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Spartans Bounce Back Against The Citadel

Michigan State returned to form Monday night with an 82-56 beatdown of The Citadel.

There was a sense of “here we go again” in the first half as Michigan State started slowly and the Bulldogs were hitting everything.

“Did you see the first two threes?” Tom Izzo said after the game, “The one the kid was looking at me, there was one second left on the shot clock, and he launched it and it went in.” Read More…

Walk the Line: Bowl Bonanza Breakdown – 12/23/14 to 12/27/14

Admit it. You’re going to watch the bowl games, even if you can’t name which one it is, where it’s taking place, or who that player is they’re saying is all-conference (which conference is it again?).

Time to break down this week’s bowls and point spreads! Spoiler alert: look for a LOT of high scoring affairs. Read More…

Hayes: Thoughts on Texas Southern Debacle

I had two ideas for columns following the disgusting display of sport that occurred at the Breslin Center Saturday afternoon but I couldn’t decide which one I liked better so this is going to be a two part shindig.

Michigan State must be willing to play inside

This team is built to shoot. I know this, you know this, anybody who has watched a college basketball game before knows this. But that’s not all this team can do. Read More…

Spartans Traumatized by Tigers

In a game where they were favored by 24 points, the Michigan State Spartans lost to the 1-8 Texas Southern Tigers 71-64 in overtime.

The Spartans came out flat, played flat and finished flat. Both teams started poorly, combining for five points in the first four minutes of play. Read More…

Eagles Clipped in East Lansing

Riding high off of a 45-42 defeat of the Michigan Wolverines, the Eagles of Eastern Michigan came into East Lansing with an upset mindset. Unfortunately for the Eagles, the men of Sparta were in no mood to be a headline upset. The final score was 66-46 MSU. Read More…

Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Bowls & NFL Wk 15 – 12/13/14

It’s the final Walk the Line of 2014. What a great year this was!

Now it’s on to the 2015 Cotton Bowl for the Michigan State Spartans football team, who will head to Dallas for a New Year’s Day matchup against the 3-point favorite Baylor Bears. Will it be a fourth-consecutive bowl victory for Mark Dantonio?

Dan Krier & Brooks Laimbeer break down the best bowls, including the playoff pairings of the Rose Bowl (Oregon -9.5) & Sugar Bowl (Alabama -10), and NFL Week 15 (Detroit -8 vs. the Minnesota Vikings). Read More…

Spartans Represent Well at Winter Nationals

In the midst of bitter cold winter weather, three Spartan swimmers managed to come away from the 2014 AT&T Winter Nationals with strong swims.

Senior Shelby Lacy, freshman Alex Trompke and senior Hannah Pugh represented the Spartans in Greensboro, North Carolina, for the three day meet this weekend. Read More…

Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 15 & NFL Wk 14 – 12/5/14

Now that the Michigan State Spartans football team has finished the 2014 regular season with a commendable 10-2 record, Dantonio & Co. must sit at home and wonder “what if” as a depleted Ohio State squares off with Wisconsin (-4) at the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis. Is a spot in the College Football Playoff still a possibility for Sparty?

Other games this week include the SEC Championship (Alabama -14.5), the ACC Championship (FSU -4.5), and the Pac-12 Championship (Oregon -14.5). Plus there are a couple great NFL games to talk about, like Seattle @ Philly and New England @ San Diego.

This week’s intriguing menu… Read More…

Defense, Special Teams Pace Spartans to 34-10 Victory in Happy Valley

Things got off to a quick start for Michigan State Saturday afternoon, as RJ Shelton returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown.

Michael Geiger added two field goals, one from 36 and the other from 39 yards out, in the first quarter as the Spartans raced out to a 13-0 lead. Read More…

Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 14 & NFL Wk 13 – 11/28/14

One more regular-season game for the Michigan State Spartans football team as they head into Happy Valley as 13-point favorites over Penn State on Saturday afternoon. A win by any means takes Dantonio’s squad to a praiseworthy 10-2, but can the crew cover the spread and establish their right to a Selection Committee Bowl for this holiday season? Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Peach Bowl…whatever man.

Otherwise this Saturday, there are only like 100 other games that are worth watching. Rivalry week for NCAA football. It’s on! So great!

This week’s amazingly awesome menu… Read More…

Spartans Feast On Grizzlies

While just about everybody had packed up and left campus for the Thanksgiving holiday, the No. 16 Michigan State women’s basketball team stuck around for their game against Oakland University.  The Spartans handled the Grizzlies with ease, winning 79-64.

Aerial Powers and Tori Jankoska led the way for the Spartans. Powers, in another dominant performance, shot 9-19 from the field, finishing with 24 points along with 16 rebounds. Jankoska added 19 points, five rebounds and five assists for MSU. Read More…

No Dawson, No Ellis, No Problem for Spartans

With Alvin Ellis still nursing a sprained ankle and Branden Dawson out with the flu, Michigan State needed somebody to step up for the Spartans.

True freshman Marvin Clark Jr. did just that in MSU’s 79-52 blowout of Santa Clara University.

Clark started for the ailing Dawson and scored the game’s first three points. This was the beginning of a 17-2 run by the Spartans to start the game. Read More…

MSU leads Northwestern In TYR Invite

The Spartan men swimmers are leading the Northwestern TYR Invitational in first and the women are trailing behind Northwestern in second place after Friday’s finals.

MSU swam their way to the top of the invite with a big gap in between first and second; Northwestern is now trailing behind with 285 points.

MSU men and women swimmers ended up taking first place spots in five of the 12 events. Read More…

Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 13 & NFL Wk 12 – 11/21/14

After grinding out a win at Maryland (and covering the -12) last Saturday night, the Michigan State Spartans football team returns to East Lansing for their final home game of the season, favored by 22 points against Rutgers.

Do the Spartans have enough motivation to blow out the Scarlet Knights, or will this be a rainy noon kickoff game that sees Rutgers keeping it too close for comfort? Dan Krier & Brooks Laimbeer look at this week’s games (including the Lions +7 @ New England) and discuss the probable NCAA Football Championship Final Four.

This week’s games… Read More…

Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 11 & NFL Wk 10 – 11/7/14

Now the real season starts! With the Michigan State Spartans football team staring up at both TCU and Kansas State in the most recent NCAA College Football Playoff Poll, it’s going to take a win over the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday and a cover of the -3.5 to leave a lasting impression on the selection committee.

In a rematch of last year’s Big Ten Championship game, MSU is in need of a convincing victory over Urban Meyer for the second straight season. Other great games Saturday include Notre Dame +2.5 @ Arizona St. and a death match between the aforementioned TCU, who sits at -6 versus K-State.

Check out the top-tier menu for this this week’s show… Read More…

Women’s Gymnastics Prepares for the Upcoming Season

In just a few short months, Michigan State women’s gymnastics will return to action for their 2014-2015 season. Coming off an eighth-place finish in the Big Ten Conference and finishing No. 39 in the country, the team is ready to return to competition in Jenison Field House.

The Spartans’ 2013-2014 season concluded with a “disappointing day” at the B1G Championships, according to head coach Kathie Klages. At the tournament, then-junior Gillian Carr was seriously injured in warm-ups, causing early problems for the team. The championships continued with three Lady Spartans falling, one on bars and two on beam, which lead led to one of these low scores counting in the final team score.

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Roll Out: MSU Wrestling Preview

It is that magical time for wrestling fans. Time to roll out the mats and bust out the headgear, or in my athletically challenged case, pull out the computer. For Michigan State wrestling fans, the season is rapidly approaching. Head coach and parrot aficionado Tom Minkel recently released the MSU grappling schedule.

It will not be an easy season this year, as the Spartans take on eight of the top 25 teams from last year, including a home dual against four-time reigning NCAA Champion, Penn State. In total, Michigan State will take on six ranked teams at home in the Jenison Field House.

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Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 9 & NFL Wk 8 – 10/24/14

So some football team with a losing record from Ann Arbor is coming to East Lansing as 16.5-point underdogs on Saturday. That in itself is humiliating, but a cover by the Michigan State Spartans would be even better. Rivalry week is here at MSU, so Dan Krier & Brooks Laimbeer break down the big game on this week’s Walk the Line.

There are some other great NCAA and NFL matchups to talk about, but the Spartans vs. the Wolverines is all we students here at MSU really care about. Go Green!

This is where the real season begins! Our delectable menu on this week’s show… Read More…

Opening Night Goal Ends Major Slump for DeBlouw

It was a textbook sophomore slump last season for Matt DeBlouw. After scoring 10 goals in his freshman season, including three in the final three games of the season, he went without a single goal in his sophomore campaign.

But with every new season comes a clean slate, a chance to start over again, and DeBlouw and other Spartans made the most of it last night as the Spartans had scoring from three of their four lines in a 5-3 win over UMass. Read More…

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