Men’s Sports

Illinois Stomps Michigan State

The Michigan State men’s tennis team lost 6-1 to No. 11 Illinois, snapping their two-game win streak.

The Spartans (8-11, 2-4) came away with only one singles win as they continue to adjust to life without senior co-captain Aaron Pfister, who missed the game with an injury.

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Spartans’ Draft Stocks after NCAA Tournament

After a disappointing loss to UConn in the Elite Eight, four Spartans now have time to think about their NBA futures.

Adreian PayneKeith ApplingGary Harris and Branden Dawson are all targets of NBA scouts and general managers. Their draft stocks have gone up and down throughout the season, especially in the tournament. Here is where each player’s draft stock stands.

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Spartans Battle in Crosstown Showdown, Lose 3-2

Michigan State took on its crosstown rival in Lansing in the Crosstown Showdown for an eighth consecutive year. The Spartans geared up ready for the game despite the elements. The temperature at first pitch was 39 degrees.

“Most of the guys were pretty impressed with the crowd,” MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. said. “I think especially it being a cold night, a lot of people came out still.”

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Crew Club Closes Scheduling Gap by Picking Up the Cincinnati Regatta

After their home race, the State Cup in Lansing, was canceled, MSU Crew Club had a large gap in their schedule between their spring training trip that ended on March 8 and their next race, the Lubbers Cup which starts on April 12.

That has now changed, as the men’s rowing club picked up a race on Saturday, April 5 on Lake Besha in Bethel, Ohio.

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Last Leg – #5 – 4/4/14

Spring has sprung and that means it is finally outdoor season for MSU track and field.

In this episode of Last Leg, Alexa talks about the team’s first outdoor meet and then talks to assistant coach Randy Gillon about the team’s expectations and their upcoming home meet. Alexa also talks to senior runner Sara Kroll about what it is like to travel so much throughout the year and their anticipations for this weekend.

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Spartan Lacrosse Holds off WMU

The MSU men’s lacrosse team defeated the WMU Broncos 13-9, at Ralph Young Field Wednesday night.

The win moves MSU to 8-2 overall, and 4-0 in CCLA play.

The teams traded goals for the first half, with the Broncos holding a 4-3 lead late into the second quarter.

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After 23 Games Away, Spartans Back at McLane

Michigan State baseball opened up their home season against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies on Wednesday.

“It’s good to finally be home,” MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. said. “We love playing here.”

Redshirt senior Chase Rihtarchik was on the mound for the Spartans. The righty looked to improve on his 0-2 record against the Golden Grizzlies.

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Coveted Defensive Lineman McDowell Officially Signs with Spartans

Michigan State received a few big, last-minute verbal commitments on National Signing Day, but none was bigger than five-star defensive end Malik McDowell.

McDowell, the top rated player from the state of Michigan, chose the Spartans over in-state rival Michigan, Ohio State and Florida State.

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Spartan Playbook: Weight Throw – Antonio James

MSU track & field’s Antonio James teaches how to become an expert in the weight throw. When it comes to these events, James takes it to another level.

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Spartan Playbook connects sports fans to the most high-profile athletes at Michigan State University. In each episode of Spartan Playbook, the most strategic moves in each sport are explored.

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Walk the Line – #24 – 4/1/14

It was a good run.

With Sunday’s loss to the 5.5-pont underdog UConn Huskies in NYC, the 2013-’14 MSU Spartan men’s basketball season came to a close, but it was a run filled with amazing memories from the last few weeks.

Dan Krier & Ryan Smith spend Ep.24 of Walk the Line discussing the Spartans’ final game and look forward to this weekend’s upcoming Final Four battles in Dallas.

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Impact Izzone – Tournament Edition #3

Blake hosts the latest edition of Impact Izzone and Hayes calls in from Middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania to discuss what went wrong in New York for the Spartans’ men’s basketball team.

The two also preview the Final Four and Hayes even has an Andy Katz story. They are willing to bet you do not.

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The Pact – #24 – 3/31/14

The state of Michigan had a rough day on Sunday. Both the Spartans and Wolverines fell in the Elite Eight.

Faith fills in for Fino as the rest of the gang shares their thoughts on MSU’s heartbreaking defeat to No.7 UConn at Madison Square Garden.

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Spartans Crush Hawkeyes

The Michigan State men’s tennis team completed the weekend Big Ten sweep after beating Iowa on Sunday afternoon, 5-2.

The Spartans (8-10, 2-3) are on a two-game win streak, both of which came against ranked teams (No. 71 Iowa and No. 58 Nebraska).

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Trip to North Texas on the Line against UConn

Tom Izzo has never coached a senior that has not made it to the Final Four. A win on Sunday against the Connecticut Huskies will continue that incredible streak.

No. 7 UConn is a bit of a surprise team to make it to the Elite Eight, beating No. 10 St. Joseph’s, No. 2 Villanova and No. 3 Iowa State on its way. The Huskies are led by arguably the best point guard in the nation, Shabazz Napier.

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Outdoor Track and Field Season Starts with Raleigh Relays

Spring has finally arrived, and with it brings the Michigan State outdoor track and field season.

Unlike the indoor season, running outdoors opens the gateway for a number of other events. The majority of these events take place in the middle of the day, which allows for athletes that specialize in speed and power to spend the morning physically and mentally preparing for their event.

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Spartans Take down Cornhuskers

Michigan State continued their home dominance with a win against No. 58 Nebraska. The 4-3 win marked the Spartans first conference win.

“We knew we had to start the winning ways if we were going to try and make a run,” said MSU head coach Gene Orlando. “I’m really proud of how the guys fought.”

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