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Where Maryland men’s basketball stacks up in the Big Ten

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Wednesday's college basketball: Louisville fires AD

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Photos of the week: Oct. 2

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Michigan basketball recruiting: 3-star N.Y. guard Adrien Nunez commits

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Michigan State basketball's Tom Izzo drops by Detroit Pistons practice

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Monday’s basketball: Syracuse routs undersized Oakland
Paschal Chukwu, the Orange’s 7-foot-2 junior center, had the best game of his career with 12 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocked shots to lead Syracuse to a 74-50 win over a hobbling Oakland team. “Because his defense was so good inside, he (Chukwu) just changed the whole game,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. “He got some offensive things tonight and we looked for him a little better   Read More ...
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Watch: LaVar Ball snaps back at President Trump
Washington — Outspoken basketball dad LaVar Ball questioned the extent of President Trump’s involvement in securing his son’s release from the custody of Chinese authorities during a combative 20-minute CNN interview on Monday night. he president, in tweets Sunday, said he should have left LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in jail because LaVar Ball “is unaccepting of what I did for his son” and “very ungrateful!” LaVar Ball has refused to thank Trump   Read More ...
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FBI claims Michigan man is at center of massive college basketball corruption scandal
SAGINAW, Mich. - The FBI is taking on college basketball as an investigation continues into allegations of kickbacks and bribes to push young athletes toward certain schools. Federal officials said a young man from Michigan, named Christian Dawkins, is at the center of the scandal. Dawkins had a dream of becoming a big-time sports agent, but the FBI said he took shortcuts that have led to one of the biggest investigations into corruption in college sports   Read More ...
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How will Michigan State basketball look if Miles Bridges misses time with ankle injury?
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo answers questions after the 93-71 win over Stony Brook on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, at Breslin Center. Video by Chris Solari/DFP EAST LANSING Michigan State spent seven games without Miles Bridges last season. The fifth-ranked Spartans might be looking at another spell without their superstar after Bridges hurt his left ankle during Sunday’s 93-71 win over Stony Brook   Read More ...
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Michigan State falls, Kansas rises in AP men's basketball poll
The Champions Classic caused some top 25 commotion. Michigan State’s loss to Duke in the annual event cost the Spartans two spots in this week’s Associated Press top 25 poll. The Spartans fell from No. 2 to No. 4 after the defeat at the United Center. Kansas moved up from No. 4 to No. 3 after beating Kentucky, while the Wildcats dropped one spot to No   Read More ...
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Michigan State basketball drops, stays in top 5 of both college hoops polls
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo answers questions after the 93-71 win over Stony Brook on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, at Breslin Center. Video by Chris Solari/DFP Michigan State dropped in both college basketball polls this week. The Spartans fell three spots to No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches poll and are No. 4 in the new Associated Press Top 25 after an 88-81 loss to No   Read More ...
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Sunday's college basketball: Corey Allen, Detroit prevail in OT
Nashville, Tenn. — Corey Allen made seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 39 points, Jermaine Jackson Jr. made two 3-pointers in the final 10 seconds of regulation, and Detroit Mercy beat Houston Baptist, 116-109, in overtime on Sunday. Detroit Mercy took an 89-87 lead with 2:31 left in regulation but didn’t score again until Jackson’s 3-pointer to get within 94-92. After Oliver Lynch-Daniels made 1 of 2 free throws with 7   Read More ...
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Pistons 100 Timberwolves 97
Detroit Pistons guard Ish Smith (14) passes the ball over Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng (5) and guard Tyus Jones (1) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Minneapolis. Detroit won 100-97. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)   Read More ...
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Michigan State basketball sophomores dazzle but Miles Bridges injured
Cynthia Bridges, mother of Michigan State University basketball star Miles Bridges, talks about her son getting into basketball. Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press. EAST LANSING — For the second time this season, Michigan State watched Miles Bridges crumble in a heap in front of its bench. The sophomore star appeared to twist his left ankle while driving to the basket as the second-ranked Spartans overcame early struggles to pull away from pesky Stony Brook, 93-71 on Sunday afternoon at Breslin Center   Read More ...
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College basketball roundup: Michigan MAC teams win, Horizon teams fall
Buy Photo. Eastern Michigan 76, Howard 66. Elijah Minnie and James Thompson IV combined to score 39 points and Eastern Michigan completed a sweep of its four-game home stand to start the season, turning away winless Howard, 76-66, on Saturday in Ypsilanti. Minnie hit 5 of 11 from the field and 9 of 10 from the free throw line to put up 21 points   Read More ...
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Friday’s college basketball: WMU tops Appalachian State
Conway, S.C. — Thomas Wilder scored 31 points, 24 in the second half when Western Michigan took control to defeat Appalachian State 86-67 on Friday night in the consolation bracket of the relocated Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The tournament was relocated due to the effects of hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. Bryce Moore broke the 40-all halftime tie with a 3-pointer to start a 15-0 run   Read More ...
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Pacers 107, Pistons 100
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Facebook Pacers 107, Pistons 100 Detroit Pistons' Tobias Harris is defended by Indiana Pacers' Lance Stephenson during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Indianapolis. Indiana won 107-100. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.   Read More ...
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OU roster bruised heading into meat of schedule
Oakland men's basketball has a daunting schedule coming up, and now faces the prospect of being severely short-handed. The team's best offensive player, redshirt senior guard Kendrick Nunn, left Monday's game with a rolled ankle, and the team's best defensive player, sophomore center Isaiah Brock, is nursing a knee injury. Both have been limited in practice and appear unlikely to play in Saturday's game at Toledo   Read More ...
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Michigan State basketball turns focus to correcting costly mistakes after Duke loss
No. 2 Michigan State missed its opportunity against No. 1 Duke in the Champions Classic on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Chicago. Video by Chris Solari/DFP EAST LANSING — A little less than 48 hours after another loss to No. 1 Duke, Tom Izzo managed to find some positives in Michigan State’s performance. “I positively felt like we gave way too many turnovers up,” he said after practice Thursday, “and I positively felt like we didn’t go to the boards at all   Read More ...
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Thursday’s college basketball: Tulsa tops WMU
Conway, S.C. — Curran Scott scored 17 points and Tulsa led wire-to-wire in beating Western Michigan 81-74 on Thursday night in an opening-round game in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. Tulsa (2-1) will take on Iowa State in the semifinals Friday while Western Michigan (1-2) faces Appalachian State on the campus of Coastal Carolina where the tournament was moved because of hurricane damage in Puerto Rico   Read More ...
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Michigan State basketball's Miles Bridges knows he must play possessed
No. 2 Michigan State missed its opportunity against No. 1 Duke in the Champions Classic on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Chicago. Video by Chris Solari/DFP EAST LANSING — You can win a title in college basketball without a player who can break down the defense at the end of the shot clock. It’s not the NBA. See North Carolina last year or Villanova the year before   Read More ...
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Jon Teske's double-double sparks Michigan in win over Southern Miss
Michigan's Jon Teske discusses his first collegiate double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds in 15 minutes in the 61-47 victory over Southern Mississippi at Crisler Center on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press. Michigan men’s basketball coach John Beilein wasn’t happy with the offensive effort in his team’s third win of the season. He was ecstatic about sophomore center Jon Teske’s first career double-double   Read More ...
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Michigan State basketball: Spartans 'beat ourselves,' learned in loss to No. 1 Duke
No. 2 Michigan State missed its opportunity against No. 1 Duke in the Champions Classic on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Chicago. Video by Chris Solari/DFP CHICAGO — Lessons will be learned. Tom Izzo and Michigan State’s players know and admit that. Yet after all of the buildup — the year wait to play No. 1 Duke again and the decision of Miles Bridges to return for his sophomore season — the sting from the second-ranked Spartans’ 88-81 loss in the Champions might last with them for a while   Read More ...
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Detroit Pistons mailbag: Reunion with Greg Monroe an enticing option?
This week’s Detroit Pistons’ mailbag examines possibly bringing back a familiar face, Quentin Tarantino films, my casual NBA interest and a look back at Detroit championship parades. There is concern when looking at the Detroit Pistons’ current backup center situation. The trifecta of Jon Leuer, Boban Marjanovic and Eric Moreland has fans perusing NBA rosters, looking for alternatives (anything) to keep this early-season train rolling   Read More ...
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Tuesday’s college basketball: UCLA players returning
Los Angeles — Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting are on a plane back to Los Angeles. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said Tuesday the matter “has been resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities.” Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were detained in Hangzhou for questioning following allegations of shoplifting last week before the 23rd-ranked Bruins beat Georgia Tech in their season-opening game in Shanghai as part of the annual Pac-12 China game   Read More ...
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No. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 Michigan State: TV schedule, time, game preview, live score
CHICAGO - The Champions Classic at the United Center kicks off with No. 1 Duke facing No. 2 Michigan State, followed by No. 4 Kansas vs. No. 7 Kentucky. The Blue Devils were the preseason No. 1 for the second straight season and ninth time overall, matching rival North Carolina for most all-time, and held that spot in the first regular-season poll   Read More ...
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Photos of the week: Nov. 13
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Facebook Photos of the week: Nov. 13 Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric, top, dives for a loose ball with Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed   Read More ...
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Monday's college basketball: Murphy leads Minnesota over Providence
Murphy scored 15 points in the second half, leading the Gophers back from a three-point halftime deficit. Nate Mason added 17 points and Amir Coffey finished with 15. The Gophers tied it up 55-55 in the second half, then used a 23-11 run to take control. Minnesota had just six assists on 30 made baskets, but they made up for it by dominating on the inside   Read More ...
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5 takeaways from Michigan basketball's 72-65 win over Central Michigan
It wasn't exactly thrilling or comfortable. But Michigan basketball is now 2-0. The Wolverines got 17 points from Muhammad-Ali Abdur Rahkman but struggled to find any offensive rhythm, shooting just 29.4 percent (10 of 34) from 3-point range during a sluggish 72-65 win over Central Michigan on Monday night at the Crisler Center. The Wolverines trailed for most of the first half before taking a 32-31 lead into the break   Read More ...
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NBA power rankings: Are the streaking Detroit Pistons a top-5 team?
Pistons guard Reggie Jackson fields questions from the media after the 111-104 win over the Hawks on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, at Little Caesars Arena. Video by Vince Ellis/DFP Free Press sports writer Vince Ellis is a member of USA Today Network’s weekly NBA rankings. He has a new top team and the Detroit Pistons move up two spots into the top five   Read More ...
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Sunday’s college basketball: Thompson sets EMU record
Ypsilanti — Junior James Thompson IV had his 41st career double with 14 points and 13 rebounds, and passed the legendary George “Ice Man” Gervin in double-doubles as Eastern Michigan beat NAIA Division II Michigan-Dearborn, 97-73, on Sunday. Elijah Minnie led Eastern Michigan (2-0) in scoring with 27 points on 10-for-14 shooting, and Paul Jackson and Tim Bond each scored 15 points for the Eagles   Read More ...
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How Detroit Pistons' Stanley Johnson ranks in 2015 NBA draft class
Pistons forward Stanley Johnson (hip flexor) works out after practice in Auburn Hills, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. Chris Nelsen, Special to the Detroit Free Press. With Indiana's Myles Turner in town last Wednesday night and Miami's Justise Winslow showing up Sunday afternoon, it’s a good time to look back at the 2015 NBA draft. The class has much local interest because it appears to have yielded four players with star potential — two selected after the Detroit Pistons used the eighth pick on Arizona star Stanley Johnson   Read More ...
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How Michigan State's Miles Bridges blazed trail to basketball stardom
Cynthia Bridges, mother of Michigan State University basketball star Miles Bridges, talks about her son getting into basketball. Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press. EAST LANSING – Michigan State basketball star Miles Bridges hangs out in his apartment, watching TV with his teammates, petting Calypso, his fluffy grey cat. “To me, it’s weird,” says Tum Tum Nairn Jr., his roommate   Read More ...
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Mother of MSU star Miles Bridges talks about son
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Facebook Mother of MSU star Miles Bridges talks about son Cynthia Bridges, mother of Michigan State University basketball star Miles Bridges, talks about her son getting into basketball. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.   Read More ...
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Five takeaways from Michigan basketball's 86-66 win vs. North Florida
Michigan basketball's season-opening game was closer than expected, until the Wolverines pulled away in the second half. Here are five takeaways from U-M's 86-66 home win over North Florida on Saturday night at Crisler Center: Pesky Ospreys North Florida, which lost its opener, 98-66, at Michigan State on Friday, was competitive from the opening tip. The Ospreys, a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference, twice led by 7 in the first half, the second time coming on J   Read More ...
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Michigan basketball's plane-themed title rings a nod to past, future
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman isn't sure who exactly came up with the idea. But at some point this offseason, a handful of Michigan's veteran basketball players and members of the staff were discussing design options for their 2017 Big Ten tournament championship rings. For everyone involved, that run was about more than basketball. And those rings will serve as a reminder. "Their rings will have a little picture of an airplane on it," Michigan coach John Beilein said Friday   Read More ...
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'After the Magic': Breaking down the field of the Elite Eight
A look at the regional finalists in our tournament to decide the best college basketball player in the state of Michigan since Magic Johnson. Video by Ryan Ford/DFP Wochit. "After the Magic," the Free Press' NCAA bracket-style competition that lets readers vote for the state's best college basketball player since Magic Johnson, is rolling on. After two weeks — and two rounds — the pretenders have been separated from the contenders, and we're down to the Elite Eight   Read More ...
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College hoops: Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan cruise in openers
Eastern Michigan 92, Spring Arbor 60 Elijah Minnie scored 22 points, James Thompson IV had 10 points and 14 rebounds, and Eastern Michigan beat NAIA Spring Arbor, 92-60, on Friday in the first Division I college basketball game of the season in Ypsilanti. Zach Medendorp scored the nation’s first points as Spring Arbor took an early 6-2 lead. Ty Groce added 15 points and six steals for Eastern Michigan, which had 16 steals and eight blocks   Read More ...
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Michigan basketball officially signs top 10 recruiting class for 2018
John Beilein has all his signatures. And Michigan basketball has its highest-rated recruiting class since a 2012 group that sparked a run to the Final Four. Beilein's five-man signing class officially features four-star forward Ignas Brazdeikis, four-star forward Brandon Johns, four-star forward Colin Castleton, three-star point guard David DeJulius and three-star guard Adrien Nunez. The five-man group ranks No. 6 nationally and No   Read More ...
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Beilein previews Michigan basketball season opener vs. North Florida
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Michigan State mailbag: What's going wrong with Spartans' run game?
EAST LANSING – Ohio State football on Saturday. Duke basketball on Tuesday. It doesn’t get much bigger than that. The busiest time of the year in Michigan State’s major sports calendar certainly opens up with a bang. The Spartans have big goals in mind — a Big Ten championship still in play for Mark Dantonio’s team, a national title hunt opening for Tom Izzo’s club   Read More ...
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Michigan State Spartans vs. North Florida Ospreys: Time, TV, radio
MSU players will wear shirts in warmups Friday that say "We Talk, We Listen" to spotlight social injustice issues. Chris Solari/Detroit Free Press. 7 p.m., Big Ten Network, 760 AM: MSU open basketball season against North Florida. Michigan State Spartans (0-0) vs. North Florida Ospreys (0-0) Game notes: It's the season opener for the Spartans, who start the campaign No. 2 in the AP poll   Read More ...
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Michigan basketball: Five story lines to watch
Here are five story lines that could shape Michigan’s basketball season. 1. Replacing D.J. Wilson. This is one of the biggest question marks for Michigan coach John Beilein. Wilson made an impact on both ends of the floor as the team’s top rebounder and shot blocker and fourth-leading scorer, and his production will be difficult to replace with one player. The obvious solution is to plug fifth-year senior Duncan Robinson back into the starting spot, a role he held at the beginning of last season before being replaced by Wilson   Read More ...
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Michigan State basketball: Hype gives way to hope as season begins
EAST LANSING – Miles Bridges’ lean, muscular body peers intensely over the edge of magazine racks all over town. There’s Athlon’s. And Lindy’s. And Street & Smith. And on one more periodical, which has its own display island, Michigan State’s superstar stands leaning over and dribbling a ball in front of the Sparty mascot. It’s the coveted cover of Sports Illustrated   Read More ...
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Michigan basketball's Moritz Wagner is ready to bust out - again
U-M's best player flirted with NBA last spring. He realized he wasn't quite ready. That's not good news for B1G The most skilled big man in the Big Ten doesn’t live in East Lansing. He lives in Ann Arbor. His name is Moritz Wagner. Before the beginning of every college basketball season, we size up the teams and the players, make our predictions, compile our lists of standouts and all-conference teams, offer our best guess for conference player of the year   Read More ...
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