Freshman Nick Ward is single-handedly keeping the Spartans alive

The Michigan State Spartans picked up a monster win on Tuesday on the road against Minnesota, overcoming a 13-point deficit in halftime to down the Gophers 75-74 in overtime. The win improved MSU to 9-5 overall, collecting their first league victory of the season in the process. Contributing in a big way once again was freshman … Read more

Season Preview: Michigan State Spartans Men’s Basketball

College basketball is finally back, and the Michigan State Spartans will get their long-awaited opportunity to wash last year’s first round NCAA Tournament upset against No. 15 seed Middle Tennessee State University out of their mouths. There is just as many questions as there is optimism surrounding the Spartans in 2016-17. They lost a lot, … Read more

Deyonta Davis makes history with three-year, $4M guaranteed contract

NBA Draft night for former Michigan State Spartans freshman big man Deyonta Davis did not go according to plan. Once upon a time, Davis was heralded by many as a potential lottery draft pick. Unfortunately, as draft night approached, his stock began to gradually decline. But very few expected him to slip all the way to the … Read more

Former Spartan Bryn Forbes to play for Spurs in NBA Summer League

In less than 24 hours, the four draft-hopeful Michigan State Spartans hoping to hear their name called by NBA commissioner Adam Silver have all found themselves a home, some temporary more than others, to begin their professional playing career. On Draft night, it was Denzel Valentine and Deyonta Davis getting the phone call and earning almost-guaranteed roster spots … Read more

Spartans F Deyonta Davis selected No. 31 overall by Memphis Grizzlies

This past season, the Michigan State Spartans basketball program had their first one-and-done player in 15 years come through East Lansing, when Deyonta Davis announced back in April he was declaring for the 2016 NBA Draft. It was 2001 when former Spartan and current Memphis Grizzlies big man Zach Randolph was drafted 19th overall. On Thursday in this year’s … Read more

Post Lottery: Where will Denzel Valentine and Deyonta Davis fall in NBA Draft?

After a unusually not surprising yet historic NBA lottery event on Tuesday, it will be the NBA’s worst team from the 2015-16 season, the Philadelphia 76ers, having the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft next month. It was historic in the sense because it was the first time in the history of the … Read more

Michigan State’s Davis, Valentine among NBA Draft Combine invitees

The NBA Draft is quietly less than two months away. With only two rounds and 60 players selected, it is the most exclusive draft out of any of the four major sports. Only the upper echelon of players get invited to the NBA Combine, and the Michigan State Spartans have two such guys. Denzel Valentine … Read more

Michigan State’s Deyonta Davis to declare for NBA Draft

Michigan State freshman Deyonta Davis will declare for the NBA Draft and hire an agent — Sean Merriman (@MerrimanTweets) April 12, 2016 Michigan State freshman forward Deyonta Davis has decided to enter the NBA Draft and forego his final three years of eligibility. This might be a surprising move if you were to only look at … Read more

Tom Izzo: Deyonta Davis’ decision on NBA ‘still 50-50’

Michigan State basketball head coach Tom Izzo was being honored as a Hall of Fame inductee in Houston on Monday and was asked about his freshman forward Deyonta Davis, who has yet to make a decision on his playing future. The 6-foot-10 Muskegon-native is contemplating either returning to MSU for his sophomore season or forgoing … Read more

Pair of Spartans projected to go in the top 20 of latest NBA mock draft

Although Michigan State had an early exit in this year’s NCAA Tournament, a couple of Spartans are being projected to go in the top-20 of June’s NBA Draft. According to the most recent mock draft from ESPN NBA-analyst Chad Ford, freshman forward Deyonta Davis is projected to go 12th to the Boston Celtics. Meanwhile, Ford … Read more

EDITORIAL: MSU freshman Deyonta Davis should return for sophomore year

NOTE: The views expressed in this EDITORIAL do not necessarily reflect the views of Detroit Sports Nation or a majority of its writers and should not be misconstrued as such. The views contained within are the views of the author and the author alone.   The 2015-16 edition of the Michigan State Spartans basketball team had … Read more

Spartans advance to Big Ten semis with 81-54 rout of Ohio State

With the Big Ten Tournament underway in Indianapolis, the Spartans were eyeing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament with wins in 10 of their last 11 games. Meanwhile Ohio State, coming off a 79-75 win over Penn State in the previous round, was looking for a victory that would boost their hopes of … Read more

Spartans continue to dominate with 88-57 blowout of Penn State

With two weeks to go until Selection Sunday the Spartans are looking like one of the best teams in the country as they have won 8 of their last 9 games, including the last four by double digits. On Sunday they hosted a Penn State team that was on a bit of a hot streak … Read more

Spartans rally, but late Valentine foul gives Purdue 82-81 OT victory

Riding the wave of four straight double digit victories, Michigan State came into a hostile environment Tuesday night in West Lafayette. While Purdue was aiming to bounce back from a 72-61 road loss to No. 2 Maryland last Saturday. After trailing by as many as 18 in the first half, largely due to poor shooting, … Read more

Spartans tie school record with 17 3’s in rout of Rutgers, 96-62

The Michigan State Spartans returned home to the Breslin Center on Sunday, welcoming in a Rutgers Scarlet Knights team that is ‘0fer’ in the Big Ten this season and just 2-24 since joining the league last year. Not only do they steamroll their competition, they cover the spread set by Vegas (MSU -28), defeating the Knights, 96-62. … Read more

Michigan State cruises to 76-45 victory on the road at Northwestern

Coming off an impressive and emotional victory at home last Saturday against Maryland, the No. 12 Michigan State Spartans were back on the road for a Thursday night match-up with a Northwestern Wildcats club struggling to gain any sort of momentum in conference play. Behind eight three-pointers in the first half and 16 for the game, the … Read more