Michigan State Spartans

Women’s Basketball Buries the Badgers

The Spartans returned home on Girl Scout Day to face Wisconsin after their 85-56 loss against Maryland.

Starting for the Spartans were Tori Jankoska, Cara Miller, Aerial Powers, Anna Morrissey and Becca Mills.

Mills opened the afternoon with an old-fashioned three-point play. She got fouled on the low block and then nailed her free throw.

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The Last Three Periods, a Sweep

It was not glamorous, it was not easy, but with an emotional 2-0 shutout Saturday night, the Spartans were able to accomplish something that has eluded their grasp for more than a calendar year, a sweep.

“It never comes easy, but it was nice to get a second win at home and finally complete the six periods,” head coach Tom Anastos said. Read More…

The First Three Periods, a Success

If the Spartans looked at Friday night’s contest against the Buckeyes as the start of a six-period game, the first three periods were a dominant success.

Four different Spartans registered goals and Jake Hildebrand registered 33 saves in a much-needed 4-1 win in front of a capacity crowd at Munn Ice Arena. Read More…

Spartan Swimmers Fall to Buckeyes

MSU swimmers and divers fell to Big Ten powerhouse Ohio State in East Lansing on Friday night.

The Spartan men and women lost to OSU by 93 and 55 points respectively. Despite facing a high-ranking team and losing most of the night’s events, the Spartans swam some of their fastest times and tried to match the Buckeyes’ high energy. Read More…

Here They Are, ‘Hockey City Classic’ Sweaters Revealed

In front of a packed house at Munn last night, the Spartans unveiled their sweater for the Coyote Hockey City Classic against Michigan at Soldier Field.

“They’re sick,” head coach Tom Anastos said after Friday night’s game. “I think they’re sweet. I like them. It was really a play off of what football and then basketball did with that pro combat look. We’ve been putting that in the hopper for some time.” Read More…

Corner Kick – Jay Chapman

After signing a homegrown contract with Toronto FC, Jay Chapman starts training with the first team this Saturday.

Brooks Laimbeer, host of Corner Kick, discusses with Chapman what it was like to be at the 2015 MLS SuperDraft and to watch his teammate, Fatai Alashe, get drafted No. 4 overall.

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Weekend Hockey Preview: Ohio State

Big Ten hockey returns to East Lansing with a crucial series between the Michigan State Spartans and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

With Ohio State and Michigan State grappling for that third place spot, this series could have major implications on the Big Ten race, currently dominated by Penn State and Michigan. Read More…

Behind the Mask – 1/22/15

Behind the Mask is back with more in-depth analysis and recaps with hosts Jason Ruff and Brian Bobal. On this edition our hosts recap both MSU men and women’s weekends on the ice.

We go around the boards to check in on the Big Ten race that is heating up and also preview Michigan State’s critical series against Ohio State.

Also on the show we tackle the million dollar question surrounding MSU hockey… Where do they go from here? Both this season and beyond. ​ Read More…

Spartans Look to Figure it Out Against Nittany Lions

After a frustrating and deflating loss in College Park, Maryland last Saturday, the Spartans returned with their tails between their legs. Tonight, they have an opportunity to erase the nightmare of the Terrapins with a game against Penn State at the Breslin Center.

The Nittany Lions (12-6, 0-5) have fallen on hard times since conference play started. They are dead last in the Big Ten following a home overtime loss to Purdue on Saturday. However, Penn State does have one thing going for them: DJ Newbill. He leads the Big Ten in scoring at 21.7 points per game. However, he is the only Nittany Lion that averages double-figure scoring. Read More…

Montague Joins Alashe and Chapman in MLS

Adam Montague became the latest Spartan to join the increasingly prestigious MLS on Tuesday. It had been unclear whether Montague would be drafted, but the Vancouver Whitecaps vanquished any doubts when they chose the Michigan State graduate with the 58th pick of the MLS Superdraft.

The pick was acquired via a trade with D.C. United in which Vancouver sent 24 year-old Long Tan to the Capital City for a third-round pick. Read More…

Cox Embracing Larger Role

Despite being just a sophomore, forward Joe Cox has turned into a crucial part of the Spartan team.

The 6-foot forward from Chelsea did not put up staggering numbers in his freshman year, just six goals and six assists in 36 games, but his work ethic in practice turned some heads. Read More…

Three-Point Play: Free Throws, Three-Pointers and “Trigga Trav”

The halfway point of the college basketball season is upon us. Three months of upsets, head-scratchers, blowouts and everything in between has made this season one of the most tumultuous and exciting in recent memory.

As for Michigan State, the season has been confusing to say the least. This team is an enigma, changing with every game and impossible for the experts to put a finger on. Here are three main storylines surrounding the troubled, yet explosive Spartans. Read More…

A Missed Opportunity for Men’s Hockey

This was their chance. It was a chance to take a big leap in the Big Ten standings and instill some much-needed confidence for a team that simply has not had it.

The Spartans went into Happy Valley, Pennsylvania looking to make a big statement and left with a lot of questions. Read More…

Women’s Basketball Falls to Hawkeyes

The Michigan State women’s basketball team, coming off their first Big Ten win of the season, took on the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Spartans’ annual Alumni Day game.

Starting for the Spartans were Tori Jankoska, Cara Miller, Aerial Powers, Anna Morrissey and Becca Mills.

Powers led the team with 16 points and 11 rebounds, followed by Mills with eight points and 13 rebounds. Read More…

No. 4 Overall Pick Alashe Ready for MLS

After the San Jose Earthquakes traded up to take him with the No. 4 overall pick, Fatai Alashe, is set to leave for training camp on Wednesday.

What does he need to work on to better prepare himself for the MLS? How much did playing at MSU and for the U23 Portland Timbers help his skills? How much is he looking forward to possibly playing against his former MSU teammate, Jay Chapman?

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Men’s Tennis Struggles on Road, Women Win Both Matches

It was a flurry of matches over the weekend for Michigan State tennis, as the men’s and women’s teams both kicked off the 2015 season against tough opponents.

But only the women were able to survive the storm, albeit at home. Read More…

Wolverines Defeats Spartans on Senior Night

On a night celebrating the accomplishments of the six seniors on the MSU womens hockey team, the Spartans suffered a heart wrenching loss to the Michigan Wolverines by a score of 4-3.

“We created a lot of opportunities and that’s great,” head coach Jeff Wilson said after the game. “We didn’t capitalize on all of them, but the fact that we created them means we’re working hard and doing a lot of good things.” Read More…

Behind the Mask – 1/16/15

On this episode of Behind the Mask, host Jason Ruff returns with a look back at the Spartan men’s ice hockey team’s recent run of success.

Later in the show, Jason gives a rundown of the Big Ten standings and looks ahead to the upcoming match-ups for the Spartans. Read More…

Rested MSU Heads to Maryland

After barely beating Northwestern, Tom Izzo said that his team believed it lost three games that it should have won. One would have to imagine that MSU’s double overtime loss to Maryland at the Breslin Center was one of those “what could have been” losses.

The Spartans get their chance to redeem that defeat Saturday afternoon in College Park. Read More…

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