Thursday, May 23, 2024

Sports | Men's Basketball


Spartans prep for new-look Hawkeyes

After traveling through a snowstorm to take on Iowa at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in Iowa City, Iowa, the MSU men’s basketball team will be welcomed by a new-look Hawkeyes team. Typically a team that prefers to milk every second of the shot clock before firing a shot, first-year head coach Fran McCaffery has Iowa playing a slightly different style. “They’re more up and down,” MSU senior guard Kalin Lucas said.


Spartans have target on backs in Big Ten

Throughout the last decade of Tom Izzo’s tenure as head coach of the MSU men’s basketball team, the Spartans arguably have become the most feared program in the Big Ten. However, fresh off two-straight conference championships, MSU finds itself in an unusual position this year — struggling in the middle of the Big Ten.

Jeremy Warnemuende ·

Rock bottom blues

For the first time in 12 meetings in East Lansing, the Michigan men’s basketball team defeated No. 25 MSU, 61-57, Thursday night at Breslin Center.


Team plagued with troubles all season

Here we go again. The team with seemingly never-ending drama strikes again. This time with the season-long dismissal of junior guard Korie Lucious. To catch you up, the drama surrounding this team began in June, when MSU men’s basketball head coach Tom Izzo took some time to ponder a move to the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.

Marina Csomor ·

Boilermakers stand in way of Big Ten hopes

Eleven months ago, the MSU men’s basketball team headed to West Lafayette, Ind., needing a victory to stay in the race for a second-consecutive Big Ten title. The Spartans walked out with a 53-44 win over the third-ranked Boilermakers and won a share of the Big Ten championship two weeks later. This year’s Spartans aren’t as far into the conference slate.

Chris Vannini ·

Spartans to regroup against efficient, well-coached Badgers

Going into Saturday’s game at Penn State, it appeared the MSU men’s basketball team finally was back on the fast track to a third-straight conference championship after a difficult start to the season. The Spartans were 2-0 in conference play, and other than the final two minutes of their win against Northwestern last Monday, they were playing some of their best basketball of the season. Then, after what head coach Tom Izzo described as the best week of practice he could remember in the last 10 years, a completely different MSU team showed up Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa., and lost, 66-62, to Penn State. At his weekly press conference Monday, Izzo couldn’t explain why his team was unable to translate its good practice habits into a game. But Izzo said 7 p.m.