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The Spartans are back at No. 1, at least in the power rankings. In the newest Power 36 from analyst and NCAA.com correspondent Andy Katz, Michigan State sits atop the rest, after a win against former No. 12 Seton Hall, in what Katz called “the best win of the week.” In the Associated Press Top 25, Michigan State remains at No. 3.
Through the first half of No. 3 Michigan State’s matchup with No. 12 Seton Hall, freshman forward Malik Hall had yet to score his first collegiate points. He had seen opportunities and playing time in both games prior, against then-No. 2 Kentucky and Binghamton. In those games he would total three shots, and couldn’t get any to finish.
After a defining road win against No. 12 Seton Hall last Thursday, No. 3 Michigan State returns home on Monday to host unranked Charleston Southern. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m at the Breslin Center (BTN).
No. 3 Michigan State’s (2-1) answer for No. 12 Seton Hall’s (2-1) All-American Myles Powell on Thursday night? Freshman forward Malik Hall, whose bucket with 28 seconds remaining gave MSU a lead they would not relinquish. His 17 points were the first of his Spartan career, helping lead the Spartans to a hard-fought 76-73 victory.
No. 3 Michigan State (1-1) takes on No. 12 Seton Hall in Newark, N.J. on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
Before Michigan State headed off to Newark for its matchup with No. 12 Seton Hall, the Spartans took a look at the future of the program on signing day.
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.
As No. 3 Michigan State men's basketball (1-1) prepares for its first true road opponent in No. 12 Seton Hall (2-0), the game defers its priority in the focus of the Spartans as they move forward following the Saturday death of Zachary Winston, senior point guard Cassius Winston’s younger brother.
It's official. Michigan State basketball's first foe, Kentucky has taken the Spartans' No. 1 spot in the AP poll. The Spartans now sit at No. 3 with Duke swooping in and moving up two spots, to No. 2.
Tom Izzo took the podium, eyes glossed, voice raspy and delivered a simple message.
The Spartans came together as a family tonight. In fact, the entire Breslin Center did.
After dropping their season opener and No. 1 ranking to No. 2 Kentucky, Head Coach Tom Izzo wasn’t happy. The players weren’t happy and the fans were frustrated.
NEW YORK – “We were two when we played Kentucky, who was one, and they had the 40-0 shirts. We aren't making any of those,” Head Coach Tom Izzo said at Big Ten media day on October 2.
NEW YORK — Cassius Winston had a good look from deep. Then Kyle Ahrens. Then Aaron Henry. And Winston again. Xavier Tillman, too. The opportunities were there for No. 1 Michigan State to crawl itself back into the game against No. 2 Kentucky in the Champions Classic. But, no one could capitalize.
NEW YORK — One of No. 1 Michigan State's significant question marks heading into its season opener against Kentucky was who could step into the void at the '4' position in the starting lineup. Following the Spartans' 69-62 loss to the second-ranked Wildcats in the Champions Classic, that question still hasn't been answered yet.
NEW YORK – On a night when senior guard Cassius Winston didn’t have it; on a night where its permanent fill-in at the two went scoreless; on a night where junior forward Xavier Tillman failed to establish position in the post; on a night when fouls and stagnant gameplay halted its affinity for points in transition …
NEW YORK — No. 2 Kentucky leads No. 1 Michigan State 34-24 at halftime in New York. The Spartans were decimated with fouls and 14 turnovers in the first half, as they never regained their lead after Cassius Winston's game-opening layup.
Everyone knew this wasn’t an ordinary season. From the players to the coaches, they could feel it throughout the summer, they could see it in their schedule and they watched it come into fruition as they were ranked preseason No. 1 for the first time in school history.
Who: No. 1 Michigan State (0-0) versus No. 2 Kentucky (0-0)
Six days after defeating Zion and Duke, the darlings of the NCAA tournament, the Michigan State Spartans had to face defensive stalwart Texas Tech. The injuries didn’t hamper the Spartans in the tournament up to that point, until that night.