Monthly Archives: March 2013

Are you rooting for Michigan to reach the Final Four? A test of your Big Ten loyalties

Again, Michigan State fans are faced with an imperfect choice … Root for the Big Ten’s national reputation — which means rooting for Michigan to beat Florida late this afternoon and, in doing so, to reach the Final Four. Or, … Continue reading

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Did the officials cost MSU the game against Duke?

No. The officials didn’t help Michigan State in its 71-61 loss late Friday to Duke. But this game could have been won by MSU, I think, even with all the touchy fouls and a general tenor of wimpishness the three … Continue reading

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MSU vs. Duke halftime musings: A showdown between Seth Curry and Adreian Payne

INDIANAPOLIS — Adreian Payne is again finding another level. The question for Michigan State is will it be enough to out-duel Duke’s Seth Curry. In helping Duke to a 32-31 halftime lead, Curry put on a clinic in how to … Continue reading

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MSU vs. Duke pregame dish: Great minds (or halfwits) predict alike, and the plan for defending the Blue Devils

INDIANAPOLIS — Colleague Joe Rexrode and I picked tonight’s Michigan State-Duke result exactly the same: MSU 68, Duke 64. I’ll chalk this telepathy up to three things: Complete coincidence; two guys who’ve seen the same team a zillion times this … Continue reading

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Talkin’ Spartans: Chris Solari joins me to preview MSU vs. Duke from Indianapolis

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Talking points: Tubby Smith, Adreian Payne, reseeding the Sweet 16 and an all-Big Ten Final Four

The basketball is on a three-day hiatus. But the NCAA tournament story lines and personalities are here to get us through any real-life drudgery. Here are few stories and topics worthy of a read and discussion: Tubby Smith’s firing at … Continue reading

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Is your bracket still worth anything heading into the Sweet 16? I missed early, but final rounds are intact

Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Gonzaga, New Mexico, Saint Louis, N.C. State and Butler — these seven misfits were all a part of my imagined Sweet 16. Alas, my bracket is well south of perfection. What’s worse, is my selective memory. I told … Continue reading

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A first look at Duke, heading into MSU’s Friday night matchup with the Blue Devils

This is almost like a football game week — so much time to analyze and discuss Michigan State’s NCAA tournament regional semifinal date with Duke before the actual tip-off at 9:45 p.m. Friday in Indianapolis. At least it’s a game … Continue reading

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MSU overwhelming again, this time more impressively considering foe (Memphis)

AUBURN HILLS — Michigan State’s 70-48 win over Memphis Saturday won’t do a thing to help the Spartans next weekend, went the competition is ratcheted up and the venue is less home-like. But MSU leaves The Palace and its first … Continue reading

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MSU vs. Memphis halftime musings: Spartans at their best with starters playing inside-out offense

AUBURN HILLS — The drop off between Michigan State’s starters and reserves was a pronounced as ever in the first half against Memphis. Riding Gary Harris (14 points) and Derrick Nix (seven), MSU leads 32-29 at the break. But it … Continue reading

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