Well where to begin? It was a good week for Michigan State basketball.
The now No. 5 Michigan State Spartans clobbered the undermanned Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday 62-34. Michigan State’s defense continues to dominate the opposition. The 34 points allowed is the fewest since Michigan State played Brown University when it opened up the 2006-2007 season. It was the least amount of points allowed in Big Ten play for the Spartans since the 1999-2000 championship season against when MSU played Northwestern. Finally for Nebraska, it was the lowest scoring effort since the shot clock was invented.
Senior forward Draymond Green joined an elite group of Spartans when he grabbed his 1,000 rebound of his career. Green joins Antonio Smith, Johnny Green, and Greg Kelser in the 1,000 rebound club, and has let Kelser know he is coming after his record of 1,092 rebounds.
Seniors Austin Thornton and Brandon Wood share a post game hug. (Photo Credit AP)
Senior Brandon Wood has been around a lot of colleges during his basketball career. His long journey has included playing for Southern Illinois, transferring to a division II school, transferring to Valparaiso University and finally ending it playing for the Michigan State Spartans.
While at Valparaiso Wood was the star and averaged over 17 points during his sophomore year, and 16 his junior year. Wood graduated and decided to test the NBA waters by putting his name in the draft, after hearing what scouts thought of him, he decided to polish them even more at MSU.
Wood has had a good season for MSU, he averages over 8 points a game, and while that’s less than he did at Valparaiso there is 10 times the talent on the MSU team, and Wood no longer needs to be the star. A few weeks ago Wood’s stepbrother was shot in the head. He survived but it was an emotional strain on Wood. A week later Wood faced more strain, coming in the form of a shoulder strain. Wood has since lost his starting spot, and is now equipped with a shoulder brace but that isn’t stopping him from becoming a force for the Spartans.
Under Tom Izzo, and assistant coach Dane Fife, Wood has transformed into a defensive minded guard, something that the Valparaiso coaches would be shocked to see. Wood is rebounding well, and shutting down the opposition.
Last night the No. 6 Michigan State Spartans traveled to Minnesota in a key game with the Big Ten championship on the line. Down by as many as 9 points with under 10 minutes to play, Wood came off the bench and became the spark that the Spartan’s needed.
Just like in the movie “300″ these Spartans banded together to make a stronger team. This was one of the most complete team performances this year from No. 7 Michigan State (22-5, 10-3) and Tom Izzo. Continue reading
When No. 7 Michigan State hosted No. 15 Wisconsin last night, the announcers seemed to spend the whole game yelling “And one!”
At one point, Michigan State had four straight possessions that resulted in and-ones. By dominating Wisconsin throughout on their way to a 69-55 win, Michigan State demonstrated that they are just plain good and the shoe company And1 is yet again irrelevant. Continue reading
Michigan State did something that no team has done since 2010.
Win at Ohio State.
The No. 12 ranked Spartans battered the No. 3 Buckeyes Saturday night to snap Ohio State’s 39 home-game winning streak. The streak was the second-longest in the nation, only behind Kentucky.
Ohio State center Jared Sullinger and Michigan State center Adreian Payne go way back. The two both grew up in Ohio and have been playing against each other ever since AAU.
It was a personal battle for Payne, who was playing in front of his home state. Payne played excellent defense on Sullinger, and it was clear that Sullinger was frustrated with the physical play by the Spartan defense.
Payne was a force for the Spartans on the offensive side of the ball as well, scoring a career-high 15 points. Sullinger was able to get his points with 17 and rebounds with 16, but the duo of Payne and Derrick Nix caused Sullinger to turn the ball over a career-high 10 times. Sullinger looked dazed on the offensive side and scored most of his points on easy put backs.
Sophomore Center Adreian Payne Dunks the Ball on Penn State, Feb 8, Breslin Center (photo credit Dale G. Young/The Detroit News)
After a painful season to watch for Spartan fans, the Michigan State basketball team has already bounced back from an awful season in the eyes of Michigan State fans. Last year the Spartans finished 19-15. This year after only 24 games the Spartans have matched last year’s win total at 19-5.
The latest victory comes against bottom feeder Penn State.
It was a tough start to watch as both team struggled to score points in the first 10 minutes. Penn State had zero points until they finally scored a basketball at the 12:17 mark.
Senior Forward Draymond Green did his best not to let his team fall in a trap game. The Saginaw native scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Green has a chance at the all time rebounding record at Michigan State. He trails only Antonio Smith, Johnny Green, and Greg Kelser for the record.
Green will need to play in 15 more games, and average 10.7 rebounds during that stretch to grab the record.
Draymond Green grabs one of his 16 rebounds against Michigan on Feb, 5 at the Breslin Center. (Photo Credit SB Nation Detroit)
Well that’s finally over.
The No. 10 Michigan State Spartans (18-5, 7-3) beat their in state rivals No. 21 Michigan Wolverines (17-7, 7-4) 64-54 on Sunday, Feb 5th.
The win ends a three game losing streak to the Wolverines, one less than the Spartans have over the Wolverines in football.
Senior forward Draymond Green had hurt his knee against Illinois a few days before the Spartans and Wolverines were set to battle, but Green wouldn’t let the knee injury keep him out from his last game against Michigan.
Green had his best career game against Michigan. The Saginaw native scored 14 points, dished out four assists, and single handedly out rebounded the entire Michigan Wolverines team 16 to 15.
After losing by one point to Michigan earlier this year, Green had sworn not to lose to them again.
“You can’t say something and not back up your words,” Green said. “I’d be less of a man to guarantee something, promise something and not come out here and do what I can to back up my word.”
Draymond Green hurt his knee during the 2nd half against Illinois. (Photo Credit AP)
No. 10 Michigan State (17-5, 6-3) came to Illinois after a week off. The week off certainly didn’t help the Spartan’s shooting effort, as they were cold from the field.
The rap duo Outkast said it best.
The Spartans shot 14/58 for a freezing 24.1%.
Incredibly the Spartans grabbed 18 offensive rebounds but couldn’t make the easy lay ups afterward. The poor shooting coupled with Draymond Green’s angry outburst 5 minutes into the game, left the Spartans without their leader, and without hope.
Evans punishes Davis during their 5 round bout. (Photo by Nick Laham/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Former Michigan State Spartan wrestler “Sugar” Rashad Evans has finally earned his shot at the title again.
After winning the belt in 2008 against Forrest Griffin, Evans lost it in his next fight against Lyoto Machida.
It was no easy task on the road back to the belt for Evans. He defeated Thiago Silva, and Rampage Jackson. After the Jackson fight Evans earned a title shot against Shogun Rua. Rua however would hurt his knee, forcing Evans to wait almost a year for his shot. A few weeks before the title bout Evans himself hurt his knee forcing him to miss his opportunity.
One of Evans best friends and training partners took the title shot himself. Jon Jones.
Jones has since then dominated the division while Evans has had to sit back and watch his former friend wear the belt. Evans left his training camp and has feuded publicly with Jones over the last year because of it.