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Locked On Spartans podcast is the daily podcast that keeps you ahead of the games and the first to know the latest news, analysis, and insider info for the Michigan State Spartans. Hosted by Matt Sheehan, the Locked On Spartans podcast provides your daily Michigan State Spartans fix with expert opinions, film reviews, interviews with athletes and coaches, recaps, local analysis, and coverage of all things Sparty. From the legendary gridiron battles at Spartan Stadium to the dazzling skills o ...
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April 11, 2024: Now that we've done our season recap for the Spartans, we turned to the rest of the Big Ten including Michigan's historically bad (putrid?) season. Purdue and Illinois had very good seasons whereas Maryland and Ohio State underperformed. Nebraska and Northwestern built on last year and had some success that carried them into the NCA…
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Outside of the quarterback play of Aidan Chiles, what does Michigan State football need to do in order to hit its ceiling in 2024? From helping out the sophomore quarterback to finding a top target (perhaps in Jack Velling), we talk about what Jonathan Smith needs to get out of his team to hit their potential. Also, which Michigan State basketball …
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Michigan State football defensive coordinator Joe Rossi spoke to the media on Tuesday and was asked about the rush edge position. That had us thinking...who is going to be that versatile player for MSU this season? From Ken Talley to Jalen Thompson, we wonder who will be the one Rossi plugs into that role. Also, the MSU football Spring Showcase has…
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Michigan State football is still sitting without a commit for 2025, but will the ball start rolling soon for Jonathan Smith's first full cycle in East Lansing? We are joined by Locked On recruiting expert Brian Smith Between in-state targets like Desmond Straughton, where should MSU fans keep their attention? And with the recent visits from out of …
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Matt Wenzel of MLive joins the show to talk all things Michigan State football. From the difference in the atmosphere with new head coach Jonathan Smith to what the players are saying, what's been the big takeaways from the spring practice session? Also, why did Dillon Tatum move back to safety and could there be optimism that cornerback is going t…
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April 6, 2024: Now that the season is over, it’s time for coaching moves and roster changes for college basketball. A few days ago, assistant coach Mark Montgomery was named the new head coach for the University of Detroit-Mercy. He was formerly a head coach at Northern Illinois. His vacancy will leave room for Izzo to add a new coach to the staff.…
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Michigan State basketball had itself a busy day in transfer portal news with Mady Sissoko entering the portal and Omaha's Frankie Fidler naming MSU in his final four schools. What does the Sissoko departure mean for MSU's off-season and beyond, and how can we help Sissoko in his incredible mission of humanitarian work? Donate here at: https://madys…
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Michigan State basketball could very well have a portal target on the board as Oakland star Trey Townsend enters the portal. HOWEVER, would this make sense from a Michigan State side of things, or are the other needs too glaring to ignore? Also, Mark Montgomery took the U of D job to open up an assistant seat for MSU -- which direction will they go…
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We are months away from kickoff, but we already see where Michigan State football will improve ahead of the 2024 season. What instant impact will coaches Jonathan Smith, Brian Lindgren and Joe Rossi bring to the Spartans? And what underwhelming stat from last year are we reluctant to believe gets better? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Robin…
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Michigan State football has less than three weeks of spring practice, so what they can they still do to make this off-season session a "win" in our book? From Cal Haladay improving to big MSU portal needs, we chat what we want to see in Jonathan Smith's first spring in East Lansing. We then crack open the mailbag, talking about MSU football recruit…
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Michigan State hockey took a disappointing loss that pops the balloon on a great season. Despite the road ending to the worst team possible, better days are ahead for Adam Nightingale and the Spartans. Colorado wing transfer J'Vonne Hadley appears to be down between Iowa State and Michigan State for his rapidly approaching commitment. Also, Tom Izz…
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Michigan State basketball has done it -- they have reached out to a transfer portal target in Colorado's J'Vonne Hadley. What does this news tell us about Tom Izzo's off-season plan, and what other schools will be in the mix for his commitment? We then talk with Nathaniel Bott of the Lansing State Journal ahead of Michigan State hockey's opening NC…
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March 28, 2024: Michigan State ended the 2023-24 season 20-15 and 10-10 in the Big Ten. It was a year in which expectations were sky high coming off a Sweet 16 exit and impressive performance from the MSU backcourt led by AJ Hoggard. The 2023-24 year had all the signs of what might be a deep tournament run and competing for the Big Ten with almost …
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With Michigan State in need of a big wing this off-season, could it come from a recruit still on their radar in 6-foot-6 wing Bryson Tucker? What's happened recently to put him back in the fold for Michigan State and Tom Izzo, and who else is competing for his commitment. Also, we take a look at Trey Townsend and Terrence Edwards as potential adds.…
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MSU basketball needs a big off-season from Tom Izzo, transfer portal; MSU hockey energizing fan base Graham Couch of the Lansing State Journal and The Couch and Rube Podcast joins to talk all things Michigan State basketball and a little bit of hockey too. With Tom Izzo entering a defining off-season, can we trust the Hall of Fame coach to make the…
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On top of our MSU basketball wish list for the off-season is the return of Xavier Booker, and he took care of that right off the bat by announcing his return after Saturday's game. Why is this so important for Michigan State, and what else is on our wish list as we head into a massive off-season for Tom Izzo? We then chat with Jeremy Dewar of Spart…
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March 23, 2024: Michigan State’s season comes to an end after losing to North Carolina 85-69 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The first half saw huge swings in the lead as MSU went from up 12 to down 9 at half time. The story of this game was much the same as it was in many games throughout the season - inconsistent point guard play. The…
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Michigan State basketball had a game that was just a little too on the nose to describe the whole season. From showing glimpses of greatness only to crap the bed shortly after thanks to stagnant offense, misuse of timeouts and individual gaffs, this loss painted a perfect picture of the failure of a season. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Ma…
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Ahead of Michigan State's March Madness battle against UNC, we are joined by Isaac Schade of Locked On Tar Heels to talk all things UNC. What makes RJ Davis a tough player, and besides Armando Bacot and Cormac Ryan who else are the Tar Heels we have to worry about? And why are we calling Jaden Akins the key to the game on Saturday, plus our predict…
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March 22, 2024: Tom Izzo and the Spartans easily dispatched a Mississippi State team in the first round of the tournament to earn an opportunity to make its second straight sweet 16. Next up are the mighty Tar Heels from North Carolina who were regular season champs in the ACC and earned the number one seed in the West. MSU is 0-5 against the Heels…
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March 21, 2024: Michigan State and Tom Izzo continued their first round dominance with a drubbing of number 8 seed Mississippi State, 69-51. It was a game that MSU led wire to wire and was never really pushed except for a few brief moments at the end of the first half where Mississippi State scored back to back 3s to cut the lead to 5 before Malik …
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Jaden Akins said enough of the nonsense. Mady Sissoko decided every rebound was his. Tyson Walker performed magic. The MSU defense was a straightjacket all game. ONTO NORTH CAROLINA. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Manscaped Get 20% Off and Free Shipping with the code LOCKEDON at Manscaped.com. Bettor Together Download the Bettor Together DF…
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Get to know the Mississippi State Bulldogs with the man who covers them, Stefan Krajisnik of the Clarion Ledger. What makes Josh Hubbard such a dynamic guard, and is Tolu Smith's downward trend set to continue or will he breakthrough against MSU? After talking about MSU's first round NCAA Tournament opponent, we are joined by former Las Vegas bookm…
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March 19, 2024: We are joined once again by expert bracketologist, Dom Lese of Bracketometry.com, to go over what the heck happened with the NCAA selection committee this year. Dom tells us that one of the problems this year was that one of the long standing metrics for evaluating teams was removed and not replaced because Sagarin no longer worked …
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Big Ten Network analyst, former Purdue Boilermaker and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Rafeal Davis said boldly that he has MSU basketball in his Final Four. He was nice enough to join the show to walk us through why he thinks MSU backed by AJ Hoggard, Tyson Walker and Jaden Akins could be a good matchup for the first two games and beyond. Als…
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March 18, 2024: Michigan State returns to the NCAA Tournament for the 26th consecutive year and as a 9 seed will face 8th seeded Mississippi State from the SEC. Both teams come in with less than spectacular records but are teams who could be dangerous. Both MSU's arrive with similar offensive and defensive ratings although they get there different …
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Michigan State basketball is set for a tough start to March Madness vs. Mississippi State, and we have Dave Klein of Spartans Illustrated on to talk us through it. From what makes Mississippi State a formidable opponent to how MSU can slow down star guard Josh Hubbard and big man Tolu Smith. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Manscaped Get 20% …
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Will UConn, Houston, Purdue and North Carolina hold true to their number one seed in the NCAA Tournament? Can Iowa State, Tennessee, Marquette or Arizona break into the Final Four? Cinderellas, upsets, betting favorites and those 5/12 matchups. Locked On College Basketball hosts, Andy Patton and Isaac Schade join Tenitra Batiste to help walk you th…
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March 17, 2024: Well, Michigan State once again is dancing in March for their 26th consecutive appearance as the 9 seed in the West against Mississippi State out of the SEC. Their second round opponent would likely be North Carolina if they advance in the games in Charlotte, NC. It was a topsy turvy couple days as just about every potential bid thi…
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MSU basketball was on the lucky side of the March Madness bubble on St. Patrick’s Day, hearing their name called for a opening matchup vs. NAME. Do we like this draw for Michigan State, and what are the emotions from the fanbase after a roller coaster of a season? We then get into a little bit of MSU football as the first spring practice sessions u…
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March 16, 2024: Michigan State lost in a quarterfinal matchup with Purdue 67-62 thanks to some poor shooting and even poorer officiating. We don’t often attribute losses to officials - and even this one we will place more of the blame on the team than the officiating - but it is hard to not see the calls in this game as contributing in a significan…
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Michigan State basketball fought to a close defeat against Purdue and Big Ten officiating, but does it leave a good taste in our mouths ahead of March Madness? And what does MSU bracketology look like ahead of Selection Sunday? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Robinhood Robinhood has the only IRA that gives you a 3% boost on every dollar you …
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March 14, 2024: Michigan State defeated Minnesota in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament in Minneapolis 77-67 to all but lock up Tom Izzy’s 26th straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Despite trailing by 2 at halftime, MSU’s guards went to work and dominated the second half scoring over 30 points in the paint and pulling away from the Gophers …
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MSU basketball all but punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament and stopped its skid with a win over Minnesota. What happened in the game that has us fired up, and does this team have a shot against Purdue? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Robinhood Robinhood has the only IRA that gives you a 3% boost on every dollar you contribute when you …
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Ahead of Michigan State basketball’s Big Ten Tournament game vs. Minnesota, we talk with former student manager Jake Schemmel to pick his brain on all things March Madness. From confidence level of Thursday’s game to what we need to see to believe in a March run, and what goes into tournament prep under Tom Izzo to how huddles are handled, we touch…
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March 13, 2024: Bracket Dom, America’s number one bracketologist according to Bracket Matrix, joins us again to go over all the NCAA tournament seeding scenarios for MSU and the rest of the Big Ten. For Spartan fans worried about MSU’s tournament streak….well, let’s just say a win over Minnesota in the first round would help. As for the rest of the…
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March 12, 2024: Michigan State begins its postseason Thursday at noon (11 CT) in Minneapolis as the 8 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. MSU doesn't usually play on Thursday but we all know how this year unfolded and they find themselves probably not with a do or die game against the Gophers. However, to avoid working up a sweat Sunday during the sele…
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Ahead of MSU basketball playing in the Big Ten Tournament, we chat with Greg Waddell of Sleeper’s Media to get his thoughts on all things Spartans and Big Ten. From a borderline meltdown about the team's response to a few Big Ten awards to what Tom Izzo had to say about three-point shooting, we have a back-and-forth that's both friendly and cathart…
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March 11, 2024: Get ready for the 2024 Big Ten Tournament hosted in Minneapolis for the first time ever. First place Purdue looks to repeat as tournament champ and continue its dominance of the league this year. As for the rest of the Big Ten, who knows how it will proceed? We handicap the games and feel that there is often not a whole lot of diffe…
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How close is Michigan State basketball to falling on the wrong side of the bubble? Will a loss on Thursday move them out? Will the win against Indiana State be the difference in making this year? And who else do we need to root for this week? We talk with Joe Cook-Shugart of 131sports.com to talk all things bracketology. We also pick out some notab…
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Michigan State played a basketball game, and you already know the outcome. A loss against a team that really isn't that good because, well, MSU itself isn't that good. Why are we still riled up about this game thanks to a recent Tom Izzo quote? We then talk MSU football recruiting with Ryan O'Bleness of Spartans Illustrated joins to talk the latest…
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March 10, 2024: Once again, Michigan State showed its inconsistency in closing the regular season at Bloomington with a loss 65-64. The start to the game was terrible, the middle of the game was one in which the Spartans were humming at both ends allowing a 17 point deficit to become a 7 point lead midway through the second half only to be squander…
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March 8, 2024: Michigan State looks to close out the regular season Sunday in Bloomington against Indiana for the teams’ only matchup of the year. Indiana is riding a 3 game winning streak and MSU has only won one of their last four. Like most of the Spartans’ season, it is anyone’s guess which MSU team shows up. Hopefully the Spartans will bring t…
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Michigan State football will host Indiana in football on Nov. 2 and, just like the Spartans, they are undergoing a busy off-season with their coaching change. We're joined by Locked On Hoosiers to talk about the off-season, biggest question marks and more months ahead of that November showdown. We then get into Sunday's regular season finale for MS…
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March 6, 2024: Despite 2-17 shooting behind the arc, Michigan State managed to pull off a win over Northwestern on Senior night in East Lansing, 53-49. The Spartans made up for their dreadful shooting with sound defense and dominating the ‘Cats on the boards with 19 offensive rebounds and an overall rebounding edge of 12. Malik Hall chipped in 15 p…
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Michigan State was fueled by Malik Hall and late heroics by Tre Holloman and Tyson Walker to get a HUGE win on senior night over Northwestern. How does this win make Carter Elliott of Spartans Illustrated and Sleepers Media feel? And is it enough to send MSU into the tournament? Mady Sissoko Foundation: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-mady-bring-ed…
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Michigan State transfer quarterback has steep odds to win the Heisman Trophy, but we map out the journey to New York. What needs to go right at 150/1 odds for the sophomore, and what could help him get there? We also talk about MSU basketball vs. Northwestern's senior night and how this is as close to a regular season must-win as it gets. We also l…
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March 4, 2024: Michigan State will host its final home game of the year as it welcomes a depleted Northwestern team on senior night. The Wildcats will be without guard Ty Berry lost for the season with a torn knee meniscus and starting center Matthew Nicholson with a broken foot he sustained in their last game against the Hawkeyes. Questionable but…
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Michigan State basketball took positives out of Mackey Arena, including Malik Hall that laid out a quote that will decide if you are a glass half full or glass half empty sort of person. And what else does MSU need to do in order to comfortably be inside of the bubble on Selection Sunday? We are then joined by Jeremy Dewar of Spartans Illustrated t…
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