Looking Forward

With the basketball season ending on a sour note, upset in the first game of the NCAA tournament, the Spartan Nation can look forward to next season. Even though we lose a lot from this year’s team, we can look forward to an exciting team next year with a highly regarded recruiting class with Miles Bridges, Joshua Langford, Nick Ward and Cassius Winston signed. There is hope that the number one player in the nation, Josh Jackson will also be part of this class, making this undoubtedly Coach Izzo’s best class ever. Add those players with returning players Deyonta Davis (if he doesn’t opt for the NBA) Gavin Schilling, Eron Harris, Matt McQuaid, Tum Tum Nairn, Kenny Goins and Alvin Ellis, this will be a deep and athletic squad.

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An Eron Harris turnover late, and basket inside by freshman Ethan Happ with 10 seconds remaining enabled Wisconsin (10-9, 2-4) to scratch out a 77-76 win over No. 4 ranked Michigan State (16-3, 3-3), which led the Badgers by four points with less than a minute remaining.

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What’s up with the Spartans? They let one go today. They had a 4-point lead with less than a minute left in the game and lost due to poor play down the stretch. Come on guys…..lets get it together!!!

Without Denzel Valentine, Spartans’ D struggles in win at Minnesota – Men’s College Basketball Blog- ESPN

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Source: Without Denzel Valentine, Spartans’ D struggles in win at Minnesota – Men’s College Basketball Blog- ESPN

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It is very apparent that Denzel Valentine is the star of this year’s Spartan team and the most valuable player. In the three games the Spartans have played without him in the lineup, the team has struggled to say the least. They went into overtime to beat Oakland University; were badly outplayed in losing to Iowa and struggled in beating Minnesota. The offense truly misses his 18.5  points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists along with his 40% mark from the 3-point line. Defensively, the team is out of sync and not as intense. It appears that the team is just surviving until he returns to action.

Spartans’ Denzel Valentine out 2-3 weeks after knee surgery

Eron Harris is expected to start in Denzel Valentine’s place for the Michigan State basketball team.

Source: Spartans’ Denzel Valentine out 2-3 weeks after knee surgery

Just when everything was clicking on all cylinders for MSU’s mens basketball team, we get some bad news like this. I hope this isn’t the start of injuries hitting the team like it did in 2013 that hampered the Spartans and likely was a factor in the team not getting to the Final Four. Valentine is the team’s best and most important player. The good thing if you can say that, is the timing of this injury is that it’s early in the season and not a serious injury that end his season. This means that others will have to step up.

This gives Eron Harris a chance to really play into the comfort zone that he needs to help the team continue their quest to a national championship. Freshman Matt McQuaid may also benefit with more playing time as well.

ESPN headline praises Spartans while tweaking Jim Harbaugh

Is ESPN trolling Michigan, maybe just a little?”Who’s got it better in football and basketball than Michigan State? Nobody,” the headline says at espn.com.That’s a play on one of those iconic Harbaughisms, of course. MSU liked it so much, the school’s official football Twitter account tweeted it out, too. Who’s got it better in football and basketball than Michigan State? Nobody https://t.co/GXRaaKeQO4#Spartans#ReachHigher — Spartan Football (@MSU_Football) December 15, 2015

Source: ESPN headline praises Spartans while tweaking Jim Harbaugh

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Looks likes ESPN finally gives the Spartans a little bit of praise on the success of both the football and basketball programs. It’s nice since the football team has a chance to be national champion and the basketball team is ranked number 1 following last years’ run to the Final Four.