No. 15 Michigan State opened NCAA Tournament play with a 3-0 sweep of Fairfield on Friday night at Jenison Field House. MSU won its first round match in the NCAA Tournament for the sixth consecutive season, and improved to 25-8 on the year. MAAC champion Fairfield concludes its season at 25-6.
This used to be a happening weekend for Michigan State’s football program. Championship games played, bowl destinations learned, all the while existing in the middle of playoff chatter. The question that looms on this quiet MSU football weekend, as the rest of the college football world bustles about: How soon will the Spartans get to be part of it again?
Nick Ward had a fantastic game offensively and on the boards, scoring a season-high 24 points and matching his best performance with 10 rebounds in an attempt to make up for the loss of Mile Bridges in Michigan State's 80-76 win over Oral Roberts on Saturday night.
Michigan State holds off stingy Oral Roberts 80-76 Land of 10
Following a loss at Duke and an ankle injury to freshman star Miles Bridges, Michigan State (5-4) didn’t inspire confidence with its response, winning 80-76 over Oral Roberts (1-7) at home on Saturday. Freshman Nick Ward led the way with his first career double-double, netting 24 points to go with 10 rebounds. Fellow first-year Cassius Winston added 15 points, nine assists and four rebounds.
Nick Ward's double-double helps Michigan State survive against Oral Roberts MLive
While Michigan State's most dynamic freshman sat on the bench with a boot on his left foot, another pair of first-year players stepped up to avoid what would have been an ugly home non-conference loss. Michigan State pulled away late to beat Oral Roberts, 80-76, as Nick Ward and Cassius Winston emerged as key contributors.
MSU improves to above .500 with slim win over Oral Roberts State News
Without freshman forward Miles Bridges, MSU men's basketball (5-4) battled to a 80-76 victory against the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (1-7). Bridges leads the Spartans on the season with 16.6 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per game. His freshman class would show their support in the first half, freshman guard Cassius Winston leading the first half scoring with 11 points and freshman forward Nick Ward would contribute eight points as well.
Freshmen Lead Spartans to Close Victory Over Oral Roberts Impact Sports
Playing in its first game without freshman superstar Miles Bridges, Michigan State (5-4) struggled to create any separation with Oral Roberts (1-7) all game. A back-and-forth first half ended in a Cassius Winston floater to give the Spartans a 34-33 lead at the break. Winston’s 11 first-half points led the Spartans, who could not create on offense for most of the stanza.
Izzo critical of ‘sluggish’ Michigan State in narrow win Detroit News
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo wanted to see how his team would respond when it wasn’t playing on the national stage against one of the top teams in the country. Saturday afternoon against Oral Roberts was his first chance, and with leading scorer and rebounder Miles Bridges on the bench with his left foot in a boot, Izzo didn’t exactly come away pleased.
‘Starting to get it’: Meeting with Izzo sparks Cassius Winston Detroit News
Nick Ward had the biggest offensive game of his young career on Saturday night, but it might have been the play of freshman Cassius Winston that was the biggest difference. The point guard scored a career-high 15 points and handed out nine assists as Michigan State beat Oral Roberts, 80-76, at the Breslin Center.
Michigan State survives scare, beats Oral Roberts 80-76 Spartan Tailgate
With Bridges missing his first game because of a left ankle injury, Cassius Winston, Nick Ward and Joshua Langford combined to score 48 points to lead Michigan State in an 80-76 win over Oral Roberts. Ward had a huge game inside, registering his first career double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Winston scored 15 points to go with nine assists, and Langford added nine points, all on 3-pointers.
Michigan State wrestling had a hard-fought day at the Nebraska Quad on Saturday, dropping three matches at the NU Coliseum in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Spartans opened with a 35-3 loss to No. 7 Nebraska in both teams' Big Ten Conference opener, then lost to No. 25 Princeton, 25-15, before wrapping up action with a 25-9 defeat at the hands of Drexel in a pair of non-conference duals.
Michigan State’s long, slow walk back to the locker room after its loss at Penn State began an even longer trudge toward 2017. The cost of the Spartans’ 3-9 season means there is no bowl game to prepare for this month. There’s no immediate future for Mark Dantonio’s program for the first time in a decade, which means next season starts now.
Now that its early-season gauntlet is complete, Michigan State's basketball team is faced with a good news-bad news scenario. Good news: The Spartans' (4-4) next five games are all at home and they're winnable. Bad news: They'll be playing at least a portion of that stretch without Miles Bridges, who is trying to mend his sore ankle. A visit from Oral Roberts (1-6) his afternoon begins MSU's homestand.
The Spartans enter Saturday afternoon with a starting frontcourt of 6-foot-6 Kenny Goins and 6-5 Kyle Ahrens. I can promise you Tom Izzo never thought those two sophomores would be his center-power forward combo.
The Michigan State swimming & diving team sent seven individuals to the US Winter Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia. The Spartans put on a show, broke individual records, and landed five all-time top ten swims. "This was a jump off of our exceptional weekend last weekend. We took seven athletes, two women, five men. There were teams all over the world, of all age groups, college and professional, which is hosted by USA Swimming. We had a record setting weekend. It was a huge success of a weekend, and we really enjoyed our time in Atlanta," said associate head coach Kathleen Milloy.
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