Apparently, the Michigan Wolverines (5-2 overall, 3-1 in the Big Ten) subscribe to Dick Vitales You can throw out the records, baby! theory on rivalry games. The in-your-face college basketball analyst believes that in contests between intense rivals, previous records hardly matter.Michigan appears to be buying into this exact approach.Despite MSUs 3-3, 0-3 record, Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr and his players believe the Spartans will present a tough challenge for the Wolverines.All I know is what I see on film, and Michigan State is the number one rated defense in the Big Ten Conference, Carr said.
On the banks of the Red Cedar, theres a school thats known to all. Or at least most. I disregard my out-of-state friends who, until they went off to school, only thought there was one college in Michigan. Because to me, those banks - and that school - were always very well known. Perhaps this is confession therapy, but its time for me to come clean.
East Lansing resident Luther Kurtz can do something no class at MSU could teach him - he can fly.Kurtz, who graduated from MSU in the two-year electrical technician program in 1997, is an avid skydiver, and this month he won second place as part of a 10-way skydiving team at a national competition in California.After completing 550 dives, Kurtz said jumping out of a plane isnt scary at all.Initially, I liked the rush of jumping out of an airplane, he said.
Expecting an overwhelming demand for tickets to see the mens basketball team defend its national championship, the MSU Athletic Ticket Office announced they might have to split student season tickets into two packages. This would not affect students in the Izzone cheering section. The deadline to apply for student season tickets is Friday, and if more than 3,000 students apply, the season will be split into Green and White packages, said Chris Besanceney, assistant ticket manager. Approximately 560 seats in the lower bowl of Breslin Student Events Center and 2,440 in the upper deck are available to students not in the Izzone. Last year more than 3,500 students requested season tickets and Besanceney expects more applications this season. Were taking orders from everyone for a full season (of basketball tickets), Besanceney said.
Outside of the Michigan-Michigan State game, the prognosticators find there are few interesting games in college football this weekend.Records to date: Arthole: 20-10, Special K: 16-14 Michigan State (3-3) at No.
Five days after MSUs Homecoming, Mateen Cleaves and Antonio Smith will return to their old stomping ground Thursday night.The two former Spartan basketball players will return to Breslin Student Events Center with their new team, the Detroit Pistons, for an NBA exhibition game against the Utah Jazz.After leading MSU to its first national championship in 21 years last season, the Pistons drafted Cleaves with the 14th pick in the first round of Junes NBA draft.
If you have a tarp, $132 and a whole lot of determination, by Sunday you could also have a ticket to sit in the largest student basketball fan section in the nation. On Saturday morning, MSU students who dream of watching sophomore guard Jason Richardson dunk and senior guard Charlie Bell speed down the court from the Izzone can begin roughing it out to claim tickets, Izzone co-director Brad Johanson said. The 250-odd remaining tickets - a $132 package that includes courtside seating at all 12 home games, a T-shirt, traveling options and other perks - go on sale at 1 p.m.
Two days after MSUs third consecutive loss, (3-3 overall, 0-3 in the Big Ten), Spartan head coach Bobby Williams said its time to focus on beating Michigan.
Hes an elite athlete from Kenya; Im a beer-drinking college kid from the Midwest. But for some reason, I knew how he felt cruising past me on the Ambassador Bridge in the opposite direction - six miles ahead of me. Joseph Maina, who won Sundays 23rd annual Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Bank International Marathon with a career-best time of 2:24:47 trotted past me like a gazelle, and I could only look on. Many sports journalists think they have athletics all figured out. They believe they provide insight even though they might have never played a competitive sport in their lives.
EVANSTON, Ill. - Co-captain and preseason All-Big Ten senior middle Jessica Sanborn suffered a broken left foot Saturday at Northwestern.Sanborn told MSU trainers she felt a pain when she pushed off during warm-up before the volleyball teams match against the Wildcats.MSU athletic trainer Lianna Lee said the severity of the injury wont be known until further tests today.We know its a break, but thats all we know right now, she said.
Injuries and inconsistent play have forced MSU volleyball head coach Chuck Erbe to make unexpected lineup changes the last two weeks.Two starters have been sidelined with injuries and an abundance of serving errors have prompted Erbe to make substitutions, including substituting players only to serve.Erbe said a positive note the last two weeks is the play of freshman outside hitter Jenny Rood.
ANN ARBOR - While the MSU football team prepares to meet its biggest rival Saturday, and faithful fans prepare to guard Sparty against vandals, the MSU mens soccer team began the week on a good note with a 2-1 victory over the Wolverines in double overtime.After winning the national club championship the last two years, Michigan (4-6) is in its inaugural varsity season.
Ice HockeyThe mens ice hockey team is undefeated after its first weekend of regular season play.The seventh-ranked Spartans beat Alaska-Anchorage 5-4 on Friday night and tied Merrimack 1-1 on Saturday night at the Johnson Nissan Classic in Anchorage, Alaska.For tournament purposes, the game against Merrimack went to a shoot-out, which MSU won 2-0.