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Names and games from Michigan State and Notre Dame

Names and games from Michigan State and Notre Dame

The ACC/Big Ten Challenge is a made-for-TV event, but the 19th annual basketball conference rivalry is a nod to history that deserves a fist bump. Notre Dame and Michigan State revive neglected tradition when the schools meet in a date to be announced.For decades, the Irish and...

History of renovated Reynolds includes segregation stain

History of renovated Reynolds includes segregation stain

North Carolina State basketball steps back in time to play Tennessee State on Saturday at Reynolds Coliseum. The Wolfpack returns from PNC Arena to the campus shrine remodeled at a cost of $35 million.Renovated Reynolds is a blueprint on how to retain the outside the brick charm...

North Carolina and NC State looking for their Lennie Rosenbluth

North Carolina and NC State looking for their Lennie Rosenbluth

Larry Fedora is five years into rebuilding North Carolina and Dave Doeren four into his effort at N.C. State, but the state’s top high school talent still leave home to cross the border for more nationally prominent programs.The perception problem hasn’t changed much from 2012,...

Name the only Michigan State Rose Bowl and Final Four participant

Name the only Michigan State Rose Bowl and Final Four participant

Pat Wilson rattled off a long list of multi-sport stars to play for Michigan State. Wilson, a Spartans football and basketball letterman from the 1950s who is 80 and still practicing law in Traverse City, Mi., cited Bob Carey, Jack Breslin, Robin Roberts, Tom Yewcic, Earl...

Sports crumbled prejudice before 1957 Final Four

Sports crumbled prejudice before 1957 Final Four

It remains to be seen how forcefully the NCAA responds to the Indiana state legislature’s religious freedom law that critics say was designed with legalese to allow discrimination against gays and others in the name of religion. But as the late Pulitzer Prize-winning Los...

Michigan State first confronted Final Four perfection in 1957

Michigan State first confronted Final Four perfection in 1957

For the third time Michigan State stands among a Final Four field that features a No. 1-ranked basketball team seeking to complete an unbeaten season with an NCAA title and record for most wins in a season. This year it’s No. 1 Kentucky with a mark of 38-0 in quest of 40-0....

Michigan State jump start to first Final Four

Michigan State jump start to first Final Four

Improbable describes Michigan State basketball's ninth NCAA Final Four with Sunday’s win over Louisville, but no Final Four run began with more exotic origins than the Spartans' first one in 1957. Its seminal moments include Johnny Green gaining attention 60 years ago while he...

The night Adolph Rupp met Johnny Green

The night Adolph Rupp met Johnny Green

Michigan State’s Johnny Green brought out the best in just about everyone during the 1956-57 basketball season. Upon joining a 4-7 lineup in January, he sparked a 10-game winning streak that captured the Spartans’ first Big Ten hoop title. And “just about everyone” included...

The Big O and Jumpin Johnny wrote history to recognize

The Big O and Jumpin Johnny wrote history to recognize

Oscar Robertson, Johnny Green and North Carolina State’s 1958 Dixie Classic ran through my mind as I watched the four-day high school basketball celebration that was the 43rd annual Holiday Invitational last week in Raleigh.I wondered how many of the elite high school players --...