The leaves are changing and the temperatures are dropping, which means it is time for writers and bloggers to start filling headlines with their relatively unfounded predictions for college basketball.
This Friday is the annual Izzone Campout, where thousands of loyal (read: insane) fans camp on Munn Field in hopes of gaining access to the mythical land of the lower bowl and avoiding the freshman infested wasteland that is the “Ozone.”
One cannot go into such a monumental event unprepared, so we here at the Impact want to give the readers the best ways to survive the campout. Read More…
This week, on Impact Izzone, hosts Andrew Hayes and Blake Froling talk the latest news on the recruitment trail. Later, they will each give their take on the status of MSU’s big men following the loss of Adreian Payne.
I would like to begin by saying that I sincerely hope that these are the last words spent discussing the awful mess that has occupied the NFL for the past weeks.
I would also like to say that I think what just about every other lucid person with a microphone or public medium has already said: what Ray Rice did was disgusting and anyone who lays hands on a woman should be put in prison.
The NBA Draft has come and gone, and once again, I am reminded why I loathe sports from time to time.
I could spend more of my time talking about how gross I find mock drafts and that every single “source” mentioned by people such as Chad Ford are most likely lying. Something that Ford has joked about on Twitter, but I will not.
Russell Byrd announced that he will not be returning to Michigan State next year. He will spend his final year of eligibility at Master’s College in California, according to the Detroit Free Press. Byrd was a highly recruited shooter in high school, garnering interest from high profile programs like Kentucky, as well as Michigan State.
According to MSU head coach Tom Izzo, Alex Gauna has decided to retire from basketball and spend his final year at MSU focusing on his education. Gauna was a three-star recruit, but was one of those players that many people thought could develop into a successful Division-I player under the tutelage of Izzo.
Yet, when this news came out, I could not help but ask myself, “So?”
He was once a two-sport, star athlete at Lansing Sexton High School.
Drew Valentine set school records, garnered all-state acclaim and received top-notch offers from the most storied programs across the country (Florida State and Michigan State to name a few).
But little did Drew imagine that injuries would put him on the hardcourt sideline with his brother, Denzel, five years later.
It is all over.
Hayes and Blake discuss their sadness to the end of the NCAA Tournament and give their take on the championship game. They also look ahead to next year for the Spartans and what needs to improve for another run in the Tournament.
The sadness that is felt over the end of the basketball season is nothing compared to the sadness felt over the loss of young Lacey Holsworth this week. Read More…
With March Madness drawing to a close, the NHL playoffs are taking the spotlight.
In the first half of the show, Fino moderates as Lou and Austin debate the Wings’ chances in the upcoming playoffs. If the pieces fall into place, is Detroit a Stanley Cup contender?
Blake hosts the latest edition of Impact Izzone and Hayes calls in from Middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania to discuss what went wrong in New York for the Spartans’ men’s basketball team.
The two also preview the Final Four and Hayes even has an Andy Katz story. They are willing to bet you do not.
Nothing came easy for MSU Friday night as they upset No. 1 University of Virginia, 61-59, in one of the Spartans’ hardest fought victories of the year.
Tom Izzo’s team lost the turnover and rebounding battles, but managed to pull out a win thanks in large part to Branden Dawson who recorded a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds.
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.
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.
The boys will be back next week to update their picks and keep you updated on all of the NCAA Tournament news. Read More…
On the hardwood at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, there were at least seven slips on the court throughout the first ten minutes of the game.
The falls may have been caused from the slick floor, or perhaps a bit of first half nerves. For Michigan State and Northwestern players, it could have been more than that.
After a two-week hiatus, Hayes and Blake make their triumphant return to breakdown all of the Big Ten tournament action and start to look forward to the Big Dance.
The duo also previews Michigan State’s quarterfinal game against the Northwestern Wildcats. Read More…
There were missed opportunities in the final minute of the game Sunday afternoon. But Ohio State held on to beat No. 22 Michigan State, 69-67.
On senior day for the Buckeyes, senior Aaron Craft was his usual, pesky self, setting the all-time Big Ten record for steals with his first steal of the game on Keith Appling. Craft scored 12 points, had seven assists and four steals.
Michigan State plays in its second senior night, in as many games, as they head to Columbus, Ohio Sunday to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes. It wraps up the Big Ten regular season.
Two months ago, this game looked like it could decide the Big Ten regular season champion. Now these teams are just looking to get hot as the postseason tournaments approach.