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Tipping off the basketball season

The Michigan State men’s basketball team arrived in Germany in the middle of the night as they get set to open their season against UConn at the Ramstein Air Base.

Columnist Graham Couch will be heading overseas later today and will have that covered for us. Meanwhile we have a great deal of content to get you prepared for the men’s and women’s basketball season included in today’s edition of the LSJ along with all the election coverage.

Starting with the men, Solari writes about the combination of Derrick Nix and Adreian Payne and the size that gives the Spartans. Still the duo playing together is something that won’t occur too much it appears.

Couch takes a look at several things regarding Izzo’s bunch with the five things to watch, player-by-player capsules, the top 10 players in the Big Ten, the 10 games to watch and provides his prediction for every game this season. Then we also take a quick look at every team in the conference.

Elsewhere on the net, MSU is ranked 13th in Sports Illustrated’s college basketball rankings and Yahoo’s Pat Forde ranks Gary Harris among the 25 most intriguing players in college basketball.

Then with MSU women’s team, Suzy Merchant is trying to overcome the early season injuries and suspensions to lead the Spartans to another successful season. And we also take a look at every Big Ten women’s team with capsules.

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21 Responses to Tipping off the basketball season

  1. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    I like it with the exception of the Miami game until I saw this ending
    March 24 in Dayton, Ohio: Sixth-seed Creighton, a veteran squad led by junior stud Doug McDermott, stuns MSU despite 29 from Gary Harris. Record: 26-8
    Come on Graham, you should know Coach Izzos record as a favorite in the secone round.

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      Little P***Ant Cracker didn’t get to ride on the plane, so he’s just having a hissy fit. Actually his record over on Mlive in picking basketball games last winter was abysmal. Like 38% correct, he picked Whiskey whenever we played them, He picked the Acorns every time we played them and he picked Paris Hilton (this is basketball, ’89) Same with IU, I think. Guy knows about as much about sports as my 3 year old granddaughter knows about quantum physics.

  2. avatar '89 Chemistry says:

    Football fans: One “Green Guy” has an interesting post on the last thread:
    http://db.lsj.com/blogswp/spartanshadows/msu-football-spartans-focused-on-moving-forward/#comment-5732
    (I’ll also be posting a link below that to Dantonio breaking down critical plays in the last seven minutes of the UNL game.)

    • avatar MayoSpartan says:

      Interesting 2013 thoughts from Greenguy. I am not throwing the towel in on 2012/13 yet, as green guy hints, 7-5 with a bowl win is still on the table.
      Even if it’s 6-6, a bowl and win makes 2013 depth charts more interesting.
      More practices and needed growth among the 2nd and 3rd listed on the charts. Plus a bowl win is the best note to end any season. Look forward to the review of the last 8 MSU offensive plays.

  3. avatar jerseyjohn says:

    after watching the 2 exhibition games, i see no progress in byrd..i think we are looking at the next dahlman..i love trice, he can run the team.

  4. avatar dmbtierney says:

    I see the team gets a ride in a C-130 Hercules. Having spent four years in the Air Force, I can tell you this is like riding in the back of a semi. Now, a C-5 or the old Pregnant Guppie, now you’re talking about a ride! Hell, even a C-141 Starlifter would have been better. Hey, Marine: remember the Pregnant Guppie?

    • avatar behind the green curtain says:

      My one man fan club probably flew helicopters only, he dreamed of running with the bulls or climbing Kilimenjaro in Tanzania. Most likely a radar o reilly type.

      • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

        I’ve flown everything from UH-1 to AV-8′s there bunkie, with more than 2000 sorties in F-4n/j/s and only 10 of those flights were PR stunts.

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      I do, but if they put the Herc through it’s paces as the Marine Corps does, it could be an E-coupon ride. Ever seen Fat Albert at a Blues Show?

  5. avatar '89 Chemistry says:

    Sounds like Rexrode enjoyed his C-130 ride with the team:
    http://tinyurl.com/d5k3r9x

    [Note the co-pilot's home town.]

    Cutting-room floor: Joe got a kick out of the players when they started photographing a sleeping reporter [MLive's Leung].

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      Do you know if Couch was on c-130?

      • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

        idk–and I won’t read his stuff to find out. I would think that his not being on the C-130 would’ve been Tweeted by Joe at the time [and thus it would've been on the DFP Twitter feed?].

        • avatar Spartan 81 says:

          Yes, I think everyone was invited on the C-130 short flight and access to players more controlled than 9 hours over the ocean.

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