Men’s Sports

Spartans Start Strong, but Fall to Gophers

The Michigan State wrestling team lost to No. 2 Minnesota, 36-3, at the Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis for the Big Ten opener Friday night.

The Spartans (2-2) were facing a tough match up with the Gophers (4-0), but they got things going when redshirt freshman Mitch Rogaliner won a 7-5 decision over Jordan Bremer at 125 pounds. This was his first career start in a Big Ten dual and he improved to 7-2 for the season. Read More…

Seniors Show Out in 45-3 Win Versus Rutgers

Nothing but pressure and expectations has been placed on this year’s Michigan State football senior class. After last season’s Big Ten and Rose Bowl championships, the Spartans failed to live up to the unfair hype assigned to them in 2014.

Although there was no big stage or trophy to be played for, in their last game together at Spartan Stadium, the seniors stole the show in a dominating 45-3 win against Rutgers. Read More…

No. 3 Seed MSU Men’s Soccer Team Ready for Glory

It’s been 46 years since Michigan State has gotten to hoist the most coveted trophy in collegiate soccer. Trending upwards, the Spartans must only have their eyes on gold in 2014.

With the third seed in the bracket, expectations will be deservedly high for the Spartans, who kick off the tournament Sunday at 1 PM against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies. The Spartans lost a 2-0 contest when playing at Oakland earlier this year. Read More…

Spartans Routing Rutgers on Senior Day: 35-0 at Halftime

On a wet cold afternoon, the No. 10 Michigan State Spartans started strong in their last home game of the season against Rutgers.  At halftime, MSU leads  Rutgers 28-0.

The first four Spartan touchdowns came from seniors – a 30-yard pass from Connor Cook to Tony Lippett, a pair of rushing touchdowns from Jeremy Langford, and a 1-yard touchdown run by Nick Hill.  In the final thirty seconds of the half, Connor Cook found R.J. Shelton in the end zone for the fifth Michigan State score of the half. Read More…

Spartans Fail to Earn Sweep Against Buckeyes

Consistency continues to elude the Michigan State hockey team. After skating to an impressive 3-1 victory over Ohio State on Thursday night, the Spartans had a momentous opportunity to earn a sweep and start turning the corner. The Buckeyes had other plans however, as Ohio State shutout the Spartans 3-0 on Friday night .

After a scoreless first period, Ohio State opened the scoring early in the second. A two-on-one shot by Matt Johnson initially was ruled a no-goal, but after a video review on the next stoppage it was ruled that Johnson had indeed beat MSU goalie Jake Hildebrand. That made it 1-0 OSU 2:16 into the second period. Read More…

MSU leads Northwestern In TYR Invite

The Spartan men swimmers are leading the Northwestern TYR Invitational in first and the women are trailing behind Northwestern in second place after Friday’s finals.

MSU swam their way to the top of the invite with a big gap in between first and second; Northwestern is now trailing behind with 285 points.

MSU men and women swimmers ended up taking first place spots in five of the 12 events. Read More…

Hot Spartans Demolish Ramblers in Home Opener

East Lansing was frigid on Friday night for the home opener, but nothing could cool down the Spartans. The Loyola (IL) Ramblers were victims of an offensive onslaught led by Marvin Clark, Jr. and Branden Dawson. MSU was firing on all cylinders and rolled to an easy 87-52 win.

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Cross Country on the Last Leg of the Season

Michigan State’s cross country team is down to the last leg of the season, literally (and no pun intended). The No. 1 ranked women and No. 17 ranked men ran last week in the Great Lakes Regional meet to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country National Championship this Saturday in Terre Haute, Indiana.

While this is the race that it all comes down to, according to head coach Walt Drenth the teams have already met the outcomes they put forth in the beginning of the year. Read More…

Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 13 & NFL Wk 12 – 11/21/14

After grinding out a win at Maryland (and covering the -12) last Saturday night, the Michigan State Spartans football team returns to East Lansing for their final home game of the season, favored by 22 points against Rutgers.

Do the Spartans have enough motivation to blow out the Scarlet Knights, or will this be a rainy noon kickoff game that sees Rutgers keeping it too close for comfort? Dan Krier & Brooks Laimbeer look at this week’s games (including the Lions +7 @ New England) and discuss the probable NCAA Football Championship Final Four.

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Corner Kick – NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament Preview

On Sunday, the NCAA Selection Committee narrowed the 2014 NCAA Tournament field to 48 teams, and on Monday at 1 p.m., teams waited eagerly to see if they made the tourney or received a seed.

Brooks Laimbeer, host of Corner Kick, and J.R. Eskilson, topdrawersoccer.com reporter, give their predictions for each round, discuss possible upsets and what teams have the most difficult road to the College Cup.

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Opinion: MSU Looked Fantastic Against Duke

MSU looked fantastic on Tuesday night against the Duke Blue Devils. I do not mean that sarcastically.

I am legitimately impressed with the performance that Michigan State basketball turned in against Duke.

Yes, State lost by double-digits and looked like it has a ways to go before it is anywhere near returning to championship form, but it does not appear that it is too far away. Read More…

Opinion: Breaking Down Men’s Hockey’s Newest Recruits

The early-signing period for the NLI has come and gone and Michigan State hockey has done quite well. The Spartans recently announced five NLI signees that will join the team as freshmen next season.

Unlike last year’s class that was primarily defensive-minded (highlighted by D-man Josh Jacobs and goaltender Ed Minney) next year’s class will likely add some much-needed scoring depth and potential to the roster. Read More…

Behind the Mask – #12 – 11/19/14

This week on Behind the Mask, hosts Jason Ruff and Brian Bobal recap Michigan State men’s ice hockey’s close loss to No. 8 Boston College and what they take away following MSU’s fifth one-goal loss this season.

In addition, our hosts look at the MSU women’s upcoming series against Davenport, take a look at Tom Anastos’ latest recruiting class, and preview Michigan State’s Big Ten opener against Ohio State. Read More…

Okafor, Blue Devils Too Much for Spartans

When Tom Izzo and Mike Krzyzewski get together, you know it is going to be a battle.

Coach K’s ridiculously talented Blue Devils defeated Coach Izzo’s young Spartans in the Champions Classic Tuesday night, 81-71.

Duke came armed with the best recruiting class in the nation, featuring the crown jewel of the group, Jahlil Okafor. He was the top-ranked recruit in the 2014 class and is considered the favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft this summer. Read More…

Spartans Earn No. 3 Overall Seed in NCAA Tourney

An inconsistent Internet feed from NCAA.com made the room even more tense as the Spartans eagerly waited to see where they would end up in the NCAA Tournament.

All of a sudden the Internet feed came to and on the screen appeared a No. 3 seed for the Michigan State Spartans and the team got up out of their seats and cheered and congratulated each other on their hard work during the regular season. Read More…

Spartan Red Zone – #28 – Eat the Frog

The guys are tired after a long weekend out in Maryland, but Dan Tyler, Bradley Allen and Andre Sims give you another episode of Spartan Red Zone! The three talk about their experience in Maryland last Saturday on and off the field.

Closing credit song of the week is Spartan football locker room favorite “Rather Be”! Read More…

Previewing Key Non-Conference Matchups for Men’s Basketball

Before Big Ten conference play begins on December 30 with a matchup against Maryland, MSU faces a brutal non-conference schedule that will test head coach Tom Izzo’s young team right away. Sure, there are some cupcakes along the way with home games against Loyola (Chicago), Arkansas-Pine Bluff and The Citadel, but there are some grisly showdowns on the horizon.

Here is a preview of the biggest games of the non-conference schedule. Read More…

Wrestling Soars at EMU Open

The Michigan State wrestling team went 2-1 at the Eastern Michigan Duals on Saturday in Ypsilanti. The Spartan squad defeated Kent State (32-7) and Olivet College (44-0) and lost the match to Chattanooga (24-13).

Nick McDiarmid (197) John Rizqallah (184) Roger Wildmo (157) and Javier Gasca (133) went 3-0 on the day, setting the bar for MSU. Read More…

Cross Country Runs a Straight Path to Nationals

Michigan State cross country carved a clear path to nationals this Friday at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The women placed first and men second in their races to receive automatic bids to the NCAA National Cross Country Championship in Terre Haute, Indiana next week.

The No.1 ranked women ran to a first-place finish in the 6K race with 28 total points. This is the team’s sixth regional title. Read More…

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