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VIDEO: Mateen Cleaves throws out first pitch before Friday’s Tigers game

Mike Mulholland | Former Michigan State basketball stud Mateen Cleaves threw out the first pitch before Friday’s Rangers-Tigers game at Comerica Park.  Accompanied by Sparty and with the Spartans fight song playing, Cleaves painted the black with a strike. The heady point guard recognized that his arm wasn’t capable of throwing cheese, so he dialed it back and became...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Michigan State basketball: Spartans to play Florida Gators three times in next four years

It’s been over 15 years since Mateen Cleaves, Charlie Bell and Andre Hutson led the MSU Spartans to an 89-76 victory over the Florida Gators for the 2000 National Championship — the only national championship title game that Florida has lost in its program’s history.  It’s been nearly as long since the Gators have invaded the Breslin Center — but that changes in approximately...
July 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Michigan State Basketball: Catching up with Mateen Cleaves

Asa Hans is an MSU writer for the Michigan-based sports website His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the Detroit Free Press nor its writers. Read isportsweb’s column every Monday. Follow Asa on Twitter at @AsaHans. Mateen Cleaves is arguably one of the greatest players to ever put on a Spartan Uniform. He had a vision to come to Michigan State and...
June 08, 2015  |  Discuss

The Last Word Podcast: Mateen Cleaves interview, Harbaugh’s impact, recruiting

Mateen Cleaves joins Tyler and Jeremy on The Last Word Podcast to talk about his 1 Goal 1 Passion basketball camp and a little Michigan State hoops. Plus, the guys talk about a big weekend for Michigan State football recruiting, offer up their opinions regarding Jim Harbaugh’s latest recruiting “tactics,” and more. You can listen to the full podcast here. This article The Last...
June 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Michigan State Basketball: Counting down the top 20 players of the Izzo era. #1 Mateen Cleaves

(Photo credit: Associated Press) A few weeks ago we started counting down the top 20 players for Michigan State basketball over the 20 years of Tom Izzo being in charge of the program. Just a reminder, when making this list, stats were not the only thing considered. Skill, leadership, what they accomplished at Michigan State and their impact on the program were all looked at....
June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Photo: Alums Magic Johnson, Mateen Cleaves And Steve Smith Hung With MSU Last Night

Michigan State will face Duke in the first semifinal of tonight’s Final Four. The Spartans will be looking for their first title game appearance since 2009 and are hoping to win the national championship for the first time since 2000.  Last night, several Michigan State hoops alums visited with the team at its hotel. Included in the group were Basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson...
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April 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Final Four-Homer Broadcast Announcers

Tom Werme (ACC Blitz) Alaa Abdelnaby (Duke player, 1996-00) Chris Spatola (former Duke director of basketball operations, Krzyzewski son-in-law) Michigan State (truTV)= Brian Anderson (Turner Sports) Mateen Cleaves (Michigan State player, 1996-00) Shireen Saski (CBS Sports Network, MSU alum) 8:49 p.m.= Kentucky (TNT)= Dave Baker (UK/IMG, WKYT) Rex Chapman (Kentucky player, 1986-88...
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March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Mateen Cleaves among analysts on Final Four homer broadcasts

NEW YORK (AP) Michigan State great Mateen Cleaves and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski's son-in-law are among the commentators who will call the ''homer'' broadcasts during the Final Four. Turner Sports and CBS are bringing back the team-centric alternative telecasts for the NCAA semifinals that debuted last season. The rematch between Kentucky and Wisconsin on Saturday will feature some...
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March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Haters Guide to Sunday’s March Madness Games

Say you root for Michigan St, Louisville, Duke, or Gonzaga and you are looking for a reason to hate on any of the other teams. You know, because that’s what sports fans love to do. Well lucky you because I’ve got your Hater’s Guide to Sunday’s March Madness Games. Michigan State All you need to do is mention the name Mateen Cleaves and The Flintstones. When that Spartans...
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March 29, 2015  |  Discuss


FOX Sports Detroit basketball analyst Mateen Cleaves talks NBA Finals and more on The Drive with Jack Ebling.  
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

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