Monthly Archives: October 2012

Talkin’ Branden Dawson, Gary Harris and MSU hoops after exhibition win

Exhibition games are incredibly difficult to analyze. Coaches are usually playing weird combinations and experimenting with lineups. They often haven’t done much advanced scouting. And lopsided individual matchups within the game can lead to misleading performances. Naturally, the coach of … Continue reading

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MSU likely headed to Gator Bowl

There is no inside information to offer with this headline. Just math and logic and the reality of this year’s Big Ten. The Gator Bowl, Jan. 1 in Jacksonville, Fla., is fourth this year in the pecking order of Big … Continue reading

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A game of inches: How close MSU is to the Legends Division driver’s seat

MADISON, Wis. — For all that’s gone wrong this season, for all of MSU’s shortcomings, for its struggles with injuries and offense … The Spartans are one field goal at Michigan — MSU’s made or U-M’s missed — from controlling … Continue reading

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For a moment, MSU’s offense … nope, nevermind

MADISON, Wis. — Well. Hmm. Not sure what’s left to say about this Michigan State offense. Just as the Spartans begin to look like a normal competent football offense, with third-down conversions and a couple decent drives, they go backwards … Continue reading

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Game day eve: Your analysis and predictions for MSU’s trip to Badger country

A couple months ago, this game figured to be one of the more anticipated events of the season. Now, MSU has no chance of winning its division and Wisconsin amazingly and ridiculously can’t lose the Leaders side. Doesn’t mean it … Continue reading

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Keith Appling’s preseason All-Big Ten team

ROSEMONT, Ill. — A media panel picks the official preseason All-Big Ten basketball team, which was announced earlier today here at the league-wide media day. I’ll take a player’s perspective over it any day. Especially one that’s been around a … Continue reading

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No Spartans on preseason All-Big Ten basketball team

ROSEMONT, Ill. — Big Ten basketball media day, for both the men and women, is underway here outside Chicago. Brian Calloway is covering the women’s event. No real surprises on the men’s preseason All-Big Ten team, but no Michigan State … Continue reading

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What’s left for you in this MSU football season?

So, Michigan State’s football season will end without a Legends Division title, the elusive Rose Bowl will have to wait another year and the Spartans’ ownership of their rivalry with Michigan … well, that’s over, too, for at least another … Continue reading

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Game day eve: Time for your analysis, predictions for MSU at Michigan

This week, to me, is the tipping point in Michigan State’s football season. This is beyond relevancy. That much is obvious. If the Spartans don’t win, they won’t be part of the Big Ten title race. But I also think … Continue reading

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Getting a read on MSU’s confidence heading into Michigan

For a few weeks, Michigan State’s players have insisted their confidence is not waning as their struggles (and sometimes losses) mount. I’ve never believed them. I’ve played and covered enough sports to know how it works — when things go … Continue reading

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