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Spartans Open 2014, Lose Victory Plank to No. 16 Illinois

The ‘Victory Plank’ will not be coming to East Lansing for a fourth straight year.

The Spartans fell to the Fighting Illini of the University of Illinois in their home opener Friday night. With a strong start from the Spartans and close competition throughout the night, the meet came down to the wire. In the end, the Illini edged the Spartans by a final score of 195.352 – 194.150.

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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.

By the way, did I mention that Michigan State won the Rose Bowl?!!!! Read More…

Picking through the Corn Field

After the win against Colgate University on Dec. 29, Aerial Powers said she was working on improving her rebounding. Against Nebraska, she did just that in the Spartans’ upset of the No. 16 Cornhuskers, 70-57.

Powers recorded her 4th fourth double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds. She also had five fouls and four turnovers.

“Even if I mess up, I don’t focus too much on that, I focus on doing everything right,” Powers said. Read More…

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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Spartans Get Shutout in Hawkeye Country

Michigan State’s wrestling team, fresh off a victory at the Cradle Gear Invitational in Lock Haven, Pa. on December 29, went into Carver-Hawkeye Arena with some lofty expectations on Saturday. Unfortunately, the third-ranked Hawkeyes had other plans for the men of Sparta as Michigan State fell 41-0.

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Spartans Start 2014 with Win over Hoosiers

Michigan State started 2014 on the right foot Saturday, defeating the Indiana Hoosiers 73-56 in Bloomington, Ind.

The Spartans received a career performance from Gary Harris, who continued his impressive play in Assembly Hall, scoring a career high 26 points. Keith Appling joined Harris in double figures, scoring all 14 of his points in the second half after early foul trouble. Read More…

Pepped Up at the Rose Bowl

PASADENA, Calif. - Even if it broke the bank, they traveled either way.

It was a rare occasion, for the Michigan State Spartan football team and its fans, to smell roses in Pasadena. The Spartans waited 26 years to make the Rose Bowl, and it was daunting.

But the spontaneity of the B1G Championship had no effect on Spartan faithful, as many students, alumni, and fans had their hearts set on the ‘grandaddy of them all’.

Meet the Spartan faces who traveled from a variety of different places, in the heart of LA Live. Read More…

Dawson Stars in Return as Spartans Rally Past Nittany Lions

With Branden Dawson and Matt Costello returning to the lineup, MSU (12-0, 1-0) looked to steamroll the up-and-coming Nittany Lions (9-5, 0-1). Dawson missed the New Orleans game with an injured shin, and Costello missed the last four games with mono.

In his last press conference, Tom Izzo said his team would have their work cut out for them in Happy Valley.

The Spartans stumbled out of the gates, finding themselves in a 10-3 hole in the opening minutes of the game. Read More…

Green Roses

PASADENA, Calif. – Completion.

It was the one word Mark Dantonio said throughout the entire season, and he was able to say it once more Wednesday night.

MSU defeated the Stanford Cardinal in a hard-fought nail-biter, 24-20, at the 100th annual Rose Bowl.

“The Rose Bowl to me is the pinnacle of what we do in the Big Ten Conference,” coach Dantonio said. Read More…

Back Strong After Christmas Break

Defense led the MSU women’s basketball team to a 50-point win over the Colgate Raiders on Sunday, Dec. 29 at the Breslin Center.

Tori Jankoska overcame her slump and led MSU with 25 points. Seventeen of her points were scored in the first half. All but one player on the Spartan roster scored at least one point. The team shot 50 percent from the field. Read More…

MSU Wrestling Puts Cradle Gear Invitational in…Cradle

Michigan State’s wrestling squad got a late Christmas present by winning the Cradle Gear Invitational by a 19-point margin. They surpsassed second-place Bloomsburg University, who had a scoring total of 86 points.

Three of MSU’s wrestlers fought their way to first place: 149-pounder Nick Trimble, 184-pounder John Rizqallah and heavyweight Mike McClure.

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