Tom Izzo is headed to his seventh Final Four. Only three coaches have been to more: John Wooden, Dean Smith, and Izzo’s opposition on Saturday, Mike Krzyzewski.
There’s no magic in Michigan State’s March — just a Hall of Fame coach and a tradition of tough play.
Lacey Holsworth passed away earlier this week after a battle with cancer.
One of sports’ good guys posed with Clark the Cub.
Kentucky, the preseason No. 1 that entered the Big Dance unranked, has reached the Final Four as an eight seed. The Wildcats will face Wisconsin, which upset top seed Arizona in a thriller.
Wilt had some unbelievable games here. Ali and Frazier fought here. The players who will take the court at Madison Square Garden this weekend, though, don’t remember any of that. And yet they still regard the Garden as the World’s Most Famous Arena.
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It’s crazy to think about, but a late-season hot streak could still put Illinois in the Big Dance.
The Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year last season is averaging 17.9 points per game (second in the conference), 4.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and two steals for the 22-6 Spartans.
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In a fascinating twist of fandom, this year’s NCAA Basketball Tournament has turned the rooting interests for many Midwestern hoops followers on its head as Big Ten pride has outweighed school pride.
Two years ago, Jordan Morgan and Michigan had to play a road game in the NCAA tournament — or so it seemed at first.
Louisville’s pressure. Jim Boeheim’s postgame press conferences. HAVOC. Coach K’s drive for five. Get pumped, people — it’s tourney time!
Gary Harris scored 20 points and No. 19 Michigan State broke away in the second half to beat Loyola.
Instead of making a brief statement in support of his friend, Izzo opted on Friday to instead unspool an inappropriate – and inaccurate – rant against Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas.
After addressing the game, Izzo set aside time to specifically address Illinois’ decision to fire Bruce Weber. And wow, he had a lot to say.
Cody Zeller scored 18 points and Victor Oladipo added 13, leading No. 18 Indiana past No. 5 Michigan State 70-55 on Tuesday night, its third victory over a top five team this season.
Draymond Green had 14 points and 16 rebounds to lead No. 9 Michigan State to a 64-54 win over No. 23 Michigan on Sunday, backing up his guarantee of a victory.
Brandon Paul shook off a poor-shooting game to score 18 points, including two free throws with 45 seconds left that gave Illinois the lead in a 42-41 victory over No. 9 Michigan State on Tuesday night.
Stu Douglass made a layup with 36.5 seconds remaining, and No. 20 Michigan held on through a wild final sequence to edge No. 9 Michigan State 60-59 on Tuesday night.