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Hokies present Blue Devils with new challenge

Hokies present Blue Devils with new challenge

By Tom Shanahan Special to the TimesDuke finally opens ACC play after having already dispatched two ranked opponents, Kansas in the Champions Classic and Michigan State on Tuesday in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. But the lid-lifter presents a much different challenge.Louisville?...

Duke eager to visit Spartans at Breslin Center

Duke eager to visit Spartans at Breslin Center

The last time Michigan State played Duke in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge was on Dec. 1, 2010 at Cameron Indoor Stadium was Dec. 1, 2010. As the Spartans approached the arena, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo told his players to greet the students camped out in Krzyzewskiville.He wanted...

Army still has Philadelphia Bowl against Navy

Army still has Philadelphia Bowl against Navy

#AFAN (Air Force/Army/Navy) stories: My series is about more than academy football players. These stories are about future officers selflessly committed to serving their country during a seemingly endless war on terrorism. There are only 0.5 percent Americans making up the...

Waves of support flow over Winston in Maui

Waves of support flow over Winston in Maui

LAHAINA, Hawaii – Cassius Winston’s struggle to return to normalcy continues while he shoulders leading one of the nation’s best basketball teams playing a schedule spanning the East Coast to the middle of the Pacific Ocean.Each day, each game, he is struggling along with his...

Maui experience was regional tour for Spartans

Maui experience was regional tour for Spartans

LAHAINA, Hawaii – Michigan State opened the Maui Jim Maui Invitational suffering an upset against a pesky ACC team, held off an SEC school with an explosive newcomer and polished off the Pac-12’s UCLA 75-62 Wednesday at the Lahaina Civic Center.That figurative regional tour of...

UCLA using Michigan State as rebuilding model

UCLA using Michigan State as rebuilding model

By TOM SHANAHAN LAHAINA, Hawaii – Oh, how some college basketball identities have flip-flopped the past quarter-century since Tom Izzo took over Michigan State’s basketball program during the same 1995-96, one year after UCLA won its last national title. The great Bill Walton,...

Cassius Winston returning to his dominant play

Cassius Winston returning to his dominant play

Tom ShanahanSpartanMag.comLAHAINA, Hawaii – Cassius Winston softly mentioned crying between Monday’s upset loss to Virginia Tech and Tuesday’s 28-point All-American performance, lifting Michigan State past a furious Georgia comeback 93-85 in the Maui Jim Maui...

Crean says Spartans lucky to have Aaron Henry

Crean says Spartans lucky to have Aaron Henry

LAHAINA, Hawaii – Georgia freshman Anthony Edwards stole the show – including the Twitter world as the No. 1 trending U.S. sports story after the game -- with a 37-point performance despite Michigan State winning their Maui Jim Maui Invitational game 93-85 Tuesday at...

The keys to Underground Railroad back story

The keys to Underground Railroad back story

Death finally beat Hank Bullough. He passed away Sunday night at age 85, but the Michigan State Hall-of-Famer robbed death of at least another five years while recovering from health scares. Bullough, a national champion as both a player under Biggie Munn (1952) and assistant...

MAUI Spartans still out of sync on offense

MAUI Spartans still out of sync on offense

LAHAINA, Hawaii -- There won't be a possible clash for No. 1 next week when Duke visits the Breslin Center in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.First, the No. 3-ranked Spartans (4-2) had to win three games en route to the Maui Jim Maui Invitational title, but unranked Virginia Tech (6-0)...