Saturday, May 18, 2024

Sports | Basketball

MEN'S BASKETBALL

MSU men's basketball lands dynamic transfer forward Frankie Fidler

Omaha transfer Frankie Fidler has committed to the Spartans after visiting MSU on April 11, as reported by on3. Izzo and his squad needed size on the wing following the departure of graduate forward Malik Hall, and Fidler fits that bill well. What the Spartans lacked in many areas last season — perimeter length, shooting and rebounding — Fidler is a major acquisition for Izzo and his staff. 

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

‘Big is a mindset’: How MSU's Julia Ayrault is navigating the center position

At the collegiate level, people usually expect someone who averaged 15.4 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game – eight rebounds per game in Big Ten play – with 65 blocks at the center position to at least have regularly played that position throughout high school. But believe it or not, that stat line comes from MSU women’s basketball player Julia Ayrault, a guard. 

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

MSU women's basketball comes up short in first round of March Madness, look to rebuild for next season

The Michigan State women’s basketball team had been playing all season with a success that not many people expected. A brand new coach, Robyn Fralick, some new faces and a recent history of not making it to the NCAA Tournament left people wondering how far this season's "trial-run" team will go. After going 22-9 in overall play and 12-6 in conference play, Michigan State's season came to an end after a close finish against the University of North Carolina ended in a 59-56 defeat, sending the Spartans home to East Lansing after the Round of 64 in March Madness.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

MSU women's basketball falls to UNC 59-56 in nail-biting finish, out of March Madness after first round

The Michigan State women’s basketball team, making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2021, began March Madness with a battle against a University of North Carolina team in its fourth straight tournament appearance. Giving a fight until the very end, the Spartans came up just short and were ultimately defeated 59-56 in the first round of the tournament, sending head coach Robyn Fralick and the rest of the Spartans home to East Lansing.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

MSU women's basketball prepares for University of North Carolina in first round of March Madness

After missing the tournament for two straight years, the Spartans turned things around in head coach Robyn Fralick's first season with the team. Michigan State spent a lot of extra time during the preseason and throughout the regular season working on its craft, hoping that it would get them to the “final chapter,” as Fralick calls it. Now, the Spartans packed their bags and are headed out to Columbia, South Carolina in preparation to face off against No. 8 seed University of North Carolina.