Impact Izzone

Trip to North Texas on the Line against UConn

Tom Izzo has never coached a senior that has not made it to the Final Four. A win on Sunday against the Connecticut Huskies will continue that incredible streak.

No. 7 UConn is a bit of a surprise team to make it to the Elite Eight, beating No. 10 St. Joseph’s, No. 2 Villanova and No. 3 Iowa State on its way. The Huskies are led by arguably the best point guard in the nation, Shabazz Napier.

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Spartans Survive

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.

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Spartans Match up with Cavaliers in Sweet Sixteen

Madison Square Garden will be rocking Friday night when two of college basketball’s hottest teams face off for a bid to the Elite Eight.

No. 1 Virginia cruised through their first two games of the tournament, beating No. 16 Coastal Carolina and No. 8 Memphis by a combined 29 points. The Cavaliers earned the No. 1 seed by beating Duke in the ACC Tournament and have one of the best defenses in the nation.

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Opinion: The Sweet Sixteen and Onward

Per usual, the NCAA Tournament has brought happiness, sadness, upsets and glory, and we have only made it through the Round of 32.

Going into the Sweet Sixteen, there are no perfect brackets left and no one will win a $1 billion from the hands of Warren Buffet and Dan Gilbert. But there is still basketball to be played.

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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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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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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.

The boys will be back next week to update their picks and keep you updated on all of the NCAA Tournament news. Read More…

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 are Big Ten Tournament Champions

Early in the first half, Travis Trice hit a pull-up jumper and could be seen saying,

“That’s easy.”

That is the way Michigan State made it look as they defeated the University of Michigan 69-55 Sunday afternoon.

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MSU Rolls Northwestern

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.

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Impact Izzone – 3/14

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…

First Round Predictions for the B1G Tournament

The regular season is finally over, and the fun can officially begin. March college basketball is perhaps the most entertaining basketball in the world, and we are right in the middle of it. The Big Ten tourney kicks off on Thursday in Indianapolis, Ind. so here is a prediction of every game in the first round.

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Spartans Finish with a Loss

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.

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Spartans Finish Regular Season against Buckeyes

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.

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Spartans Bounce Back against Hawkeyes

Thursday night was senior night at the Breslin Center, but it was the sophomores and juniors who stole the show as Michigan State beat Iowa, 86-76.

Travis Trice was 4-5 from the field and led the Spartans with 17 points off the bench. Denzel Valentine looked well on his way to a triple-double in the first half, but finished with 13 points, six rebounds and nine assists.

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Spartans Finish Home Schedule against No. 24 Hawkeyes

With their shot of at least a share of the Big Ten regular season completely gone, Michigan State tries to build their tournament resume as they take on Iowa Thursday tonight in East Lansing.

The Spartans have dropped their last two games and three out of their last four. Including tonight’s Iowa game, MSU has two games left before the start of the Big Ten tournament.

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Impact Izzone: Let’s Get Ready for Madness

Here it is. The mythical month of March.

The month where, all of a sudden, you need to know how well Virginia Commonwealth’s Havoc defense will go against a high-paced offense.

It is the month where, before the “second round” starts, you must strategically plan which games to stream on your laptop and or tablet and which one to put on TV. Or which booth at the bar will provide you with optimal game viewing opportunities.

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Illinois Outworks Spartans

It would appear that Michigan State has decided to take the weekend off for the past six weeks.

The Spartans dropped another head scratcher Saturday afternoon 53-46 to the University of Illinois.

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