Michigan State’s Tom Izzo signs star guard Mark Watts

Sports 04/17/19, 12:34

Michigan State has signed 6-foot-3 guard Mark "Rocket" Watts.The school announced Wednesday it received a letter of intent from Watts, who attends SPIRE Academy in Ohio and is from Detroit. He joins 6-foot-8 forward Malik Hall in Tom Izzo's recruiting class.Watts is ranked No. 32 and Hall is No. 55 ...

Analysis: Texas Tech rides defense, Mooney to title game

Sports 04/06/19, 22:35

Texas Tech did its defensive thing all night. Matt Mooney was money in the second half.Now the Red Raiders are riding into their first national championship game.Mooney scored 13 of his 22 points in the second half and Texas Tech clamped down on Michigan State all Saturday night in a ...

Michigan St endures more Final Four heartbreak vs Texas Tech

Sports 04/06/19, 22:29

The buzzer sounded and Tom Izzo walked stoically across the Final Four floor to shake hands with Texas Tech counterpart Chris Beard, no doubt complimenting him on a fine defensive performance.It's a walk Izzo has made a lot over the past two decades.Frustrated all night by the Red Raiders' stingy ...

Things to know for the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four

Sports 04/06/19, 01:23

Following an epic Elite Eight and a week of buildup, the Final Four is finally here.Michigan State is the regular, making its eighth appearance in the national semifinals of the NCAA Tournament under Tom Izzo.The Spartans will face Final Four newbie Texas Tech and its oxygen-sucking defense.Texas Tech's Davide Moretti ...

Final Four participants have followed Big Ten blueprints

Sports 04/05/19, 12:39

It has been nearly two decades since Mateen Cleaves and the rest of the Flintstones carried Michigan State to the national championship, triumphing over Florida at the long-since demolished RCA Dome in downtown Indianapolis.Nearly two decades since anyone in the Big Ten hoisted the trophy.The Spartans are back at the ...

Michigan State’s Tom Izzo may have done best job of career

Sports 04/05/19, 02:10

Tom Izzo struggled with tears of joy as Michigan State knocked off top-seeded Duke to reach the Final Four. He was emotional again only a few hours later when fans packed the Breslin Center to welcome the gritty Spartans back to campus.This season might be remembered as the best coaching ...

Final Four runs don’t mask problems in college sports

Sports 04/04/19, 16:22

One team's coach got kicked out of the sport for three years, and two of his assistants have been named in bribery scandals. Another team's coach is the most high-profile name in an athletic department scarred by its handling of a massive sex-abuse scandal.Few would argue Auburn's Bruce Pearl and ...

FINAL FOUR: 3 newcomers, one standby arrive in Minneapolis

Sports 04/04/19, 15:52

Tom Izzo certainly knows his way around the Final Four, even if the longtime Michigan State coach had never toured U.S. Bank Stadium until the Spartans arrived for practice Thursday.The rest of his coaching compatriots? They could probably use a road map.It's not just getting around that is challenging, though ...

Been there, done that: Experienced teams fill the Final Four

Sports 04/04/19, 15:01

Zion Williamson is not here. Neither is R.J. Barrett or the rest of Duke's freshmen.North Carolina's Coby White? Knocked out in the Sweet 16. So was LSU's Tremont Waters. Those Kentucky kids, all done by the Elite Eight.For the hype about college basketball's fantastic freshmen this season, none made it ...

Director’s chair: CBS’s Fishman ready for 37th Final Four

Sports 04/02/19, 16:37

Michigan State's Tom Izzo has the most Final Four experience of any of the coaches in this year's NCAA Tournament finale.He still doesn't have anything on Bob Fishman.While Izzo is coaching in his eighth Final Four, Fishman will be in the director's chair for his 37th. He's been the lead ...

Coaches gearing up for demands of the Final Four

Sports 04/01/19, 18:25

Dick Bennett's fingerprints will be all over this year's NCAA Tournament.The former longtime coach has ties to three of the four coaches in Minneapolis this week, one by blood.Bennett's son, Tony, coaches Virginia. Auburn coach Bruce Pearl used to coach against Bennett while at Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Even bought one of Bennett's ...

Michigan State coach Izzo joins Final Four first timers

Sports 03/31/19, 18:53

Tom Izzo drew up the perfect play at the perfect moment, sending Michigan State past mighty Duke for a spot in the Final Four.The trip is always emotional, but Izzo has done it before. This will be his eighth Final Four and a chance for a second national championship.The other ...

NCAA Latest: Coach K, Izzo go head to head for Final Four

Sports 03/31/19, 11:39

The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern):12:30 p.m.Two of college basketball's most famed coaches go head to head Sunday for a spot in the Final Four.Michigan State guard Cassius Winston (5) puts his arm around coach Tom Izzo following the team's 80-63 win over ...

TIPPING OFF: Krzyzewski-Izzo matchup highlights Elite Eight

Sports 03/31/19, 01:38

A coaching matchup for the ages highlights Sunday's regional finals in the NCAA Tournament.Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and Michigan State's Tom Izzo face off in the East Region. Krzyzewski has 12 Final Four trips and five national titles. Izzo has seven Final Four appearances and a national championship since taking over ...

Duke vs. Michigan State is battle of NCAA Tournament titans

Sports 03/30/19, 17:04

Zion Williamson watched in awe in 2015 when Duke and Michigan State met in the Final Four.When he steps on to the court for another Duke-Michigan State NCAA Tournament showdown on Sunday with a Final Four spot at stake, the fabulous freshman will feel grateful to be a part of ...

Freshmen lead Michigan State past LSU and into Elite Eight

Sports 03/29/19, 20:29

For all of Michigan State's veteran experience, its freshmen led the way into the Elite Eight.Aaron Henry scored a career-best 20 and fellow frosh Gabe Brown had 15 as the second-seeded Spartans beat third-seeded LSU 80-63 on Friday night to move on to the NCAA Tournament's East Region final.Coach Tom ...

Duke, Michigan State, relative newcomers left in East Region

Basketball 03/28/19, 16:36

Zion Williamson went to Duke for its winning history. Kerry Blackshear went to Virginia Tech to create one.Tom Izzo feels the need to explain why Michigan State hadn't been in the Sweet 16 in four years. Tony Benford is excited LSU is back for the first time in 13 years.The ...

Column: Izzo’s One Shining Moment was downright embarrassing

Sports 03/22/19, 16:22

If this was Tom Izzo's One Shining Moment, it was downright embarrassing.Of course, the Michigan State coach felt no shame.Like so many of his brethren, he considers it well within his coaching rights to berate a young man in front of the whole world.Michigan State coach Tom Izzo speaks during ...

5-0 Big Ten start yields rare 2nd-round matchup in NCAAs

Sports 03/22/19, 02:02

Already appearing drained by Michigan State's difficult victory over the upset seekers from Bradley , coach Tom Izzo winced a little more in his postgame interview on the court when the subject turned to the next opponent for the Spartans in the East Region.Sure, Minnesota is the No. 10 seed ...

Michigan State seeking to survive opening weekend of NCAAs

Sports 03/20/19, 16:47

It seems as though coach Tom Izzo has Michigan State poised to make a Final Four run nearly every year.The Spartans need to focus on surviving the first weekend this time around. It has been four years since Michigan State (28-6) made it to the Sweet Sixteen, the longest such ...

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