Men’s Basketball

The Pact – #12 – 12/30/13

2013 has been a whirlwind of a year for Impact Sports.  As one of the many firsts this year, fall marked the inaugural semester of The Pact – the only sportstalk show on FM-radio in the mid-Michigan area.

Hosted by Anthony “Fino” Serafino, the show has booked high profile guests from Lupe Izzo, to former MSU and NFL running back Todd “TJ” Duckett.

This week on the Pact, panelist and producer Lou DiVizio gives a look back on some of the most memorable interviews from 2013.  

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Year in Review: The Biggest Sports Newsmakers of 2013

2013 has been a year of ups and downs for sports. There has been inspiring highs and devastating lows.

Below, Impact Sports looks at 10 of the biggest sports newsmakers of 2013. These newsmakers changed the human eye of sports this year and had an impact on the future of athletics.

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Payne Has Career Game as Spartans Down Longhorns

Erwin Center was rocking on Saturday, as the upstart Texas Longhorns hosted number five-ranked Sparty. Rick Barnes’ squad was looking to avenge their 67-56 loss from last year in East Lansing.

Texas surprised many experts this year, starting the season 10-1 with an impressive win over North Carolina in Chapel Hill. MSU came into the game shorthanded, with Matt Costello out due to illness and a banged-up Gary Harris coming off the bench. Read More…

Impact Izzone 12/19

In the long overdue return of the Izzone, Hayes talks about the Spartan’s game against North Florida as well as his take on the state of MSU basketball.

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Injured, Rusty Spartans Survive Oakland

A short-handed Michigan State team narrowly edged Oakland University, 67-63, Saturday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Spartans were without Gary Harris due to an ankle injury, Matt Costello because of mononucleosis and Kenny Kaminski who is suspended indefinitely, due to academic issues. Read More…

The Pact – #9 – 12/9/13

Can you smell the roses?

The Pact can, and they bring you their opinions on MSU’s Big Ten win. Tune in for an exclusive interview with Becky Dantonio, wife of Big Ten Coach of the Year, Mark Dantonio, as she shares her opinions on Coach D’s dance moves.

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Tar Heels Topple Michigan State

Michigan State suffered its first loss of the 2013-14 season Wednesday night at the hands of the North Carolina Tar Heels 79-65.

The Spartans were dominated from the start getting out rebounded once again, this time 49-38.

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Scouting Report: North Carolina Tar Heels

In what could be the biggest challenge of the season since Kentucky, the North Carolina Tar Heels come to the Breslin Center on Wednesday as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The two teams will meet for the fifth time in 15 years.

North Carolina has had an interesting season, beating No. 3 Louisville but also losing to Belmont and UAB. Take a look at this box of chocolates from North Carolina:

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Scouting Report: Virginia Tech Hokies

The Spartans, fresh off their 15-point win over Portland on Monday, head to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday and Saturday as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Their first opponent is the Virginia Tech Hokies.

Let’s take a closer look at the Hokies:

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Top Prospect Offered

Michigan State recently became the nation’s No. 1 ranked college basketball team, and then they offered a scholarship to one of the nation’s best recruits.

Over the weekend, several sources reported that Montaque “Teki” Gill-Caesar received a scholarship offer from Michigan State to either become the third member of the 2014 class or the first member of the 2015 class. Read More…

Appling Leads Past Pilots

The Spartans squared off against the Portland Pilots on Monday night as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. After surviving a scare against Columbia on Friday, Coach Izzo decided to shake up the starting lineup.

Alex Gauna and Denzel Valentine started in place of Branden Dawson and Matt Costello. Dawson had eight points and seven rebounds against Columbia, and Costello failed to score in only 10 minutes of action. Read More…

The Pact – #6 – 11/18/13

MSU Football clinched at least a share of the Big Ten Legends Division title on Saturday against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Quarterback Connor Cook and the Spartans finally defeated Nebraska, for their first win ever in the Boneyard.  The panel discusses the big win, MSU’s Big Ten title hopes, and the team’s strengths and weaknesses.

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