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Michigan State experience holds off Virginia rallies

Michigan State experience holds off Virginia rallies

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Five times Virginia trimmed Michigan State’s lead to a two-score game in the second half’s final 11 minutes Sunday afternoon at Time Warner Cable Arena.Five times the Virginia faithful, clad in orange and outnumbering Michigan State partisans with the game...

Aspiring doctor from Big Horn hitting timely notes

Aspiring doctor from Big Horn hitting timely notes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Colby Wollenman’s statistics printed at the bottom of the Michigan State’s pre-season media guide list merely 21 games of mop-up duty – including a career-high 2.1 minutes per game in 2013-14. But Wollenman, a National Merit Scholar, will explain numbers...

Michigan State beats Georgia with weaknesses

Michigan State beats Georgia with weaknesses

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- They lack talent, their bench is short and they can’t make free throws. That’s what they say, anyway. All three of those stumbling blocks thwarted Michigan State’s basketball consistency this year, but it’s a long season. Extensive enough for Tom Izzo to...

Michigan State boasts complete hoop package

Michigan State boasts complete hoop package

There may not be a more tightly packaged example of mentor and protégé in college basketball than Jud Heathcote and Tom Izzo.Consider that Bob Knight groomed Mike Krzyzewski as a player at Army and assistant at Indiana, but he became Coach K at Duke. Also, Knight and...

Jud for the defense on best Mark Few team

Jud for the defense on best Mark Few team

Jud Heathcote, whose second team has been Gonzaga since he retired to Spokane 20 years ago, enjoyed another year of Bulldogs basketball with his courtside seats at the McCarthey Athletic Center, although he didn’t make it to Las Vegas to follow the No. 7-ranked Bulldogs’ most...

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...

Chicago Tribune posts Raye of Light story

Chicago Tribune posts Raye of Light story

Thanks to the Chicago Tribune for using Ed Sherman's story on "Raye of Light" first posted on www.shermanreport.com.Click here: Shermanreport.com book report posted on Raye of LightClick here: Chicago Tribune picks up Sherman Report on Raye of LightMore national...

Old Michigan State NCAA memories

Old Michigan State NCAA memories

Thanks to Mike Klocke, an old friend from our State News days, for this nostalgic photo he posted on Twitter looking back when we covered Michigan State in the first round of the 1978 NCAA basketball tournament at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. Mike is on the right; in the...

MLK stopped at Michigan State between Oslo and Selma

MLK stopped at Michigan State between Oslo and Selma

Martin Luther King Jr. visited Michigan State University’s campus in East Lansing on February 11, 1965 and spoke to a full house of 4,000 that greeted him with a standing ovation at The Auditorium. Only two months earlier King had accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo,...

Spartans turn out for Raye of Light book signing

Spartans turn out for Raye of Light book signing

Thanks to all the Michigan State alums, friends and family of Jimmy Raye and mine who turned out to a successful book signing Sunday at the Barnes and Noble in Cary.Spartans living everywhere across this great country. There were Michigan State alums representing the 50s, 60s,...