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The Spartans looked to rebound against No. 2 Kentucky after a last-second coast-to-coast layup cost MSU their first win Friday against then-No. 10 Arizona, but fell to Kentucky, 69-48, in the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden and are now 0-2 to start the regular season.
Welcome to the live blog for the MSU men's basketball matchup with No. 2 Kentucky. Follow along with State News basketball writers Casey Harrison and Connor Clark as they cover the game.
Forward Miles Bridges has been named to the preseason 50 John R. Wooden award watch list. The list, headlined by Duke's Grayson Allen, includes players considered most outstanding in men's and women's college basketball.
MSU men's basketball take to Madison Square Garden in New York City for their next high profile battle against the No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats in the Champions Classic.The Spartans hold a record of 3-2 in the Champions Classic, however hold a 3-11 record in Madison Square Garden, 3-7 under Head Coach Tom Izzo. MSU last met Kentucky in the Champions Classic in 2013, when the Spartans finished victorious 78-74, former guard Keith Appling led with 22 points.
Just one game into the MSU men's basketball season, freshman forward Miles Bridges picked up an honor, being named Co-Big Ten Freshmen of the Week.
There is a paradox in sports.When everything looks evergreen, all of a sudden there is demolition. This paradox stole the minds of football fans when MSU football crashed — from a College Football Playoff team — to second to last in the Big Ten.
Gary Trent Jr., son of former NBA player Gary Trent, selected the Blue Devils this evening over the Spartans and Bruins. Trent Jr. was believed to select Duke, according to 247sports, though head coach Tom Izzo recruited Trent Jr. extensively.
Wednesday marked the beginning of the early signing period for a number of collegiate sports, with the exception of football, soccer and men’s water polo.
It’s been a process eight months in the making.It started with a stunning upset loss to Middle Tennessee State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, which blemished not only the resume of Hall of Fame head coach Tom Izzo and his 2016 graduating class consisting of the likes of Denzel Valentine, Bryn Forbes, Matt Costello and Colby Wollenman.
The basketball bounced on the floor and the players’ shoes were extra squeaky as the MSU basketball team was back on the court for its second exhibition game.
After defeating Saginaw Valley State University 87-77, the MSU men's basketball team is still 0-0.
For the Spartans, the starting five was unchanged with only one freshman, forward Miles Bridges, featured in it.
The Breslin Center was rocking once again with the Izzone as the MSU basketball team continued its exhibition season, hosting nearby Saginaw Valley State University.For the Spartans, the starting five was unchanged with only one freshman, forward Miles Bridges, featured in it.
As MSU jostled with Northwood for control of Thursday night's exhibition game, an eerie aura descended on the Breslin Center.
The new-look Spartans were on full display when they kicked off their season with an exhibition win over Northwood University Thursday. MSU played in its first of two exhibition games, appearing in a match for the first time since their disappointing end to the NCAA Tournament last year.
Following the first half of MSU men's basketball first action of the season, MSU lead the Northwood Timberwolves 48-35 in an exhibition performance. The Spartans showed signs of inexperience littered across the first period, not capturing the lead until the game was eight minutes through.
With MSU basketball’s freshmen class being heralded as one of the best groupings of young talent in the country and possibly MSU head coach Tom Izzo’s best recruiting class in 22 years at MSU, it’s understandable for there to be high expectations again this season for the team - but fans will have to be patient.
Opening tests against Arizona on Nov. 11 in Hawaii, followed four days later with a battle against Kentucky in New York City and a tournament in the Bahamas, MSU’s new recruits will be tested early with big games and long days of travel.
The last question Tom Izzo was asked at the MSU men’s basketball annual media day press conference was a simple question, but Izzo gave his answer much thought.
MSU's starting center Gavin Schilling will be out for an undetermined amount of time. Schilling suffered a knee injury that will need surgery, MLive's Brendan Quinn reports via Twitter. The 6'9 senior regressed in playing time and points last season, recording 12.5 minutes per game, just under four minutes less than his sophomore year.