Men’s Sports

Corner Kick – Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament Semifinals

The Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals are long gone and the semifinals are now about to kick off on Nov. 14 with the No. 2 seed Ohio State Buckeyes going up against the No. 6 seed Indiana Hoosiers at 1 p.m. Later that day, the No. 1 seed Maryland Terrapins go up against No. 5 seed Michigan State Spartans at 3:40 p.m. on Big Ten Network.

Brooks Laimbeer, host of Corner Kick, and Travis Clark, reporter for topdrawersocer.com, discuss the two semifinal matchups. Read More…

The Fighting Irish Come to Spartan Territory

Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving will be making their way to MSU this Friday.

So far this season, Notre Dame has swam against Olivet Nazarene at their own 50th Annual Dennis Stark Relays. ND came out on top at the relays, beating Olivet 240-140. ND lost when they faced Purdue, falling 161-139. Read More…

Spartans Salivate for EMU Open

The grapplers of Sparta have their next open event this coming Saturday in Ypsilanti at the EMU Open. The Spartans, coming off a successful MSU Open, look to continue their momentum before starting off the long season of dual meets. A couple of wrestlers to keep an eye on at the open are John Rizqallah, Nick McDiarmid and Garth Yenter.

Rizqallah, the 184-pound wrestler, qualified for the NCAA Championships last year. This is Rizqallah’s senior year at MSU, so you can be sure that he will leave it all on the mat night after night. Not to mention, Rizqallah has a wrestling style all his own on the mat. Read More…

Munn Celebrates Its 40th Birthday

In 1950, ice hockey returned as a varsity sport to Michigan State University after a 19-year hiatus that started in 1931. That year, the team went 0-14 but it had a new home at Demonstration Hall. The Spartans would stay there for 24 seasons and one national championship before a new arena was built right across the street in Dem Hall’s backyard.

The new arena hosted its first Spartan hockey game on Oct. 25, 1974. People packed in to watch Michigan State take on Laurentian University. The Spartans would have to wait until the next day to register their first win in their new home, as they defeated the Voyageurs 4-1 to split the series. Read More…

Behind the Mask – #11 – 11/12/14

On this episode of Behind the Mask, hosts Jason Ruff and Brian Bobal break down Michigan State’s road split against the UNH Wildcats this past weekend.

Later on, Jason and Brian look ahead to Friday’s showdown against Boston College.

For more updates on Michigan State ice hockey and field hockey, follow Jason and Brian on Twitter at @Jason_R_Ruff and @Brian_Bobal. Read More…

Spartans Look to Gain from Loss, Move on to Maryland

There’s no shame in being 7-2 and No. 12 in the AP Top 25 poll. Certainly Mark Dantonio would rather be 9-0, ranked No. 1 in all of the polls and be looking to continue perfection, but for Michigan State in 2014, that just is not the case.

“I don’t want anybody to feel bad for us,” Dantonio said in his press conference on Tuesday. “We’re still in the top 20.” Read More…

Spartans Shoot Down St. Cloud State

If you were not aware, Friday, the Michigan State men’s basketball team had a game. Michigan State continued its exhibition excellence against St. Cloud State with a 101-46 victory.

Junior guard Denzel Valentine finished the night with a triple double, while his point guard counterpart Travis Trice finished with a team-high 20 points, including a 4-8 stat from beyond the arc. Read More…

Men’s Hockey Splits Weekend at New Hampshire

The Michigan State men’s hockey team went on the road looking to return to East Lansing with a 4-4 record, but they could not get the sweep they wanted as they split their series with the University of New Hampshire.

On Friday, the Spartans’ offense started right where it left off against Ferris State.

Goals from Travis Walsh and Michael Ferrantino put the Spartans ahead 2-0 just 10 minutes in. Read More…

Spartan Defense Can’t Contain Buckeyes

The first half was a shootout, but the Buckeyes’ offense was too much for the Spartans as they went on to win on the road in East Lansing 49-37.

MSU looked as if they were taking control of the game, as Jeremy Langford ran in a touchdown to give Michigan State a 28-14 lead.  The play was called back, however, on a holding penalty by center Jack Allen. Michael Geiger then missed a field goal, and on the next play from scrimmage J.T. Barrett found MIke Thomas for a 79-yard touchdown. Read More…

No. 7 Michigan State Falls to No. 13 Ohio State

Big plays by J.T. Barrett and Ezekiel Elliott were too much for Michigan State’s defense as the Spartans lose to the Buckeyes 49-37.

After heading into halftime trailing by one touchdown, MSU was only able to tack on three points via Michael Geiger field goal in the third quarter. Ezekiel Elliott added a touchdown run late in the third quarter giving OSU a 10-point lead. Read More…

HALFTIME: OSU 28 MSU 21 in Offensive Shootout

At the end of the first half, Michigan State trails The Ohio State 21 to 28.  Connor Cook hooked up with Keith Mumphery on the first drive of the game for a 15-yard touchdown.  The Buckeyes responded with two big plays by RB Ezekiel Elliott, capped off by a 5-yard touchdown run by J.T. Barret. Barrett added another rushing touchdown after Jeremy Langford scored the second TD for MSU on a 33-yard run.  Langford had 94 rushing yards in the first half.

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Spartan Red Zone – #26 – 11/8/14

On this Impact Gameday version of Spartan Red Zone, hosts Dan Tyler and Bradley Allen break down what has been a wild week leading up to the Spartans’ primetime matchup with Ohio State.

Dan and Brad got a chance to talk with ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi and Desmond Howard on Friday about Spartan Nation and the perceived SEC bias in the media. Read More…

The Six Things to Know About Rugby Players

Admit it. If you have never played rugby, been to a match, or worse, have never even heard the term until reading this, I would assume you probably are not locked in to the Michigan State club team’s upcoming end of the season match against Illinois, or the subsequent Big Ten Finals in November.

It is okay, now is the perfect time to pay attention. But let’s back up. Read More…

Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 11 & NFL Wk 10 – 11/7/14

Now the real season starts! With the Michigan State Spartans football team staring up at both TCU and Kansas State in the most recent NCAA College Football Playoff Poll, it’s going to take a win over the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday and a cover of the -3.5 to leave a lasting impression on the selection committee.

In a rematch of last year’s Big Ten Championship game, MSU is in need of a convincing victory over Urban Meyer for the second straight season. Other great games Saturday include Notre Dame +2.5 @ Arizona St. and a death match between the aforementioned TCU, who sits at -6 versus K-State.

Check out the top-tier menu for this this week’s show… Read More…

Anyone’s Game in the 2014 Big Ten Tournament

The Big Ten regular season is over with and now the madness can begin with the Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament.

Brooks Laimbeer, host of Corner Kick, and J.R. Eskilson, reporter for topdrawersoccer.com, discuss the tournament matchups and predict who they believe will win the Big Ten Tournament.  Read More…

Hildebrand Earns Big Ten First Star

For the second week this year, a Spartan has earned the the Big Ten hockey No. 1 star. Jake Hildebrand was recently named the Big Ten’s first star hockey last Tuesday for his exceptional play against Ferris State last weekend.

Hildebrand posted a .947 save percentage, stopping 35 of 37 shots sent his way. Read More…

Spartans Face Buckeyes in Big Ten East Battle

The biggest Big Ten game of the year will be in played in East Lansing this Saturday.

September 6, 2014: The Death Of the Big Ten

Two months ago, the Big Ten’s two top dogs, Michigan State and Ohio State, both suffered losses in only their second game of the 2014 season. That was believed to be the death of the Big Ten. Read More…

Behind the Mask – #10 – 11/5/14

On this episode of Behind the Mask, hosts Jason Ruff and Brian Bobal welcome the host of The Pact, the one and only Anthony Serafino as a special guest.

Jason, Brian and Fino will break down Michigan State’s weekend split with Ferris State and give a preview of this weekend’s matchup on the road against the University of New Hampshire. They’ll also take a look at the women’s ice hockey and field hockey teams and much more! Read More…

Dantonio and Players Talk Importance of Budding Ohio State “Rivalry”

Michigan State has developed brief “rivalries” with Big Ten opponents over the years.

Most recently was with Wisconsin, a series that reached it’s peak in 2011 when the teams faced off in two classic matchups. The Spartans took the first game after Keith Nichol caught a hail mary from Kirk Cousins as time expired. The two teams faced off again in the inaugural Big Ten Championship, with Wisconsin barely edging the Spartans. Read More…

MSU Club Dodgeball Competes in Annual Tournament

On Sunday, November 2, an annual dodgeball tournament started by former captain Ian Childs was held in East Lansing. The premise of the tournament was to showcase good teams and encourage out-of-state teams to come play early in the season.

This year, Western Kentucky, Grand Valley, Central Michigan and DePaul University all attended the early season tournament. Each team played each other once. The Spartans were able to win two of four games. Read More…

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