COL BKB: Michigan St. 69, Chicago St. 61

EAST LANSING, Mich., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Drew Neitzel scored a career-high 32 points Saturday night -- 21 in the second half -- as No. 23 Michigan State beat Chicago State, 69-61.

COL BKB: Duke 72, Michigan St. 50

EAST LANSING, Mich., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Sheldon Williams scored 16 points Wednesday night as Duke overwhelmed Michigan State, 72-50, in a matchup of teams ranked sixth in the country.

Tuesday college basketball preview

LAWRENCE, Kan., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Bill Self and Tom Izzo renew their coaching rivalry in a non-conference matchup Tuesday when No. 5 Kansas hosts No. 4 Michigan State (1-0).

USA Pan Am basketball team named

ORLANDO, Fla., July 25 (UPI) -- Center Emeka Okafor and guard Ben Gordon of Connecticut were among the dozen players named Friday to the United States Pan American Games team.

Izzo named coach of Pan American team

COLORADO SPRINGS, May 8 (UPI) -- Tom Izzo of Michigan State Thursday was named coach of the men's basketball team for this summer's Pan American Games.
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Tom Izzo
SLP990321907 - 19 MARCH 1999 - ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, USA: Michigan State Spartan's coach Tom Izzo, (R) talks with an official, during a time out in the first half of the NCAA Midwest Regional's, as his team battles the Oklahoma Sooners', March 19. wy/bg/Scott Rovak UPI

Tom Izzo (pronounced /ˈɪzoʊ/; born January 30, 1955) is an American college basketball coach. Since 1995, he has been the head coach for the Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team, presiding over a prolonged period of success. One blogger called Izzo "the best coach in the state of Michigan's history" and one sports columnist opined that Izzo is "the best college basketball coach in America.".

Under Izzo, the Michigan State program has been one of the most successful in the country. Izzo has led the Spartans to the 2000 NCAA Division I National Championship, the 2009 NCAA Division I National Championship Game, six Final Fours, and six Big Ten Championships in his first 15 years at Michigan State. The winningest coach in school history, Izzo's teams have been invited to the past 13 consecutive NCAA tournaments, in addition to setting the Big Ten record for the longest home winning streak. These accomplishments led analyst Andy Katz at ESPN to deem Michigan State the top college basketball program for the decade from 1998 to 2007.

Currently the longest tenured coach in the Big Ten Conference, Izzo, whose teams are often recognized for their rebounding prowess and defensive tenacity, has won four national coach of the year awards and maintains a considerable coaching tree—several of his former assistants are currently head coaches at other Division I schools. He currently holds a record of 18–8 versus rival Michigan, although five U-M wins were vacated, making his official record against Michigan 18-3.

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