More of that Big Ten (basketball) magic

First Minnesota knocks off No. 1 Indiana, which wasn’t a complete surprise. Then Penn State beats No. 4 Michigan – perhaps the biggest shock of the season.

Who’d have thought a week ago that MSU’s loss to the Hoosiers wouldn’t be as much of a death-blow to the Spartans’ Big Ten title hopes? This makes Sunday’s game in Ann Arbor that much more important for MSU to rediscover the mojo it had in dismantling the Wolverines the first time around in East Lansing.

And the past two days also proves something I’ve said for months now – Penn State and Nebraska, to me, are every bit the big stories of the Big Ten. Regardless of records, neither has been the doormat people predicted at the start of the season. That only makes the conference that much more of a gauntlet.

Of course, we’ll see what that battle-tested nature means for how each team physically come March.

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24 Responses to More of that Big Ten (basketball) magic

  1. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Paris is burning!!

  2. avatar The Tanner says:

    Tommy go down to Chrysler baby !!!

    Nixer stop talkin baby !!!

    Keither bang up shoulder baby !!!

    The Tanner brings the good baby !!!

    • avatar Cream of sum yung gi says:

      Please put it to bed. The real “tanfan” was mildly annoying at best. Your feeble attempt at imitation is boring and on some weird level, actually an insult to the original idiot. Cue the family feud “ehhh” noise…you fail.

  3. avatar MSU Owns Beilien says:

    Michigan has been overrated all year, it was only a matter of time before they lost a game like this.

  4. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    WeON wears his Fab Five Final Four wound like a crown
    He calls his child Brandon
    ‘Cause he likes the name
    And he sends him to the finest school in town

    WEON, WEON likes his money
    He makes a lot they say
    Spend his days counting
    In the BTN studio converted warehouse by the Dan Ryan motorway

    He was born a pauper to a pawn on a 600 thousand dollar signing day
    When the Dept of Justice said Ed Martin is dead
    And the recruiting war’s begun
    Big Dog has a son playing for SCUM today

    And he shall be WEON
    And he shall be a good market for Walmart fans
    And ESPN shall be promoting WEON
    In tradition with the merchandise branding plan
    And he shall be WEON
    And he shall be a big seller with Walmart Fans
    Walmart shall sell WEON

    Brandon sells cartoon balloons in Free Press town
    His family business thrives
    Drew Sharp throws up the tide has turned trial balloons all day
    Sits on the porch swing watching them fly

    And Drew Sharp, he wants to go to Bristol Conn.
    Leaving Weon far behind
    Take off trial balloon and go sailing
    While Weon Weon slowly dies

    And he shall be WEON
    And he shall be a good market for Walmart fans
    And ESPN shall be promoting WEON
    In tradition with the merchandise branding plan
    And he shall be WEON
    And he shall be a big seller with Walmart Fans
    Walmart shall sell WEON

    • avatar The Tanner says:

      Dukie V. say sorry to Nixer baby !!!

      Tommy go on sport radio baby !!!

      The Tanner is on fire baby !!!

  5. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    “So you want to come to Ann Arbor and act like a big shot without actually doing …
    You”ll fit right in” REQUIEM FOR WEON

    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, 30 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 matador defense at the end of last nights’s Penn State 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

  6. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    They’re voting on the Pairs thread at Freep (in the article where the players whine about the officials) and 322/498 say this is the beginning of the end (64%)

  7. avatar Jeff says:

    Michigan is 4-5 on the road this year.

  8. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:


    up until Feb they had only played 6 “away” games and half of those were at neutral sites. The only true away game they won (meaning, a hostile crowd and a reasonable opponent) was against Minny when they had already met and past their first peak of the season. This is a very weak team mentally, if they get a bad 1st round matchup like they did last year – they’ll be out early.

  9. avatar Tru Ghost of Bo says:

    Word has it that there were some “bad”calls near the end of the game. Now this does come from an impartial Wolverwhine, understand that but………………

    Every cloud has a silver lining, with KY flailing and falling, MI slipping and sliding, this could set up an Epic, I say EPIC battle, between two famous Blues,
    for the NIT Championship……

  10. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Cracker took down a post of that “a very anti-couch poster” on that other blog, guys a real chairwarmer. When is LSJ going to hire a REAL Spartan Beat writer who can have a real Spartan blog. Chris and Brian have been relegated to covering “the othe sports” and while as a Lacrosse player I know how important that is, but these threads stay up forever and Cheese-it doesn’t do basketball or football worth a darn because he has no access. Anyone can quote other writers on the internet or copy their interviews. Guy is just wasting air.

  11. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Hey GoST8go right now Lunardi has VCU set against MSU in a second round matchup. Maybe your spouse prophecy will come true.

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