The MSU hockey team enters play today at the bottom of the CCHA standings and four points behind 11th-place Northern Michigan.
The Spartans will be trying to battle their way out of the CCHA basement with its weekend series against Northern Michigan at Munn. Tonight’s game is at 6:35 p.m. (Big Ten Network) and Saturday’s is at 7:35 p.m. (Fox Sports Detroit).
After this weekend, MSU closes the regular season with a road series at sixth-place Alaska on Feb. 22-23 and then a home series against second-place Western Michigan on March 1-2.
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*** MSU’s baseball team is fresh off an NCAA Tournament appearance and is hoping to build off that. The Spartans begin their season today in South Carolina. Solari has all you need to know about the team in his preview that’s in today’s editions.
***Rivalry week continues for MSU as the Spartan women’s basketball team takes on Michigan at noon Saturday in Ann Arbor. The game is airing on the Big Ten Network. Annalise Pickrel talked a little about the Michigan game following Wednesday’s win over Indiana and said singing the fight song in the tunnel in Ann Arbor is one of her favorite things about being a Spartan.
***It’s been pretty clear around these parts that Mark Dantonio and his staff have done a remarkable job of recruiting unheralded players and turning them into stars. Tom Dienhart from the Big Ten Network has an interesting look at the Big Ten as a whole and some of the top players from the conference that were rated as 2-star recruits by Scout.
And there’s also a look at 5-star prospects that didn’t pan out.
The 2-star MSU standouts listed included Kirk Cousins, Le’Veon Bell, Jerel Worthy and Kaleb Thornhill. Keshawn Martin and Denicos Allen just missed the cut.