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For as much success as the Gonzaga men’s basketball team has experienced in the last two decades, the Zags would still need many years to match the historical accomplishments of the great men’s college basketball programs in the country. Still, with 21 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, the fifth-longest active streak, the Zags are far from their Cinderella days.
The Colorado Buffaloes are scrambling to fill the void left after Mel Tucker surprisingly bolted for Michigan State.
Michigan State has hired coach Mel Tucker away from Colorado to lead its football program.
For the first time in over a decade, Michigan State needs a football coach after Mark Dantonio announced his retirement.
George Perles, who coached Michigan State to a Rose Bowl victory in 1988 and was a key defensive assistant for the dominant Pittsburgh Steelers teams of the 1970s, died Tuesday. He was 85.
Cassius Winston smoothly dribbling in and out of traffic, distributing the ball and making jump shots. Xavier Tillman controlling the interior on both ends of the court. This is why Michigan State was the nation’s top-ranked team at the beginning of the season.
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Tyrese Maxey, Kentucky's latest freshman star, scored 26 points and the second-ranked Wildcats opened the season with a 69-62 victory against No. 1 Michigan State on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden.
Mark Dantonio and Michigan State have one more chance for a win during a tough midseason stretch that has raised questions about the state of the program.
Top-ranked Michigan State is already dealing with a significant injury. Guard Joshua Langford had a setback in his return from a foot injury, and coach Tom Izzo says the senior will be re-evaluated in January. Langford played only 13 games last season, averaging 15 points.
There isn’t much Michigan State has yet to accomplish under Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo, from Big Ten titles and Final Four trips to winning a national championship.
Gonzaga topped Michigan State 103-87 in a preseason scrimmage Saturday in Denver. The Spartans are expected to be ranked No. 1 when the AP preseason poll is released next week. It was an encouraging result for the Zags, who figure to be in the top 10 despite losing their top four scorers from last season.
Tom Izzo’s 25th team at Michigan State might be one of his best. All-America guard Cassius Winston is one of four returning starters from last season’s team that won the Big Ten title and advanced to the Final Four.
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo had little doubt All-America guard Cassius Winston would return for his senior season rather than jump to the NBA. And it wasn’t just because he needed another year of college ball.
Forget about waiting until the stretch run in November. Michigan State will find out right now how it measures up against the Big Ten’s top teams. Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State – all in a row, the first two on the road. That’s the October schedule the 25th-ranked Spartans are facing.
Mark Dantonio is now the winningest coach in Michigan State history, and tight end Matt Seybert now has a scholarship. Those are two notable differences between this season and last, but four games in, the 25th-ranked Spartans are right where they were a year ago: 3-1 with a tough loss to Arizona State in the rearview but a 1-0 Big Ten mark.
It’s another marquee matchup for Gonzaga basketball, but this one won’t go down in the win-loss column. Gonzaga and Michigan State, which will likely be No. 1 in the AP preseason rankings, will square off in a closed scrimmage for the second straight season.
Eno Benjamin reached the ball to the goal line for a 1-yard touchdown run with 50 seconds remaining, and Arizona State beat No. 18 Michigan State 10-7 on Saturday in East Lansing, Michigan.
Michigan State All-America guard Cassius Winston is staying for his senior year. Teammate Nick Ward is entering the NBA draft and plans to end his college career. Winston was the Big Ten player of the year. He averaged nearly 19 points per game as a junior and broke a Big Ten single-season record with 291 assists. Ward averaged nearly 13 points and six-plus rebounds per game in a season stunted by a broken left hand.
Michigan State has signed 6-foot-3 guard Mark Watts. He attends SPIRE Academy in Ohio and is from Detroit. He joins 6-foot-8 forward Malik Hall in Tom Izzo’s recruiting class. Watts is ranked No. 32 and Hall is No. 55 overall in 247Sports’ composite national rankings. Watts made 15 3-pointers and scored 64 points in a game as a senior in a win over St. Edward in Ohio.