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PLAYERS: Keith Appling
EAST LANSING — Goodbye, East Lansing. Hello, Chicago! After tonight’s season-opening 98-56 victory over McNeese State, second-ranked Michigan State can now put all of its focus on Tuesday’s Champions Classic matchup against the first-ranked Kentucky Wildcats. While McNeese State is done and out of the way, the Spartans have a lot of positives, and negatives, to build off moving forward from the victory. The Spartans’ (1-0) ability to score in different ways was too much for a McNeese State team that was clearly outmatched in all aspects of the game. Michigan State scored 56 points in the paint, 40 fast break points, got 39 points from its bench, and shot nearly 39 percent as a team from three. That diversity is something senior point guard Keith Appling, who had 11 points, six rebounds and four assists, thinks can not only be a huge benefit against Kentucky, but anyone. “We got a lot of different guys that can make different things happen in the open court and the half court,” he sa...

Preview: MSU Basketball opens against McNeese State on Friday night

On Friday night at 7 p.m., the McNeese State Cowboys travel to East Lansing to take on Michigan State in the Spartans’ first home opener since 2010. Last season McNeese State (14-17 overall in 2012-2013), a mid major, did not make much of a splash at all. While it should be a relatively easy opening game— MSU should extend their home opener winning streak to 44 straight wins—...

MSU Basketball Preview: Spartans open against mysterious McNeese State

EAST LANSING — There’s two things I can tell you about McNeese State basketball: they are in Division 1, and the Detroit Pistons’ President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars was a graduate. Other than those substantial, awe-inspiring tidbits, there isn’t much more I can give you. When it comes to sports, my ego is usually to big to actually admit when I’m clueless, however...

Former Michigan State center Derrick Nix signs with Latvian team VEF Riga

When Derrick Nix exhausted his eligibility for the Michigan State basketball team last spring that wasn't the end of his career. Even though Nix didn't get picked up by a NBA team, he has made a living playing in Europe. Nix signed with the Latvian pro team VEF Riga. "I made the team today and this is my new home," Nix tweeted. "I like it here it&...

Michigan State basketball: best and worst BIG 10 Natl title hopes

Michigan State basketball represents both the best and the worst hopes for the Big Ten when it comes to winning the national title. MSU is the only Big Ten team to win it all these past 24 years. They cut down the nets in 2000. Michigan, who lost the national title game this past April, won it all in 1989. Indiana is the last Big Ten team not from the state of Michigan to win it...

#2 Michigan State Spartans: College Basketball 111 in 111

Welcome to The Sports Bank’s fourth annual college basketball season preview series where we break 111 teams in the 111 days leading up to the opening tip-off of the 2013-2014 season.  We will rank the 84 power conference teams (including the new Big East and American Athletic Conferences) and top 27 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters...

Michigan State-McNeese State preview

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State will find out how good it is, early and often. The second-ranked Spartans will play No. 1 Kentucky on Tuesday in Chicago. After that, coach Tom Izzo has set up a schedule - as usual - to show his players, the public and himself just how Michigan State matches up. In a one-month span, the Spartans will play Virginia Tech, Oklahoma or Seton...
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