At last year’s postseason press conference, Michigan State head coach Tom Anastos said that he would include a wide variety of non-conference teams for the Spartans to play in the upcoming seasons. Now with the official 2014-15 hockey schedule released, the Spartans boast a strong but flexible schedule that even Tom Izzo would be proud of. Read More…
Michigan State is coming into the 2014 season as the defending Big Ten Champions with a 10-game winning streak. They have not lost at home since November 2012. With a win in the 100th Rose Bowl and a preseason ranking in the top 10, the ceiling for MSU football is a National Championship, but where is the floor?
If the Spartans lose their first game, it will be the biggest disaster a Big Ten team has experienced in non-conference play since No. 5 Michigan lost to unranked Appalachian State in 2007.
Russell Byrd announced that he will not be returning to Michigan State next year. He will spend his final year of eligibility at Master’s College in California, according to the Detroit Free Press. Byrd was a highly recruited shooter in high school, garnering interest from high profile programs like Kentucky, as well as Michigan State.
According to MSU head coach Tom Izzo, Alex Gauna has decided to retire from basketball and spend his final year at MSU focusing on his education. Gauna was a three-star recruit, but was one of those players that many people thought could develop into a successful Division-I player under the tutelage of Izzo.
Yet, when this news came out, I could not help but ask myself, “So?”
He was once a two-sport, star athlete at Lansing Sexton High School.
Drew Valentine set school records, garnered all-state acclaim and received top-notch offers from the most storied programs across the country (Florida State and Michigan State to name a few).
But little did Drew imagine that injuries would put him on the hardcourt sideline with his brother, Denzel, five years later.
The recruiting class of 2014 got a little better with the signing of Marvin Clark Jr.
The 6-foot-7, 219-pound small forward committed to Michigan State a month ago, joining Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn and Javon Bess. He is a three-star recruit, according to rivals.com.
Clark is from Bel Aire, Kan. and played for Sunrise Christian Academy, the same school as Nairn.
It is all over.
Hayes and Blake discuss their sadness to the end of the NCAA Tournament and give their take on the championship game. They also look ahead to next year for the Spartans and what needs to improve for another run in the Tournament.
The sadness that is felt over the end of the basketball season is nothing compared to the sadness felt over the loss of young Lacey Holsworth this week. Read More…
Several hundred Michigan State students gathered at the Rock on Michigan State’s campus Wednesday night to honor 8-year-old Lacey Holsworth, who lost her battle with cancer the night before.
Holsworth, affectionately known as “Princess Lacey,” developed a special relationship with MSU basketball senior Adreian Payne. The two met when the basketball team made a visit to the hospital that Holsworth had been staying at. Their friendship grew quickly to the point where Payne had begun calling her his “little sister.”
It was a good run.
With Sunday’s loss to the 5.5-pont underdog UConn Huskies in NYC, the 2013-’14 MSU Spartan men’s basketball season came to a close, but it was a run filled with amazing memories from the last few weeks.
Dan Krier & Ryan Smith spend Ep.24 of Walk the Line discussing the Spartans’ final game and look forward to this weekend’s upcoming Final Four battles in Dallas.
In 2010, the Cleveland Cavaliers fired their head coach Mike Brown after he failed to produce any championship rings for the organization after multiple years with LeBron James.
Following Brown’s dismissal, the Cavs expressed interest in stealing Tom Izzo away from the Michigan State Spartans.
Izzo politely declined.
Nothing came easy for MSU Friday night as they upset No. 1 University of Virginia, 61-59, in one of the Spartans’ hardest fought victories of the year.
Tom Izzo’s team lost the turnover and rebounding battles, but managed to pull out a win thanks in large part to Branden Dawson who recorded a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds.
Sweet, then Elite!
Episode 23 of Walk the Line finds Dan Krier & Ryan Smith in the midst of NCAA Tournament heaven. Time to break down the Sweet 16 & Elite 8 matchups, with Thursday and Friday’s spreads on the board waiting to be picked apart, including MSU vs. UVa.
March Madness is upon us, but could the Pistons be looking to join the action? According to a Sports Illustrated report, the Pistons are expected to pursue Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo to be their new head coach this offseason.
Detroit fired their first year coach Maurice Cheeks back on February 9, and have been led by John Loyer ever since. During that time the Pistons have failed to live up to their preseason expectations and have produced a record of 26-44.
Harvard almost blew up everybody’s bracket on Saturday night. That is, if your bracket has not already been blown up.
With 17:38 remaining in the game, a Branden Dawson throw-down gave the No. 4 seeded Spartans a 16-point lead and all of the momentum they needed to bury No. 12 Harvard, but the Crimson pulled the upset in the second round, and they had their eyes on the Sweet Sixteen.
Clear the floor, it’s time to dance!
The 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament is finally here, and the Michigan State Spartans are playing their best basketball of the season. Time to get excited? You better believe it!
Episode 22 of Walk the Line reunites Dan Krier with Ryan Smith for a complete analysis of the entire slate of Thursday and Friday first-round tournament games. Time to talk point spreads, not just brackets.
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…
Thursday night was senior night at the Breslin Center, but it was the sophomores and juniors who stole the show as Michigan State beat Iowa, 86-76.
Travis Trice was 4-5 from the field and led the Spartans with 17 points off the bench. Denzel Valentine looked well on his way to a triple-double in the first half, but finished with 13 points, six rebounds and nine assists.
It would appear that Michigan State has decided to take the weekend off for the past six weeks.
The Spartans dropped another head scratcher Saturday afternoon 53-46 to the University of Illinois.
The calendar has turned to March and Michigan State basketball hopes it brings the usual Izzo March magic.
The Spartans look to end the season on a roll as they face the University of Illinois Saturday afternoon in East Lansing. The Spartans have not won consecutive games since late January.
Who’s that filling in for Ryan Smith on this week’s Walk the Line? None other than Impact Sports founder Alex Scharg!
Dan Krier & Alex discuss the previous two Michigan State Spartan men’s basketball games against Nebraska and Purdue, and then look forward to this Sunday’s gigantic matchup with the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor. Is it payback time for Sparty, or will U of M put themselves on the path to a Big Ten Championship? Surely MSU will be underdogs, but by how much?