Monthly Archives: January 2014

Izzo’s happiness, Valentine’s ingenuity, and why this is MSU’s most impressive Big Ten win in two seasons

IOWA CITY, IOWA — Not since Michigan State thumped No. 3 Ohio State in Columbus, 58-48, in March of 2012 have the Spartans done something this impressive in Big Ten play. MSU limped into Iowa, shorthanded and supposedly emotionally worn … Continue reading

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Nik Stauskas and Wolverines are legit, but bravado is premature, risky and semi-justified

Nik Stauskas and members of Michigan’s basketball team had some fun with the Breslin Center crowd Saturday night, understandably proud of their 80-75 road win over a heated rival. Maybe a little too proud. Stauskas blew kisses at MSU’s fans … Continue reading

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MSU 36, U-M 30 – halftime musings: Spartans should keep offense going through Gary Harris

EAST LANSING — Gary Harris took eight first-half shots. He should take even more in the second half. MSU’s sophomore guard is separating himself in a game full of terrific backcourt players. He has 12 points, four rebounds, two steals … Continue reading

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MSU vs. U-M pregame dish: The 3 Spartans most critical to tonight’s outcome

Michigan State is suddenly a basketball team with limits. As any team would be playing without both Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson. MSU can still win, tonight and beyond. But the Spartans will have to maximize their remaining strengths and … Continue reading

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MSU, U-M and Iowa – that’s your Big Ten race, which sets up a semi-telling two-game stretch

If you want to laugh at how little anyone actually knows about anything before a season begins, go re-read one of the college basketball preview magazines. I flipped through the Athlon Sports college basketball annual this morning, taking a look … Continue reading

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Indiana 28, MSU 27 – halftime musings: Officials the stars of the first half

EAST LANSING — If you’re just turning on the television, you didn’t miss a thing. Just 20 minutes of Ted Valentine and Co. blowing their whistles incessantly, calling 21 fouls. And Indiana leads 28-27, so essentially no progress has been … Continue reading

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Big Ten NCAA tournament picture taking shape; league race enters revealing stretch

Two weeks ago, college basketball’s best conference appeared to have three elite teams — Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin — and an intriguing and lurking Iowa club. Illinois, Michigan and Indiana figured to round out the Big Ten’s portion … Continue reading

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MSU’s post-Payne era looks painful in the post

EVANSTON, ILL. — This blog isn’t about this season. Because Adreian Payne is on this season’s roster and, at some point soon, is expected back. And because Michigan State beat Northwestern Wednesday, and the Northwestern game is, by rule, a … Continue reading

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MSU 26, Northwestern 22 – halftime musings: Tons of excitment in Evanston!!

EVANSTON, ILL. — It’s palpable, the excitement here at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Kidding. This game is just sort of happening. Michigan State is missing Adreian Payne — most of its inside game — and simply missing outside, 1-for-11 beyond the arc. … Continue reading

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Spartans’ quiet start to football offseason – after loud finish to season – exactly what program needs

Nothing from Michigan State’s football program. Not an assistant coach chasing different pastures, an early entrant for the NFL Draft, or an idiotic Twitter rant from a player. Not a peep. After the bowl season and the ensuing celebrations, silence … Continue reading

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