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Payne says NBA can wait; stays at Michigan State for senior season

Adreian Payne (courtesy Michigan State)

In a surprise move, 6’10 forward Adreian Payne says he is staying at Michigan State for his senior season.

There had been media reports saying that Payne was going to the NBA.

Payne has improved his game every season while playing for Tom Izzo.

This season, he averaged 10.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks as a junior last season.

Payne, is from Dayton, Ohio and a product of Jefferson High School.

Buford leads #2 Ohio State over Michigan State

The Buckeyes had trouble escaping the pesky Michigan State Spartans, but did in the second half before a sellout crowd at Value City Arena, 71-61.

There was a big difference in the foul situation in the game, with the physical Spartans being called for 26 to the Buckeyes 12 which angered Tom Izzo, the Michigan State coach.

William Buford (courtesy of Ohio State athletics)

OSU took advantage by making 23 of 29 free throws to 5 of 6 for Michigan State.

With the score 45-44, the Buckeyes pushed the advantage to 52-46 with 12:09 remaining in the second half. The Spartans had seven turnovers in a span of 10 possessions as OSU pushed the lead to 61-53.

William Buford led the Buckeyes with 23 points while Kalen Lucas led the Spartans with 14.

OSU goes to 25-1, 12-1 Big Ten, while the Spartans drop to a disappointing 14-11, 6-7, a far-cry from being an NCAA Final Four team a year ago.

Info courtesy of Ohio State athletics

Tom Izzo given a $500,000 raise by Michigan State

Some Michigan State Spartan fans felt quite bad this past spring and summer when the Cleveland Cavaliers were trying to lure head coach Tom Izzo away to the NBA.

Eventually, Izzo decided to stay in college basketball and the Spartans top brass made sure it happens for a long, long time.

Tom Izzo (courtesy of Michigan State athletics)

Izzo has a newly amended contract which gives him a $500,000 raise, that increases his annual compensation to $3.49 million, and the use of a private plane for up to 25 hours each year for personal use.

Izzo, a long-time assistant under the legendary Jud Heathcote, was promoted to head coach in 1995. Since that time, he has won a national title and six Big Ten championships.

Izzo has led the Spartans to six of the past 12 Final Fours, a feat that only the late John Wooden at UCLA and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski have done.

compiled from staff & Michigan State news

Tom Izzo says no to Cavaliers; James’ future primary reason

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Cleveland Cavaliers are left with Plan B whether it be Byron Scott, Kelvin Sampson or Mike Woodson.

Plan B comes into play because Michigan State head basketball coach Tom Izzo turned down a chance to double his salary and possibly coach LeBron James in the NBA, choosing to stick with the Spartans to chase NCAA championships.

Tom Izzo (msu)

Izzo told members of the media at a Tuesday press conference that being unable to speak with James played a part in his life and career-altering decision.

For the past week and a half, Izzo has been trying to decide whether to leave the university that has been his home since 1983 and jump to the NBA to perhaps make $6 million dollars, a raise of $3 million that he’s being paid now and potentially coach one of the best basketball players in the world, LeBron James.

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was persistent in trying to lure Tom Izzo to Cleveland. Sources have said that Gilbert was going to give Izzo a five-year $30-million contract but Izzo has said he had no contract offer and they only talked about parameters.

This past season, Izzo led Michigan State to the Final Four for the sixth time in 12 years. Only the late John Wooden of UCLA and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski also have accomplished the feat.

Coach Izzo has a chance to get back to the Final Four once again as he only loses Raymar Morgan out of his top five players.

NCAA TOURNAMENT: Midwest Regional, Elite Eight Sunday Result

compiled by the megasportsnews.com staff

When it comes to Michigan State basketball, they may lose players as the years roll on, but they are always a program that is an NCAA championship contender year-in and year-out. But the main constant is head coach Tom Izzo, who has made the Spartans “masters of the NCAA Tournament and the month of March and early April.

The fifth-seeded Spartans are on their way to their second Final Four in a row and sixth in 12 years after Raymar Morgan’s free throw with 1.8 seconds left vaulted Michigan State to a 70-69 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers in the Midwest Regional Final on Sunday.

Spartans coach Tom Izzo (msu)

No other team in the country, not Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina or UCLA, has been better during the Spartans run under Tom Izzo.

Izzo, is a disciple of the legendary coach Jud Heathcote, who was his mentor. Izzo took over from Heathcote in 1995-96. Izzo is 6-1 in regional finals.

The Spartans, last year’s national runner-up, will be looking for championship number 3 next weekend in Indianapolis. They will play the hometown favorite, Butler University, in the semi-finals Saturday night.

It’s hard to believe, but Michigan State is the only team from last year’s Final Four to make it back. North Carolina, which manhandled the Spartans in last year’s title game, didn’t even make the NCAA tournament field. Neither did Connecticut and Villanova was knocked out in the second round.

The 28-8 Spartans led the game by as many as eight in the second half, but Brian Williams pulled sixth-seeded Tennessee, now 28-9, to within one, 69-68 on a rebound follow shot with 2:10 left. Korie Lucious, the fill-in point guard for the injured Kalin Lucas, missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 29 seconds left and Scotty Hopson got the rebound.

Hopson was fouled at the other end, and made the first.  But after a Michigan State timeout, Hopson missed the second  and Lucious grabbed the rebound. Raymar Morgan was fouled by J.P. Prince with 1.8 seconds remaining and he made the first.  After timeouts by both teams, Morgan bricked the second shot of purpose.

Tennessee’s Brian Williams grabbed the rebound and head coach Bruce Pearl called a quick timeout. But J.P. Prince fumbled the inbounds pass and had to just throw up a prayer from midcourt just before the buzzer sounded. Michigan State was on its way from St. Louis and headed 5 hours east  to  Indianapolis and the Final Four.