A tale of two halves: MSU defeats Louisville, 76-70, during overtime. The Spartans are now advancing to the Final Four — head coach Tom Izzo's seventh run.
Bagels and cereal thrown in the air, crowd surfing, a naked man and an inflatable Sparty on the first floor outside his window — that was the atmosphere at Cedar Village after the MSU basketball victory over University of Louisville on Sunday afternoon.
In the ultimate survive and advance scenario, MSU escaped two dangerous free throw misses at the end of regulation to pull away for a 76-70 overtime victory over Louisville.
Freshman forward Marvin Clark checked in for junior forward Matt Costello with 2:21 left in regulation and little did he know the role he would play.
MSU is home to an abundance of religions, ethnicities and cultures. Some students are doing all they can to promote their customs.
Syracuse, N.Y. — It was a competitive game for much of the first half, but a late scoring drought by MSU could endanger its Final Four dreams.
Syracuse, N.Y. -- MSU head coach Tom Izzo will square off against a Pitino-led team for the second time this year, but with a Final Four berth at stake, this one will mean a bit more.
The Spartans dropped a home game to Minnesota and head coach Richard Pitino in February, and on Sunday at 2:20 p.m., MSU will face Richard’s father and Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame member Rick Pitino.
Pitino’s Louisville Cardinals (27-8 overall, 12-6 ACC) have surged in the tournament, despite the dismissal of guard Chris Jones in late February.
The Cardinals escaped in their first tournament game with a two point win over UC Irvine.
A year after losing three key pieces of its puzzle, MSU has clawed its way right back to where its season ended last year.
The Elite Eight.
An improbable yet not infrequent tournament run has been conducted by upperclassmen.
After MSU defeated Oklahoma Friday night to advance to the Elite Eight, crowds gathered near Cedar Village apartments in celebration.
Syracuse, N.Y. — For a while, it looked as though MSU's free throw woes would be their undoing.
Oklahoma never trailed over the first twenty minutes, and at halftime, the Sooners lead the Spartans, 31-27.
Oklahoma junior guard and Big 12 Player of the Year Buddy Hield leads all scorers with 11 points, and MSU senior guard Travis Trice follows with 10 points.
The Spartans are reaffirming their role as the team that kicks into gear late in the season with versatile performances and unexpected victories. Now, MSU must defeat Oklahoma to advance to the Elite Eight
Fifteen years later, Mateen Cleaves is still invested in Spartan basketball.
Cross country senior Leah O'Connor has become one of the most decorated athletes in MSU history. But the runner, who most recently snagged the national NCAA indoor mile title, has come a long way in the last five years.
MSU advances to Sweet Sixteen after upset win over Virginia.
On to Syracuse.
It wasn't sexy.
It was the Travis Trice show to begin the first half.
The senior guard was absolutely electric to start the game, scoring 13 consecutive points on an array of fast break layups and 3-point bombs early in the half to help give MSU the advantage at halftime, 23-18.
When head coach Tom Izzo first realized MSU would potentially play No. 2 seed Virginia in the second round, he first thought to himself, "why?"
The Spartans barely prevailed against the top-seeded Cavaliers in last year's Sweet 16 round, and will now have to crack one of the top defenses in the nation for a second year in a row.
The apparel and textile design program, which has been at MSU for about 125 years, has a talented team of professors who offer invaluable experience to their students.
Charlotte, North Carolina — MSU missed five of their first six shots and trailed Georgia 9-3 five minutes into the game.
After a sluggish start on the offensive end, MSU was able to regroup and leads Georgia, 35-22 at halftime.