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Spartans finish where left off five years ago

Spartans finish where left off five years ago

We’re stranded in a basketball wasteland, left longingly to wonder how the 2020 NCAA basketball tournament would have turned out. And, tragically, it’s all necessary for life-and-death reasons – the COVID-19 pandemic. Well, with plenty of time to ponder the possibilities, let’s...

Spartans and Blue Devils streak back to the top

Spartans and Blue Devils streak back to the top

By Tom Shanahan Michigan State and Duke – respectively the preseason Nos. 1 and 4-ranked teams -- again appear Final Four worthy. Their lineup rotations that endured early season hiccups are coming into sharper focus with conference play fully underway. If so, the NCAA, come...

Winston continues his steps to letting it flow

Winston continues his steps to letting it flow

Cassius Winston is finding his way, painful step by step, to let it go, to let if flow. The hurt over his brother Zachary taking his life on Nov. 9 will always be with him and his family -- younger brother Khy and parents Reggie and Wendi. How they move forward, letting go of...

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...

Izzo says Aaron Henry healthy for Maui test

Izzo says Aaron Henry healthy for Maui test

By TOM SHANAHANLAHAINA, Hawaii – As the eight coaches participating in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational took their seats upon an outdoor dais with a Pacific Ocean backdrop at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, tournament director Dave Odom asked them to don their Jim Maui...

The two smartest guys are ones to watch

The two smartest guys are ones to watch

The NBA early entry withdrawal deadline spawned a spate of stories projecting college teams as winners and losers. They were based on players staying in school and those gone to the NBA – actually, overseas or to the G-League for most of them. Those evaluations were a little...