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  • Detroit Free Press: Michigan State basketball drops 'secret' scrimmage to Gonzaga for second straight year

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    Michigan State basketball's first test of the season, like it was a year ago, ended up in a defeat to Gonzaga.

    The two schools met Saturday morning in Denver, where the Bulldogs defeated the Spartans, 103-87, in a "secret" scrimmage, per a source. They played two 20-minute periods in a game that was closed to the public and media.

    Cassius Winston led MSU with 20 points and seven assists. Jeff Goodman of Stadium.com tweeted that the Spartans played without senior guard Joshua Langford, who is recovering from February foot surgery.

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    Michigan State basketball's first test of the season, like it was a year ago, ended up in a defeat to Gonzaga.

    The two schools met Saturday morning in Denver, where the Bulldogs defeated the Spartans, 103-87, in a "secret" scrimmage, per a source. They played two 20-minute periods in a game that was closed to the public and media.

    Cassius Winston led MSU with 20 points and seven assists. Jeff Goodman of Stadium.com tweeted that the Spartans played without senior guard Joshua Langford, who is recovering from February foot surgery.

  • Fansided: Michigan State Basketball: What if Joey Hauser gets eligibility?

    Not often does Michigan State basketball land a non-grad transfer who could potentially have an immediate impact, but Tom Izzo went off his normal path and landed Joey Hauser this offseason.

    The transfer wasn't a major surprise, especially when he and his brother both announced they would be leaving Marquette to look for a new program. It became even more likely when Joey and Sam Hauser said they were open to splitting up and attending different schools.

    Michigan State recruited Joey heavily out of Stevens Point, Wisc., and he developed a strong relationship with Izzo and familiarity with the program.

    Not often does Michigan State basketball land a non-grad transfer who could potentially have an immediate impact, but Tom Izzo went off his normal path and landed Joey Hauser this offseason.

    The transfer wasn't a major surprise, especially when he and his brother both announced they would be leaving Marquette to look for a new program. It became even more likely when Joey and Sam Hauser said they were open to splitting up and attending different schools.

    Michigan State recruited Joey heavily out of Stevens Point, Wisc., and he developed a strong relationship with Izzo and familiarity with the program.

  • The Detroit News: Rise of Foster Loyer should help keep MSU's Cassius Winston fresh (and Tom Izzo sane)

    East Lansing -- As impressive as Michigan State's run to the Final Four last season was, it came at the price of running Cassius Winston into the ground.

    There's no doubt the second-team All-American was the best player on the floor most games, but he was probably also the most worn out, averaging 38 minutes a game in the NCAA Tournament.

    In each of the final two games of the season -- a win over Duke in the Elite Eight and a loss to Texas Tech in the Final Four -- Winston played all 40 minutes, and that came after playing 39 minutes against LSU in the Sweet 16 and the same amount the first-round win over Bradley.

    East Lansing -- As impressive as Michigan State's run to the Final Four last season was, it came at the price of running Cassius Winston into the ground.

    There's no doubt the second-team All-American was the best player on the floor most games, but he was probably also the most worn out, averaging 38 minutes a game in the NCAA Tournament.

    In each of the final two games of the season -- a win over Duke in the Elite Eight and a loss to Texas Tech in the Final Four -- Winston played all 40 minutes, and that came after playing 39 minutes against LSU in the Sweet 16 and the same amount the first-round win over Bradley.

  • Fansided: Michigan State Basketball: Cassius Winston on verge of Mount Rushmore

    There's plenty of debate about Michigan State basketball's Mount Rushmore.

    Who would you put on your MSU Mount Rushmore if you were pressured to answer that question today? Draymond Green? Shawn Respert? Greg Kelser? Scott Skiles? Steve Smith? Jay Vincent? Johnny Green?

    The options are endless, but two seem to be as set in stone -- pun intended -- as you can get in Magic Johnson and Mateen Cleaves. And both have one thing in common: they engineered Michigan State's two national titles as their teams' point guard and leader.

    Cassius Winston could soon be that third staple of everyone's Mount Rushmore.

    There's plenty of debate about Michigan State basketball's Mount Rushmore.

    Who would you put on your MSU Mount Rushmore if you were pressured to answer that question today? Draymond Green? Shawn Respert? Greg Kelser? Scott Skiles? Steve Smith? Jay Vincent? Johnny Green?

    The options are endless, but two seem to be as set in stone -- pun intended -- as you can get in Magic Johnson and Mateen Cleaves. And both have one thing in common: they engineered Michigan State's two national titles as their teams' point guard and leader.

    Cassius Winston could soon be that third staple of everyone's Mount Rushmore.

  • Detroit Free Press: Marcus Bingham's second growth spurt could be Michigan State basketball's missing piece

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    EAST LANSING - A smaller Marcus Bingham Jr. is in there somewhere, even if you can't see him anymore. Somewhere beyond the sheepish grin, past the low and humble tones, away from the 7-foot-4-inch wingspan that outreaches everyone else on the Michigan State basketball team is a kid named Marc who wondered if he'd grow up or into anything.

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    EAST LANSING - A smaller Marcus Bingham Jr. is in there somewhere, even if you can't see him anymore. Somewhere beyond the sheepish grin, past the low and humble tones, away from the 7-foot-4-inch wingspan that outreaches everyone else on the Michigan State basketball team is a kid named Marc who wondered if he'd grow up or into anything.

  • The Detroit News: Steven Izzo fulfills dream with chance to play for dad, Tom Izzo, and Spartans

    (Photo: David Guralnick, Detroit News)

    East Lansing -- For 25 years, Tom Izzo has made his share of sacrifices.

    To be the head coach of a major college program like Michigan State's, time can be difficult to manage, even more so with a young family at home.

    Through nearly a quarter of a century, it was something that always gnawed at Izzo, especially when his son, Steven, was in high school and playing basketball at Lansing Catholic. Izzo didn't get to see many of those games as he was tied up leading the Spartans.

    (Photo: David Guralnick, Detroit News)

    East Lansing -- For 25 years, Tom Izzo has made his share of sacrifices.

    To be the head coach of a major college program like Michigan State's, time can be difficult to manage, even more so with a young family at home.

    Through nearly a quarter of a century, it was something that always gnawed at Izzo, especially when his son, Steven, was in high school and playing basketball at Lansing Catholic. Izzo didn't get to see many of those games as he was tied up leading the Spartans.

  • Fansided: Michigan State Basketball: Is Xavier Tillman the Big Ten's best big man?

    Enjoy Xavier Tillman while you still can, Spartan fans.

    The junior big man from Grand Rapids was a minimal contributor as a true freshman, but he didn't need to do much with a loaded roster. But that Michigan State team fell way short of expectations, losing int he Round of 32 to Syracuse and squashing Miles Bridges' goal of bringing a national title to East Lansing.

    And to start the 2018-19 season, Tillman was more of a sixth-man type of player. He came off the bench and brought some energy, but he wasn't going to play 25-plus minutes per game.

    Enjoy Xavier Tillman while you still can, Spartan fans.

    The junior big man from Grand Rapids was a minimal contributor as a true freshman, but he didn't need to do much with a loaded roster. But that Michigan State team fell way short of expectations, losing int he Round of 32 to Syracuse and squashing Miles Bridges' goal of bringing a national title to East Lansing.

    And to start the 2018-19 season, Tillman was more of a sixth-man type of player. He came off the bench and brought some energy, but he wasn't going to play 25-plus minutes per game.

  • The Detroit News: Michigan State mailbag: If this is Mark Dantonio's final season, who's next?

    (Photo: David Guralnick, Detroit News)

    East Lansing -- Basketball season is closing in and there's a good chance Michigan State opens the season as the No. 1 team in the nation.

    But after last weekend's demoralizing loss at Wisconsin, the focus of this week's mailbag is squarely on the football program and where it's headed under coach Mark Dantonio.

    The talk is heating up for who might succeed the 13-year coach. We also dive into who are some players who haven't held up their end of the bargain through seven games.

    (Photo: David Guralnick, Detroit News)

    East Lansing -- Basketball season is closing in and there's a good chance Michigan State opens the season as the No. 1 team in the nation.

    But after last weekend's demoralizing loss at Wisconsin, the focus of this week's mailbag is squarely on the football program and where it's headed under coach Mark Dantonio.

    The talk is heating up for who might succeed the 13-year coach. We also dive into who are some players who haven't held up their end of the bargain through seven games.

  • Fansided: Michigan State Basketball: Who should start at PF in 2019-20?

    Michigan State, like any team, has plenty of question marks heading into the 2019-20 season. Just because the Spartans are the likely preseason No. 1 team doesn't mean they're immune to uncertainties, and that's what they're facing at the power forward spot.

    The starting lineup goes a little something like this:

    PG: Cassius Winston
    SG: Josh Langford
    SF: Aaron Henry
    PF: ?
    C: Xavier Tillman

    Granted, the post isn't the biggest in the country with a 6-foot-8 Tillman starting at center, but it might be one of the better ones, assuming the power forward possibilities step up.

    Michigan State, like any team, has plenty of question marks heading into the 2019-20 season. Just because the Spartans are the likely preseason No. 1 team doesn't mean they're immune to uncertainties, and that's what they're facing at the power forward spot.

    The starting lineup goes a little something like this:

    PG: Cassius Winston
    SG: Josh Langford
    SF: Aaron Henry
    PF: ?
    C: Xavier Tillman

    Granted, the post isn't the biggest in the country with a 6-foot-8 Tillman starting at center, but it might be one of the better ones, assuming the power forward possibilities step up.

  • Detroit Free Press: Aaron Henry's response to Tom Izzo's outburst shows he was listening

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    Coming off Final Four run, Michigan State using last year's experience to motivate them for more this season. Filmed at media day Oct. 15, 2019.

    EAST LANSING -- For a few days in the middle of March Madness, the talking heads of the college basketball world fixated and took sides on Tom Izzo and Aaron Henry's back-and-forth sideline confrontation.

    It remains baffling how and why that moment morphed into such a national flashpoint. But it remains the pivotal moment when Henry realized his importance to Michigan State basketball -- and vice versa.

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    Coming off Final Four run, Michigan State using last year's experience to motivate them for more this season. Filmed at media day Oct. 15, 2019.

    EAST LANSING -- For a few days in the middle of March Madness, the talking heads of the college basketball world fixated and took sides on Tom Izzo and Aaron Henry's back-and-forth sideline confrontation.

    It remains baffling how and why that moment morphed into such a national flashpoint. But it remains the pivotal moment when Henry realized his importance to Michigan State basketball -- and vice versa.

  • Detroit Free Press: Michigan State basketball's Gabe Brown has grown up a lot and is now ready to play

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    Tom Izzo answers questions on his Michigan State basketball team, Oct. 10, 2019 in East Lansing. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press

    EAST LANSING -- Gabe Brown became popular among Michigan State basketball fans during his freshman season with his pregame dancing and exaggerated celebrations.

    His personality and smile seemed to be key chemistry elements on a team that reached its first Final Four since 2015.

    His actual role on the court was limited -- the 6-foot-7 wing out of Belleville averaged 7.9 minutes and 2.

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    Tom Izzo answers questions on his Michigan State basketball team, Oct. 10, 2019 in East Lansing. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press

    EAST LANSING -- Gabe Brown became popular among Michigan State basketball fans during his freshman season with his pregame dancing and exaggerated celebrations.

    His personality and smile seemed to be key chemistry elements on a team that reached its first Final Four since 2015.

    His actual role on the court was limited -- the 6-foot-7 wing out of Belleville averaged 7.9 minutes and 2.

  • Detroit Free Press: Michigan State basketball's Joey Hauser: Here's where NCAA appeal stands

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    Tom Izzo answers questions on his Michigan State basketball team, Oct. 10, 2019 in East Lansing. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press

    EAST LANSING -- As Joey Hauser remains in limbo, so does the competition for the final starting spot for Michigan State's basketball team.

    The fate of the forward, who transferred from Marquette, remains in the hands of the NCAA. Coach Tom Izzo said Tuesday at the Spartans' media day MSU expects to know "100%" by this week if Hauser's appeal for immediate eligibility will be approved or denied.

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    Tom Izzo answers questions on his Michigan State basketball team, Oct. 10, 2019 in East Lansing. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press

    EAST LANSING -- As Joey Hauser remains in limbo, so does the competition for the final starting spot for Michigan State's basketball team.

    The fate of the forward, who transferred from Marquette, remains in the hands of the NCAA. Coach Tom Izzo said Tuesday at the Spartans' media day MSU expects to know "100%" by this week if Hauser's appeal for immediate eligibility will be approved or denied.

  • The Detroit News: Aaron Henry embracing his 'moment' on talented Michigan State team

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    "What still drives me today is to help guys to live the same dream I've gotten to live," Izzo says. David Guralnick, The Detroit News

    East Lansing -- Expectations are high at Michigan State.

    No one is shying away from it. Whether the Spartans are named the preseason No. 1 team in the nation or not, they'll certainly be a favorite to get back to the Final Four and win the national championship.

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    "What still drives me today is to help guys to live the same dream I've gotten to live," Izzo says. David Guralnick, The Detroit News

    East Lansing -- Expectations are high at Michigan State.

    No one is shying away from it. Whether the Spartans are named the preseason No. 1 team in the nation or not, they'll certainly be a favorite to get back to the Final Four and win the national championship.

  • Fansided: Michigan State Basketball: Who could replace 4-star PG Jalen Terry in 2020?

    After a forgettable weekend for Michigan State athletics, the basketball program received some bad news on Monday afternoon when four-star point guard Jalen Terry de-committed.

    It was a bit shocking to see a kid who had been committed since April decide to open up his recruitment again out of the blue.

    Can confirm, Top-60 senior Jalen Terry has decommitted from Michigan State. He's been committed for quite sometime but has now decided to reopen his recruitment.

    Iowa State, Iowa, Mississippi State, and Mizzou, were included on his final-list prior to committing.

    -- Jake (@jakeweingarten) October 14, 2019

    This news took me by surprise because the kid has seemed all green and white for about six months now and we are approaching the start of the 2019-20 season but it seemed as if he didn't want to have to split time at the point guard position with recently-committed combo guard AJ Hoggard.

    After a forgettable weekend for Michigan State athletics, the basketball program received some bad news on Monday afternoon when four-star point guard Jalen Terry de-committed.

    It was a bit shocking to see a kid who had been committed since April decide to open up his recruitment again out of the blue.

    Can confirm, Top-60 senior Jalen Terry has decommitted from Michigan State. He's been committed for quite sometime but has now decided to reopen his recruitment.

    Iowa State, Iowa, Mississippi State, and Mizzou, were included on his final-list prior to committing.

    -- Jake (@jakeweingarten) October 14, 2019

    This news took me by surprise because the kid has seemed all green and white for about six months now and we are approaching the start of the 2019-20 season but it seemed as if he didn't want to have to split time at the point guard position with recently-committed combo guard AJ Hoggard.

  • Detroit Free Press: Basketball, football recruiting live chat with Sean Merriman at 10 a.m.

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    Welcome to our recruiting live chat with Free Press special writer Sean Merriman.

    If you have a question about Michigan football, Michigan State football, Michigan State basketball or Michigan basketball, or the best high school prospects in either sport in the region or the country, fire away.

    Then at 10 a.m., Sean will be along to answer them.

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    Welcome to our recruiting live chat with Free Press special writer Sean Merriman.

    If you have a question about Michigan football, Michigan State football, Michigan State basketball or Michigan basketball, or the best high school prospects in either sport in the region or the country, fire away.

    Then at 10 a.m., Sean will be along to answer them.

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