Monthly Archives: January 2013

MSU vs. Illinois pregame dish: The one Chicago recruit who could have saved Bruce Weber’s job at Illinois

One of the side stories of tonight’s Michigan State-Illinois basketball game is it’s the first meeting since 2004 that someone other than Tom Izzo’s good friend Bruce Weber is coaching the Illini. Izzo last spring made it clear he didn’t … Continue reading

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Analyzing the Spartans as NBA prospects

As Adreian Payne’s game has evolved over the last few weeks, the question about his future in the NBA — and how quickly that future might get here — has become more prevalent among the press covering Michigan State’s basketball … Continue reading

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Talkin’ Bracketology: ESPN’s Lunardi has MSU and U-M both beginning NCAA runs in Auburn Hills

Any NCAA tournament bracket predictions in late January are only fodder for discussion, even those made by the industry’s perceived preeminent bracketologist, Joe Lunardi. ESPN’s bracket guru released his weekly bracketology Tuesday, predicting the NCAA field. Lunardi has Michigan as … Continue reading

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Memo to student sections: If you taunt a visiting player, you’re probably accidently hurting your own team

Michigan State freshman Gary Harris was a popular vocal target of Indiana fans, mostly students, during the Spartans’ 75-70 loss Sunday in Bloomington, Ind. And it very nearly cost Indiana the game. Just as similar taunts toward Branden Dawson last … Continue reading

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MSU falls at Indiana, but it’s clear Spartans are every bit at Hoosiers level

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — This much is clear: If Keith Appling plays down the stretch and a few whistles go the other way, Michigan State wins this game. Tom Izzo said afterward Sunday afternoon’s 75-70 loss that he still believes Indiana … Continue reading

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MSU at Indiana, halftime musings: Foul trouble, turnovers all that’s keeping Spartans from winning

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — MSU trails 44-38 for two reasons: Its eight turnovers, at least five of which led directly to Indiana points (three of them fast-break dunks); and the foul trouble to Keith Appling and Gary Harris. MSU’s starting backcourt … Continue reading

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MSU at Indiana pre-game dish: Wisconsin, Butler set the formula to beat the Hoosiers

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The prevailing analysis heading into today’s Michigan State-Indiana game is the Spartans are headed for a loss. Las Vegas set the line near double digits in favor the Hoosiers. That’s about where I see this, too (here’s … Continue reading

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Derrick Nix explains why he retweets his Twitter critics, but agrees with my tweet

At the end of most games, Michigan State center Derrick Nix retweets negative comments made about him on Twitter throughout the game. Nix, if you didn’t know, is a terrific personality, a gold mine of quotes, often with subtle one-liners … Continue reading

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Is playing Russell Byrd hurting MSU? And Derrick Nix talks about this team’s ego-less collective leadership (with locker room celebration video)

MADISON, Wis. — Russell Byrd’s brief appearance in Michigan State’s win Tuesday night at Wisconsin went about as poorly as it could. At the beginning of his only two minutes on the court, almost midway through the second half, MSU’s … Continue reading

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Spartans better in the final minutes again, this time for huge win over Badgers

MADISON, Wis. — Michigan State might not be a perfect team, but certain themes are developing. Most importantly, the Spartans are almost always the better team in the final minutes. They were down the stretch again Tuesday, winning at Wisconsin’s … Continue reading

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