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Six Spartans Head to the NCAA Indoor Championship

This weekend, six Spartans will find themselves among the sun and mountains of Albuquerque, N.M. for the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship, hosted by the University of New Mexico. Being held on Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15, MSU will be represented in seven different events.

The team is taking twice the amount of athletes as last year, and Antonio James and Tori Franklin are the only returnees. Head coach Walt Drenth cites a growing number of athletes who have matured and made a lot of progress over the course of the year.

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Weekend Hockey Preview: No. 5 Wisconsin vs. MSU

For the last weekend of the regular season, the Michigan State Spartans (10-16-7) welcome the No. 5 Wisconsin Badgers (21-9-2) to East Lansing this Friday and Saturday. With senior night fast approaching, it will be an emotional weekend for the Spartans who look to build up their confidence and rhythm going into the Big Ten Tournament.

The Wisconsin Badgers are coming off an exceptional weekend, grabbing five out of six points against the Penn State Nittany Lions. They are still chasing No. 1 Minnesota for the Big Ten regular season championship. However, the Badgers are five points behind the Gophers and will need to have a perfect weekend (and a Michigan sweep of Minnesota) in order to jump to No. 1.

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Spartans Close Non-Conference Play

The Michigan State men’s tennis team (6-7) will complete their non-conference portion of the schedule this weekend in Louisville, Ky.

Louisville (12-4) is on a four game win streak and is ranked 32nd in the nation. The Cardinals have dominated over their four game span, sweeping three of the four matches.

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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…

Pinned Down – #4 – 3/13/14

In the fourth podcast of Pinned Down, host Nick Carver recaps the Big Ten Wrestling Championships.

While the Spartans finished twelfth out of twelve teams in the field, two Spartan wrestlers placed at the tournament and earned NCAA Championship berths.

Mike McClure finished fourth in the Big Ten Championship and John Rizqallah finished seventh.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #4 – 3/13/14

The Detroit Red Wings have played another week of hockey and with 18 games left this season, and the team is in need of major victories. This week’s episode of Octopi Hockeytown will answer all questions and more!

Austin Goodman, host of Octopi, breaks down the past week of play starting off in New Jersey, then coming home for two, respectively historical nights and then finishing off the week in New York against Lundqvist and the Rangers.

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Women’s Basketball Recognizes Players at Annual Banquet

With a Big Ten Championship under their belt and a NCAA tournament run on the horizon, the Michigan State women’s basketball team took time to celebrate and have a little fun.

The team held its annual banquet at the Breslin Center to honor its players and to celebrate their Big Ten Championship.

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Three Former Spartans on 2014 HOF Ballot

The 2014 College Football Hall Of Fame ballot was released Thursday, which included three familiar names to Spartan fans.

Receiver Kirk Gibson and running backs Clinton Jones and Lorenzo White were nominated to the exclusive club.

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Secret Society – #4 – 3/12/14

Secrets are revealed on episode 4 of Secret Society as Bradley Allen talks with the Spartan Ski Club.

President Brennen O’berski, Vice President Kat Smith, Promotional Representative Brittney Heatherington and Junior Officer Charlie Nicoli share their experience with ski club— including their Relay for Life fundraiser, social events and ski trips.

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MSU Crew Club Coxswain Has High Hopes for Season

Spring break has come to a close and so has the spring training trip for the MSU men’s club crew team.

The team traveled to Clemson, S.C. for eight days of training before the start of the spring season. They hit a bit of a snag when the site for spring training froze over, forcing them to migrate down South where they faced off against the University of Alabama this past Saturday.

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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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Recipe for a Playoff Run

The Detroit Lions have clearly stated that they are in a win-now mode. Music to all Lions fans’ ears, but how do they know next season will not be like last season? With free agency less than a day away and the draft knocking on their doors, the Lions need to start making some moves in order to become serious contenders. Here are the four keys to this offseason that I think the Lions should exercise:

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Opinion: All They Need to Do Is Lose

Expectations for the Pistons coming in to the 2013-2014 season were quite high. With the acquisitions of Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings, it seemed as if it was finally time for the Pistons to end their playoff drought.

Currently, Detroit is 24-39 and three games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The team’s lack of success has led to first-year head coach Maurice Cheeks getting fired and, presumably, general manager Joe Dumars also getting fired at season’s end.

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What Have They Tried?

Every decision in recent history, that Joe Dumars and Tom Gores have made, have led the Detroit Pistons their team to this the point where they stand today: a general manager and an owner of a team that still cannot make the playoffs despite being in an awful conference.

Dumars’ and Gores’ decisions has have led them to a 24-38 record as the team plows through the final two months of the regular season. Since the “glorious” days of Darko Milicic, in which the Pistons actually were contenders won things, fans and members of the organization have gotten antsy.

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The Pact – #21 – 3/10/14

In the first show following spring break, MSU basketball is front and center. Both the men and women look to pick up their play before heading into the NCAA tournaments.

Fino, Faith and Lou discuss the recent struggles of the men’s team and give their predictions for the upcoming Big Ten Tournament in the show’s first portion.

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Madhouse in Madison

Over the weekend, the Spartan wrestling team competed at the Big Ten Championship in Madison, Wis. And while the team placed last with 21.5 points, there were bright spots for the men of Sparta.

Senior Bobby Nash, 165 pounds, placed ninth after his 7-3 victory over Purdue’s Pat Robinson. Junior John Rizqallah, 184 pounds, placed seventh thanks to a 4-2 decision over Indiana’s Luke Sheridan. Rizqallah also earned his second-straight trip to the NCAA Championships after his victory.

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Opinion: Spartans Played Best Game Yet

What was it? Was is head coach Tom Anastos’ timeout early in the first period? Was it the sellout crowd at Munn Ice Arena? Or was it the grit and determination of the senior class?

Whatever the reason, one thing is predominantly clear: the Spartans played their best game of the season last Saturday against No. 12 Michigan.

While it was not the first time the Spartans have rallied back to win a close game this season, no game had the stakes as high as this one. Read More…

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