Former MSU guard Brandon Wood arrested for alleged assault

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This has not been a good off-season for the Michigan State basketball program.

After dealing with Derrick Nix’s marijuana-related arrest, the green and white just received some more bad news about a former player.

Graduated guard and Valpo transfer Brandon Wood was arrested Sunday morning in Chicago for allegedly assaulting and battering a woman.

Brandon Howell of MLive reported that the guard, who is in the city preparing for the NBA draft, “was accused of slapping a 32-year-old woman after she asked him to leave her home.”

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Michigan State center Derrick Nix arrested, suspended indefinitely

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Michigan State center Derrick Nix has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Tom Izzo following a drug arrest early this morning.

The State News, MSU’s student newspaper, reported that the junior was arrested at 12:20 a.m. Tuesday morning in East Lansing “on charges of operating a vehicle with the presence of drugs and marijuana possession,” the paper reported.

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Michigan State 2012 season recap, 2013 look ahead

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As the first #1 seed to bow out of the NCAA tournament, the Michigan State Spartans can only look at all the improvements they made this season and see success.

The team finished with the number one SOS, 12 top-50 RPI wins, 16 top-100 RPI wins and 12 road/neutral wins in the nation’s top conference. They went from being unranked at the beginning of the season to earning a top seed in the post-season—if that’s not the true mark of improvement, then what is? [Read more…]

Branden Dawson’s injury adds a dent in MSU Spartans’ depth

Michigan State Spartans get beat-down at Indiana’s Assembly Hall

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If you still had doubts that the Big Ten was a physical conference, the game at Assembly Hall between the Spartans and Hoosiers silenced any critics.

The problem is, the game also silenced the Spartans, too.

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Can Michigan State be a NCAA Tournament #1 Seed?

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Watching Michigan State win decisively on national television Sunday had a distinctively March feel to it. Like a usual spring rite of passage, no doubt helped by the sound of the CBS college basketball theme song we’ve all become accustomed to. Once again, the Spartans look like a top line team on NCAA Selection Sunday.

And McDonald’s All-American Branden Dawson is helping to power them there.

The freshman dunk expert has a few creative slams in his arsenal, but his stellar dunk in the second half capped off his 15 points, 11 rebounds and two block effort against Purdue. A well-balanced green and white attack also helped Michigan State sweep their season series with the Boilermakers; Austin Thornton added a career-high 17 points, while center Derrick Nix tallied a twelve point effort. Michigan State’s senior warrior Draymond Green, posted his 33rd career double-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. [Read more…]

Spartans stay perfect at home against the Badgers

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This year’s match-ups between MSU and Wisconsin on both the gridiron and the hardwood have been very exciting. During college football season, we had the Hail Mary pass that led to a Spartan victory and the come-from-behind win by Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship, and the basketball rivalry seemed like it would run a similar script–last month’s controversial shot call let the Spartans come away with a win at the Kohl Center. [Read more…]

Just How Good Are The 2012 Michigan State Spartans?

Let Saturday’s 58-48 victory over third ranked Ohio State be a wake up call to anyone who was sleeping on this year’s Michigan State team. It was understandable why this was one of Sparty’s least hyped-up teams in recent memory. After all, there was little for them to build on. They came into the season unranked after being eliminated in the first round of the NCAA tournament last year and lost three of their top four scorers, including star guard Kalin Lucas. [Read more…]

Michigan State’s Expectationless 2011-12 Team May Surprise You

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When Tom Izzo looks at this current Michigan State Spartans crew, he sees similarities to the 2007- 2008 Drew Neitzel led squad. The coach referenced this at the school’s media day and said that this year’s team is young, gritty but close-knit.

Neitzel’s team, and it was his team no doubt, is like the mold of this year’s squad.

That final four team had lost its trio of superstars—stellar seniors Maurice Ager and Paul Davis and junior Shannon Brown, who now has a few rings with the L.A. Lakers. This year’s team has lost experienced Final Four veterans, and quite frankly, expectations are barely existent.

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