Kirkland Crawford Detroit Free Press Published 1:00 PM EST Feb 19, 2019 Jamie Samuelsen, co-host of the "Jamie and Stoney" show at 6 a.m. weekdays on WXYT-FM (97.1), blogs for freep.com. His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the Detroit Free Press nor its writers. You can reach him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @jamiesamuelsen. With Nick Ward out now, do you think Michigan State basketball has any chance of winning the Big Ten? Tom Izzo values Big Ten regular season titles almost as much as any title that he can achieve. Sure, he wants that second national championship, and badly. But the Big Ten title is a true reflection of a team – its depth, toughness and preparation. Even the most ardent college basketball fan would have to admit that as exciting as the NCAA tournament, it is a bit of a crap shoot. How else do you explain Loyola (Chicago) getting to the Final Four last year or coaches like Kevin Ollie and Jim Harrick having as many … [Read more...] about Michigan State basketball: Nick Ward injury may really help
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Chris Solari Detroit Free Press Published 6:57 PM EST Nov 5, 2018 Free Press sports writer Chris Solari breaks down the college basketball season-opener between No. 10 Michigan State and No. 1 Kansas at the Champions Classic: When: 7 p.m. Tuesday Where: BankersLife Fieldhouse, Indianapolis TV/radio: ESPN, WJR-AM (760). In the paint Coach Tom Izzo on Monday called Kansas center Udoka Azubuike “a monster” to defend. The 7-foot, 270-pound junior is the Jayhawks’ leading returning scorer at 13.0 points a game and top rebounder at 7.0 per game. Azubuike and junior forward Mitch Lightfoot combined to block 104 shots last year for Kansas, and the Jayhawks added 6-9 Memphis transfer Dedric Lawson as a preseason All-American to their already deep frontcourt. That combination could make scoring around the basket difficult for Nick Ward, who bypassed the NBA draft and returns to MSU after averaging 12.4 points and 7.1 rebounds a year ago. The junior becomes the focal … [Read more...] about Michigan State basketball vs. Kansas: Here’s our prediction
Chris Thomas Detroit Free Press Published 8:00 AM EST Nov 4, 2018 Meet Michigan State's 2018-19 men's basketball team: The players G/F Kyle Ahrens R-Jr., 6-6, 210 2017-18 stats: Missed season with injury. G Joshua Langford Jr., 6-5, 210 2017-18 stats: 11.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, .404 3FG% G Foster Loyer Fr., 6-0, 170 2017-18 stats: 27.0 ppg, 7.0 apg, 4.0 rpg, 3.0 spg at Clarkston. More: Michigan State: Foster Loyer looks like he may help, even at Moneyball G Cassius Winston Jr., 6-1, 185 2017-18 stats: 12.6 ppg, 6.9 apg, .507 FG%, .497 3FG% More: Next step for Michigan State's Cassius Winston: Be vocal leader G Jack Hoiberg R-Fr., 5-11, 175 2017-18 stats: Did not play last season. F Aaron Henry Fr., 6-6, 210 2017-18 stats: 17.0 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 4.0 apg at Indianapolis Ben Davis. F Gabe Brown Fr., 6-7, 210 2017-18 stats: 18.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.2 bpg at Belleville. G Brock Washington R-Fr., 6-4, 185 2017-18 stats: Did not play last season. F Thomas Kithier Fr., 6-8, 225 … [Read more...] about 2018-19 Michigan State basketball roster: Meet the players
Chris Solari Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Nov 2, 2018 EAST LANSING — Joshua Langford does not want to bring up last season. At least not the way it ended for Michigan State’s basketball team. The swirling controversies. The loss to Michigan in New York. All the missed shots against Syracuse in Detroit. A second straight second-round NCAA tournament exit and the gut-gnawing knowledge that Miles Bridges and Jaren Jackson Jr. aren’t coming back this season. “I try not to think about it anymore, because I don’t have a time machine, so I can’t go back in the past and change anything,” Langford said during team media day. “I didn’t realize we had really lost until like two weeks after we had played. I still couldn’t believe we had actually lost. It’s still hard to think back and know the team that we had definitely could have won the national championship, hands down. “But I still say it doesn’t … [Read more...] about Michigan State basketball: Sweet 16 goal ‘set in stone’
Perry A. Farrell Detroit Free Press Published 10:25 AM EDT Sep 25, 2018 Mark (Rocket) Watts has entrusted his future into the hands of Hall of Fame basketball coach Tom Izzo. That means he better be ready to become a point guard and get yelled at a lot. The prolific scorer at Detroit Old Redford and on the NIKE Elite Youth Basketball League circuit before transferring to SPIRE Academy in suburban Cleveland, Watts announced hit his commitment to Michigan State on Saturday for the class of 2019. Izzo may use the 4-star prospect occasionally at shooting guard when he joins the Spartans. But at 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, Watts is roughly the size of Keith Appling, who was named Michigan Mr. Basketball in 2010 as an elite scorer at Detroit Pershing. But he had issues adjusting to point guard at MSU. “Honestly, MSU is a great situation for him because it lets him do what he does at first and also he has a full year under his belt to cultivate his point guard ability," … [Read more...] about Michigan State basketball: Can Rocket Watts be point guard?