Tuesday, April 23, 2024

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Cagers kick off Spartan Classic

The MSU men’s basketball team will step on the 2000 NCAA Championship court for the first time since it stepped off it last spring, kicking off this weekend’s Spartan Coca-Cola Classic.

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Spikers hold final games

MSU volleyball will spend Thanksgiving weekend honoring its seniors during the final matches of the regular season.The Spartans (16-11, 9-9 Big Ten) play Northwestern (4-22, 1-15 Big Ten) on Friday and No.

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Struggling Lakers to invade Munn

With three games in six days this week, the MSU hockey team is making sure to not get ahead of itself.The top-ranked Spartans (7-1-2 overall, 6-1-1 in the CCHA) insist they are not looking past their game against Lake Superior State tonight at Munn Ice Arena.The Lakers are struggling (6-7, 3-5) and MSU has a high-profile holiday series against two premier teams looming later this week, but head coach Ron Mason doesn’t expect to extend the Spartans’ seven-game unbeaten streak without a challenge.“We have to be sure not to look ahead because we have to play Lake State and that’s going to be a hard-fought hockey game,” Mason said.

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Bells experience helps bring leadership to team

As the last Flintstone and leading scorer returning from last year’s championship team, Charlie Bell will lead the charge for the defending NCAA champions this season.In Sunday’s season-opening 97-61 win against Oakland University, the senior guard Bell became just the second player in MSU history to record a triple-double, making it clear he can handle the burden.

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Cagers defeat Oakland 97-61

MSU head coach Tom Izzo was worried going into Sunday’s season opener against Oakland University, a game which marked the unveiling of the team’s 2000 NCAA championship banner.

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Andreas, Wolfe gain experience

Jason Andreas?Adam Wolfe?That was the response given to the two freshmen ballers when they spoke to the more than 25,000 fans packed inside Spartan Stadium after winning the national championship.Perhaps it was being overshadowed by players like Mateen Cleaves, Morris Peterson and senior guard Charlie Bell.

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Bell produces a triple-double, makes history

Two things haven’t happened at MSU since the Earvin “Magic” Johnson era. The men’s basketball team hadn’t hung an NCAA national championship banner from the rafters, and no Spartan player had recorded a triple-double.Those both changed Sunday.The game against the Golden Grizzlies of Oakland began as the coaches, players and fans got to watch the green and white NCAA national championship banner drop from the ceiling.And MSU’s 97-61 victory ended when senior guard Charlie Bell became the second Spartan to ever tally a triple-double, recording 13 points, 10 assists and 11 rebounds.

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Football starters say goodbye to the grid iron

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Walking off the field after a 42-23 loss isn’t the way several seniors on MSU’s football team envisioned their college careers ending.The loss means no post-season bowl, a major difference from last year’s 10-2 season and Florida Citrus Bowl victory.Senior defensive lineman Jace Sayler, considered the consummate team player, said he’s going to look at the positive side of the situation.“There’s a side of me where I want to be selfish and say, ‘I wanted to get to a bowl game or I this and I that,’” Sayler said.

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Arkansas State defeats women\'s hoops 63-61

A last-ditch effort by the MSU women’s basketball team Saturday was not enough to save it from a loss to Boston College during the MSU Chevrolet Classic championship game. After beating Arkansas State on Friday, the Spartans trailed Boston College the entire game, only to lose in the final moments 63-61.

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Spikers split weekend

The MSU volleyball team returned from its final road trip of the regular season with a renewed sense of confidence.The Spartans (16-11 overall, 9-9 in the Big Ten) entered the weekend unranked for the first time this season with their NCAA Tournament hopes still in limbo.After defeating Iowa (15-10, 18-16, 15-3) in straight games on Friday and giving No.

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W-hoops kick off regular season

The MSU women’s basketball team will open the regular season today at 7 p.m. in the MSU Chevrolet Classic at Breslin Student Events Center.The Spartans face Arkansas State in the first game, while Tennessee Tech will play Boston College at 9 p.m.

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Numerous bowl games interested in gridders

If MSU defeats Penn State at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, something the Spartans haven’t done since 1965, they’ll be going somewhere warm for the holidays.The question is, where?The Aloha Bowl and the Oahu Bowl are both sponsored by Jeep and have a minimum $750,000 payout to each team.

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Oakland looks to break Breslin streak

The MSU men’s basketball team is like a bunch of kids on Halloween who are given apples at the beginning of trick-or-treating.The kids are glad it’s Halloween, but can’t wait to get the “real” candy in their bag.For the Spartans, the real candy is the regular season, and their two non conference games against Northern Michigan and the Harlem Globetrotters were the apples.

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Top-ranked Icers to face Broncos

Something has to give.When No. 1 MSU and No. 7 Western Michigan square off in a CCHA showdown tonight at Munn Ice Arena, it will be a battle of two streaking hockey teams with contrasting styles of play.The defensive-minded Spartans, winners of six straight, will try to tame Western’s offensive juggernaut that has won seven consecutive games.Combined, the teams are 15-2-2 overall and are two of the hottest teams in college hockey.“I have a few buddies on their team and they were telling me all summer how good they were going to be,” MSU sophomore goaltender Ryan Miller said.

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Final road trip vital for erratic Spikers

It’s the last road trip of the regular season for MSU volleyball, and how the Spartans fare will weigh heavily on their NCAA tournament hopes.MSU has failed to put together back-to-back wins since September and has consequently fallen out of the top 25 for the first time all season.Tied for fifth in the Big Ten with only four matches remaining, the Spartans (15-10 overall, 8-8 Big Ten) find themselves on the tournament bubble.MSU plays at Iowa (12-12, 8-8) tonight and at No.

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Prognosticators serve up last calls of the season

Oh what a time for the gurus to finish the season. It’s rivalry week and this weekend is chockfull of intriguing matchups. Records to date: Arthole 32-14, Special K 26-20 MSU (5-5) at Penn State (4-7) With its surprising victory over Purdue last week, MSU is back in the bowl hunt.