. The fifth-ranked Spartans can get more help to the frontline as sophomore forward Matt Costello is back to practicing with the team. The 6-foot-9 Costello has not…

  4. Michigan State’s Tom Izzo gets shot out of a cannon? (VIDEO)

    Oct 19, 2013, 12:23 AM EDT

    Tom Izzo

    Few coaches in college basketball have embraced the concept of “Midnight Madness” the way that Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo has. Every year the head coach has come up with something original, with movies such as “300” and “Iron Man” serving as inspiration over the years. On Friday night Izzo and Michigan State seemingly…

  5. Tom Izzo addresses comments by Korie Lucious, Chris Allen on their drug use

    Sep 24, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Tom Izzo

    When Tom Izzo kicked Chris Allen and Korie Lucious out of the Michigan State program during the 2010-2011 season I bet he never thought that he would be spending time talking about the reasons for those dismissals as he helped prepare his Spartans, a consensus top three team, for the 2013-2014 season. But thanks to…

  6. 2014 point guard Tyler Ulis verbally commits to attend Kentucky

    Sep 13, 2013, 8:33 PM EDT

    SEC Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals - Vanderbilt v Kentucky

    Another top point guard in the 2014 class is off the board, as Marian Catholic (Ill.) product Tyler Ulis announced Friday evening that he will be attending the University of Kentucky. The 5-8 Ulis picked the Wildcats over Michigan State and Iowa, leaving the two Big Ten programs to seek other options at the position.…

  7. Tom Izzo instructs Michigan State student section to leave Spartan Stadium during lightning delay (VIDEO)

    Sep 8, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

    Tom Izzo

    The students of Michigan State University have great love and respect for head coach Tom Izzo. So when a good portion of the student section refused to exit Spartan Stadium during a lightning delay before the South Florida-MSU game on Saturday, it was Izzo who got on the field, microphone in hand, as the voice…

  8. Report: Michigan State sophomore Gary Harris to miss 4-to-8 weeks with ankle injury

    Aug 31, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

    Spartans guard Harris is guarded by Buckeyes guard Craft during the first half of their NCAA men's college basketball game at the 2013 Big 10 tournament in Chicago

    Michigan State suffered a blow to their early-season preparations as sophomore shooting guard and reigning Big Ten freshman of the year Gary Harris sustained an ankle injury during a pickup game with teammates and is expected to miss four-to-eight weeks according to a report from Diamond Leung of MLive. The 6’4″ Harris averaged 12.9 points…

  9. Couch fires reported after Michigan State’s loss to Duke

    Mar 30, 2013, 9:36 AM EDT

    Michigan State fire

    Michigan State’s season ended Friday night with a loss to Duke, and anger from some of East Lansing’s residents spurred police action in its wake. According to coverage from MLive.com that developed over the course of several hours, there were at least seven couch fires reported in East Lansing last night. This was reportedly not the…

  10. Michigan State beats Valparaiso to advance to Round of 32

    Mar 21, 2013, 2:18 PM EDT

    Derrick Nix Valentine

    Something wasn’t right for Michigan State in the opening minutes of its Round of 64 matchup with Valparaiso Thursday. The Spartans looked out of sync, confused by Valparaiso’s double teams on the defensive end, and prone to turnovers. But one Branden Dawson alley-oop slam changed all of that. Dawson’s dunk off an assist from Denzel Valentine…

  11. Pregame Shootaround 3.3.13: Michigan-Michigan State highlights Sunday’s slate

    Mar 3, 2013, 9:29 AM EDT

    Gary Harris

    Game of the Day: No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 9 Michigan State (4:00 p.m. ET, CBS) The last time these two teams met, Michigan was at the tail end of a brutal four-game stretch in the Big Ten. The Wolverines had faced Indiana, Ohio State, and Wisconsin in succession and were subsequently blown out by Michigan…

  12. Late Night Snacks: No. 1 Indiana gets a big win, Miami shows its versatility

    Feb 20, 2013, 1:23 AM EDT

    Indiana Michigan State

    Game of the Day: No. 1 Indiana 72. No. 4 Michigan State 68 Indiana made a statement Tuesday night with a win over a quality Michigan State team. The Hoosiers worked to break down the Spartans’ defense and, with another Player of the Year-type performance from Victor Oladipo, held their ground in the Big Ten…

  13. Keith Appling’s struggles hurt No. 4 Michigan State in loss to No. 1 Indiana

    Feb 19, 2013, 9:57 PM EDT

    Keith Appling

    There is a reason Keith Appling is a captain on this Michigan State basketball team. In a 72-68 loss to No. 1 Indiana Tuesday night, though, Appling struggled from the floor for the third straight game, raising legitimate questions about what sort of road the junior guard and his Spartan teammates are paving on their…

  14. Travis Trice reportedly cleared to play Tuesday vs. Indiana, but is ‘emergency use only’

    Feb 19, 2013, 6:49 PM EDT

    Travis Trice

    Michigan State guard Travis Trice has been cleared to play Tuesday against No. 1 Indiana, but it is unclear whether he will see time on the floor against the Hoosiers, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo announced this evening. “We did get clearance to use him,” Tom Izzo said on his pre-game show on the Spartan…

  15. No. 8 Michigan State claims sole possession of Big Ten with blowout win over No. 4 Michigan

    Feb 12, 2013, 11:28 PM EDT

    Derrick Nix

    In a single word, No. 8 Michigan State’s performance against No. 4 Michigan Tuesday night in East Lansing was dominant. Four Spartans scored in double figures, on their way to a 75-52 win at the Breslin Center and the right to claim sole possession of first place in the Big Ten. Behind 16 points and…

  16. Keith Appling injures shoulder as No. 8 Michigan State beats No. 18 Minnesota

    Feb 6, 2013, 9:11 PM EDT

    Keith Appling

    With the Michigan State backcourt already thinned out by injury, the Spartans needed freshman Gary Harris in the lineup Wednesday against No. 18 Minnesota. Though at times visibly in pain from back spasms, Harris fought to score 15 key points, including a big layup plus the foul with 1:35 remaining to lift No. 8 Michigan…

  17. Michigan State’s Travis Trice reportedly out vs. Minnesota with concussion symptoms

    Feb 6, 2013, 6:44 PM EDT

    Travis Trice

    Michigan State sophomore Travis Trice will miss Wednesday’s game against Minnesota as he works through concussion-like symptoms, Spartans coach Tom Izzo announced this evening and as reported by Diamond Leung of MLive.com. Trice, a 6-0, 170-pound native of Huber Heights, Ohio, dealt with concussion-like symptoms earlier in the season that caused him to miss five…

  18. Victor Oladipo carries No. 7 Indiana in big conference win over No. 13 Michigan State

    Jan 27, 2013, 3:24 PM EDT

    Victor Oladipo Indiana

    Despite the hype that greeted then-No. 1 Indiana and its sophomore sensation, Cody Zeller, coming into the season, something has become clearer. As important as Zeller is to Indiana’s ultimate fate and its national championship hopes this season, junior Victor Oladipo is quickly holding just as much a stake in that future. On an afternoon…

  19. Pregame Shootaround 1.27.13: Big Ten battle between Indiana, Michigan St. reigns supreme

    Jan 27, 2013, 9:42 AM EDT

    Cody Zeller

    Game of the Day: No. 7 Indiana vs. No. 13 Michigan State (1:00 p.m. ET, CBS) Michigan State did not take advantage of its frontcourt assets, Derrick Nix and Adreian Payne nearly enough in its 49-47 win over Wisconsin earlier in the week. Now, against Cody Zeller and Indiana, they’ll need to. The Spartans cannot afford…

  20. Now a captain, Keith Appling leads No. 13 Michigan State over Wisconsin on the road

    Jan 23, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Keith Appling

    Despite shooting 38 percent from the floor Michigan State ground out a win Tuesday night on the road against Wisconsin, 49-47, at Kohl Center in Madison, Wisc. Keith Appling, named a team captain this week, led the way offensively for the Spartans with 19 points on 7-of-17 shooting. He also added six rebounds. In the…

  21. Tom Izzo didn’t like the scuffle, but did it help Adreian Payne?

    Jan 18, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Adreian Payne

    Wednesday afternoon, news broke that two Michigan State players got into a physical altercation at the Nittany Lion Inn on the Penn State campus. Neither Branden Dawson and Adreian Payne started that night due to their actions, but Payne did play a big role in Michigan State’s 81-72 win over Penn State. Payne watched from…

  22. Michigan State’s Tom Izzo to receive Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award

    Jan 16, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT

    Tom Izzo

    Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo will be the recipient of the 2013 Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award, set to be presented to him at 2013 Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April 15 in Oklahoma City. The Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award is presented annually to a member of the college basketball community who “has made a significant…

  23. Michigan State’s Branden Dawson denies that he punched Purdue’s Travis Carroll

    Jan 9, 2013, 7:39 PM EDT

    Branden Dawson

    Branden Dawson a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds in Michigan State’s win over Purdue on Saturday, but his stat line wasn’t the focus of the conversation after the game. Instead, the conversation has centered around this, video footage that some believe shows Dawson getting in a physical altercation with Purdue’s Travis Carroll and throwing…

  24. Derrick Nix posts double-double as No. 20 Michigan State outlasts Texas

    Dec 22, 2012, 4:24 PM EDT

    Derrick Nix

    No. 20 Michigan State used an 11-2 run over a four-minute stretch in the middle of the second half to distance itself from Texas and get a 67-56 victory Saturday at Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich. The Spartans trailed by five points at halftime, but were helped along by increased intensity in the second…

  25. Jabari Parker not 100 percent sure on college decision

    Dec 15, 2012, 12:41 PM EDT

    Jabari Parker

    It was clear that Jabari Parker, one of the nation’s top seniors, wasn’t 100 percent during Simeon (Ill.) 67-57 loss to DeSoto High (Tex.) on Thursday night. The 6-foot-8 small forward was limited to just five points. Parker is still recovering from a fractured right foot he suffered in the summer that sidelined him for…