MSU volleyball kicks off its seventh-consecutive NCAA tournament this weekend at UCLA.The Spartans (17-12) will play Wisconsin-Milwaukee (23-4) on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA 2000 Division I Womens Volleyball Championship.The match starts at 8 p.m., immediately following the first-round match between host No.
Earlier this week, Tom Izzo said he was going to use Wednesdays game against North Carolina to see how much progress his team has made so far this season.After MSU disposed of the sixth-ranked Tar Heels by 13 points, the MSU mens basketball coach said he was encouraged by what he saw.I was pleased with a lot of things, even though Im not sure we were great, he said.
This is the fourth in a series of Big Ten mens basketball previewsThe good news for Minnesotas mens basketball team is that postseason play is still a possibility.The bad news is the road to a March tournament appearance is an uphill climb.Beginning in March 1999 and ending in October 2000, the Golden Gophers basketball program endured extreme NCAA scrutiny for various wrongful acts.
Despite never having an official visit, outside linebacker Ronald Stanley, from Saginaw High School, verbally committed last week to be a Spartan next fall.The 6-foot-2, 200-pound former teammate of Charles Rogers said the coaching staff, location and atmosphere at MSU made his choice easy.The coaching staff reminded me of my high school coaches, he said.
Although its 5-6 season was a disappointment, several MSU football players were honored by the media and coaches for their individual excellence.Junior linebacker Josh Thornhill was honored on both ballots as first-team, and senior cornerback Renaldo Hill was selected by the coaches as a first-team defensive back.Sophomore running back T.J.
In eight years as head coach of MSU volleyball, Chuck Erbe has guided the team to six consecutive NCAA tournaments and has the Spartans on their way to their seventh.The Spartans knew they made the tournament Saturday, but had to wait until Sunday night to know who and where they would play.The team gathered at Damons, 1601 W.
Dont be surprised if you hear people across the country, from the Pacific Northwest to the Southeast, crying foul during the next week or so.Its time for the annual we deserve it more than they do rhetoric that goes hand-in-hand with college footballs Bowl Championship Series selections.
MSU head coach Tom Izzo criticized his team for a lack of effort after an 89-56 win against Cornell in Fridays first round of the Coca-Cola Spartan Classic.Senior guard Charlie Bell heard Izzo loud and clear.On Saturday, Bell, who had a game-high 31 points - on a scorching 12-of-13 shooting from the field - led the No.
Your average freshman athlete enters college with the expectation of contributing in a limited role, but Marcus Taylor and Zach Randolph arent your average freshmen.Both mens basketball players are consensus the top 10 freshmen in the country and are expected to contribute immediately.MSU head coach Tom Izzo has wasted no time working guard Taylor and center Randolph into games.
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 doesnt 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 thats going to be a hard-fought hockey game, Mason said.