Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  In January, the NCAA announced it would be providing $3,000 per player to help defray costs of travel, lodging and meals for their families to the Final Four. For the two teams that reach Monday's championship game, another $1,000 will be available.
Discuss »
Men's Basketball tikiandtierney.radio.cbssports.com —  First Virginia, then Louisville, now Duke. At this point, Tom Izzo probably feels like he’s coaching in the ACC. “I think you’re right,” Izzo said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “It seems like they keep getting harder, too.”



Discuss »
Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Tom Izzo has already banked $175,000 in performance bonuses for leading the Spartans, and could nearly double that total within the next week. Izzo's contract with the school calls for him to be paid $25,000 for reaching the NCAA tournament, $25,000 for playing in the Sweet 16 and $100,000 for making the Final Four. He's done all that this month, including making his seventh Final Four by beating Louisville on Sunday. Izzo's Nike contract also calls for a $25,000 bonus for making the Final Four.
Discuss »
Men's Basketball spartannation.com —  After beating a more talented and athletic Louisville the Spartans couldn’t hide their euphoria, but that didn’t mean they aren’t still hungry. Izzo made no bones about it. Immediately after the game his first words were, “So as a football fan, we’re not going to Disney, but we are going to Indy. We’re excited about it.”
Discuss »
Men's Basketball spartannation.com —  It is not a secret that Connor Cook and Shilique Calhoun were major reasons for the Spartans success the last two years. While experts agree that neither was a first round pick had they come out early for this year’s NFL draft, in today’s age of football and the amount of money a second round pick gets, it often happens.
Discuss »
Men's Basketball clickondetroit.com —  Through all the controversy and turmoil that makes up any given college basketball season, Izzo has always been reliable in the month of March. The often-emphatic 60-year-old is leading MSU into its seventh Final Four during his tenure, and this season's journey is clearly one of his finest pieces of work. Here's a look back at all seven of Michigan State's Final Four runs since Izzo was hired in 1995.
Discuss »
Men's Basketball mlive.com —  It's been called a "Mount Rushmore" of college basketball coaches convening this weekend in Indianapolis at the Final Four, and told that term Michigan State's Tom Izzo doesn't hesitate in saying how honored he is to be included in the group.
Discuss »
Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State coach Tom Izzo will soon be nominated for the College Basketball Hall of Fame if ESPN analyst Dick Vitale has anything to do with it. "I'm on a mission,'' Vitale told MLive.com on Tuesday morning. "I want to make sure Tom should be nominated for the hall of fame in 2016. Bo Ryan and (John) Calipari have been nominated for this year, and Tom deserves it.
Discuss »
Men's Basketball spartanavenue.com —  What a long, windy, up-and-down road it has been to the Final Four this year for the Michigan State basketball team. Of the seven Final Fours Tom Izzo has been to, I think it’s safe to say this has been the least likely and one of, if not the most, rewarding.
Discuss »
Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The only numbers that ultimately matter to Michigan State coach Tom izzo are those on the scoreboard, and the Spartans have won their way to the Final Four. But within the game, there are numbers that serve as indicators.
Discuss »
Men's Basketball fivethirtyeight.com —  Last Tuesday, I crunched some numbers on which NCAA men’s tournament coaches exceeded expectations the most since the tourney expanded to 64 teams in 1985, based on their teams’ seeds at the start of the tournament. Perhaps not surprisingly, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo ruled all, with his Spartans winning 14.6 more games than would be expected based on the way they were seeded. And after Izzo won two more games over the weekend to secure the Spartans’ seventh Final Four bid under his watch, we thought we’d update the numbers1 to reflect the latest results.
Discuss »
Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State assistant coach Dane Fife confirmed what many had suspected, that Nairn was sick and that limited his effectiveness in Michigan State's 62-58 win over Oklahoma late Friday night and the 76-70 overtime win over Louisville on Sunday. "Tum was sick ... he had a fever, he had a headache,'' Fife said on The Griff and Grinz Show on Lansing's 92.1 FM, The Team. "Tum won't have any excuses for himself, but I will because he didn't look right, he didn't act right -- and you know he acts -- and he didn't have that enthusiasm leading into the weekend."
Discuss »
Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  When Duke and Michigan State met in the Champions Classic in Indianapolis on Nov. 18, few could have guessed it would be a preview of Saturday's Final Four matchup. But that's exactly where the Spartans and Blue Devils sit. To say they took different paths would be an understatement.
Discuss »
Men's Basketball freep.com —  Magic Johnson did it in 1979. So did Marcus Taylor in 2001 and Goran Suton in 2009. Now Valentine and Forbes have added their names to a very short list. State champions in high school. Final Four-bound for Michigan State. Lansing kids growing into men on college basketball's biggest stage.
Discuss »
Men's Basketball freep.com —  This is a giddy, glorious time for Spartan Nation — MSU fans, students and alumni — because of these coaches, the success they have built and how they have done it with so much class. The football team has finished in the top five in the country two years in a row, and now the basketball team is in the Final Four for the seventh time under Izzo.
Discuss »
Softball statenews.com —  Sunday’s victory over Penn State might provide a blueprint for the softball team going forward on how to be successful. Defensive execution and resiliency were key in MSU’s (16-17 overall, 1-5 Big Ten), 8-6 win against Penn State (17-16 overall, 2-4 Big Ten) at Secchia Stadium.
Discuss »
Football statenews.com —  As the MSU football program heads into its second official week of spring practice, plenty of buoyancy and confidence rides behind an upcoming season filled with inflated expectations and uncertainty leave the team asking themselves a few questions before the spring game at Spartan Stadium on April 25.
Discuss »
Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Michigan State cherished the victory over Louisville, but trust me, if it were to beat Duke on Saturday night, it would be much more than a pleasant little bonus. And let's not act like it's impossible. The Blue Devils are only five-point favorites, and gradually pulled away in the second half of an 81-71 victory over the Spartans on Nov. 18 in Indianapolis.
Discuss »
Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State senior Branden Dawson didn't need to think long when asked what the Spartans needed to do to best Duke in the Final Four. "MSU will beat Duke if we contain Jahlil Okafor," Dawson said in an interview on the Big Ten Network.


Discuss »
Men's Basketball freep.com —  They call it a "run," but it's more like a sprint. Just two weeks ago, you were filling out your bracket and (unless a Michigan State fan choosing with your heart) putting someone other than the Spartans in the Final Four as the East Regional representative. Four single-digit wins later — all featuring the pressure stops and shots and free throws that eluded the Spartans in six regular-season losses that could have been wins — and you have the least likely of Tom Izzo's seven sprints to the Final Four.
Discuss »