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Gophers Sink Spartans in Overtime Shootout

Thursday night’s matchup with the Minnesota Golden Gophers had “trap game” written all over it.

With Minnesota (17-12, 6-10) struggling through conference play and a showdown with Wisconsin looming, MSU (19-9, 10-5) found themselves on the wrong side of an unexpected barnburner.  Richard Pitino’s squad played much better than their record indicated, coming away with a 96-90 overtime win. Read More…

Impact Izzone 2/26/15 Featuring Keenan Wetzel

They’re back! After a long hiatus due mostly to a lazy host (Andrew), Blake and Hayes are back and talking all things Spartan basketball.On this episode, the boys had the privilege to sit down and chat with MSU guard Keenan Wetzel.

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“The Cager” Premiere Showcases Local Consolidated Entrepreneurial Efforts

Almost exactly 24 hours after the Oscars concluded in Los Angeles, a young group of advantageous entrepreneurs held their own private red-carpet gala at NCG Eastwood Cinemas in Lansing to celebrate the completion of their own cinematic work. “The Cager”, a 25-minute film written and directed by current MSU basketball guard Keenan Wetzel and starring former MSU standout turned Los Angeles-based actor, Delvon Roe, was the centerpiece of Lansing’s own version of a Hollywood premiere.

The swank celebration and the short film tuned out to be more about the combined abilities of a whole cast and crew and the effort that it took to individually and locally produce a short film than about its two stars.

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Lineup Shuffle Sparks Spartans

Tum Tum Nairn can thank the Illini for his new starting job.

After a debilitating loss to Illinois at the Breslin on February 7, changes needed to be made. With Travis Trice struggling mightily and the offense AWOL, Coach Izzo needed to do something to get his team out of a funk before it was too late. Read More…

Hayes: Does the Streak End at 17 for Izzo?

For those familiar with Monty Python and the Holy Grail (read: had nerdy parents/family members), you know the famous scene where the Black Knight refuses to admit defeat despite losing all of his limbs.

Well I can now admit that I am the version of the delusional combatant pictured in the film. Read More…

Free Throw Futility Pushing Spartans to the Bubble

After Michigan State’s latest in a series of disappointing loss, this time at the hands of the Illini, a berth in the NCAA Tournament has become less and less of a certainty. MSU has not been left out of the big dance since 1997, but this could be the year the streak is snapped. This fall from grace can be attributed mainly to atrocious free throw shooting. Read More…

Spartans Look to Figure it Out Against Nittany Lions

After a frustrating and deflating loss in College Park, Maryland last Saturday, the Spartans returned with their tails between their legs. Tonight, they have an opportunity to erase the nightmare of the Terrapins with a game against Penn State at the Breslin Center.

The Nittany Lions (12-6, 0-5) have fallen on hard times since conference play started. They are dead last in the Big Ten following a home overtime loss to Purdue on Saturday. However, Penn State does have one thing going for them: DJ Newbill. He leads the Big Ten in scoring at 21.7 points per game. However, he is the only Nittany Lion that averages double-figure scoring. Read More…

Three-Point Play: Free Throws, Three-Pointers and “Trigga Trav”

The halfway point of the college basketball season is upon us. Three months of upsets, head-scratchers, blowouts and everything in between has made this season one of the most tumultuous and exciting in recent memory.

As for Michigan State, the season has been confusing to say the least. This team is an enigma, changing with every game and impossible for the experts to put a finger on. Here are three main storylines surrounding the troubled, yet explosive Spartans. Read More…

Michigan State Survives Northwestern

Usually, if Michigan State scores 84 points, shoots 50 percent from the field and commits seven turnovers in a game, one can safely assume that they won handily. MSU got the win, but it took some effort as Northwestern gave the Spartans all they could handle in an 84-77 overtime thriller.

Both coaches agreed that Michigan State got away with one. Read More…

Northwestern Comes to the Breslin

Saying Michigan State is “on a roll” after two double digit wins might be a bit of an exaggeration but the Spartans have a chance for their first three game winning streak in a month as they square off against the Northwestern Wildcats Sunday afternoon in East Lansing.

The Wildcats (10-5, 1-1) split their first two conference games against Rutgers and Wisconsin. Northwestern handled Rutgers in New Jersey for a 51-47 victory but could not compete against the powerhouse Badgers. Read More…

Spartans Wake Up, Overwhelm Hoosiers

“Coach, you looked more like us.”

That was former Spartan Antonio Smith’s response to Tom Izzo on the effort that Michigan State gave in its 70-50 win against Indiana Monday night.

After an ugly start to the 2014-15 Big Ten basketball schedule, the Spartans came out possessed on a chilly East Lansing evening. Read More…

Spartans Welcome Maryland to Big Ten Basketball

Michigan State will play welcoming committee for the Maryland Terrapins Saturday as both teams kick off their conference schedules.

Maryland brings a 12-1 record into the school’s first conference game as a member of the Big Ten.

Tom Izzo called Maryland probably the second best team in the Big Ten behind the powerhouse Wisconsin Badgers. Read More…

Spartans Bounce Back Against The Citadel

Michigan State returned to form Monday night with an 82-56 beatdown of The Citadel.

There was a sense of “here we go again” in the first half as Michigan State started slowly and the Bulldogs were hitting everything.

“Did you see the first two threes?” Tom Izzo said after the game, “The one the kid was looking at me, there was one second left on the shot clock, and he launched it and it went in.” Read More…

Spartans Traumatized by Tigers

In a game where they were favored by 24 points, the Michigan State Spartans lost to the 1-8 Texas Southern Tigers 71-64 in overtime.

The Spartans came out flat, played flat and finished flat. Both teams started poorly, combining for five points in the first four minutes of play. Read More…

Men’s Basketball Roars Past Grizzlies

Coming into Sunday’s matchup, the Golden Grizzlies of Oakland University had been an unpredictable game for the Spartan hoop team. Last year, MSU pulled out a narrow four-point victory on Oakland’s home court. This year, that was not the case.

The final score of the game was 87-61 MSU, a victory that came behind some prolific marksmanship from beyond the arc. A three-point percentage of 58.8 with 10 of 17 three-point shots that MSU attempted finding their mark made it a tough night for the Grizzlies. Read More…

Opinion: Not Time to Worry About Men’s Basketball

Being a Michigan State basketball fan has had its perks for quite some time now. Unfortunately, the men’s basketball team has been dropped out of the top 25 rankings as of Monday after a tough loss to the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. While it is disheartening to not see a Spartan head among the top-ranked teams in the country, the lack of ranking is deserved.

The basketball team is now 6-3 on the year, a record that has been fluffed up with victories against teams like Santa Clara and the UAPB Golden Lions. The Spartans were forced to rely on a 25-point performance from senior guard Travis Trice in order to beat Navy by a score of 64-59. Read More…

Men’s Basketball Snaps Losing Streak with Blowout Win

Michigan State got back to its winning ways Saturday afternoon with an 85-52 blowout over Arkansas Pine Bluff.

After struggling mightily against Notre Dame, the Spartans were able to use their superior size and athleticism to beat the Lions handily. Read More…

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