Walk the Line – #20 – 2/14/14

Time to break down Big Ten basketball, Walk the Line style!

The MSU Spartans men’s basketball team sits atop the conference standings for yet another weekend of games leading up to this Sunday’s home matchup with Nebraska. Will the presence of Payne mean another 15-point spread and a cakewalk victory for Tom Izzo’s crew?

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American League Central Analysis

As pitchers and catchers report to spring training, Tiger Talk welcomes Zac Swierad to breakdown the five teams that make up the 2014 American League Central Division. Offseason player acquisitions, where each team finished last season and predictions of where the five teams will finish this season are all discussed in this installment of Tiger Talk.

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Spartan Grapplers Shut out Comets on Senior Day

40-0 MSU.

A score like this one is a welcome sight to many Spartan wrestling fans after a tumultuous and arduous season.

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Hearing from the Coaches

Track and field is a big sport. Along with head coach Walt Drenth there are five other coaches that assist in each specific event. Before the meet this weekend, I talked with Ceith Creekmur the multi-events/vertical jumps coach and Randy Gillon the sprints and hurdles coach. I talked with each of them about how they are feeling about their athletes’ performance in the season so far and the Big Ten Indoor Championship which is two weeks away.

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Pool Time – #18 – 02/14/14

It’s all about the Big Ten on this edition of Pool Time as championship week approaches for the women’s swimming and diving team. Host Max King previews the Big Ten Championship meet next week in Minneapolis, Minn.

Coach Matt Gianiodis says how his team is feeling days away from the biggest meet of the year, while freshman Sarah Love and senior Marcella Kupraszewicz share their perspectives on entering their first and last Big Ten championship meet.

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Spartan Seniors Strive for Strong Showing

Michigan State’s wrestling squad will wrap up the home season Friday against Olivet College at noon.

The Spartans (6-10 overall, 1-7 Big Ten) finished their Big Ten season on a high note with a victory in at Indiana (8-8-1, 0-3) last Sunday thanks to a huge win from Garth Yenter at 133 pounds.

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Balanced Attack Blows out Wildcats

In their quest to remain atop the Big Ten standings, Michigan State used its most balanced attack all year to defeat the Northwestern Wildcats, 85-70.

The Spartans relied mostly on their offense to propel the team to victory.

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Men’s Ultimate Plays Hurt in Charlotte, Has Car Accidents on Way Home

The Michigan State men’s ultimate frisbee team, better known as The Burning Couch traveled to Charlotte, N.C., last weekend to play in their first tournament of the spring semester. While MSU hoped the tournament would prove a prime opportunity to face the nation’s top competition in ultimate frisbee, the injury-ridden team faced many roadblocks along the way and along the way back too.

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MSU Looks to Capture Season Series against Ohio State

Saturday evening No. 25 MSU will be hosting the Ohio State Buckeyes. In the last meeting between the conference rivals the Spartans won 82-68.

In the Spartans last game they lost to No.22 Nebraska, 76-56. Aerial Powers led the team with 17 points and seven rebounds. MSU shot 39.3 percent (22-of-56) in that the game, which is below their season average of 45 percent.

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Weekend Hockey Preview

Things may get interesting again this weekend as the Michigan State Spartans (2-5-5-3) visit Penn State University (1-9-0-0) for the first time this season. Coming off of a weekend that saw both the Spartans and the Gophers get swept and Penn State get its first win, everyone is holding their breath to see if there are more upsets in the works.

The Nittany lions are coming off of their first Big Ten conference victory in program history, upsetting No. 9 Michigan 4-0 last Saturday. MSU on the other hand, is coming off of a frustrating weekend, coming away with only two points in their series against Ohio State. While MSU did sweep the Nittany Lions in East Lansing in January, Penn State will look to return the favor this Friday.

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Spartans Welcome Wildcats to the Breslin

The No. 9 Michigan State Spartans (20-4, 9-2) are preparing to host the Northwestern Wildcats (12-12, 5-6) at the Breslin Center Thursday night.

Michigan State comes into this game after suffering a tough loss to No. 21 Wisconsin 60-58 on the road.

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Pistons Weekly Recap: February 5-10

Wednesday night, the Detroit Pistons finished their two-game Florida road trip against the Orlando Magic.

The Magic had no trouble scoring against the Pistons’ defense, scoring more than 30 points in the second and third quarters. It was another lackluster performance from the Pistons as they lost 112-98.

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Last Leg — #2 — 2/12/14

Have you ever wondered how to do the weight throw? Or what throwing athletes are like? Well, even if you didn’t, show host Alexa McCarthy gets some insight on the throwing events portion of track and field.

In part one of a two-part series, she talks with new throws coach Blaine Maag about what his plans are for the MSU throwers. She also talks with Antonio James who is ranked No. 3 in the NCAA for the weight throw. Hear about how he got started in the sport and some of his past and present pre-meet rituals.

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Tori Franklin Awarded Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week

After her third Big Ten Athlete of the Week award, you would think Michigan State junior Tori Franklin would be unphased by the attention. But this is the girl who received her first award after only her first meet as a Spartan.

Announced on Monday, Franklin was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week after her record-breaking performance at this past weekend’s Meyo Invite. She broke her own school record in the triple jump with a mark of 13.39m 43-11 ¼.

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Top Five Izzo-Era Teams

Michigan State basketball finds itself in the heart of the Big Ten season and is nearing the home stretch before March Madness commences.

In some corners, this month is simply known as “Izzo.” As a tribute to Spartan basketball teams of the past 18 seasons and a way to get our mind off of this year’s injury-plagued team, here is a look back at the top five Spartan teams under head coach Tom Izzo.

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BREAKING: Mark Hollis Announces Barnstorming Event for 2018

Michigan State’s athletic director, Mark Hollis, shared plans with ESPN Wednesday for a four-team “barnstorming event” to occur over winter break in 2018.

According to ESPN.com, Hollis has organized a three-city, four-team tour that includes Michigan State, North Carolina, Florida and Texas playing games in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. Each team will play three games in an eight day period, one in each city.

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Free Agency Options for Detroit Lions

Like every team during the offseason, the Detroit Lions should be scrambling to find free agents to sign. Last year’s offseason saw productive signings like running back Reggie Bush, which worked wonders for the team despite a poor finish overall.

So far, the Lions have already brought on a new head coach and a new offensive coordinator. They have also began work on fixing the holes in the team’s secondary by signing defensive back Isa Abdul-Quddus. When coupled with smart signings, new head coach Jim Caldwell’s prediction for a ring could come true.

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