The past four seasons head coach Tom Izzo and his Spartans have spent the last weeks of February fighting off opponents trying to spoil their Big Ten Championship dreams. But with conference title hopes gone, the MSU mens basketball team (17-10 overall, 8-6 Big Ten) gets to play the spoiler tonight in Columbus, Ohio.
The Spartans NCAA Tournament chances remained intact as Alan Anderson stepped to the line and connected on two free throws, giving MSU a 57-54 win against Indiana. Sundays win all but wraps up a bid for the Spartans (17-10 overall, 8-6 Big Ten) in the NCAA Tournament.
The Spartan mens basketball team begins a crucial five-day span tonight, when it hosts Minnesota. MSU (15-10 overall, 6-6 Big Ten) plays three games against the Big Tens best - beginning with surprising fifth-place Minnesota (14-9, 7-5) at 7 p.m. Spartan head coach Tom Izzo said the upcoming week will play a major role in determining MSUs NCAA Tournament fate. Its no question that this week will pretty much determine our NCAA Tournament future, Izzo said.
Spartan mens basketball coach Tom Izzo has asked a lot of things from his freshman this season - more than ever before. But in addition to big minutes, freshman swingman Alan Anderson has been asked to be a little bit of everything for MSU (15-10 overall, 6-6 Big Ten). The kids going to be a better player for it in the next three years, but Im not sure weve asked more of a freshman, Izzo said.
West Lafayette, Ind. - For the first time all season, the Spartan mens basketball team came from behind at halftime to steal a win.
After losing 63-61 to No. 18 Illinois on Tuesday night, the MSU mens basketball team was forced to add a new word to its dictionary - bubble.Unless the Spartans win the Big Ten Tournament, they will likely be on the fringe of the 65-team pool in Marchs NCAA Tournament.
When the MSU mens basketball team tangles with Illinois tonight, people will be watching Illini guard Frank Williams. Williams, the 2001 Big Ten Player of the Year, is the Illinis leading scorer at 16.4 points per game. But lurking in Williams shadow is the key to the Illinis attack, guard Cory Bradford. Many college basketball enthusiasts remember the senior as one of the conferences best players his freshman and sophomore campaigns, when he averaged just over 15 points a game.