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Michigan State Spartans

MICHIGAN STATE (22-7, 12-4 Big Ten) Good Wins: Gonzaga, Wisconsin, @ Purdue. Bad Losses: None. Strengths: 1. Toughness. This seems to be MSU’s biggest strength every year, and 2010 is no different. The “War Drill,” explained in last year’s team capsule, highlights why MSU teams are tough. What the Spartans lack in height, they make… more »

Big Ten Midseason Report

Depending on the week, time of day or whether the sky is filled with cirrus or cumulonimbus clouds, the Big Ten is either having a great year, a good year, or a down year. The same can be said about nearly all of the teams in the conference. At one point, many prognosticators had seven… more »

North Carolina 89, Michigan State 82

For the third time less than a full year, the Spartans and Tar Heels battled in the national spotlight. And for the third time, the Tar Heels turned what was supposed to be a hard-fought battle into a one-team coronation with a convincing thrashing of a highly-ranked and highly-talented Spartan squad. You would think losing… more »

Big Ten’s Pre-Christmas Breakdown

You want a laugh, find a copy of Bill Cosby’s “Himself” DVD. You want a chuckle, look at this season’s preseason prognostications, one month later. Before Kentucky’s Billy Gillispie came out for Kentucky’s Midnight Madness and tried to secure a dozen letters of intent from 8th graders in the crowd and before Tom Izzo turned… more »

Head-to-Head: Michigan State vs. Texas

Bracketography analysts Chris Mackinder (Big Ten) and Jonathan Wall (Big 12) take a look at the upcoming weekend game between Michigan State and Texas. Each writer will argue why his respective conference’s representative will come out on top in this critical non-conference matchup. Mackinder’s Michigan State Analysis During Michigan State’s win against The Citadel on… more »

How will the Big Ten fare in the NCAA Tournament?

“The Big Ten was bad this year. No way around the truth.” – Bracketography’s David Mihm on Selection Sunday. Lost in all the Selection Sunday madness was any discussion of the Big Ten. And, because of the questionable season the entire conference put together, maybe the lack of discussion was warranted. That said, only four… more »

Big Ten Tournament Preview

Regardless of what happens in Indianapolis at this week’s Big Ten Tournament, Wisconsin, Purdue, Indiana and Wisconsin all are dancing. One team – Ohio State – still has realistic dreams of a landing on the right side of the Selection Sunday bubble. That makes this year’s Big Ten Tournament a little mundane, but there are… more »

2007-2008 Michigan State Spartans

Record: (23-6, 11-5 Big Ten) Key Wins: N-Texas; Purdue, N-BYU, Indiana Key Losses: N-UCLA, @Wisconsin, @Iowa, @Penn State Key Stats: 20-1. The Spartans are undefeated at home this season and have recorded a 5-1 neutral floor record. While road record is important, there are no “road” games in the NCAA Tournament. And, if the Spartans… more »

On Point: Know Your Opponents

When analyzing matchups, experts tend to look at the obvious: rankings, star players, and big-name coaches. All of these play a factor, but sometimes a win just comes down to knowing your opponent. How does the opposition score? From the foul line? Mid-range jumpers? Three-pointers? And, almost as important, where are your team’s defensive weaknesses?… more »

Michigan State Preview

2006-2007 Record: 23-12 (8-8 Big 10, T-7th) Postseason Games: 3/8/2007 Northwestern Big Ten Tournament W 62-57 3/9/2007 Wisconsin Big Ten Tournament L 70-57 3/15/2007 Marquette NCAA W 61-49 3/17/2007 North Carolina NCAA L 81-67 Returning Statistical Leaders: 13.5 ppg – Drew Neitzel 6.7 rpg – Goran Suton 6.5 apg – Drew Neitzel Starting Lineup: Key… more »

N.C. State at Michigan State

N.C. State (4-1) bounced back from a home loss to New Orleans to win three games in Lake Buena Vista, Florida and capture the Old Spice Classic championship. The Wolfpack beat Rider by nine points before edging South Carolina 63-61 in the semi-finals and Villanova 69-68 in the final. Those tough games on away from… more »

O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic Preview

This preseason tournament–the CBE Classic–is all about the big boys. Well, three big boys to be exact. UCLA (AP No. 2, USA Today/ESPN No. 2) plays the role as the favorite. The Bruins are looking to jumpstart the 2007 season with four straight wins en route to a third-straight Final Four appearance, and possibly the… more »

2006-2007 Michigan State Spartans

Team personality: When talking about the personality of a Tom Izzo-coached team, there are only two words to describe the squad: Toughness and rebounding. Still stuck in a five-year drought (and counting) since his team’s last Big Ten Championship, Izzo is determined to raise another banner in the Breslin Center rafters. He knows that will… more »

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