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Tom Izzo says Denzel Valentine has been ‘unbelievable’

As the 2015-16 season draws closer, Michigan State Spartans senior guard Denzel Valentine is looking to close out his college playing career with a bang and is working hard to be even better on the court after helping lead his team to the Final Four in 2015. Speaking to Kyle Austin of, Spartans coach Tom Izzo said that Valentine was “unbelievable” during the team...
Via Campus Sports Net
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Photo: Tom Izzo excitedly played the accordion in Italy

While the Michigan State Spartans didn’t have the best of luck in their exhibition games while in Italy over the weekend, the team knew that the main goal going over there was to get better and have fun doing it. At the team’s farewell dinner Monday night, head coach Tom Izzo showed he knew how to have a whole mess of fun. USA TODAY’s For the Win shared an awesome photo of...
Via Campus Sports Net
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Video: Spartans fall to Italian National Team

Tom Izzo didn’t schedule his team’s summer exhibition games with ease and comfort in mind. Instead he loaded the schedule with three national team opponents: Russia, Italy and Georgia. These National teams are preparing for the Eurobasket tournament next month, which will determine which teams will play in next summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. According to...
Via Campus Sports Net
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Michigan State dominated by Russia, 93-75

The Michigan State Spartans are looking to get back to the Final Four in the 2015-16 season after making it as a seven seed in 2015. The team took a trip over to Italy to prepare for their upcoming season and they took on the Russian national team on Friday and it didn’t go so well for them. The Russian national team came out of the game victorious, winning 93-75. Spartans’...
Via Campus Sports Net
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Michigan State releases non-conference schedule

Tom Izzo isn’t one to have his Michigan State Spartans shy away from early non-conference competition and the start of 2015 is no different. Michigan State released their non-conference schedule for the 2015-16 season which includes seven of thirteen dates being played at the Breslin Center. Of those home games the Spartans will see an Elite Eight rematch against Louisville during...
Via The Majors East Lansing
12 days ago  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Tom Izzo shows support for Memphis Grizzlies

“Whoop That Trick” by Terrence Howard was one of the songs on the soundtrack of the 2005 movie Hustle & Flow. It’s edgy and pretty much self-explanatory. If you’re in the mindset to kick some butt, this is the song to listen to.  Howard’s character in the film, DJay, is a pimp and an aspiring rapper from Memphis. Starting back in the 2013 playoffs, “Whoop That Trick”...
Via College Spun
May 11, 2015  |  Discuss

This isn’t Tom Izzo’s greatest March masterpiece

It is very easy to think that any particularly special achievement — enhanced by the adrenaline or excitement you feel in the present moment — is the best ever. Once in a great while, the euphoria and breathlessness surrounding a given sports moment are not out of step with a genuine analytical appraisal of what just happened. The 2008 Wimbledon gentlemen’s singles final...
Via The Student Section
March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Should Tom Izzo be worried about his Spartans?

Michigan State lost at Nebraska on Saturday. You might not think that’s too big a deal. After all, Michigan State lost at home to the Huskers a season ago, and not only made the NCAA tournament, but gained a No. 4 seed and eventually progressed to the Elite Eight. This is a Tom Izzo team. The Spartans play in the Big Ten. They’re still a good bet to make the Big Dance, right...
Via The Student Section
January 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Izzo criticizes coaches, players after embarrassing loss

If you’re a low-tier college basketball team hoping to beat an established, premier program, travel to Michigan for a game.  This afternoon, a couple weeks after NJIT defeated the then-No. 17 Wolverines, No. 25 Michigan State (8-4) fell to Texas Southern (2-8), 71-64. According to noted college basketball expert Ken Pomeroy, this was a bigger upset than NJIT’s victory against...
Via College Spun
December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

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