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69 posts from February 2012

February 29, 2012

What tonight means

It means a Big Ten championship (outright for MSU, shared for Ohio State) will be on the line when the Buckeyes and Spartans meet at 4 p.m. Sunday at Breslin Center. It means MSU will be the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, starting March 9 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse (MSU will play at noon against the winner of Thursday's 8-9 game, and the 8-9 game will involve Illinois against the loser of Saturday's Northwestern-Iowa game). And it means the Wildcats are now officially the Wile E. Coyotecats.

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The road just ended

The last was the best. Or worst. However you want to say it. Michigan State's 70-55 loss at Indiana was the final road game of the season, it was clearly the toughest environment these Spartans encountered as visitors, and Tom Izzo thought it got to his team. In a way.

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February 28, 2012

Outright denial

"We've got it all to lay on the line for Sunday," Tom Izzo said.

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Halftime: IU 41, MSU 27

I can already hear the "fat and sassy" post-game address in my head. Of course, much of what's happening here tonight can be traced directly to a sharp, aggressive, emotional Indiana team that is taking it to Michigan State.

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On goals, fans, walk-ons, legends and Hoosiers

Much to discuss before the Spartans go for the outright clincher at Indiana – such as Tom Izzo’s fight against complacency and the outlook for a game I think will be tough for MSU to win.

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February 27, 2012

Names with faces

Several of you asked for identifications of the MSU football players in the recent photo with Paige Duren, so here you go.

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Searching for hints

As MSU prepares to hang its seventh Big Ten banner of the Tom Izzo era, we look back to see if anyone saw this coming (clearly, no one in the media did, and the fan base? Be honest).

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February 26, 2012

Izzo on the championship

MSU just released the following comment from Tom Izzo, given after MSU's Sunday evening practice:

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MSU: Big Ten champs 2012

First Purdue, then Wisconsin. Both came up with huge road upsets this weekend -- Purdue at U-M on Saturday and the Badgers at Ohio State, moments ago -- to help Michigan State clinch a share of the 2012 Big Ten championship.

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Cousins making a move

Several MSU players are trying to improve their draft stock at the NFL Combine, and Kirk Cousins seems to be doing just that.

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