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Illini Upset #10 Michigan State; In Close Fashion (Like the Series)

Illini Upset #10 Michigan State; In Close Fashion (Like the Series)
Entering tonight’s contest, the Michigan State-Illinois series was tied at 55. The last 13 games in the series have been decided by 10 points or less, and this was no different. And the #9 Michigan State Spartans fell to the Illinois Fighting Illini 42-41. There was really ugly offense in the first half, by both... Read more »

Northwestern's Surprisingly Good RPI, NCAA Tournament Profile

Northwestern's Surprisingly Good RPI, NCAA Tournament Profile
RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) is an algorithm based on opponents’ winning percentage, opponents’ opponents’ winning percentage, and opponents’ opponents’ opponents’ winning percentage. This is the truth, I’m not trying to sound like Dr. Seuss here. So RPI is like the BCS, a very controversial number that certains groups of people ascribe meaning to; other groups... Read more »

Northwestern Gets Signature Win! End #6 Michigan St. Winning Streak

Northwestern Gets Signature Win! End #6 Michigan St. Winning Streak
Was this a huge upset? On one level, yes. Any time the most prominent college basketball program in the Big Ten falls to the program with the least amount of tradition in the conference, it’s huge! Not to mention it ended the biggest win streak that prominent On the other hand, Northwestern came in with... Read more »
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Loss in Champaign Huge Setback in Michigan State's Season

A big reason Michigan State won back to back Big Ten titles in ’09-’10 is their superior road record. The last two years MSU is 16-5 away from home. They had a school record 8 road wins in  2009, and followed it up with a 7-2 mark the following season. However, this year outside of... Read more »

Illini Slap Michigan State Around in Must Win Game

It was all about BP3. Maybe not all. There was a lot of Jereme Richmond thrown in. But for one night…it was Brandon Paul’s world, and we were just living in it. We have a photo here at The Sports Bank entitled “sad illini.” You see this photo quite a lot after disappointing Illinois losses, and... Read more »

Michigan State Point Guard Play not Living up to Tradition

When the Big Ten Network produced a program highlighting the most storied position traditions of excellence in the conference, Michigan State point guards took home the overall slot. All those decades of college basketball and college football and the number one is the men who have manned “the one” in East Lansing. NBA superstars, Team... Read more »
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Michigan State Spartans have now found the Correct Starting Five

Following Michigan State‘s narrow escape over Oakland on December 11th, I tweeted to my followers what I believed MSU’s starting lineup should be: a three guard cadre of Durrell Summers, Kalin Lucas, Keith Appling with Delvon Roe and Draymond Green up front. I then tweeted an abbreviated/condensed version of why I felt this would work.... Read more »

Northwestern Gives #18 Michigan State a Scare, but Falls by 2

Although the final outcome was still a loss, it was a much more exciting and interesting loss to Michigan State this time for Northwestern, who took one of their toughest Big Ten opponents down to the final possession. No wants to believe in nor accept moral victories, but losing to the #18 Spartans, when your... Read more »
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