Monthly Archives: February 2014

Why winning with Branden Dawson – and looking good doing it – could boost MSU’s NCAA tournament seed

The rest of Michigan State’s regular season is about preparing for the postseason. The emphasis should be on finding a groove, more so than results, whatever the course. For example, I wrote Thursday MSU should sit ailing point guard Keith … Continue reading

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The flaw in comparing U-M minus Mitch McGary to MSU without Branden Dawson

What about Mitch McGary? That was the frequent counter to my column on the impact of Branden Dawson’s absence in Michigan’s 79-70 win over Michigan State Sunday. Michigan fans, in emails and on Twitter, politely pointed to the absence of … Continue reading

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MSU 36, Michigan 34 – halftime musings: Spartans locked on Stauskas, but LeVert too much

ANN ARBOR — What makes Michigan tough is its number of perimeter weapons who can get their own shot. MSU is being reminded of this today. Without Branden Dawson, the Spartans don’t always have the athletes on the floor to … Continue reading

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The overlooked story of MSU’s win at Purdue – Keith Appling

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The two most important moments in Michigan State’s 94-79 win at Purdue Thursday arguably had nothing to do a 3-pointer, and weren’t centered around Gary Harris or Adreian Payne. A free throw, and a fall. Both … Continue reading

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MSU 49, Purdue 38 – halftime musings: Gary Harris’ shooting slump ends, and then some

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — At some point, Gary Harris was going to start making shots again. It’s tonight, on the rims at Mackey Arena, against Purdue. He picked a good time to do it. Michigan State’s sophomore shooting guard was … Continue reading

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MSU’s loss partly a result of focus – but Huskers are an NCAA tourney bubble team

Michigan State shouldn’t have lost to Nebraska at home Sunday. But as connoisseurs of the Big Ten, we’re going to have to quit emphasizing Nebraska. The Husker basketball brand isn’t fair to the level of basketball. Nebraska epitomizes the rise … Continue reading

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Nebraska 32, MSU 25 – halftime musings: Nebraska showing rise of Big Ten’s lower tier

EAST LANSING — The Big Ten’s perception has taken its share of hits this season. It was supposed to be the best league in college basketball. It still is, depending on how that’s defined. This is the deepest league in … Continue reading

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Divine intervention this is not – Travis Trice playing within himself is reason for 3 straight turnover-less games

Travis Trice suggested Thursday night that God had something to do with his three straight games without a turnover. How else could one explain 102 minutes of turnover-free basketball, from a point guard, no less? “It’s got to be him, … Continue reading

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MSU 39, Northwestern 30 – halftime musings: Payne the difference between Spartans, Wildcats

EAST LANSING — It’s the story of Northwestern’s existence — whenever the Wildcats get good enough to flirt with relevancy in the Big Ten, the top of the league shows them they’re a player away. Northwestern has a legit backcourt, … Continue reading

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Mark Hollis’ 2018 barnstorming tour comes with added value – keeping MSU in the spotlight (probably) post-Izzo

None of us know where we’ll be five years from now. That’s particularly true in the news business and in coaching. Tom Izzo might still be the head coach of Michigan State’s basketball program at age 63 in 2018. He … Continue reading

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