Monthly Archives: March 2014

Wrapping up MSU-UConn: Appling vs. Trice; Payne’s sincerity toward Chapman; and a matchup misjudged

NEW YORK — Keith Appling became a polarizing figure for Michigan State fans late in this basketball season. That continues today, as emails, tweets and comments continue to mostly center around the Spartans’ senior point guard, who was a limited … Continue reading

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MSU 25, UConn 21 – halftime musings: Spartans survive heckuva blow

NEW YORK — I’ve written recently about Michigan State’s ability to absorb a punch. But during this six-game run, opponent’s have only ever landed a blow after being nearly run off the court. This time, Connecticut did the overwhelming out … Continue reading

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Virginia dared Branden Dawson to carry MSU offensively – and he did

NEW YORK — Branden Dawson was the difference in Michigan State’s win over Virginia. Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett said made that much clear, as did the stat sheet. Dawson would have been the difference either way. Virginia made that decision. … Continue reading

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MSU 31, Virginia 27 – halftime musings: This game turned on one defensive gaffe

NEW YORK — Michigan State had a chance to run away with this. It led 23-14, with 8 minutes until halftime, Virginia struggling with its confidence in the moment – tight and unable to hit shots. Then, in transition, Kenny … Continue reading

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The anatomy of a toothless rumor – Tom Izzo to the Detroit Pistons

There are headlines all over the internet this morning about the possibility of Michigan State coach Tom Izzo coaching the Detroit Pistons next year. If you’ve clicked on this headline, you’ve probably clicked on a few of those. Or listened … Continue reading

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Why Wichita State’s early matchup with Kentucky was unjust

The snickering has begun, Wichita State is gone, the 1 seed that didn’t belong bumped early from the NCAA tournament by one of the sport’s blue bloods, despite its 8 seed. The Shockers got a raw deal. The NCAA tournament … Continue reading

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As room for error decreases, so does Spartans’ rotation

SPOKANE, Wash. — The roles played by Kenny Kaminski and Matt Costello were still important in Saturday’s 80-73 NCAA tournament win over Harvard, but Michigan State’s season of depth is turning into a tournament of mostly six guys. Of MSU’s … Continue reading

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The column that won’t be written: How Cincinnati’s misfortune helped to build MSU’s basketball program

SPOKANE, Wash. — I root for stories. Not teams. I prefer interesting to winning. Genuine over incredible. So while Harvard’s basketball coach has compelling ties to Michigan State, its program’s story interesting on its own, I found myself rooting for … Continue reading

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MSU 44, Delaware 33 – halftime musings: Adreian Payne again reminding us of his unique abilities

SPOKANE, Wash. — It’s easy to take Adreian Payne for granted on Michigan State’s basketball team. Amid the recent hubbub around Branden Dawson and the constant check-ins on the state of Keith Appling, Payne has done his thing. So far, … Continue reading

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Why pundits joined Vegas in love with MSU on Selection Sunday

Las Vegas had long since been hitched to Michigan State’s bandwagon. Oddsmakers never left, actually. The Spartans, along with Florida and Louisville are all 6.5-to-1 odds to win the NCAA tournament as of Tuesday morning. Three co-favorites. Sunday, after a … Continue reading

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