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.
For the past three years, MSU mens basketball head coach Tom Izzo and his teams have fought to end their season as one of the Final Four.
The Spartan mens basketball team may have to gun down Big-Ten-leading No. 16 Ohio State on Sunday at Breslin Center without its most effective weapon available. Sophomore guard Marcus Taylor could still be shelved for the Spartans (13-9 overall, 4-5 Big Ten) 1 p.m.
The MSU mens basketball team will do its best to stay awake tonight against Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Its kind of a lull-you-to-sleep offense, MSU head coach Tom Izzo said of the Wildcats attack. Wildcats head coach Bill Carmody coached under the legendary Pete Carril at Princeton from 1982-96, and was the Tigers head coach until 2000.
Champaign, Ill. - Forward Brian Cook carried No. 12 Illinois against the Spartans in the first half Sunday at Assembly Hall. But after scoring 20 points in that half, the 6-foot-10, 240 -pounderonly scored two points in the second half as MSU (13-8 overall, 4-4) routed the Illini (15-7, 4-5) 67-61.
Despite No. 12 Illinois two-game losing streak, the MSU mens basketball team will have its hands full Sunday at Assembly Hall. The Illini (15-6 overall, 4-4 Big Ten) havent lost a Big Ten game at home this season, but they are coming off a 78-67 loss to conference leader No.
With its eighth-straight win over the Wolverines, the Spartans reaffirmed their dominance in the states age-old rivalry. MSU (12-8 overall, 3-4 Big Ten) has maintained a 23.6-point average margin of victory during the streak. On Wednesday, Michigan (8-10, 3-5) started strong, scoring the first five points, but MSU responded quickly with an 11-0 run to take control.
Ann Arbor - Tommy Amaker has never seen a Michigan-MSU basketball game in its entirety. But even though tonights game is the 36-year-old U-M head coachs first experience with the rivalry, hes no stranger to big games. As a four-year starter at Duke from 1984-87, Amaker was center stage for one of college basketballs greatest rivalries - Duke vs.
One common factor exists among the Spartan mens basketball and football teams, but that factor may soon multiply.Since freshman quarterback Aaron Alexander joined the team Thursday, basketball head coach Tom Izzo has liked what hes seen.In fact, Izzos been impressed enough with Alexander to continue talks with football head coach Bobby Williams about the possibilities of adding other bodies to his depleted roster.Theres one or two other guys weve looked at, and maybe feel like we could use, Izzo said.
After a rash of injuries, the MSU mens basketball team is looking to the football team to fill holes on its roster.Anytime a team has a lot of injuries, its hard to prepare for opponents, ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas said.When youre short-handed you cant practice as long or as hard as you want to, Bilas said.
The Spartans will be without sophomore forward Adam Wolfe for the remainder of the season. Wolfe suffered a severe hamstring tear to his right leg in the first half of Saturdays Penn State game. Its very disappointing news, said MSU head coach Tom Izzo in a written statement.