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

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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

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

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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

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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 Illinois Fighting Illini

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Leron Black and the Illinois Fighting Illini may have lost five straight games overall, but they have only lost to the Spartans three times over the past 10 years. (Source: USA Today Sports)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Through seven games, the race for the Big Ten title is heating up.

At the top, you have the Purdue Boilermakers and the Ohio State Buckeyes, both of whom are 7-0 thus far. The Boilermakers received a first-place vote in the latest AP Top 25 rankings, while the Buckeyes are knocking on the door of the top 10.

In between the two, you have the sixth-ranked Michigan State Spartans, who are 5-2 in conference play and are looking to pick up their second straight win on Monday night when they face the Illinois Fighting Illini on the road. After a tough stretch of three games, the Spartans bounced back last time out for a big win to keep pace in the Big Ten race.

As for Illinois, they are trending in the opposite direction. They have lost five straight games overall, and are dead last in the conference at 0-7. Illinois is the only team in the Big Ten without a conference win, and they would like to change that on Monday night.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Monday’s showdown between Michigan State and Illinois from Champaign. Continue reading Michigan State Basketball: Previewing the Illinois Fighting Illini

Michigan State Routs Maryland for 14th Straight Win, 91-61

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Michigan State used a balanced offensive attack on Thursday night, as 10 players scored at least two points in their 91-61 win over Maryland. (Source: Kirthmon F. Dozier – Detroit Free Press) (Header: Kirthmon F. Dozier – Detroit Free Press)

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The year may have changed to 2018, but Thursday night yielded the same result for the Michigan State Spartans, who picked up their 14th straight win with a 91-61 rout of the Maryland Terrapins inside the Breslin Center.

Michigan State came into the night riding a 13-game winning streak which started following their loss at the 2017 Champions Classic to the Duke Blue Devils. Their streak has seen them ascend to the top spot in both the Coaches Poll and the AP Poll, and they were eager to prove they deserved the ranking against a short-handed Maryland team.

The Spartans had also scored 100 or more points in four straight games, but it’s always tough to do that against the stiff competition of the Big Ten Conference. They came close, but they didn’t need to score 100 points to win big.

Four Spartans scored in double figures on the night, led by sophomore forward Nick Ward, who had 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Ten of the 12 players who saw action on Friday scored at least two points for the Green and White, who improved to 15-1 on the season with their win over the Terrapins. Continue reading Michigan State Routs Maryland for 14th Straight Win, 91-61

No. 2 Michigan State Throttles Cleveland State, 111-61

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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