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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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Michigan State Spartans, NCAA Tournament: In or Out?

In our latest, most up-to-date NCAA Tournament bracket projection, (or college basketball “bracketology” if you will, we have the Michigan State Spartans as a #11 seed. Although the chances of them falling into that final #12 seed line (and perhaps playing within that “First Four”) are still high, even with their 66-61 narrow escape over... Read more »

Serious Beef Brewing Between Michigan State Coach and Star Guard?

Last March, Michigan State Spartans star Durrell Summers saw a breakout NCAA Tournament propel his NBA Draft stock. A probable second round pick, Summers instead came back to school, and now sees his stock falling. The primary questions that surround his potential -defense and heart- are now flaring up again. And Summers isn’t getting any... 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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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 »

Top Ten Local Sports Inteviews and Soundbites of 2010

During the past year or so, I’ve had the tremendous opportunity of conversing with many of the most interesting and compelling interview subjects in the world of sports. Across the spectrum in the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, college football, college basketball and much much more. Unless otherwise noted, these interviews are pretty much all exclusive.... Read more »

The #2 Michigan State, Tom Izzo Podcast

At Big Ten Media Day here in Chicago I talked to the leader of the #2 Michigan State Spartans Tom Izzo for 40 minutes, literally. And amazingly, we really didn’t get that much into basketball at all. It was more about the media, the changing nature of it, and how social media affects big time... Read more »
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Why would Tom Izzo leave Michigan State?

We’ve all heard the news and rumors about MSU’s head coach Tom Izzo: $30 million, 5 years from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Even though State’s A.D. says no official offer has even been made. However, don’t believe any of this  hype- unless Izzo knows he has Lebron to work with. Michigan State entered this past season... Read more »
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