Chris Solari Detroit Free Press Published 6:03 AM EST Feb 1, 2019 EAST LANSING – Now that Joshua Langford officially has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a stress injury in his left foot, Michigan State basketball can begin to figure out how to cope without their co-captain. Luckily, they've had an eight-game head start on that, as the guard has been out since Dec. 29. That does not mean it will be an easy task for coach Tom Izzo and the Spartans to replace the production of Langford, a 15-point per game scorer and pesky perimeter defender. “Josh is big, key player on our team, and that was a big loss,” junior Nick Ward said after Sunday’s loss at Purdue. “But we’re gonna keep fighting. It does make it a lot tougher.” No. 6 MSU hosts Indiana on Saturday at Breslin Center (6 p.m., ESPN). “I think the story should be what an unbelievable job these guys have done to weather that storm without a player of that … [Read more...] about How will Michigan State basketball replace Joshua Langford?
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Chris Solari Detroit Free Press Published 3:34 PM EST Jan 13, 2019 STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Michigan State basketball will be without two key players Sunday when it takes on Penn State. Kyle Ahrens joins fellow junior Joshua Langford as sitting out with injuries when the sixth-ranked Spartans tip off against the Nittany Lions (4:30 p.m., CBS). Ahrens, who had started the past four games in place of Langford, out with a left foot injury, will miss his first game this season with a back sprain and did not make the trip to Bryce Jordan Center. The 6-foot-6 forward tweaked it on his dunk last week at Ohio State, as well as twisting his ankle in the win. He also re-aggravated the back problem during Tuesday’s win over Purdue. Ahrens is day-to-day, according to an MSU spokesman. Langford will miss his fifth straight game as well, which leaves MSU minus two key wing players. Guard Aaron Henry will start his first game, and fellow freshman wing Gabe Brown likely will get … [Read more...] about Michigan State basketball without Kyle Ahrens vs. Penn State
Shawn Windsor Detroit Free Press Published 12:31 PM EST Jan 9, 2019 EAST LANSING — The Michigan State basketball team struggled early, built a double-digit lead at the half, survived foul trouble, a second-half surge from Purdue, and a slow night from the 3-point line. In the end, the Spartans won comfortably Tuesday night at the Breslin Center to remain tied for first in the Big Ten with … Michigan. Both teams are unbeaten in conference play. Both teams are ranked in the top 10. Both teams may not admit it, but both teams are paying attention to the other. Yeah, it’s early to call this a two-team race. It’s a long season, especially this year as the league bumped the number of conference games to 20, which means we’re exactly a fourth of the way through. And yet … … I can’t remember the last time these two schools looked like the class of the league this early. If … [Read more...] about It’s Michigan vs. Michigan State in race for Big Ten title
Chris Solari Detroit Free Press Published 6:51 PM EST Jan 7, 2019 EAST LANSING — Beating Purdue at Breslin Center proved to be Michigan State’s biggest victories en route to a Big Ten regular-season title last season. Another win Tuesday would give the Spartans a similar push this year. No. 6 MSU hosts the Boilermakers in a rare home game this month, the second of three. The Spartans (13-2, 4-0 Big Ten) have four of their next five on the road, which makes a win at home against Purdue (9-5, 2-1) critical to sustaining momentum of an eight-game win streak. “I think that maybe the greatest thing that’s happening right now is, probably because they’re more experienced, they’re responding at a different level,” Izzo said Monday during his weekly press conference. “And they’re seeing it, they’re understanding it. … “I’m not ready to canonize anybody on anything because we haven’t earned anything. … [Read more...] about Michigan State basketball vs. Purdue: Scouting report, prediction
Chris Solari Detroit Free Press Published 6:23 PM EST Jan 4, 2019 EAST LANSING — Nick Ward is hoping he will finally have a happy homecoming. Kyle Ahrens’ hometown is coming to him. And his family is waiting. And Michigan State basketball is looking to end a two-year drought at Value City Arena when the eighth-ranked Spartans visit No. 14 Ohio State on Saturday. Tipoff is at noon on Fox. “Even though I’m back at home, it’s a business trip,” said Ward, who grew up less than 10 miles from Columbus, Ohio. “Hopefully we come out with a win.” Shawn Windsor: Tom Izzo reset his team this summer. It shows. Here are three things to watch between the Spartans (12-2, 3-0 Big Ten) and Buckeyes (12-1, 2-0): Ward redemption The past two trips Ward, a native of nearby Gahanna, Ohio, made back to the area were not quite the memory-makers he had hoped for. As a freshman in early 2017, the 6-foot-9 forward arrived at OSU “too jacked,” … [Read more...] about Michigan State basketball vs. Ohio State: 3 things to watch