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Opinion: The Sweet Sixteen and Onward

Per usual, the NCAA Tournament has brought happiness, sadness, upsets and glory, and we have only made it through the Round of 32.

Going into the Sweet Sixteen, there are no perfect brackets left and no one will win a $1 billion from the hands of Warren Buffet and Dan Gilbert. But there is still basketball to be played.

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Spartans NCAA Tournament Journey Ends Tuesday Night

After getting through the first round in the NCAA Tournament, the Lady Spartans were in Chapel Hill, N.C. Tuesday night to take on the No. 4 North Carolina Tar Heels.

The Spartans fell to the Tar Heels 62-53 and will not be advancing in the tournament. MSU head coach Suzy Merchant said how difficult this game was compared to others.

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Merchantaries – #4 – 3/25/14

Jennifer Aldridge, host of Merchantaries, welcomes her co-host Sierra Williams for a special NCAA Tournament episode.

Together they break down the Lady Spartans’ first game in the the NCAA Tournament as well as their predictions and opinions on the rest of the Tournament.

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The Pact – #23 – 3/24/14

March Madness is upon us and The Pact has you covered.

MSU basketball is front and center with both men’s and women’s tournaments, as Spartan Nation has its eyes fixed on two national titles.

Fino, Faith and Austin open the show with an analysis of the men’s run thus far. Who has stepped up in the clutch, and who needs to show more? These three break it down.

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Bittersweet Spartan Symphony

Last.

This bittersweet adjective is one that MSU seniors have been using a lot lately when referring to the winter of their collegiate experience. The last semester, last class, last chance.

For Michigan State’s heavyweight, Mike McClure, his last season for MSU went out on a highlight. McClure finished the NCAA Championship with a fifth place finish and secured All-American honors over the weekend. McClure is the first Spartan All-American heavyweight since Don Whipp in 1993.

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Corner Kick: A Conversation with Women’s Soccer

We had the honor of hosting some of the men’s soccer players in studio, but now it is time to dig into the women’s team.

Mary Kathryn Fiebernitz, Courtney Clem and Michelle Dear stop by the studio to talk about last season, what the team is focusing on this spring and to find out who these ladies are.

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No. 2 Buckeyes a Little Too Much for Spartans

Despite a strong effort by Michigan State (6-10, 0-3), the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes (19-2, 3-0) defeated the Spartans 5-2 Sunday. The loss was the Spartans first loss at home this season.

The Buckeyes extended their Big Ten regular season match win streak to 86-consecutive matches.

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Impact Izzone – Tournament Edition #2

Madness does not even begin to describe the first three days of this year’s NCAA Tournament. Hayes and Blake do their best to wrap their minds around the insanity as well as their preferred method of disposing of their useless brackets.

They also breakdown MSU’s chances moving forward and some surprisingly scary teams.

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Spartans Survive Crimson, Advance to Sweet Sixteen

Harvard almost blew up everybody’s bracket on Saturday night. That is, if your bracket has not already been blown up.

With 17:38 remaining in the game, a Branden Dawson throw-down gave the No. 4 seeded Spartans a 16-point lead and all of the momentum they needed to bury No. 12 Harvard, but the Crimson pulled the upset in the second round, and they had their eyes on the Sweet Sixteen.

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Spartans Tennis Prepares for Big Test

The Michigan State (6-9, 0-2) men’s tennis team will try and keep their home undefeated streak alive Sunday against No. 2 Ohio State.

The Spartans lost a heartbreaker Friday to Penn State, 4-3.

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Spartans Take on Crimson in Third Round

Michigan State faces off against a familiar foe as they play Tommy Amaker’s Harvard Crimson Saturday night.

Amaker spent seven years at Michigan, but did not get the kind of results from Big Blue that he has from Harvard. The Crimson have won four straight Ivy League titles and upset a strong Cincinnati team to make it to the Round of 32.

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Payne Drops 41, Spartans Cruise past Delaware

The road to North Texas started out on the right foot Thursday, as Michigan State soundly defeated their first round opponent, No. 13 Delaware.

Adreian Payne played like a man among boys from start to finish, scoring 23 points in the first half alone. MSU muscled their way to a quick 18-point lead with less than six minutes to go in the first half, but Delaware made a run and cut the deficit to 11 by halftime.

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Last Leg – #4 – 3/22/14

On this episode of Last Leg, Alexa takes a break from talking about MSU track and field and talks to Michelle Phillipich, marketing director for Playmakers, a local and well-known running store.

Alexa and Phillipich not only talk about the store, but also all of the opportunities it provides for local runners. Phillipich also talks about Playmakers’ philosophy, upcoming races, fun runs and some changes that have been going on in the running community.

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Spartans Awarded No. 5 Seed in NCAA Tournament

The madness of March ensues in men’s and women’s basketball.

MSU is back for a sixth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The No. 5 seed women’s basketball team was placed in the Stanford region, and their appearance marks the 14th showing in program history.

They will be facing No. 12 seed Hampton (28-4), the MEAC tournament champions. The Pirates have won their last 18 games. Freshman guard, Malia Tate-DeFreitas, who averages 18.5 points per game, leads them.

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Impact Izzone – Tournament Edition #1

Just in time for you to tear up your brackets, Blake, Hayes and special guest Joe Marcus do their best to break down all of the madness. They talk Final Four, MSU’s chances, as well as their picks for Cinderella.

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Opinion: Do or Die for MSU Hockey

The regular season is in the books. It’s history. Forget about it!

The postseason has arrived and it is a whole new ballgame…or puck-game…whatever. The inaugural Big Ten hockey tournament is here, and the Spartans will have to win-out in order to continue their season.

This season has not been too kind to the Spartans. They have struggled to find the back of the net (which they seem to be fixing as of late), their quality of play has been inconsistent, and games have slipped away by the narrowest of margins.

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Opinion: Top Sleeper Teams in the NCAA Tournament

Every year during March Madness, as I look over my bracket on the first day of the tournament, I feel pretty confident with my picks. All it takes is about four hours of basketball for my hopes and dreams to be crushed by the ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’ knocking off my Goliath that I picked to go to the Final Four. So before you make the mistake of looking past the lower seeds, here are some potential sleeper teams that could ruin everybody’s bracket.

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Spartans Return from NCAA Indoor Championships

A little altitude never hurt anybody, right?

When it comes to running and competing altitude can definitely be a factor and something that six MSU track and field athletes had to face this past weekend at the NCAA Indoor Championship in Albuquerque, N.M.

By looking at their times and marks you would think that the athletes had an off weekend, but track and field is not about winning and losing. Rather this weekend was about handling adversities and spotlighting some things to work towards in the upcoming outdoor season.

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Secret Society – #5 – 3/19/14

Secret Society is back with for episode five and Bradley Allen sat down for an intimate conversation with MSU men’s club soccer coach Scott Dane. Listen as they discuss Scott’s role in the local soccer community and reminisce on the good old days when Scott coached Bradley on his high school junior varsity team.

The two focus in on the 2012 National Championship run for the club soccer team and recap the 2013 season, where rain spoiled their chance to defend their crown.

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