Men’s Basketball

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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Spartans Survive Columbia

In what was supposed to be a victory lap following a win against the No. 1 team in the nation, Michigan State struggled to defeat the Columbia University Lions 62-53 Friday night.

The Spartans started the game on a 9-0 run, but struggled to get out in transition for much of the game, with scoring on the fast break. State only had 10 fast break points on the game. Columbia led 26-22 at the half. Read More…

The Pact – #5 – 11/11/13

MSU women’s field hockey took home the Big Ten Championship Sunday and claimed a position in the NCAA Tournament.

Junior forward Allie Ahern visits the show and discusses her team’s success to this point and previews the NCAA tournament, which the Spartans begin Wednesday, in East Lansing.

Lupe Izzo, wife of MSU Head Basketball Coach Tom Izzo, gives her opinion of this year’s Spartan Squad, provides her insight on the Spartan head coach, and shares some personal stories from her years in the MSU family.

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Spartans Win Tune-Up

Michigan State won their first regular season game of the 2013 season 98-56 against McNeese State University.

The Spartans got off to a slow start in the first half with McNeese St. briefly leading in the first four minutes of the half. Michigan State’s offense started working when the team started scoring on transition. They scored 40 fast break points in the game. Read More…

Spartans Finish Exhibition Season Strong

Michigan State won their final exhibition game of the season, 83-45, against Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Monday.

Gary Harris led all scorers with 21 points. Keith Appling scored only three points in the game, but contributed 11 assists with no turnovers.

MSU shot lights out from behind the arc, finishing the game with almost 47 percent shooting from three-point range. Despite the score, Tom Izzo was displeased with the team’s ability to finish. Read More…

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