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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Octopi Hockeytown: Weekly Recap

This past week, the Detroit Red Wings and their fans had plenty to be excited about.

The Wings had games against Toronto and Chicago, two Original Six teams, as well as a game against Eastern Conference powerhouse, Pittsburgh. They ended with a home-and-home against the Minnesota Wild.

Detroit opened this week with a game at the United Center against longtime rival, Chicago Blackhawks. The first period experienced a scoreless tie, with both goaltenders standing firm in net.

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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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Pistons Done for the Season

It is only late March, but the Detroit Pistons’ season is all but over. Of the 14 games remaining on the schedule, they are more than likely to lose at least half of them. This is not surprising seeing as they have already dropped the last 12 games on the road.

With nine of the remaining 14 games on the road and the five home games against playoff bound teams like the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors, any remaining hope that Pistons fans have should be squashed. Instead of trying to salvage this broken season, the organization needs to focus on rebuilding the pieces into a winning team.

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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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Walk the Line – #22 – 3/18/14

Clear the floor, it’s time to dance!

The 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament is finally here, and the Michigan State Spartans are playing their best basketball of the season. Time to get excited? You better believe it!

Episode 22 of Walk the Line reunites Dan Krier with Ryan Smith for a complete analysis of the entire slate of Thursday and Friday first-round tournament games. Time to talk point spreads, not just brackets.

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The Pact – #22 – 3/17/14

With only a three-member panel of Fino, Faith and Lou, MSU men’s hockey, the Detroit Red Wings and the Pistons are the three topics on The Pact’s table this week.

With the Spartans’ regular season coming to an end this past Saturday, The Pact discusses the hockey team’s disappointing season, what the future of Anastos should be, how this team will perform in the Big Ten tournament and who should start in goal in game one on Thursday against Ohio State.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #5 – 3/17/14

The Red Wings played two games since the last time Octopi Hockeytown aired. Austin Goodman is back again with more information on the Wings’ banged up team coming down the stretch.

The team got a big win against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday evening. After letting up another third period goal to send the game into overtime and eventually a shootout, fans were biting their fingernails in anticipation for the shootout. Fortunately, the game ended in favor of Tomas Tatar and the Detroit Red Wings after he netted a goal after freezing Oilers goaltender, Viktor Fasth.

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