FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Criminal justice sophomore Brad Collins said he enjoys betting on the NCAA Tournament because its fun to be in a pool with a group of your buddies. But Collins, who said the pools he enters normally have small entrance fees, admitted there should be red flags waved when betting on college athletes goes too far. I see it being a problem because people are winning and losing money based on amateurs performances, he said.
The top-ranked Spartans took the first step of what they hope will be a monthlong climb to a national championship this weekend at Munn Ice Arena.With the two-game sweep of Alaska-Fairbanks in the first round of the CCHA playoffs under its belt, MSU is likely five wins away from its first national title in 15 years.We came out and needed to get on the board (in the playoffs) and we did, MSU head coach Ron Mason said.
John Nail is glad the top-ranked Spartans had to play Alaska-Fairbanks in the first round of the CCHA playoffs.Not because the senior right wing and his teammates wanted a pushover to start their postseason run - as one might have expected from the 10th seed in the tournament - but because Nail wanted a challenging series right away.On your way to the championships, theres always going to be games like this, Nail said.
CHICAGO - Instead of providing a tune-up for the NCAA Tournament, the Big Ten Tournament served as a breakdown for the third-ranked Spartans.MSU (24-4, 13-3 Big Ten) went to Chicago hoping to capture its third-straight tournament title, but a 65-63 loss to Penn State (19-11, 7-9) in the Spartans first game Friday left players hanging their heads.During the post-game press conference, senior forward Andre Hutson had little to say with his shoulders slouched and a blank stare upon his face.We just have to accept it, Hutson said after a brief pause.
The MSU womens basketball team has one hope of getting a berth in the womens NCAA Tournament - it must win the Big Ten Tournament, which begins today at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.Ninth-seeded MSU plays in the first game of the tournament against eighth-seeded Ohio State at 4 p.m.
For five MSU womens basketball seniors, today marks the beginning of the end.Guards Christie Pung and Donita Johnson and center Erin Skelly will have at least one more chance to finalize their career totals and make a mark in Spartan history, as MSU begins Big Ten Tournament play today against Ohio State.But no matter what the outcome will be, all three, along with forward Becky Cummings, have ended their careers listed in the top 10 in at least one category.
Sophomore goaltender Ryan Miller is currently in third place in the online fan voting for the Hobey Baker Award, college hockeys most prestigious individual trophy.Miller trails North Dakota forward Jeff Panzer, the vote leader, and Maine forward Niko Dimitrakos in the standings.
The Associated Press Frank Thomas seems to have done the impossible. Hes united baseball players and owners - against him. Mark McGwire is incredulous that players making $9 million or $10 million a season are grumbling theyre underpaid. Nobody puts a gun to your head to sign a long-term deal, the St.
It wasnt a good start to the season for the MSU baseball team this weekend as it dropped two games to Troy State, in Alabama, both by identical 5-4 scores, according to MSU Sports Information. The two teams were supposed to play a three-game series, but Sundays game was canceled because of severe weather.