Michigan State basketball vs. Detroit Mercy: Scouting report, pick

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Tom Izzo was pleased his team won at Duke, but Michigan State basketball’s coach did not think the 12th-ranked Spartans moved the ball well Tuesday.

Detroit Free Press

Two days after a milestone win, his first at Cameron Indoor Stadium in four tries, Tom Izzo returned to his normal self: Equal parts humble, unsatisfied and self-deprecating.

Michigan State basketball’s Hall of Fame coach “wasn’t quite as fired up as everybody else” Thursday after rewatching the 12th-ranked Spartans’ 75-69 win at No. 8 Duke on Tuesday. His in-the-moment glow faded, his demanding side returned.

Because next up for MSU on Friday is its first game in nearly 20 years against Detroit Mercy — a school which handed Izzo three defeats in his first three seasons.

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“So the good news for me is I

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Michigan State Basketball vs. Detroit Mercy Game Preview

East Lansing, MI – The Michigan State Spartans return home following a 75-69 convincing victory over Duke to face an ole foe, Detroit Mercy.

Before MSU’s road trip to Durham, NC, they defeated Eastern Michigan and Notre Dame; it’s the first time since 2015-16, the Spartans have won their first three games of the season.

How To Watch

  • Where: Breslin Center – East Lansing, MI
  • When: Friday, Dec. 4, at 5:00 p.m.
  • TV: Big Ten Network

Series History

Friday night’s game is just the 62nd meeting between Michigan State and Detroit Mercy, including the first matchup since 2001.

The Spartans lead the all-time series, 45-16, but the Titans have won three of the last four, which features a triple-overtime win in 1996 when E.J. Haralson hit a game-winning shot at the buzzer.

“I never forget a loss, especially an in-state loss; never ever forget them,” said Izzo. “I’m not sure

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Three ways Ohio State football can win the way it needs to at Michigan State: Buckeye Take

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Back on Monday morning, I did not like Ohio State’s chances to play Saturday at Michigan State.

We do not know the extent of last week’s increase in coronavirus cases on the team the Buckeyes will take to East Lansing. We know coach Ryan Day, still in quarantine, will not make the trip. We believe other players, coaches and staff are affected as well, and Day admitted Thursday OSU will be “a little short-handed.”

The cancellation of last week’s game at Illinois did not cost Ohio State its No. 4 spot in the College Football Playoff rankings. Lackluster play in the final weeks, however, would chisel away at any margin for error the Buckeyes have left.

Ohio State would do itself a favor by living up to its status as a three-plus touchdown favorite at Spartan Stadium. That seems attainable if they come through in three particular

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Tipoff time set for Nebraska basketball’s Christmas Day game against Michigan | Men’s Basketball

The Nebraska basketball team with play its Christmas game long after all of Santa’s presents have been opened.

The Huskers tip off against Michigan at 5 p.m. on Christmas, according to schedule news released by the Big Ten. The game will be televised on Big Ten Network as part of a Christmas package of league games.

Michigan represents the second game of Nebraska’s 20-game Big Ten schedule, and the first Big Ten home game. It is unlikely, though not yet known for sure, whether the game will have fans inside Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Dec. 30 game at Ohio State will tip off at 5:30 p.m. and air on BTN. Nebraska will play at least 18 games on BTN — including 12 in a row — and currently has one game, against Wisconsin, scheduled for ESPN2 or ESPNU.

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Three Michigan high school seniors crack Sports Illustrated’s top 99 prospect list

Jaden Akins, Pierre Brooks and Kobe Bufkin rank among the nation’s top basketball players for the Class of 2021.

That’s according to Sports Illustrated, which has released its SI99. The list consists of the top 99 senior basketball prospects from across the United States, and it included the three Michigan players mentioned above.

All 99 seniors have earned the distinction of being named a Sports Illustrated All-American candidate. Please click here to see all 99 players.

Here’s a closer look at the three Michigan players:

Ypsi Prep Academy vs. Team Sizzle

Ypsi Prep Academy’s Jaden Akins (right) guards a Team Sizzle player during a high school basketball game on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo used with permission from Who’s Next HS, @whosnexths)

*Akins, a 6-foot-3, 160-pound point guard, is a four-star prospect from Farmington who has committed to Michigan State. Akins averaged 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists

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Michigan basketball recruits, already the No. 1 class, rise in latest rankings

Michigan already has the country’s No. 1 men’s basketball recruiting class for 2021. The newest rankings have several of the signed prospects listed even higher than before.

Kobe Bufkin and Frankie Collins were the biggest risers among the six Michigan signees, as judged by 247sports.

The recruiting site updated its own rankings on Wednesday, which caused changes to the 247sports composite rankings. The composite draws on ratings from various recruiting services. The previous update came on Nov. 11.

Bufkin went from No. 63 to 52 in the composite. The 6-foot-4 guard who plays for Grand Rapids Christian jumped 43 spots in the 247-specific rankings. Jerry Meyer, a recruiting analyst for the site, explained.

“Bufkin has displayed impressive primary ball handling skills in recent outings,” Meyer wrote. “Combine these skills with his athletic explosiveness, and you have something special. There is a lot of value to a complete three-position perimeter player.”

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Led by Isaiah Livers, Michigan takes care of business vs. Ball State

ANN ARBOR — Michigan got up big in the first half of Wednesday night’s game against Ball State, only to let the overmatched visitors back in the game. Michigan allowed no such comeback in the second half, pulling away for an 85-65victory at Crisler Center.

Isaiah Livers led all scorers with 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Franz Wagner added 14 points as Michigan improved to 3-0.

Michigan led by as many as 20 in the first half but settled for a seven-point halftime edge. Given the overtime scare against Oakland the last time out, it was fair to wonder if this was headed down a similar path, especially after Ball State scored to open the second half.

Instead, the Wolverines steadily built their lead, getting up by as many as 25 with 8:50 to go. Ball State never got it closer than the final margin of 19.

K.J. Walton scored

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Coronavirus issues cancel Michigan vs. Maryland

The Michigan Wolverines will not play this weekend, as their contest against the Maryland Terrapins has been canceled after COVID-19 issues within the Michigan program, which will pause practices until Monday. 

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All of college football will now wait to see if the Wolverines will be healthy enough to play next weekend against the rival Ohio State Buckeyes, who need to play each remaining game on their schedule to reach the six-game minimum to be eligible for the Big Ten championship game. 



a stadium full of people with Michigan Stadium in the background: General view at Michigan Stadium prior to the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans.


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General view at Michigan Stadium prior to the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans.

The Buckeyes currently hold the No. 4 spot in the latest College Football Playoff rankings. 

This is the first cancellation for Michigan, but Big Ten teams that

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Maryland football’s game at Michigan canceled because of coronavirus cases in Wolverines program

The Maryland football team’s game at Michigan scheduled for Saturday has been canceled because of coronavirus cases in the Wolverines program, Michigan announced Wednesday afternoon.



a group of football players on a field: Maryland had to cancel its game against Michigan State because of a coronavirus outbreak in the Terps’ football program.


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Maryland had to cancel its game against Michigan State because of a coronavirus outbreak in the Terps’ football program.

The Wolverines have paused in-person football activities. Michigan didn’t practice Monday or Tuesday, but the school has not announced how many individuals in the program have tested positive.

“The decision by our medical professionals to stop practices and cancel this Saturday’s game against Maryland was made with the health, safety and welfare of the student-athletes, coaches and staff as our utmost priority,” Michigan Athletic Director Warde Manuel said in a statement. “We have seen an increase in the number of student-athletes unavailable to compete due to positive COVID-19 tests and associated contact tracing due to our most recent antigen and

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With Ball State visiting, Michigan basketball still figuring out lineups

Michigan has only played two games. But in this abbreviated season, that’s a full 40 percent of its nonconference schedule. Michigan hosts Ball State on Wednesday. Just 11 days later, Big Ten play begins.

Coaches have less time to figure out their rotations — who deserves to play and which players work best together.

Juwan Howard is clearly still tinkering.

He’s deployed 25 different lineups through Michigan’s 2-0 start. The same five Wolverines have started both games and the same 10 have seen the floor. The combinations, however, are a work in progress.

Howard wasn’t interested in discussing his process in a video conference call with reporters on Tuesday evening.

“I’ll tell you right now, we don’t have enough time on this Zoom, nor do I want to spend an hour explaining to you how we’re going to break down our rotation,” he said. “But I will just leave you

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