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New Faces in Spartyland: Basketball Recruiting Update

The 2014-15 campaign may be gloomy, depressing and confusing at times, but fear not fellow Spartans! Recruiting allows us to look ahead to greener pastures with a promising crop of incoming talent on the horizon.

Here’s a report on the top basketball recruits headed, or possibly headed, to East Lansing next year. Read More…

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…

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…

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…

Spartans Save Season with Majestic 4th Quarter Comeback to Win 2015 Cotton Bowl

All’s well that ends well.

With a 21-point 4th quarter comeback in the Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Day 2015, the Michigan State University Spartans football team salvaged the 2014 season, making themselves relevant once again while vanquishing the Baylor Bears into nothingness. 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…

Spartans Welcome Maryland to Big Ten Basketball

Michigan State will play welcoming committee for the Maryland Terrapins Saturday as both teams kick off their conference schedules.

Maryland brings a 12-1 record into the school’s first conference game as a member of the Big Ten.

Tom Izzo called Maryland probably the second best team in the Big Ten behind the powerhouse Wisconsin Badgers. Read More…

Walk the Line: Bowl Bonanza Breakdown – 12/29/14 to 1/1/15

The past week has illustrated just how zany and unpredictable NCAA bowls can be. Yes, many games have involved the expected high scores we’ve seen, but some of these plays and endings have been beyond imagination.

Now begins the good stuff, and this week, Walk the Line will examine the point spreads for the very best of the best leading up to New Year’s Day 2015 and games like the Cotton Bowl (Baylor -3.5 vs. Michigan St.), Rose Bowl (Oregon -9.5 vs. Florida St.), and Sugar Bowl (Alabama -9.5 vs. Ohio St.). We’ve waited a long time for the NCAA College Football Playoff. It’s almost here! Read More…

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…

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…

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!

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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…

Impact Izzone 11/23

This week, hosts Andrew Hayes and Blake Froling analyze the Navy struggle and Duke loss. They preview the Maryland game and talk about other big games around the first week of college basketball.
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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…

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