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What Michigan State’s win over Michigan means for the Big Ten race

EAST LANSING — Beyond the emotion and the bragging rights and the altered perception of Michigan State’s ceiling, Tuesday night’s 75-52 win over Michigan did something else more tangible. It put the Spartans in the driver’s seat for a Big Ten championship.

MSU is 10-2 in Big Ten play, temporarily a half-game up on Indiana (9-2), which is followed by Wisconsin (8-3), Michigan (8-4) and Ohio State (7-4).

The Spartans have road games against Michigan and Ohio State remaining and are two games up on each. In other words, if MSU wins its home games — including against Indiana next Tuesday — it wins at least a share of the title.

For a team that until Tuesday was considered a tier beneath Michigan and Indiana, that would be tangible proof to the contrary.

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9 Responses to What Michigan State’s win over Michigan means for the Big Ten race

  1. avatar dmbtierney says:

    Technically, we have to win our home games, the game at Nebraska and then hope Indiana loses at least one other game to guarantee a tie for the title. Our win over Wisconsin could go a long way in deciding the #1 seed in the B10 Tournament since both IU and UM will have NO wins against the Badgers this season.

    • avatar AAsparty says:

      a little worried about this trap-game on Saturday, gotta stay focused…

      • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

        i would be but we have 4 days to prepare, i have a feeling msu might struggle early but then take it to them

        • avatar Spartan 81 says:

          Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr, Glenn Robinson III. Nick Stauskus, Jordan Morgan,
          There is little debate in the college basketball world that those five players, who wore the WEON jersey for the Michigan Wolverines in late January of 2013 represent the greatest 72 hour National Championship team ever recruited.
          Perhaps the most misunderstood, too.
          Eventually known worldwide as the “Fab 72 hours,” each member of the quintet was rated in the top 100 of ESPN sound bites in those 72 hours.
          In their heyday, the Fab 72 hours were widely portrayed as the root of all evil in college sports. They wore WEON shirts and mugged for the cameras..They blasted hip-hop music in the locker room. They talked trash. A lot.
          Wal-Mart customers of all races and demographics spent hundreds of dollars on WEON jerseys, shorts and the like, trying to capture a tiny slice of the group’s mystique. By the end of their 72 hours together, the Fab 72 hours were routinely overexposed in the national media for the way they carried themselves. Articles and television reports painted them as successors to the legacy of Jalan Rose or worse — as Dick Vitale media plugs..
          Now, 20 days later, Burke, Hardaway, Robinson and Referee Ted Valentine have come together in ESPN’s “Fab 72 hours” documentary to tell the inside story of the arrogant class that was feted by Mark Silverman’s Big Ten Network .as rock stars. Notably absent is Marky Mark, the No. 1 troll from the Spartan Shadows blog, who isn’t yet willing to discuss two sticky subjects: the Breslin St Valentine’s day massacre, which led to legal problems for the BTN and the removal of the WEON banners from Wal-Mart, and the infamous half court shot as time ran out gaffe at the end of last week’s Wisconsin game.
          The documentary, however, isn’t afraid to tackle those subjects as well as the formation, rise, scandal and epilogue of the team. Mark Silverman is the executive producer of the film.

  2. avatar Fred Jones says:

    Still too early to think about this. It was one game.

    But yes, winning the road games is how you win the Big Ten.

  3. avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

    My prediction of 15-3 or 14-4 is looking better and better.

  4. avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

    Chuck from St. John’s,

    If you are watching out there the Usual Suspects has a message for you.

    Ghost of Biggie
    February 13, 2013 at 11:48 am · Reply
    In memory of one who should be one of us.

    And here’s to you, Chuck from St. John’s
    TUS loves you more than you will know (Wo, wo, wo)
    God bless you please Chuck from St. Johns
    Heaven holds a place for those who blog
    (Hey, hey, hey…hey, hey, hey)

    We’d like to know a little bit about you for our files
    We’d like to help you learn to help yourself
    Look around you, all you see are sympathetic eyes
    Stroll around the blog until you feel at home

    And here’s to you, Chuck from St. John’s
    TUS loves you more than you will know (Wo, wo, wo)
    God bless you please, Chuck from St. John’s
    Heaven holds a place for those who blog
    (Hey, hey, hey…hey, hey, hey)

    Hide it in a hidden URL where no one ever goes
    Put it in your browser with your favorites
    It’s a little secret, just the TUS’ affair
    Most of all, you’ve got to hide it from the Couch
    Coo, coo, ca-choo, Chuck from St. John’s
    TUS loves you more than you will know (Wo, wo, wo)
    God bless you please, Chuck from St. John’s
    Heaven holds a place for those who blog
    (Hey, hey, hey…hey, hey, hey)

    Sitting in a restaurant on a Tuesday evening
    Going to the Spartans big debate
    Laugh about it, shout about it
    When you’ve got to choose
    Ev’ry way you look at it, Gulos lose

    Where have you gone, Chuck from St. John’s
    Spartan Nation turns it’s lonely eyes to you (Woo, woo, woo)
    What’s that you say, Usual Suspects
    Joltin’ Chuck has left and gone away
    (Hey, hey, hey…hey, hey, hey)

  5. avatar GreenGuy says:

    Have to admit I didn’t see THAT coming at all. Maybe the most focused and intense play I’ve seen from MSU in years. Actually a full 38 minutes of top shelf hoop (discounting those last 2 minutes with walkons).

    Yes – even R. Byrd contributed as an outlet for in-bounds passes late in the game. He even did a solid job of bringing the ball across half court.

    No team can sustain that level of play all the time. However, MSU (and their fans and opponents) now know what they are CAPABLE of when intensity is dialed up “one louder” to 11.

    I admit to not believing MSU had that level of intensity and execution in them. I was wrong. I still wish Izzo would mix in some match up zone and some 1-3-1 just to throw teams off. Even the match up on out-of-bounds plays was welcome. With a 7 player rotation, you gotta save the legs.

  6. avatar A very anti Couch poster says:

    Only people who thought the Spartans were in the tier below those others mentioned by Cheese-It were those who know nothing about Spartan Basketball. Of which, Cracker is a member in good standing

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