Michigan St, Izzo in new spot as First Four participants
Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo talks to team members during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan, Sunday, March 7, 2021, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)INDIANAPOLIS – Michigan State and coach Tom Izzo are in an unfamiliar position. Last time there was an NCAA Tournament, the Spartans reached the Final Four in 2019 -- the most recent of eight trips under Izzo. Izzo contracted COVID-19 early in the season, yet the Spartans opened with six straight wins. “One thing about coach Izzo -- the reason he has survived so long and he’s had such a great career is that they’re never easily defeated. MOUNT ST. MARY'S vs TEXAS SOUTHERNMount St. Mary’s (12-10) won the automatic berth out of the Northeast Conference.
Michigan lands No. 1 seed in 2021 NCAA Tournament; Spartans get No. 11 seed with play-in game
Michigan head coach Juwan Howard questions a call in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Maryland at the Big Ten Conference tournament in Indianapolis, Friday, March 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)The Michigan Wolverines will start the 2021 NCAA Basketball Tournament as the No. 1 seed in this year's NCAA Tournament -- as it should be. 11 UCLA on Thursday in the First Four round play-in game, with the winner playing No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Henry scores 20, No. 23 Michigan State beats No. 15 Rutgers
23 Michigan State. Henry played well enough to allow Michigan State to overcome a season-high 18 turnovers, contributing four giveaways himself. The Scarlet Knights were already without center Clifford Omoruyi, who has been out with a knee injury since a win over No. Michigan State: For a second straight game, Henry led the way Izzo needs him to for this team. Michigan State: Hosts Purdue on Friday night.
No. 21 Minnesota beats bad-shooting No. 17 Mich. St. 81-56
EAST LANSING, MI - NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans looks on during warm ups before the game against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Breslin Center on November 25, 2020 in East Lansing, Michigan. 17 Michigan State 81-56 on Monday night while holding the Spartans to 25.7% shooting. “It confirmed that we’re a tough team and a determined team,” Robbins said. This was Minnesota's largest margin of victory ever over Michigan State, matching a Jan. 4, 1997 game later vacated by the NCAA. Minnesota: Johnson, who made eight of nine 3-pointers against the Hawkeyes, had nine points and seven rebounds.
Final Four: Previewing Michigan State's Competition
7 Michigan State SpartansRegular season (23-11, 12-6 Big Ten)Throughout most of the regular season, Michigan State struggled to emerge as the national power Spartan fans have become accustomed to. Road to the Final FourIzzo didn't let the poor finish in Chicago carry over into the NCAA Tournament, as Michigan State handled No. Michigan State's X-factor is Branden Dawson, who showed spurts of being a dominating Big Ten center this season. Road to the Final FourWisconsin enters its game against Kentucky coming off of three straight seven-point victories. In the end, Notre Dame came up empty in its final possession and the undefeated season lived on into the Final Four.
Greatest underdogs to reach Final Four in NCAA history
7 Michigan State reaching the Final Four last weekend, here are some of the greatest underdogs to ever reach the Final Four. Skeen scored 27 points for the Rams, and Burgess chipped in 15 as they tried to become the first team to reach the final game. Shabazz Napier then led the Huskies past three of the best teams in the tournament, Villanova, Iowa State and Michigan State, to reach the Final Four. 2015 -- Michigan State SpartansNow Michigan State, as a No. Michigan State is the greatest remaining underdog in the NCAA Tournament, but history shows that the Spartans have a chance, because the underdogs always have a chance.
Michigan State wraps up regular season against Ohio State
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The back half of the Big Ten slate has not been particularly kind to either Ohio State or Michigan State, and both still have work to do. Ohio State dropped its last two games to fall out of position for a first-round bye in the conference tournament and is looking at the No. ET, CBSABOUT MICHIGAN STATE (23-7, 12-5 Big Ten): The Spartans got Dawson back in a 53-46 loss to Illinois on Mar. Ohio State has been held under 65 points in five of its last six games. Michigan State (.400) and Ohio State (.401) are the top two teams in the Big Ten in field-goal percentage defense.