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Pistons’ Draft Potentials

With five games remaining in the regular season, the Pistons currently are the owners of the eighth worst record in the NBA. Unfortunately for Detroit, the NBA has a draft lottery where any of the teams that do not make the playoffs can move up the draft order or move down.

Detroit’s first-round pick is top-eight protected this season, meaning that if they get a pick in the top eight, they keep it. If it falls to ninth or lower, Detroit must give up the rights to their pick to the Charlotte Bobcats.

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Walk the Line: 2014 NCAA Tourney Wrap-Up – UConn’s Covering Conquerors

Connecticut’s run to the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship was nothing short of spectacular. Plus…they covered the spread every game!

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Spartans’ Sloppy Play Leads to Lopsided Loss against CMU

The Spartans came into their Tuesday matchup against Central Michigan with a seven-game winning streak and their heads held high. However, after a sloppy game full of mistakes, they left with a one-game losing streak and a bad taste in their mouth.

“The way we played today is unacceptable,” MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. said.  “It’s as embarrassing of a loss I think I’ve had here at Michigan State”

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And the Award Goes To…

The Division-I Lady Spartan hockey team’s season came to an end this past March in Delaware.

Michigan State earned a bid to nationals where they competed for a championship during the tournament, but unfortunately came up short.

The Spartans failed to advance to the semi-finals after losing their first two games (5-1 to Miami of Ohio and 4-3 to Rhode Island.) In their third and final game of the tournament, MSU defeated Michigan 4-3 in overtime.

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Secret Society – #8 – 4/9/14

Secret Society is back again for an eighth episode. And this week, Bradley Allen brings MSU dodgeball captains Mike Van Ermen and Colin O’Brien into the studio. Van Ermen and O’Brien share how they got their start in dodgeball and preview the upcoming NCDA Championships this weekend.

Also discussed is the dodgeball world’s love-hate relationship with the 2004 blockbuster movie, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, and of course some of Mike, Colin and Bradley’s favorite MSU moments.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #7 – 4/8/14

In the seventh edition of Octopi Hockeytown, host Austin Goodman discusses how the Detroit Red Wings have accumulated eight points since the last time Octopi aired.

As the team continues to solidify a playoff spot coming down the stretch, recent opponents are losing time to catch up to the Wings who currently sits in the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference.

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Focusing on the Process

After winning the Big Ten championship last year, Michigan State’s field hockey team is looking to get back to where they left off.

When their season ended in early November, the team was given a two-month break and then it was back to work.

Despite losing five seniors to graduation, head coach Helen Knull is pleased with what she has seen from her team so far.

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Opinion: Future Still Bright for MSU Hockey

The season is over and we all have questions. Is Tom Anastos under the gun next year? Will developing “organically” help or hurt the team? How will MSU be able to replace Wolfe, Riemer and the Chelios brothers?

First off, I do not think anyone will deny that this season was much better than last season. Winning percentage was higher, defense was better, and overall, it just seemed that MSU was in almost every game they played in.

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The Pact – #25 – 4/7/14

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?

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Rowdies & Rensing

At Michigan State, the student sections for football, men’s basketball and hockey are filled to the brim with die-hard fans.

Over the past two years, a new student section has grown and can be heard banging a drum and chanting from the Sparty statue all the way to DeMartin Stadium.

Warning Track – #3 – 4/7/14

The baseball season is in full swing accompanied by some good and bad weather. Zac and Brett talk about the first games in the press box and discuss where the team is at thus far in the season.

In episode three, we learn what underrated statistic gives the Spartans an edge, and how they have fared so far this season. Brett and Zac break down both the offensive and defensive play of the Spartans against Oakland, Siena, and the Lansing Lugnuts.

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Lacrosse tops No. 24 Minnesota-Duluth

The Spartans continued their offensive onslaught Sunday, with the University of Minnesota-Duluth men’s lacrosse team being their most recent victim.

No. 4 Michigan State defeated the No. 24 Bulldogs 9-5 Sunday afternoon, powered by a 5-1 run in the second and third quarters.

“We played all four quarters consistently,” head coach Brandon Schwind said. “Our offense executed and our defense was strong.”

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Wildcats Send Spartans Packing

The Michigan State men’s tennis team is on a two-game Big Ten losing streak after losing to No. 37 Northwestern, 6-1 Sunday afternoon.

The Wildcats took two of the three doubles matches against the No. 73 Spartans (8-12, 2-5). Gijs Linders/Harry Jadun defeated Northwestern’s Sam Shropshire/Konrad Zieba, giving Michigan State the win on court two.

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Penn State Sweeps Spartans in Series

Scoring early in the game gave Penn State the edge they needed, as they swept the softball series against Michigan State over the weekend. They won the final game 6-0 on Sunday at Secchia Stadium.

Nittany Lion pitchers Christy VonPusch and Marlaina Laubach only gave up three hits the entire game.

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Michigan State Sweeps Siena in Weekend Series

The Spartans continued their momentum from Saturday’s doubleheader by completing a sweep of the Siena Saints in a three-game series, giving them their seventh win in a row.

“It’s hard to sweep,” head coach Jake Boss Jr. said. “I think we got a good ball club, but it’s not easy to win three in a row.”

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Track and Field Stays Home This Weekend for Spartan Invite

For most athletes, the “home court advantage” saying is tired and true. But for MSU track and field athletes, they only get one chance to reap the benefits of their own facilities.

This weekend, MSU’s track and field program welcomed close to 1,200 athletes at the Spartan Invite, with competition taking place at Munn Field, Jenison Field House and Ralph Young Field.

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Spartan Pitching Shuts Down Siena, Takes Both in Doubleheader

The pitching show that took place Saturday at McLane Stadium was full of firsts.

For starters, it marked the first meeting between the Michigan State Spartans and Siena Saints. It was also the first time starting pitcher Mick VanVossen tossed 10 strikeouts in one game. He also pitched his first complete game of the season.

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Men’s Baseball Gallery: Siena vs. MSU (Game 2)

Strong starting pitching allowed the Spartans to sweep the Saturday doubleheader against the visiting Siena Saints.

Mick VanVossen tossed 10 strikeouts in the first game and also pitched his first complete game of the season. Justin Alleman went 7 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts and one earned run in the second game.

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