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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…

Women’s Basketball Fights Through Adversity for Win

The Spartans returned home to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini, for their first game since losing freshman Jasmine Lumpkin.

It was announced just days before the Spartans took on Illinois, that freshman guard/forward Lumpkin was leaving the Spartan program to be closer to family.

The Spartans were also coming off five-straight losses and several players out entering Thursday night game. Despite everything thrown at the Spartan team, they managed a 63-54 win over Illinois. Read More…

A Day to Remember for MSU Soccer

Even for draft day, Michigan State had an inordinate amount of success. Having one player go professional in a day is a success for most teams; another player to put on the “Wall of Fame” and show recruits what they could become. The Spartans had two players officially go from player to picture on the wall, as Jay Chapman and Fatai Alashe turned pro yesterday.

Alashe will be headed out west to San Jose after the Earthquakes gambled on the senior midfielder with the fourth pick in the MLS SuperDraft. Although Alashe went higher than many expected, the Earthquakes never thought about anyone else. They were in dire need of a defensive specialist, and Alashe was the best in the draft. Read More…

Women’s Hockey Suffers First Loss of Season

It was not the start to the new year that the MSU women’s hockey team was hoping for.

Going into last weekend’s contest against Robert Morris, Michigan State was one of only two teams in the ACHA Women’s D-I division to be undefeated.

However, the Spartans’ unbeaten streak ended after they fell to the Robert Morris Eagles 6-3 on Saturday night after playing to a 2-2 tie the previous evening. Read More…

The Pact – 1/12/15

MSU men’s basketball reporter, Andrew Hayes, recaps Sunday’s overtime win over Northwestern and discusses the retirement plans of Breslin Center PA Announcer, Terry Braverman.

MSU men’s and women’s soccer reporter, Brooks Laimbeer, and Michigan State men’s soccer head coach, Damon Rensing, talk about Fatai Alashe and Adam Montague, who are currently down in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. for the 2015 MLS Combine, and discuss where they may be drafted in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft on ThursdayRead More…

Wolverine Wrestlers Triumph at Jenison

When the Spartans square off against the Wolverines, there will always be some fireworks to watch for. Unfortunately for Tom Minkel’s wrestlers, they were on the losing end of the meet against Michigan on Sunday.

The Spartans fell by a final score of 28-9, with the Wolverines winning the lower weight classes handily. Read More…

Corner Kick – A Busy Month for Men’s Soccer

The month of January has been a busy month for the MSU men’s soccer program.

Fatai Alashe and Adam Montague are down at the 2015 MLS Combine in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Jay Chapman has left early to pursue a professional soccer career and MSU associate head coach, Kylie Stannard, has left to become the men’s head soccer coach at Yale University.

Michigan State head soccer coach, Damon Rensing, calls into the studio from the 2015 MLS Combine to discuss how Alashe and Montague have done at the MLS Combine. We also discuss what lies ahead for Chapman and how much of an impact Stannard will have at Yale University.

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Michigan State Survives Northwestern

Usually, if Michigan State scores 84 points, shoots 50 percent from the field and commits seven turnovers in a game, one can safely assume that they won handily. MSU got the win, but it took some effort as Northwestern gave the Spartans all they could handle in an 84-77 overtime thriller.

Both coaches agreed that Michigan State got away with one. Read More…

Northwestern Comes to the Breslin

Saying Michigan State is “on a roll” after two double digit wins might be a bit of an exaggeration but the Spartans have a chance for their first three game winning streak in a month as they square off against the Northwestern Wildcats Sunday afternoon in East Lansing.

The Wildcats (10-5, 1-1) split their first two conference games against Rutgers and Wisconsin. Northwestern handled Rutgers in New Jersey for a 51-47 victory but could not compete against the powerhouse Badgers. Read More…

Spartans Ready to Take on US U-18 Team Friday Night

After suffering a difficult 2-1 defeat to Michigan in the Great Lakes Invitational, the Spartans will kick off the second half of the season with an exhibition game against the United States National Under-18 team Friday night.

The USNTDP U-18 team plays in the United States Hockey League and comes into Friday’s contest losing four of the last seven games. However, they will be getting back Auston Matthews, who represented the United States in the recent World Junior Championship in Canada. Read More…

How To Clip The Hawkeyes

Monday’s game against Indiana was a much-needed breath of air for a Spartan Basketball team that has been floundering for it’s first definitive win. While the 70-50 victory over Indiana was great, the team has to put Monday in the rearview and look towards the Hawkeyes in Iowa City tonight at 7. Read More…

Corner Kick – 2015 MLS Combine

The MLS Combine is from January 9-13 and 55 seniors are competing to raise their draft stock for the MLS SuperDraft on January 15.

Brooks Laimbeer, host of Corner Kick, and J.R. Eskilson, reporter for topdrawersoccer.com, discuss the six Big Ten soccer players going to the MLS Combine as well as other players from college soccer conferences around the United States.

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Bucknell Baffles Spartans at Home

After a long holiday layoff, the Spartan wrestlers returned to action Sunday against the Bisons of Bucknell. Unfortunately for the Spartans, the Bisons seemed to be firing on all cylinders.

The final score, 25-12 Bucknell, would seem to say that the Spartans were not competitive in the meet. That is just not true; they just could not quite replicate the same kind of scoring as the Bisons. Bucknell recorded a pin, technical fall and two major decisions against the Spartans. Read More…

Spartans Wake Up, Overwhelm Hoosiers

“Coach, you looked more like us.”

That was former Spartan Antonio Smith’s response to Tom Izzo on the effort that Michigan State gave in its 70-50 win against Indiana Monday night.

After an ugly start to the 2014-15 Big Ten basketball schedule, the Spartans came out possessed on a chilly East Lansing evening. Read More…

Jason’s Journal: MSU Hockey New Year’s Resolutions

2015 is now upon us, and if you are a college hockey fan then you are salivating at the mouth because the bulk of the Big Ten season starts in earnest in a few short weeks.

For Michigan State hockey (7-10-1 overall), 2015 offers a chance to “right the ship” so to speak on a so far sub-par season. Here are my six New Year’s resolutions for Spartan hockey in 2015. Read More…

Michigan Downs Spartans to Win GLI Crown

Another split for MSU, but this one hurts even more. The Michigan Wolverines beat the Spartans 2-1 to clinch the 2014 Great Lakes Invitational tournament championship.

In what was the 300th meeting between the two clubs (the most among any rivals in college hockey) Michigan won the first two periods, while MSU won the third, but could only put one behind Michigan goaltender Steve Racine. Read More…

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