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Star-Studded Affair Set for the 2018 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational

Continental Tire LV Invitational 2018
The 2018 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational will feature four of the nation’s top programs, bringing exciting basketball to Sin City early in 2018-19. (Source: Michigan State Athletics) (Header: Lansing State Journal)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — It’s only fitting that four of the biggest programs in all of college basketball ascend on Sin City for a two-day event.

During the 2018-19 season, that’s exactly what will happen at the 18th annual Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational. The event will take place over Thanksgiving on November 22nd and 23rd at the Orleans Arena. The ‘city that never sleeps’ will give its residents and visitors alike another attraction to enjoy for two days.

On Thursday, the field for the 2018 edition of the event was released, and it will be a star-studded affair to say the least. Four of the nation’s biggest programs will bring their talents to Las Vegas for the event.

The Michigan State Spartans, Texas Longhorns, UCLA Bruins, and North Carolina Tar Heels will all vie for the tournament title when the time rolls around. They will also be looking to bolster their tournament resumes with some quality wins early on in the season.

Here’s an early look at all four teams in the event heading into next season. Continue reading Star-Studded Affair Set for the 2018 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational

Michigan State Holds Off Bucknell Late in Second Half for 82-78 Win

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Miles Bridges was a star on Friday night for the Spartans, posting a game-high 29 points in Michigan State’s 82-78 win over Bucknell in the First Round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. (Source: WXYZ.com) (Header: Lansing State Journal)

DETROIT, Mich. — The game may have been played in Detroit on a neutral floor, but the atmosphere inside Little Caesars Arena was anything but neutral on Friday night.

Fans of the Michigan State Spartans came out in full force to support their beloved Green and White in their First Round game against the Bucknell Bison. Cheers of “Go Green…Go White” echoed throughout the arena all game long, and it gave the Spartans that extra boost of motivation they needed, especially in the second frame.

Coming into the contest, the Spartans stressed the importance of not overlooking an opponent in the NCAA Tournament. Two years ago, they were eliminated in the First Round by the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, who were a 15-seed.

Michigan State wanted to avoid another early exit from the NCAA Tournament, and while they had to sweat things down the stretch, they made sure to avoid a repeat from the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

Bucknell made things interesting in the closing seconds with some key shots from long range, but Michigan State sealed the deal on an 82-78 win over the Bison thanks in large part to free throws. Continue reading Michigan State Holds Off Bucknell Late in Second Half for 82-78 Win

No. 4 Michigan State Faces Iowa in Lone Meeting of the Season

Garza, Luka
Freshman Luka Garza will look to lead the Iowa Hawkeyes to a home win over fourth-ranked Michigan State in the only regular season meeting between the two programs on Tuesday night. (Source: HawkeyeNation.com)

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Fans of the Michigan State Spartans are hoping that history doesn’t repeat itself on Tuesday night in Iowa City, IA.

During the 2015-16 season, the Iowa Hawkeyes had the Spartans’ number in both of their meetings. Michigan State was the top-ranked team in their first meeting that season, and Iowa knocked off the Spartans in Iowa City to open up Big Ten play, 83-70.

Then, just three games later, the Spartans were ranked fourth in the country and were looking for some redemption on their home floor. However, the Hawkeyes knocked off the Spartans yet again, 76-59. Both wins were during a nine game winning streak for Iowa.

On Tuesday night in Iowa City, the Spartans are again ranked fourth in the country, but they are hoping for a much different result than the last time they faced Iowa as a top-five team. It also marks the only regular season meeting between the two schools for the second year in a row.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Tuesday night’s tilt between Michigan State, who is looking to pick up their seventh win in a row, and Iowa, who will be looking to upset the Spartans once again.
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No. 5 Michigan State Overcomes Slow Start for 76-68 Win Over Penn State

Carr, Tony (2)
Tony Carr posted a game-high 28 points to go along with seven assists on Wednesday night, but it wasn’t enough to lead Penn State past Michigan State. (Source: NBC Sports)

EAST LANSING, Mich. — All season long, the Michigan State Spartans have started games slow before pulling away in the second half for wins.

Last time out, they were down 13 to the Maryland Terrapins at the half. In the second frame, they put up 50 points against the Terrapins, and came away with a six point win, 74-68. They’ve skirted danger on many occasions in 2017-18, but only have three losses to their name.

On Wednesday night, the Penn State Nittany Lions took a six point lead into the break, and stretched their lead to double figures early in the second frame. However, the Spartans found their groove once again and thwarted any upset bid from the Nittany Lions.

Thanks to another second half performance that saw the Spartans go for 52 points, Michigan State pushed their winning streak to five games with the 76-68 win over the visiting Nittany Lions on Wednesday. Continue reading No. 5 Michigan State Overcomes Slow Start for 76-68 Win Over Penn State

Michigan State Basketball: Previewing the Maryland Terrapins

Huerter, Kevin
With season-ending injuries to both Justin Jackson and Ivan Bender in the last week, Kevin Huerter will likely see an increased role on offense for Maryland moving forwards. (Source: USA Today Sports)

EAST LANSING, Mich. — A pair teams on lengthy winning streaks will go head-to-head on Thursday night, as the top-ranked Michigan State Spartans welcome the Maryland Terrapins to the Breslin Center for a Big Ten showdown.

After their loss to the Duke Blue Devils at the 2017 Champions Classic, the Spartans have won 13 straight games. They have topped the 100-point mark in each of their last four games, and are on quite the roll on both ends of the floor. Michigan State is the top-ranked team in the country for the fourth time under head coach Tom Izzo, and the Spartans plan to stay there for a while.

On the flip side, the Terrapins come into the day riding a seven game winning streak of their own. Two of the games were decided by six or fewer points, and both of those wins came against Big Ten opponents. Maryland has a huge opportunity in front of them on Thursday, as a win over the Spartans would cement the Terrapins as legitimate conference title contenders.

The teams met just once last season, with Michigan State picking up a 63-60 victory at home in the regular season finale. Maryland will look to exact some revenge on the Spartans, while Michigan State will look to continue their dominance this season.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Thursday night’s battle between the Terrapins and Spartans.
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No. 2 Michigan State Throttles Cleveland State, 111-61

Langford, Joshua
Sophomore guard Joshua Langford continued his strong play on offense, scoring a team-high 23 points on Friday in Michigan State’s 111-61 win over Cleveland State.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — On Friday night, the second-ranked Michigan State Spartans picked up right where they left off before the Christmas break.

Michigan State welcomed the Cleveland State Vikings to town, and the Spartans were looking to extend their winning streak to 12 games with a win. Not only did they extend their streak, they also accomplished something that they haven’t done since November, 2004.

For the third game in a row, the Spartans topped the 100-point mark in a game. They shot 65.1% from the floor and 57.7% from three point range on Friday, cruising to the 111-61 victory over the Vikings. Continue reading No. 2 Michigan State Throttles Cleveland State, 111-61