Michigan State Basketball

EAST LANSING, MI - JANUARY 11: Bryn Forbes #5 and Branden Dawson #22 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrate during the game against the Northwestern Wildcats at the Breslin Center on January 11, 2015 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Izzo Says Spartans Need Dawson, Trice, Valentine At Another Level In Tournament

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo needs the team’s trio of leaders – his “three amigos,” as he calls them – to step up their games.

CBS Detroit–03/20/2015

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 28:  Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans looks on from the bench against the Virginia Cavaliers during the regional semifinal of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 28, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Izzo, Spartans Move On From Painful Loss, Focus On ‘Winning The Weekend’

At times this season, even Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo wondered whether the Spartans would be able to extend the program’s streak to 18 straight NCAA tournament selections.

CBS Detroit–03/17/2015

LINCOLN, NE - JANUARY 24: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans talks to his team during their game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Pinnacle Bank Arena January 24, 2015 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Minnesota Upsets Michigan State 96-90 In OT

Michigan State never led in an overtime that was largely a free throw contest.

97.1 The Ticket–02/26/2015

John Beilein the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines gives instructions to his team during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Assembly Hall on February 8, 2015 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

ESPN Bubble Watch: Michigan Needs Miracle To Get In, MSU Mediocre

Two seasons ago, the Wolverines played for the national championship. This season, it would be a miracle if they made the tournament.

CBS Detroit–02/11/2015

Michigan State Spartans celebrate during a game at the Breslin Center on January 21, 2015 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Michigan State Beats Rutgers 71-51

Brenden Dawson had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Michigan State used a 20-2 run to start the second half to roll over Rutgers 71-51 on Thursday night.

97.1 The Ticket–01/29/2015

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 9:  Head Coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans walks off the court after the Ohio State Buckeyes defeated Michigan State 69-67 on March 9, 2014 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Izzo Says (Again) He Plans To Stay At Michigan State

“First of all I’m going to be at Michigan State,” Izzo said Wednesday, according to ESPN.

CBS Detroit–04/30/2014

Adreian Payne #5 of the Michigan State Spartans walks on the floor for Senior night with Lacey Holsworth, a 8-year-old from St. Johns Michigan who is battling cancer, after defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes 86-76 at the Jack T. Breslin Student Events Center on February 6, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Spartans Remember 8-Year-Old Lacey Holsworth

For Branden Dawson, 144 characters would not be enough to express his feelings about the young girl.

CBS Detroit–04/09/2014

EAST LANSING, MI - DECEMBER 04:  Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans yells from the bench in the fist half while playing the North Carolina Tar Heels at the Jack T. Breslin Student Events Center on December 4, 2013 in East Lansing, Michigan. North Carolina won the game 79-65. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Report: Tom Gores Expected To Pursue Tom Izzo As Next Pistons Coach

Izzo, who has led the Spartans for nearly 20 years and is an eight-time National Coach of the Year, has flirted with the NBA before.

CBS Detroit–03/25/2014

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 9:  Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes steals the ball away from Keith Appling #11 of the Michigan State Spartans in the first half on March 9, 2014 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. With the steal Craft became the all-time leader in steals in the Big Ten Conference. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Izzo Says MSU Needs Go-To Guy, Still Believes Appling Is That Guy

Injury and adjustment issues aside, with the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments imminent, the Spartans need Keith Appling more than ever.

CBS Detroit–03/12/2014

ANN ARBOR, MI - MARCH 8:  Jordan Morgan #52 of the Michigan Wolverines holds up his piece of the net following a 84-80 win over the Indiana Hoosiers during the second half of a basketball game on March 8, 2014, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Big Ten Tournament Matchups Announced For Michigan, Michigan State

No. 12 Michigan and No. 22 Michigan State both earned first-round byes in this year’s Big Ten tournament.

CBS Detroit–03/10/2014

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