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Michigan State first confronted Final Four perfection in 1957

Michigan State first confronted Final Four perfection in 1957

For the third time Michigan State stands among a Final Four field that features a No. 1-ranked basketball team seeking to complete an unbeaten season with an NCAA title and record for most wins in a season. This year it’s No. 1 Kentucky with a mark of 38-0 in quest of 40-0....

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...

Michigan State jump start to first Final Four

Michigan State jump start to first Final Four

Improbable describes Michigan State basketball's ninth NCAA Final Four with Sunday’s win over Louisville, but no Final Four run began with more exotic origins than the Spartans' first one in 1957. Its seminal moments include Johnny Green gaining attention 60 years ago while he...

Another West Point influence on Okafor

Another West Point influence on Okafor

College basketball fans understand the West Point leadership influence upon Duke basketball through Capt. Mike Krzyzewski (U.S. Army retired), a West Point graduate, former Army basketball player and head coach and the 35th-year general of the Blue Devils. But another strong...

San Diego State transfers recruiting success to backyard

San Diego State transfers recruiting success to backyard

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Many stories examine how Steve Fisher built San Diego State basketball in 16 years from a laughingstock team to a program with NCAA eight tournament appearances, 339 wins and the increasing number of Rivals 4-star recruits. Perhaps no example better – or...

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...

Okafor dominates Aztecs in the middle and on the run

Okafor dominates Aztecs in the middle and on the run

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Outside the realm of San Diego State fandom, any college basketball fan that wants to see Kentucky's run to perfection snapped in the NCAA Tournament had to be encouraged by Sunday’s events at the Time Warner Cable Arena.After all, Duke center Jahlil...

Michigan State experience holds off Virginia rallies

Michigan State experience holds off Virginia rallies

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Five times Virginia trimmed Michigan State’s lead to a two-score game in the second half’s final 11 minutes Sunday afternoon at Time Warner Cable Arena.Five times the Virginia faithful, clad in orange and outnumbering Michigan State partisans with the game...

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...

Duke point guards Cook and Jones blend leadership

Duke point guards Cook and Jones blend leadership

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke senior point guard Quinn Cook could have easily viewed himself as being pushed aside when highly touted freshman point guard Tyus Jones arrived on campus with NBA projections and his close friend with his own NBA future, 6-foot-10, 270-pound Jahlil...