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With nine minutes to go in the second half of Michigan State men's basketball's 87-69 win over Michigan on Sunday, junior forward Xavier Tillman swatted away a shot by the Wolverines that would’ve put the Spartans rival within single digits. It was yet another play that electrified the Breslin Center, but Tillman wasn’t happy.
Know Thy Enemy is a weekly Q&A where the perspective changes from the eyes of The State News to the eyes of the student newspaper of Michigan State basketball's opponent.
Back-to-back impressive wins for Michigan State men's basketball against in-conference opponents Illinois and Michigan have boosted the green and white up six spots to No. 8 in week 10 of the AP poll.
In Michigan State men’s basketball’s 87-69 win over in-state rival Michigan, the team looked stronger, more in-sync, and senior guard Cassius Winston, who was named the Big Ten Player of the Week Monday, put on a performance that Head Coach Tom Izzo praised as “one of the greater performances,” the Breslin Center has ever seen.
For senior guard Cassius Winston, Michigan State’s 87-69 victory over Michigan included a few milestones.
It was classic Cassius Winston. The Spartan’s star point guard took a jumping three that he knew was going in as he walked away, smirking and sending the Breslin Center into complete chaos.
Senior guard Cassius Winston entered back into the starting lineup Thursday for Michigan State after missing last game with due to a minor bone bruise in his left knee. He didn’t miss a beat in the Spartans' 76-56 victory, going back and forth with Illinois sophomore guard Ayo Dosunmu.
In front of the annual Alumni Izzone crowd, No. 14 Michigan State (11-3, 3-0 B1G) surged past Illinois (9-5, 1-2 B1G) Thursday night at the Breslin Center 76-56 thanks in large part to the heroics of senior point guard Cassius Winston.
After star senior guard Cassius Winston went down with a bone bruise in his left knee during Friday’s practice, sophomore guard Foster Loyer learned at shootaround Sunday he would make his first-ever start against Western Michigan.
In the absence of star senior guard Cassius Winston, No. 14 Michigan State (10-3) won 95-62 in their final non-conference against Western Michigan (7-6).
“Just what the doctor ordered.”
No. 15 Michigan State played out of character Saturday night, shooting 50% from three, well above its 32.2% average, and witnessing sophomore forward Aaron Henry’s skill, as the Spartans rolled to a 101-48 victory over Eastern Michigan.
Senior guard Joshua Langford was expected to round out a deep and experienced preseason no. 1 roster for Michigan State.
EVANSTON, IL. - Leading by just four with 43 seconds to go, Michigan State men's basketball was at risk of blowing a 16-point second-half lead. But thanks to six straight made free throws to end the game, MSU was able to hold on tight and secure a 77-72 win over Northwestern (5-5 overall, 0-2 Big Ten) in their first Big Ten road game of the season.
Although the matchup at Little Caesars Arena served as a home game for Oakland, Michigan State enjoyed an obvious home welcome from the Detroit crowd Saturday.
No. 16 Michigan State (7-3) rolled past Oakland (5-6) 72-49 at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday. After nearly three minutes of gameplay, MSU found points first, as sophomore forward Gabe Brown hit a pair of free throws.
Several Michigan State sports teams look ahead to games over the Dec. 16-Jan. 3 winter break. Here is a schedule of Spartan sports to look out for over break:
The story and progression of Aaron Henry has been anything but linear.
On Friday, coach Tom Izzo said he wanted the Spartan defense to play better. After suffering negative performances in both free throw shooting and rebounding against Duke on Dec. 3, Izzo wanted to see a change.
The No. 11 Michigan State Spartans (6-3), looking to bounce back from a lackluster performance and loss against No. 10 Duke, started their Big Ten play on Sunday evening, welcoming Rutgers (6-3) to the Breslin Center. The green and white were able to pull away as the second period ran down securing a 77-65 victory in what was a back-and-forth bout through a majority of the game.