The Michigan State coach moves into icon status at a ceremony Friday night in Springfield, Mass., joining a 10-person class that includes Shaquille O’Neal, Yao Ming and Allen Iverson, among others.
Michigan State is two games behind first-place Indiana in men's hoops, but are they best team in the nation? Bronson Koenig's shooting is sparking Wisconsin. Spring football drills have begun at more schools. And we've got five pretty strong #BTNStandout plays from the last week in the video above, too. Dive in, read and watch, and get caught up.
Michigan State’s Matt Costello had himself a game on Saturday. The Spartans’ senior big man had 15 points and 12 rebounds in MSU’s impressive 74-65 victory over Maryland at the Breslin Center. This came just three days after Costello twisted his left ankle in a 72-71 home loss to Nebraska. His foot was in a walking boot this week leading up to the game. It was a heroic effort by Costello, but the best moment came in the final seconds as the Spartans’ big man ran to the sideline, picked up head coach Tom Izzo, and twirled him around in
With 2015 football behind us, we turn our attention to the season premiere of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2016,” which debuts at 8 p.m. ET Sunday, right after the Purdue-Illinois men’s basketball game on BTN. This week, our crew looks at Purdue’s Rapheal Davis’ transformation into a premier defensive player while restoring some of Purdue’s “Play Hard” mentality over the last two years. He also discusses how being a father to his daughter motivates him. We also explore how Wisconsin basketball is adjusting to Greg Gard being named interim coach after Bo Ryan stepped down and examine a career path
Carl Izzo, father of Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo, has died. He was 90.
December is here, which means the college football season is coming to a close and basketball is in full swing. [ MORE: Track all of our 2015 Big Ten Championship coverage ] The Big Ten is set to crown a conference champion in football this weekend as Iowa takes on Michigan State in the fifth annual Big Ten title game. The winner of that game will likely punch their ticket to the College Football Playoff. In basketball, three Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 11 in the country, as two of them (Michigan State and Purdue) remain unbeaten.
Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo and women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant both made entertianment-themed entrances to the basketball teams’ Midnight Madness event Friday night. Izzo arrived as part of a “Mission Impossible” act while Merchant drew cheers when she had some fun at the expense of fans of Michigan State’s top rival. Izzo has made a number of dramatic Midnight Madness entrances over the years. There was KISS, there was Iron Man, there was a jet pilot – watch them all here. But this year, Izzo made quite another Hollywood-themed entrance. Watch it in the video in this
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The only thing deeper than the Big Ten in the 2015-16 basketball season might be the conference’s collection of coaches. There’s no shortage of big-name, respected coaches, some of who are among the best of the best in the nation. And, there’s plenty of up-and-coming coaches, to boot. Fact is, it doesn’t get better than Michigan’s John Beilein, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, Ohio State’s Thad Matta and Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan, among others, anywhere across the nation. How do these guys, all 14 of them, stack up with one another, though? It’s a daunting task to try to rank them, but
Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo has seen more than his share of clutch performances and high-pressure situations. But even in his biggest games, there have been breaks in the action. In real emergencies, there are no timeouts, no commercials. That lesson — along with several others — was driven home for Izzo and other MSU coaches during a rather unusual team-building exercise at an annual Athletics Department retreat in early June. The coaches went through a simulation at MSU’s College of Human Medicine involving an emergency procedure with a critically ill “patient.” Izzo, Mark Dantonio (football), Tom Minkel