Denzel Valentine’s incredible senior season came to an end yesterday in a stunning loss to Middle Tennessee State in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Valentine took to Instagram Saturday morning to reflect on his time at Michigan State and thank Spartan Nation for their incredible support over the past four seasons. “I can honestly say I have no regrets to the way I gave my all to this university and program,” Valentine said. “I had an amazing time playing the game I truly love here at this special place and I will never forget the memories with my
This is why they call it March Madness, ladies and gentlemen. The mighty Michigan State Spartans have fallen to Middle Tennessee State, 90-81, in an epic No. 15 seed over No. 2 seed upset that will go down as one of the biggest upsets in NCAA tourney history. This was the eighth time a No. 15 beat a No. 2 in Big Dance annals and the first since 2013 when Florida Gulf Coast dumped Georgetown. Michigan State felt slighted on Selection Sunday when it was awarded a No. 2 seed instead of a No. 1 after winning the Big Ten
There are seven Big Ten teams in the NCAA tourney. Michigan is the first to take the plunge, tipping off tonight in a First Four in clash with fellow No. 11 seed Tulsa. What is the best-case scenario in the Big Dance for the Wolverines? I tell you that, as well as my best-case scenario for each Big Ten squad in the NCAA tourney.
From the opening tip of the first game to the confetti cannon at the title game, "The Journey" shows you all of the ups and downs of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament in Wednesday night's season finale at 8 p.m. ET. In the clip above, you'll see Purdue's anguish at losing the tourney title game as well as Michigan State's elation over winning it.
There were many dubious seeds in the NCAA bracket when it was announced on Sunday. But perhaps no seed raised more eyebrows of surprise than Michigan State being slotted as a No. 2 in the Midwest. The Spartans, No. 2 in the AP poll, appeared to have the resume of a No. 1 seed coming off a Big Ten tourney title, winning nine in a row and 13 of their last 14 games since a three-game losing skid in mid-January. Regardless, Michigan State no doubt will use this perceived slight as motivation to reach the Final Four for the eighth
Michigan State's Colby Wollenman wasn't sure how much he was going to play in Sunday's Big Ten championship game, or what his role would be. But he knew when his number was called upon, he would be ready.
The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket is set. Let the madness begin, as the Big Ten looks to win its first national title since Michigan State cut down the nets in 2000. Seven Big Ten teams made the field: Michigan State, Purdue, Maryland, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan. Who has the toughest potential path? Who has the easiest potential path? Here’s my look at the Big Ten and the overall bracket. We have a few days to look at the individual matchups, and we’ll do that, too. Seeded too high: No. 11 Michigan. Some folks are a bit surprised that the
The only time Michigan State and Purdue faced off this season, we witnessed an instant classic as Purdue won the hard-fought overtime thriller, 82-81. Purdue snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Spartans and proved to themselves that they could compete with anyone in the country. Michigan State gets a much wanted revenge game today with the Big Ten Tournament Championship on the line. Here are three keys to look for in this battle of senior-led teams. The Hammons Factor A.J. Hammons scored 27 points and pulled down 11 rebounds against Michigan’s thin front line in the semifinal, but it
Purdue’s Raphael Davis and Michigan State’s Matt Costello and Bryn Forbes. When I sit down to watch today’s Big Ten tournament championship game, those are the three players I’ll be watching very closely. Let me tell you why. Rapheal Davis, Purdue: The senior leader tied his career high in points (24) and blocks (2) and drilled six three-pointers the first time these two teams battled. Purdue led by 18 points in the first half, mostly due to the heroics of Davis’ 19 first half points. With 4.6 seconds remaining in an overtime thriller, it was Davis who made the free throw
No. 2 Michigan State and No. 4 Purdue will meet in Sunday’s Big Ten Tournament championship game. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The two teams have only played once this season, with Purdue winning an 82-81 thriller in February at Mackey Arena. To get you prepped for Sunday’s big game, here is a look at 10 fun facts leading up to the 19th Big Ten tourney final. The No. 2 and No. 4 teams have only met twice before in the Big Ten Championship (2000 and 2013). Both times, the No. 2 seed the tournament