Last season, the Michigan State basketball team made their late season push behind a move meant to free Travis Trice by moving him off the ball. With only one other player capable of playing as a full-time point guard, Spartan coach Tom Izzo inserted true freshman point guard Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn into the starting lineup.
That move paid off in the long run for the Spartans...
The year is 1995, Tom Izzo becomes the 16th coach in Michigan State basketball history. He is now the longest tenured coach in the Big Ten and has the most wins as a Michigan State basketball coach. But, what is it that has allowed for Izzo to have so much success in East Lansing?
If you haven’t seen the interview I had with Mateen Cleaves (Catching up with Mateen), Cleaves talked...
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The 1999-00 Michigan State Spartans were a lovable and memorable team, one which rebounded from some early-season struggles to win 23 of its final 26 games and capture the national championship. The Spartans were led by head coach Tom Izzo and charismatic point guard Mateen Cleaves. The squad featured three NBA first-round draft picks and dominated in the...
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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...
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.
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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....
The Florida Gators and Michigan State Spartans are exploring a home-and-home series that would potentially begin in East Lansing next year before moving to Gainesville the following season. ESPN’s Andy Katz reported the story on today’s edition of Three Point Shot.
If it becomes official, a new rivalry could very well be born. Florida and Michigan State played each other in the...
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...
Tom Werme (ACC Blitz)
Alaa Abdelnaby (Duke player, 1996-00)
Chris Spatola (former Duke director of basketball operations, Krzyzewski son-in-law)
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Brian Anderson (Turner Sports)
Mateen Cleaves (Michigan State player, 1996-00)
Shireen Saski (CBS Sports Network, MSU alum)
Dave Baker (UK/IMG, WKYT)
Rex Chapman (Kentucky player, 1986-88...
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March 31, 2015
Turner Sports and CBS have unveiled the announcing lineups for this year’s Final Four Team Stream telecasts (don’t call them Teamcasts this year, gotta have that corporate Bleacher Report synergy). The Team Streams will be on TNT and truTV for the national semifinals while the traditional national telecast will be found on TBS.
Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, and Grant Hill will have...
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
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.
All you need to do is mention the name Mateen Cleaves and The Flintstones. When that Spartans...
Throughout Michigan State’s NCAA Tournament run to the Elite Eight, the Spartans have been receiving well wishes from some of the program’s greatest stars.
Gary Harris, Draymond Green and Mateen Cleaves, among others, have been texting Tom Izzo and his squad this March.
They’re all believers.
Tom Izzo got a text from Gary Harris today: “Coach, I’m still believing...
Izzo rules March.
It’s been more than a decade since the Michigan State men’s basketball team won a national championship; the Spartans, led then by Mateen Cleaves and Mo Peterson, took home the title in 2000.
March is Tom Izzo’s month, though. Since the beginning of the century, the 60-year-old coach has led his program to seven Elite Eights, five Final Fours and two...
Tom Izzo is college basketball coaching royalty and his Michigan State basketball teams have been one of the best programs in the country for as long as most of us can remember. However, what we’ve witnessed this season could very well be a program in decline.
No Draymond Green-like player, no Mateen Cleaves…basically, it’s a team with some nice parts but no stand out leader...
FOX Sports Detroit will televise an all-time high 80 regular-season games for the third straight year during its coverage of the 2014-15 Detroit Pistons. FOX Sports Detroit will broadcast one preseason game on Oct. 12 at Washington.
Regular-season coverage begins Oct. 29 with the season opener at Denver. The Pistons home opener is set for November 1 vs. Brooklyn.
Among the 80 games...
FOX Sports Detroit basketball analyst Mateen Cleaves talks NBA Finals and more on The Drive with Jack Ebling.
Not only do CBS and Turner have four networks broadcasting live games during the NCAA Tournament, they also have CBS Sports Network to use. The cable channel has constantly provided supplemental studio coverage of March Madness. That will continue to be the case for the 2014 tournament.
CBSSN kicks things off with NCAA March Madness Bracket Breakdown, which will basically serve...