Men’s Sports

Corner Kick Exclusive: Post-MLS Draft Podcast with Kevin Cope & Rauwshan McKenzie

Former Michigan State men’s soccer defender Kevin Cope was selected 25th overall by the Philadelphia Union in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft on Thursday. Today, Kevin joins Corner Kick reporter, Brooks Laimbeer, in an exclusive post-draft audio interview. Former Spartan standout and current member of the MLS’ Portland TimbersRauwshan McKenzie, as well as Michigan State men’s soccer assistant coach Ben Pirmann join in on the post-draft conversations.

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Walk the Line – #17 – 1/17/14

With only 3 more NFL games left in this impossibly unpredictable season, Dan Krier & Ryan Smith dig in to prognosticate the outcomes of this Sunday’s AFC and NFC Conference Championships games.

Will New England and Tom Brady be able to cover the 5.5-point spread against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos? Is this Seattle’s year to shine or will Colin Kaepernick lead the 3.5-point underdog 49ers back to a second-consecutive Super Bowl?

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Opinion: Big Ten Hockey’s Original Six Counterparts

As Big Ten hockey starts to heat up, one cannot help but think of the conference’s similarities to the Original Six teams that started the National Hockey League. Both started with six teams, both were upstarts at their inception, and like the NHL, the Big Ten hockey conference has potential to expand and flourish. Don’t think that the similarities stop there, the college teams themselves have stark similarities to their Original Six counterparts. Here are my picks for the Big Ten hockey teams’ Original Six counterparts. Read More…

Spartans Face-off against Fighting Illini

The No. 4 Michigan State Spartans (16-1, 4-0) are on the road once again headed to Champaign, Ill. to take on the Fighting Illini (13-5, 2-3) at the State Farm Center this Saturday.

Michigan State goes into the game winning their past nine games and being undefeated on the road.

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Weekend Hockey Preview: MSU vs. Penn State

On what may be one of the more critical weekends of this Big Ten hockey season, Michigan State (6-10-3) will host Penn State (4-12-1) for two matchups on Friday, Dec. 17 and Saturday, Dec. 18 at Munn Ice Arena. The Spartans are coming off of a disappointing weekend in Columbus, Ohio. They went 0-1-1 against the Ohio State Buckeyes, gaining only two points out of a possible six. Read More…

Spartans Remain Unscathed in Big Ten

Michigan State only needed 40 minutes to defeat the Northwestern University Wildcats Wednesday night by a tally of 54-40 and remain undefeated atop the Big Ten standings.

As they have for most of the year, the Spartans came out slow and only led Northwestern 26-22 heading into halftime. MSU shot 1-11 from three point range in the first half. They ended the game 2-16 from behind the arc.

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Spartans Survive Overtime Once Again

In their second overtime contest in as many games, Michigan State was able to comeback from a double-digit deficit, defeating the University of Minnesota 87-75.

Kenny Kaminski came out on fire, hitting his first five three-pointers. He finished with 15 points. Despite Kaminski’s hot shooting, the Gophers went on a 12-2 run in the first half and led by as many as 10 points. MSU was able to narrow the deficit to five and trailed 41-36 at halftime. Read More…

Opinion: Dawson Disappointing but Knows His Role for MSU

In November, I wrote an article about how Branden Dawson would be the X factor for Michigan State this season. At the time, he had been bragging about his new-look jump shot that would transform his game.

As of now, nothing has really changed for the junior from Gary, Ind. Read More…

Opinion: Spartan Hockey Gains Momentum

Despite coming up short at the Great Lakes Invitational over winter break, the Spartan hockey team has a lot of positives to build on, and it appears they are peaking at just the right time.

Big Ten play is about to kick into overdrive, and with four winnable games against Ohio State and Penn State coming up, the Spartans have an opportunity to become a tour-de-force for the rest of the season. Read More…

Walk the Line – #16 – 1/10/14

Dan Krier & Ryan Smith kick off 2014 by basking in the glow of Michigan State’s breathtaking 24-20 Rose Bowl victory over the Stanford Cardinal, reminiscing about the California sunshine and beautiful weather that helped make Michigan State University’s dream come true.

On this week’s show, Dan and Ryan break down the NFL Divisional playoff games, with great matchups in each of the four weekend games.

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Corner Kick Roundtable #5

In the fifth edition of Corner Kick Roundtable, co-host, Brooks Laimbeer interviews Matt Doyle, news media editor at MLSsoccer.com, about the 2014 MLS Combine and the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.

Doyle gives predictions on where former Michigan State defenseman Kevin Cope will go in the Draft, and if any current Michigan State players have a future in the MLS. Read More…

Louisville Hires Petrino, Narduzzi to Stay for Now

Michigan State enjoyed their most successful football season of all-time in 2013, finishing 13-1 after defeating Stanford (11-2) in the 100th Rose Bowl Game.

Much of that success was due in part to one of the most dominant defense in the nation. The Spartans ended the season allowing just over 13 points per game along with an average of 86 yards rushing allowed per game.

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Spartans Hold off No. 3 Buckeyes, Win in Overtime, 72-68

“We survived.”

Tom Izzo had the best description of the Spartans’ performance in their 72-68 overtime win against No. 3 Ohio State Tuesday night.

Michigan State was once again short handed and plagued by injuries. The team was without Travis Trice due to illness. Adreian Payne nearly did not play because of a sprained foot, and Keith Appling battled leg cramps throughout most of the game.

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Preview and Predictions for Tonight’s Top-Five Matchup

If the Michigan State Spartans want to make a claim for the Big Ten regular season title, a win tonight against the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes would go a long way.

MSU (13-1) is facing an extremely experienced and talented (15-0) Ohio State team that is off to their best start since the 2010-2011 season. Led by their captain, fifth-year senior Aaron Craft, the Buckeyes are probably the Spartans’ biggest threat at a Big Ten title. Read More…

Marquee Matchup: Aaron Craft vs. Keith Appling

When talking about Ohio State, the first player that comes to mind is most likely point guard Aaron Craft.

In his senior season with the Buckeyes, Craft is the leader of an undefeated and third-ranked team heading into only its second true road game of the season. He is not expected to put up 20 points a night, but defense is how he earns his keep.

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