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Michigan State and Big Ten top nation at doubling up

Michigan State and Big Ten top nation at doubling up

We’ve always known Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio and basketball coach Tom Izzo work well together, but the 2014-15 school year took Dantonio-Izzo teamwork and the Big Ten to another level. Michigan State’s continued success in both programs...

The mad genius of Tom Izzo

The mad genius of Tom Izzo

Michigan State senior Branden Dawson, the target of many Tom Izzo motivational outbursts, commented last week that Izzo has mellowed. Izzo, his voice strained as it always is this time of the year, was asked for a reaction at one of those NCAA-sponsored press conferences...

Final Four coaches release statement

Final Four coaches release statement

The Final Four basketball coaches released a statement Wednesday through the National Association of Basketball Coaches prior to the teams arriving in Indianapolis for practice and media interviews for Saturday's semifinal games at Lucas Oil Stadium.The coaches are Duke's...

Indy next stop for college hoop teams and one NBA combine

Indy next stop for college hoop teams and one NBA combine

Anyone with a child learns the Sesame Street-style quiz. This one regards the Final Four basketball teams gathering this weekend in Indianapolis to decide the NCAA championship.Which one of these doesn’t fit?Duke basketball coach Mike KrzyzewskiMike Kryzewski is in his 35th year...

The Magical First Fan of Michigan State

The Magical First Fan of Michigan State

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The “First” anything is usually a presidential designation -- but not at Michigan State, the alma mater of Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Michigan State’s “First Fan” traveled to Charlotte last weekend to urge on the Spartans’ basketball team throughout their two...

Aspiring doctor from Big Horn hitting timely notes

Aspiring doctor from Big Horn hitting timely notes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Colby Wollenman’s statistics printed at the bottom of the Michigan State’s pre-season media guide list merely 21 games of mop-up duty – including a career-high 2.1 minutes per game in 2013-14. But Wollenman, a National Merit Scholar, will explain numbers...

Michigan State beats Georgia with weaknesses

Michigan State beats Georgia with weaknesses

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- They lack talent, their bench is short and they can’t make free throws. That’s what they say, anyway. All three of those stumbling blocks thwarted Michigan State’s basketball consistency this year, but it’s a long season. Extensive enough for Tom Izzo to...

Michigan State boasts complete hoop package

Michigan State boasts complete hoop package

There may not be a more tightly packaged example of mentor and protégé in college basketball than Jud Heathcote and Tom Izzo.Consider that Bob Knight groomed Mike Krzyzewski as a player at Army and assistant at Indiana, but he became Coach K at Duke. Also, Knight and...

Jud for the defense on best Mark Few team

Jud for the defense on best Mark Few team

Jud Heathcote, whose second team has been Gonzaga since he retired to Spokane 20 years ago, enjoyed another year of Bulldogs basketball with his courtside seats at the McCarthey Athletic Center, although he didn’t make it to Las Vegas to follow the No. 7-ranked Bulldogs’ most...

Old Michigan State NCAA memories

Old Michigan State NCAA memories

Thanks to Mike Klocke, an old friend from our State News days, for this nostalgic photo he posted on Twitter looking back when we covered Michigan State in the first round of the 1978 NCAA basketball tournament at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. Mike is on the right; in the...