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No. 1 MSU off to best start ever after 99-93 OT win over Oakland

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Bryn Forbes scored a career-high 32 points and No. 1 Michigan State needed overtime to beat Oakland 99-93 on Tuesday night, the Spartans' first game without the injured Denzel Valentine.Eron Harris added 27 points for the Spartans (13-0) who are off to the best start in school history.Forbes hit seven 3s in nine attempts, including one in overtime that...
Via AP on Fox
December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

No. 1 Michigan State beats Oakland 99-93 in OT

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Bryn Forbes scored a career-high 32 points and No. 1 Michigan State needed overtime to beat Oakland 99-93 on Tuesday night, the Spartans' first game without the injured Denzel Valentine. Eron Harris added 27 points for the Spartans (13-0) who are off to the best start in school history. Forbes hit seven 3s in nine attempts, including one in overtime that...
Via AP on Fox
December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Sacramento Kings 2001-02 roster

In the 2001-02 season, the Sacramento Kings won the Pacific Division for the first time and famously took the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers to seven games in the 2002 Western Conference Finals. Can you name all 12 members of Sacramento's roster that season?
November 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Michigan State Basketball: Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn player profile

As the Michigan State basketball season approaches, the isportsMSU team is going to take an individual look at the players hoping to put the Spartans in the Final Four for the second straight season. We continue our daily preview with the second captain on our list, Lourawls ‘Tum Tum” Nairn. From the second that Nairn stepped on campus, everyone from Draymond Green to Mateen...
Via isportsweb.com
November 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Mateen Cleaves being investigated for sexual assault

Former Michigan State Spartans guard Mateen Cleaves is currently under investigation for sexual assault by the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. Tony Paul and George Hunter of The Detroit News reported the development. The case is in Wayne County’s hands, because Genesee County prosecutor David Leyton has a conflict of interest. He is an acquaintance of the alleged victim,...
Via Campus Sports Net
October 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Mateen Cleaves Is Being Investigated For Sexual Assault

Twitter/Cleaves Former Michigan State guard Mateen Cleaves, who starred for the program from 1996 to 2000, is reportedly under investigation for sexual assault, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office announced Saturday. The Detroit News has more: The case is in Wayne County’s hands, because Genesee County prosecutor David Leyton has a conflict of interest. He is an acquaintance...
Via College Spun
October 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Michigan State star Mateen Cleaves in sexual assault investigation

FLINT, Mich. -- Prosecutors say former Michigan State University basketball star and television analyst Mateen Cleaves is the subject of a sexual assault investigation but has not been charged. Wayne County prosecutor's office spokesman Maria Miller confirmed Friday to The Flint Journal that the investigation was transferred to Detroit from Genesee County. Genesee County Prosecutor...
Via AP on Fox
October 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Former MSU star Cleaves subject of sex assault probe

FLINT, Mich. (AP) Prosecutors say former Michigan State University basketball star and television analyst Mateen Cleaves is the subject of a sexual assault investigation but has not been charged. Wayne County prosecutor's office spokesman Maria Miller confirmed Friday to The Flint Journal (http://bit.ly/1R2ovpc ) that the investigation was transferred to Detroit from Genesee County...
Via AP on Fox
October 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Pistons player is high on Stanley Johnson

Former Detroit Pistons and Michigan State point guard Mateen Cleaves is a fan of what the team did this offseason, in particular through the draft.Cleaves, who has covered college basketball in recent years, is particularly fond of Pistons first-round pick Stanley Johnson.Here's more from Tom Lang of the Detroit Free Press:“I think they’re going to be good,” Cleaves said of...
Via Fox Sports
September 04, 2015  |  Discuss

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

Mike Mulholland | MLive.com 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...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
August 22, 2015  |  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...
Via isportsweb.com
July 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Michigan State Basketball: What Nairn’s evolution means to title hopes

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...
Via isportsweb.com
July 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Michigan State Basketball: Izzo’s journey to greatness

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...
Via isportsweb.com
July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Where Are They Now: 2000 Michigan State Spartans

flickr/Daniel J. Hogan 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...
Via College Spun
June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Michigan State Basketball: Catching up with Mateen Cleaves

Asa Hans is an MSU writer for the Michigan-based sports website isportsweb.com. 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...
Via isportsweb.com
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...
Via isportsweb.com
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....
Via isportsweb.com
June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Florida and Michigan State Exploring Series?

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...
Via Campus Sports Net
May 05, 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...
Via College Spun
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...
Via AP on Fox
March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

This year’s Team Stream Final Four announcers are revealed

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...
Via Awful Announcing
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...
Via AP on Fox
March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Michigan State Stars Gary Harris, Draymond Green, Mateen Cleaves Texting Spartans During Tournament Run

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...
Via College Spun
March 28, 2015  |  Discuss

The Top 5 Reasons Why Michigan State Could Win The 2015 NCAA Tournament

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...
Via College Spun
March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Has Michigan State basketball lost its mojo?

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...
Via Talking 10
January 25, 2015  |  Discuss
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