Men’s Sports

Men’s Basketball Opens Preseason With Win

Michigan State welcomed back senior Russell Byrd to start the 2014-2015 basketball preseason, as MSU beat the former Spartan and The Masters College 97-56 Monday night.

Byrd scored the first three points for the Mustangs and led the team with 22 points on 7-22 shooting. 19 of his 22 shots were from behind the arc.

Byrd spoke before the coaches at the postgame press conference. Read More…

The Return of Russell Byrd

Who remembers Russell Byrd? You should.

It is hard to forget the majestic shot that Byrd put up last year against Iowa that put the Spartans ahead in a tight game. The former MSU guard transferred from MSU to The Master’s College this past year to finish his senior year. Read More…

Swim and Dive Competes in Buffalo

The Michigan State swim and dive team traveled to Buffalo, New York to compete against Army and Buffalo in a two day meet.

To end the two day meet, the MSU men beat Buffalo 185-130 and Army 188.5-164.5. The women fell to Buffalo 173-142, and Army defeated MSU in the last race to make the final score 179.5-173.5. Read More…

Opinion: Best-Case/Worst-Case Scenarios for Men’s Basketball’s “Big Three”

A new men’s basketball season is finally upon us, and with it comes the endless speculation by fans and experts alike. The success or struggles of Travis Trice, Denzel Valentine and Branden Dawson will determine the success or struggles of the Michigan State Spartans as a whole.

Here are the best-case and worst-case scenarios for the Spartans’ “Big Three.” Read More…

Spartans Fall to Wolverines in Front of Record-Breaking DeMartin Crowd

A back and forth Mitten Derby between the Michigan State Spartans and Michigan Wolverines, in front of a record-breaking crowd of 3,003 at DeMartin Stadium, saw five goals in 90 minutes on Sunday.

The Wolverines got off to a quick start within the first minute when junior midfielder, William Mellors-Blair, got in behind the Spartan defense on a through ball and ripped a shot at junior goalkeeper, Zach Bennett, which Bennett easily saved. Read More…

Cross Country Runs to Top of Big Ten Championship

Redshirt senior Leah O’Connor led Michigan State women’s cross country to its second straight and fourth Big Ten title in five years this weekend in Iowa City, Iowa. The Big Ten Championship was the first leg of the postseason competition for MSU.

The women came in first place with 26 total points and the team put four runners in the top ten, more than any other team. The score is the third-lowest in Big Ten history. Read More…

Men’s Hockey Bounces Back with Big Win

After virtually no puck luck in a disappointing loss Friday night, the puck had a change of heart Saturday night and started to bounce in Michigan State’s favor.

Four different Spartans scored, eight different Spartans registered at least a point and Jake Hildebrand made 19 saves to power Michigan State (2-4) to a 4-1 win to earn a split in the weekend series against Ferris State. Read More…

Men’s Soccer Looks to Defeat In-State Rival

Sunday at 2 p.m,  the Michigan State men’s soccer team will attempt to replicate the success of their acquaintances playing American football. The Spartans and Michigan Wolverines will be battling again for the Big Bear Trophy, which currently resides in East Lansing.

In years past, Michigan State has had immense success at home, winning the last five contests at DeMartin Stadium against their in-state rivals. Michigan comes in at 5-7-3 (2-2-2 in the Big Ten) while MSU boasts a 9-3-4 (3-1-2) record that has kept them in the top 25. Given the teams’ records this season, one would expect the streak to continue. Read More…

Bad Luck on Offense Haunts Spartans Again

The ghost that has tormented the Michigan State men’s ice hockey team for the last few seasons came out in full force again tonight. The Spartans threw 76 shots towards the net, 36 of them ended up on goal, but they could not get one to go past C.J. Motte, as Michigan State dropped a stinger to Ferris State 1-0 on a snowy Halloween night at Munn.

This marks the fourth consecutive one-goal loss for the Spartans, who now have been shut out twice in the last three games. It’s also Michigan State’s fifth-straight loss to Ferris State (the last two were both shutouts) and their ninth loss in the last 10 games against the Bulldogs. Read More…

Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 10 & NFL Wk 9 – 10/31/14

Happy Halloween from Walk the Line!

It’s a bye week for the Michigan State Spartans football team. It’s also a bye week for ex-Michigan Wolverines athletic director Dave Brandon, whose former team was pummeled last week 35-11 by a Spartans squad who showed the world what it’s like to shove it up into someone’s misplaced sense of superiority. Props to Dantonio. No more need to be diplomatic.

The question of MSU’s run to the College Football Playoff now centers on the Ohio State Buckeyes and a matchup here in East Lansing on Nov. 8th. In the meantime, the best of 2014 is just getting started. Our select menu on this week’s show… Read More…

Weekend Hockey Preview: Ferris State

After a troubling weekend stint in Massachusetts, the Spartans return home to East Lansing to face another daunting opponent, the No. 15 Ferris State Bulldogs.

Know Thy Enemy and Know Thyself

Michigan State is reeling, no one can dispute that, but then again so are the Bulldogs. Both teams are riding a three-game losing streak heading into this weekend’s contest, and both teams were swept last weekend, (MSU by BU and UMass-Lowell, Ferris by Michigan Tech). Read More…

Behind the Mask – #9 – 10/30/14

On this episode of Behind the Mask, hosts Jason Ruff and Brian Bobal break down last weekend’s performances by the Michigan State ice hockey and field hockey teams.

Later in the show, the hosts check in on the other Big Ten teams and preview men’s hockey’s upcoming home series against No. 14 Ferris State. Read More…

Kreutz’s Goal Off the Bench Helps Spartans Tie Fighting Irish

In a hard fought match that went back and forth all night between Michigan State and Notre Dame, the Spartans came out of South Bend, Indiana with a 1-1 draw.

For the opening minutes of the match, the Spartans controlled the possession game and worked the ball around the pitch, but could not put themselves into good scoring opportunities. Read More…

Athlete of the Week – DeMarcus Leak

For this week’s Athlete of the Week, host of The Pact, Anthony Serafino, sits down with DeMarcus Leak, a sophomore on the Michigan State track and field team.

A native of Bangor, Michigan, Leak earned a season-best in the high jump at the SPIRE Invitational last season with a jump of 7.09 meters. Read More…

Roll Out: MSU Wrestling Preview

It is that magical time for wrestling fans. Time to roll out the mats and bust out the headgear, or in my athletically challenged case, pull out the computer. For Michigan State wrestling fans, the season is rapidly approaching. Head coach and parrot aficionado Tom Minkel recently released the MSU grappling schedule.

It will not be an easy season this year, as the Spartans take on eight of the top 25 teams from last year, including a home dual against four-time reigning NCAA Champion, Penn State. In total, Michigan State will take on six ranked teams at home in the Jenison Field House.

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Opinion: Men’s Soccer Ready for Fighting Irish

In the last three years, the Spartans and Fighting Irish have met on the pitch five times. Three times during the regular season and two times during the NCAA Tournament.

The last time Michigan State beat Notre Dame was in 2010 when redshirt senior forward, Tim Kreutz, redshirt senior defender, Ryan Keener, and redshirt senior defender, Josh Barens, were freshman and adjusting to life in East Lansing. Read More…

Spartans and Wildcats Draw in Defensive Battle

In a hard-fought match between both sides, Michigan State and Northwestern could only notch one goal apiece in 110 minutes of play.

The Wildcats came out with high pressure against the Spartans, but Michigan State would set themselves up first for scoring opportunities as they earned a corner kick in the second minute and redshirt senior forward, Tim Kreutz, whipped in a cross in the eighth minute that was grabbed by senior goalkeeper, Tyler Miller. Read More…

Follow the Leader

Following our offseason update podcast last week, I wanted to address an issue that came up often during last season: leadership.

Leadership is an intangible quality that you either have or you do not, and last year, this Michigan State baseball team was lacking some true leaders. During tough games against Central Michigan (0-3 record against Central during the season) and in four extra-inning games (0-4 on season) there was little leadership presence to speak of. Read More…

Izzo Rocks Michigan State Madness

On an unseasonably warm October night, Spartan fans from around the state packed in to the Breslin Center to witness the spectacle that is Michigan State Madness (formerly known as Midnight Madness). Lines wrapped all the way around the stadium, one even stretching from the Magic Johnson statue to Shaw Lane.

Coach Tom Izzo has built quite the reputation for flashy entrances, and spectators were clueless as to what he might do this time. In recent years, Izzo rode in on a horse, came in dressed as Iron Man and even had a little help from a real-life Spartan, Gerard Butler. Last year, he faked out everyone in the building (myself included) when he pretended to get shot out of a giant cannon. Read More…

It’s Personal: No. 8 Spartans Win 35-11 Against Rival Wolverines

The No. 8 Michigan State Spartans knew they needed a win against their in-state rivals on Saturday. Although the Spartans have seemingly taken control of the rivalry in the Mark Dantonio era, the team made sure they were not overlooking the Wolverines. MSU was in control for all four quarters, winning 35-11.

Michigan State opened the game with a 75-yard touchdown drive, capped off with a Jeremy Langford two-yard rush. Read More…

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