Posted March 11, 2012 on AP on Fox
Long Island, which won the Northeast Conference tournament for the second time in as many years, was given the No. 16 seed in the West Region of the NCAA tournament on Sunday, and will play Michigan State in the second round. The Blackbirds (25-8, 16-2), who also won the NEC's regular-season title, defeated Robert Morris, 90-73, on Wednesday to advance to the tournament. They will meet the Spartans (26-7, 13-5 Big Ten) in Columbus, Ohio. LIU won 11 of its last 12 games, and defeated Sacred Heart, Quinnipiac and the Colonials to win the league tournament. The Blackbirds will face a team in Michigan State that started the season unranked, but will finish in the NCAA tournament for the 15th straight year.

Michigan State seeded No. 1 in West Region

Michigan State started the season unranked and will end it as the No. 1 seed in the West Region, hoping for another Tom Izzo-led NCAA tournament run. The Spartans will begin close to home, playing Friday in Columbus, Ohio, against 16th-seeded Long Island University-Brooklyn. If they avoid an upset, the winner of the Memphis-Saint Louis awaits in the next game. The West semifinals...

Video: Derrick Nix drops the hammer

Derrick Nix is a big man, but plays with a lot of finesse around the basket. We’ve even seen him go coast-to-coast. But that doesn’t change the fact the is still just what we said, a big man. Yesterday, in the midst of Michigan State’s blowout win in the 2nd round of the B1G Tourney, Nix celebrated a layup and 1 by punching the basketball support. We’ve seen plenty of...

Sportz Assassin's West Region Preview

TEAM TO BEAT: Michigan State. Amazing the transformation of this team. They weren't supposed to be as good this year but turned it on into a No. 1 seed.TEAM THAT WILL WIN THE REGION: Missouri. The Tigers scare me. They are not your average team. They are so quick, athletic and guard dominated that many teams just can't match up with that.TEAM TO WATCH FOR (LESS THAN A NO...

Michigan State Basketball: Spartans earn 1 seed, will face LIU-Brooklyn

The Michigan State Spartans started the season as an unranked and underappreciated team. With a  Big Ten regular season and tournament championship under their belt, the Michigan State Spartans earned a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Michigan Stated edged out Kansas who many thought would be the fourth #1 seed in the tournament. Being champions in the toughest conference in basketball...

University of Rochester recruits with rap video

I keep hoping that Michigan State students never go this route *quickly scans YouTube*. The University of Rochester isn’t exactly a destination spot, heck, even Syracuse has a hard enough time convincing football players to hang around the middle of Upstate New York for the now. But the Yellowjackets put together his rap video formed by their school a capella group. Enjoy, or not.

Game Day Grades: Michigan State

INDIANAPOLIS - Wisconsin played the first 10 minutes of its Big Ten Tournament semifinal against Michigan State almost perfect. The other 30 minutes were another story, as No.8 Michigan State's size and strength helped propel them to 65-52 victory. Badger Nation hands out the grades.

Spartans Chances in the Big Dance

The Michigan State Spartans are 2011-2012 Big Ten Champs and a number one seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament, they have a lot to be proud of. Now it’s time for the Big Dance, the Spartans may be the number one seed but they still have a long way to go before cutting down the nets in New Orleans.

Recap: An Indy Speed Bump

No.14 Wisconsin scored the first 20 of the first 29 points in Friday's Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals, but No.8 Michigan State took over from after that. Hurt in transition and in the paint, the Badgers will have to regroup for the NCAA Tournament after being beat by the Spartans, 65-52, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Spartan Game Notes: Big Ten Championship

Michigan State finished off a strong showing in the Big Ten Tournament with a 68-64 victory over Ohio State in the championship game on Sunday. The following are game notes from the day.

Spartan Game Notes: Wisconsin

The following notes are from Michigan State's 65-52 victory over Wisconsin.

MSU professor Kirk Goldsberry tracked every NBA shot of the past 5 years

Kirk Goldsberry, assistant professor of geography at Michigan State University, has apparently tracked every NBA shot attempt over the past 5 years (click for full size). He also has come to the... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

5 Years of the NBA appears to just be Psychedelic

Kirk Goldsberry, an assistant professor of geography at Michigan State University, who has mapped five years of NBA scoring and came up with this picture to define the days of shooting we live in. Good for him, trippy for the rest of us. [Follow me @TravisHouser]

Getting To Know LIUB

Learn more about Michigan State's opening opponent in the NCAA Tournament, Long Island University of Brooklyn.

Michigan State Beats Ohio State To Win 2012 Big Ten Tournament

Michigan State defeated Ohio State by a final score of 68-64 to win the 2012 Big Ten Tournament.
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