DERRICK NIX NEWS

Izzo welcomes high expectations for Michigan State

Michigan State is expected to have one of college basketball's best teams this season, and Tom Izzo is embracing the hype. ''I'm excited about it,'' the coach said Friday before the first practice of his 19th season. The Spartans are without one player, center Derrick Nix, from last season's squad that won 27 games, finished second in the Big Ten and...
Via AP on Fox
September 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Michigan State Basketball: Derrick Nix heads to Slovenia

Former Michigan State center Derrick Nix has signed to play professionally in Slovenia this upcoming season, according to a tweet from his agent. “Congratulations to client Derrick Nix for signing with Adriatic & Eurochallenge club Krka in Slovenia,” said Nix’s agent Daniel Moldovan in a tweet this morning. Moldovan is also the agent for San Antonio Spurs rookie Aron Baynes...
Via isportsweb.com
July 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Michigan State basketball season ends in Sweet Sixteen after falling 71-61 to Duke

Derrick Nix fights for a basket in his last game on Michigan State In their fifth trip to the sweet sixteen in the last six years, 3rd seeded Michigan State basketball was unable to hold off the 2nd seeded Duke Blue Devils in the Midwest Regional Sweet Sixteen round in Indianapolis, IN. Earlier in this year’s NCAA Tournament, the Spartans were able to secure wins by using great...
Via isportsweb.com
March 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Tom Izzo loved that his players got into a towel fight in team huddle (Video)

Michigan State looked like it had some chemistry problems when Derrick Nix and Keith Appling got into a towel fight in a team huddle Saturday during the Spartans’ 70-48 win over Memphis, but coach Tom Izzo says he loved it. “Oh it’s great, isn’t it?” Izzo responded when asked about the incident by CBS’ Rachel Nichols after the game. “It reminds me of [Mateen] Cleaves...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Derrick Nix and Keith Appling had towel fight during timeout (VIDEO)

via YouTube Sometimes brothers fight.  And sometimes brothers throw towels at each other.  That was the explanation Michigan State senior center Derrick Nix and junior guard Keith Appling gave for their little fracas during a timeout in Michigan State’s third round win against Memphis Saturday. Nix was upset about the lack of communication with Appling on ball screens and he...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
March 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Appling, Nix altercation nothing to worry about

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Boys will be boys, and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo doesnt mind rough-housing between his players if the confrontation serves a purpose. Center Derrick Nix and point guard Keith Appling, two of his tri-captains and best friends since Detroit Pershing High, got into a shouting match and towel-slapping incident Saturday during a timeout with 12:45 remaining in...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
March 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Michigan State Got Into A Towel Fight During Huddle

In a heated battle with Memphis, the Michigan State Spartans got into a towel fight during a timeout.  Keith Appling and Derrick Nix were not happy with each other and started throwing towels back and forth and had to be restrained in the huddle.  The two went to high school together, so obviously this wasn’t anything personal.  As Jalen Rose said on Twitter: @bleacherreport...
Via Diehardsport
March 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Three Hits: Memphis routed by Michigan State

Here are three initial observations from Michigan State's dominant 70-48 win over the Memphis Tigers to advance to the Sweet Sixteen: 1. Athletic as they may be, the Tigers had no answer for the inside play (and size) of Michigan State. Featuring a starting without a player measuring 6-foot-8 or taller, Memphis could not keep the Spartans off the boards or prevent easy baskets...
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March 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Three Hits: Memphis routed by Michigan State

Here are three initial observations from Michigan State's dominant 70-48 win over the Memphis Tigers to advance to the Sweet Sixteen: 1. Athletic as they may be, the Tigers had no answer for the inside play (and size) of Michigan State. Featuring a starting five without a player measuring 6-foot-8 or taller, Memphis could not keep the Spartans off the boards or prevent easy...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
March 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Michigan State’s Derrick Nix and Keith Appling get into it during a timeout

Derrick Nix and Keith Appling are apparently not happy with one another right now. This scuffle happened during a timeout in the second half of the Michigan State vs Memphis game.
Via Gamedayr
March 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Michigan State Spartans Take Control Early in a 65-54 Win Over Valparaiso

Senior Derrick Nix had a career high 15 rebounds and added 23 points to lead Michigan State past the Valparaiso Crusaders on Thursday afternoon at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Keith Appling had 15 points while Big Ten Freshman Player of the Year Gary Harris added 10 points. To be clear, this game was never [...]
Via Detroit Sports Nation
March 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Valparaiso falls to 3rd-seeded Michigan 65-54

Valparaiso started scrappy and finished strong. In between, the Crusaders weren't rugged enough to stay with Michigan State. Derrick Nix had 23 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to help power the third-seeded Spartans past 14th-seeded Valparaiso 65-54 on Thursday. The Crusaders (26-8) were no match for Michigan State in their first NCAA tournament in nine years, just as...
Via AP on Fox
March 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Postgame: Nix, Payne talk win over Valpo

Michigan State big men Derrick Nix and Adreian Payne discuss the Spartans win over Valparaiso, their mentality in the second half, and the excitement heading into Saturday.
Via michiganstate.scout.com
March 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Michigan State Basketball: Spartans cruise past Valpo in NCAA tournament

Derrick Nix’s 23 points and career-high 15 rebounds led the third-seeded Michigan State Spartans to a 65-54 victory over the 14th-seeded Valparaiso Crusaders in the opening-round of the NCAA tournament. Nix dominated the Crusaders on the glass by himself as his 15 rebounds were only five short of Valpo’s team total of 20. Derrick Nix’s game-high 23 points and career-high 15...
Via isportsweb.com
March 21, 2013  |  Discuss

No. 3 seed Michigan St. drops Valpo

Derrick Nix had 23 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to help power third-seeded Michigan State past 14th-seeded Valparaiso 65-54 on Thursday. The Spartans went on a 26-5 run in the first half to take control. Michigan State (26-8) will play the winner of the Memphis-St. Mary's game on Saturday when Spartans coach Tom Izzo will be shooting for a spot in the round of 16 for...
Via AP on Fox
March 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Nix double double powers Spartans over Valpo

No. 3 seed Michigan State overcame a cold start in the second round of the NCAA tournament to handle the No. 14 seed Valparaiso by a final score of 65-54 Derrick Nix proved unstoppable inside to lead all scorers with 23 points and 15 rebounds.
Via michiganstate.scout.com
March 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Nix, Spartans cruise in tourney opener

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Derrick Nix's strength and skill were much too much for Valparaiso. Nix had 23 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to help power third-seeded Michigan State past the 14th-seeded Crusaders 65-54 on Thursday in the NCAA tournament. The Spartans went on a 26-5 run in the first half to take control, and cruised to an easy victory. Michigan State (26...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
March 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Senior-laden Valpo shoots to upset Michigan State

There's no such thing as one and done at Valparaiso. The Crusaders earned a spot in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2004 with one of the most seasoned teams in college basketball. When 14th-seeded Valparaiso shoots to upset third-seeded Michigan State on Thursday, experience will be on its side even though the Spartans are in the tourney for a 16th consecutive...
Via AP on Fox
March 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Valparaiso-Michigan St. Preview

There's no such thing as one and done at Valparaiso. The Crusaders earned a spot in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2004 with one of the most seasoned teams in college basketball. When 14th-seeded Valparaiso shoots to upset third-seeded Michigan State on Thursday, experience will be on its side even though the Spartans are in the tourney for a 16th consecutive...
Via AP on Fox
March 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Michigan State Basketball: Buckeyes beat Spartans in B1G semi-finals

Aaron Craft’s 20 points, nine assists and four steals helped lead the No. 2 seed Ohio State Buckeyes (25-7, 13-5) to a 61-58 victory over the No. 3 seed Michigan State Spartans (25-8, 13-5) in the Big Ten tournament semi-finals on Saturday afternoon. Craft scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half, which included four straight field goals, nine points, for the Buckeyes to give...
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March 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Buckeyes Knock Off Spartans To Advance To B1G Final

Score: Ohio State 61, Michigan State 58  Star(s): Ohio State: Aaron Craft 20 Pts, 9 Ast, 4 Stl, 3 Reb. Michigan State: Derrick Nix 17 Pts, 9 Reb. College Spun/Antonio Venegas The star of the game for the Buckeyes today was Aaron Craft. Arguably, you can make a case that this was his best game of his nearly three year career in Columbus. He finished with 20 points, one short of his...
Via College Spun
March 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Derrick Nix Has Become A Better Man In His Time At Michigan State

Derrick Nix has had quite a journey at Michigan State. Nix came into Michigan State weighing over 340 pounds. As his struggle with weight became publicly criticized, he was under immense pressure to get it done. That would be just the first battle he would face as a Spartan — he has since been maintaining a weight of 270 lbs, allowing him to become a more physically fit and...
Via College Spun
March 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Michigan State Cruises to Victory Against Northwestern but Falls Short of Title Share

Michigan State Spartans beat the Northwestern Wildcats 71-61 in East Lansing with Keith Appling leading the way with 16 points. Derrick Nix scored 10 in his final home game with the Spartans. He was pulled with just over a minute remaining, kissed the Spartan’s logo and left to an ovation. Spartans finished the Big Ten [...]
Via Detroit Sports Nation
March 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Michigan State puts away Northwestern on Nix Senior Day

With 1:03 to go in the game, and the Spartans finally managing to put away Northwestern in their final game of the 2012-13 regular season, Michigan State’s lone senior, Derrick Nix, made his way to half-court where he bent down, kissed the floor and then strolled off the Breslin Center court for the last time of his career. As Nix walked off the floor, it’s hard to imagine that...
Via isportsweb.com
March 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Michigan State puts away Northwestern on Nix Senior Day

With 1:03 to go in the game, and the Spartans finally managing to put away Northwestern in their final game of the 2012-13 regular season, Michigan State’s lone senior, Derrick Nix, made his way to half-court where he bent down, kissed the floor and then strolled off the Breslin Center court for the last time of his career. As Nix walked off the floor, it’s hard to imagine that...
Via isportsweb.com
March 11, 2013  |  Discuss
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