Monthly Archives: February 2013

So, here’s guessing the Wolverines will be ornery on Sunday

Dan Kilbridge said it well Wednesday night in the final minute of Penn State’s upset of Michigan. “This won’t make Tom Izzo happy.” Nope. Beyond the initial and perhaps natural twinge of excitement in seeing the Wolverines suffer, there was … Continue reading

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MSU’s Big Ten title hopes revived with Gophers’ upset of Hoosiers

Perhaps Tom Izzo’s weekly press conference should have been delayed until Wednesday morning. He would have been in a better mood. As Michigan State seeks to reinvigorate a basketball season that’s hit a sudden blip, it was given another reason … Continue reading

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MSU still has a shot at a No. 1 seed, if it regroups and beats Michigan again

In eight days, Michigan State’s basketball team went from surging Big Ten front-runner to something less. Barring Minnesota upsetting Indiana tonight, the Big Ten title chase is probably over for the Spartans. However, regardless of what the Hoosiers do from … Continue reading

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There’s nothing wrong with Aaron Craft’s game, other than the hype surrounding it

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two things about Ohio State point guard Aaron Craft: For most of the season, I’ve thought opponents have defended him poorly, Michigan State being the latest. And, if I were coaching a college basketball team, I’d want … Continue reading

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MSU melts in second half at Ohio State, Big Ten title hopes gone

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Michigan State looked almost in control, ahead by as much as nine early in the second half, simply outplaying the Buckeyes. Then, in an instant, the Spartans were struggling. They couldn’t score or defend. Mostly they couldn’t … Continue reading

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MSU at Ohio State halftime musings: Spartans showing now ill effects from Indiana loss

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Any worries about Michigan State looking lethargic this afternoon at Ohio State, following Tuesday’s gut-kicking defeat from Indiana, have been put to bed by Adreian Payne, Branden Dawson and Garry Harris. Payne has 10 first-half rebounds, the … Continue reading

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MSU at Ohio State pregame dish: For Spartans, Big Ten race continues or ends altogether today

COLUMBUS, Ohio — For most of two months, Michigan State has chased the Big Ten title, the outcome within the Spartans’ control. It’s a rough moment for a team when the dynamic changes. MSU no longer entirely controls its place … Continue reading

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Would shared Big Ten title with Hoosiers, having lost twice to IU, feel like a championship?

Tom Izzo talked Thursday about all his team still has at stake — Big Ten title included. Tuesday’s home loss to Indiana obviously made the league championship a bit harder to attain and, to some degree, out of Michigan State’s … Continue reading

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Where I was right and wrong about MSU being better than Indiana, and how Tom Crean confirms it

I knew the emails, tweets and comments were coming after Michigan State’s 72-68 loss Tuesday night to Indiana. Hearing from a few folks, especially those on the Hoosiers side, was to be expected after writing a column for Tuesday’s Lansing … Continue reading

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Everything MSU has been lately, it wasn’t against the Hoosiers

EAST LANSING — Michigan State rushed early, panicked unnecessarily and then, when they finally appeared to have control, never settled down. It’ll probably cost the Spartans the Big Ten title. It led to a 72-68 home loss to Indiana Tuesday … Continue reading

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