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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...

Izzo Era in Big Ten hoop outlasts another coach

Izzo Era in Big Ten hoop outlasts another coach

50 … and counting. That’s how many Big Ten basketball coaches Michigan State’s Tom Izzo has outlasted since he was promoted to succeed his mentor, Jud Heathcote, as the Spartans’ head coach in the 1995-96 season. The number increased by one this past season, even though all 14...

Winston showered with ovation and empathy

Winston showered with ovation and empathy

Cassius Winston’s “Senior Day” moment is now cemented in Michigan State history, but extraordinary circumstances require a closer look at what it represented beyond other senior days.He was a star college basketball player that NBA money failed to lure into a part-time student...

A look back at how far Winston has ascended

A look back at how far Winston has ascended

Now that Cassius Winston is Michigan State’s career assist leader, let’s consider his legacy, even though half of the season remains. Especially when compared to the point guards ranked ahead of him in the recruiting Class of 2016. Winston passed Mateen Cleaves with his fourth...

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...

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...

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,...