Wednesday, February 21, 2024

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Gators look to take down cagers winning streak after championship defeat

Andre Hutson knows what it’s like to play a road game in a hostile environment. He doesn’t like it.The senior forward is pleased opposing players feel that same wrath when they play in Breslin Student Events Center, where the 5-0 Spartans have won 32 consecutive games, the second-longest run in Division I.Tonight at 7, the 3-0 Florida Gators will try to snap MSU’s streak in a rematch of last year’s national championship game, which MSU won 89-76.“I feel we have the best crowd,” Hutson said.

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Womens hoops prepares for Wisconsin - Green Bay at Breslin

The women’s basketball team will have to learn how to win without the sure shot of co-captain and leading scorer Becky Cummings, as they host the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay tonight. Senior forward Cummings tore her left foot’s plantar fascia in the team’s upsetting 66-59 loss Sunday to Eastern Michigan at the Women’s Basketball Showcase in Grand Rapids. The plantar fascia is a tissue beneath the arc of the foot.

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Five honored in wrestling open

Gearing up for an important tussle with archrival Michigan on Friday, the ninth-ranked wrestling team won half of the individual titles at the Northern Iowa Open on Sunday. Junior Chris Williams, senior Mike Castillo, and sophomores Nik Fekete, Karl Nadolsky and Gray Maynard all triumphed in their weight divisions, while fourth-ranked senior Pat McNamara lost for the first time this season. The event was the Spartans’ last action before the top-10 showdown against the No.

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Dupays status uncertain for battle against cagers

Florida head coach Billy Donovan said Monday he still doesn’t know if point guard Teddy Dupay will play versus MSU at the Breslin Student Events Center on Wednesday.Dupay, a 5-foot-11 junior, was suspended late last week for violating unspecified team rules.Donovan said he’ll decide after practice today if Dupay will accompany the team to East Lansing.“Teddy is back in practice, but it’s still up in the air whether he will play versus Michigan State,” Donovan said.Dupay sat out Florida’s 83-76 victory over DePaul on Saturday.In two games, he’s averaging 22 points and 4.5 assists per game.Dupay was in the middle of controversy last April when MSU point guard Mateen Cleaves injured his ankle in the championship game after he got tangled up with Dupay.Donovan said Dupay’s lack of popularity in East Lansing won’t play into his decision on whether to play him.“Teddy didn’t try in any way to hurt Mateen,” Donovan said.

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Wildcats new coach strives to improve, build program

When people think of Northwestern athletics, Bill Carmody knows basketball will not come to anyone’s mind as the Wildcats’ have had a long-standing tradition as Big Ten doormats. As the program’s new head coach, Carmody said the primary reason Northwestern hasn’t produced victories in past years points to the lack of talent. “I don’t see any reason why we can’t win here - it’s a terrific school, a great basketball conference and a great area,” he said.

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Cummings injures ankle in 66-59 loss to Eastern

GRAND RAPIDS - Aggressiveness was the missing ingredient in the MSU women’s basketball team’s 59-66 loss to Eastern Michigan on Sunday at the Women’s College Basketball Showcase at Van Andel Arena.All 11 previous matches with the Eagles were Spartan victories.MSU is now 3-3, while Eastern improved to 5-2.“Eastern played a much better game than us,” head coach Joanne P.

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Icers show heart in weekend series

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The top-ranked Spartan hockey team had to struggle for everything it accomplished this weekend in Bowling Green.The Spartans (11-1-3 overall, 8-1-2 CCHA) were able to extend their unbeaten streak to 12 (10-0-2) and earn three points in their first CCHA road series since Oct.

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Spikers begin play in NCAA tournament

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 Women’s Volleyball Championship.The match starts at 8 p.m., immediately following the first-round match between host No.

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Defending champs look to put out Flames at Breslin

Earlier this week, Tom Izzo said he was going to use Wednesday’s 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 men’s basketball coach said he was encouraged by what he saw.“I was pleased with a lot of things, even though I’m not sure we were great,” he said.

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Despite problems Gophers look to rebuild

This is the fourth in a series of Big Ten men’s basketball previewsThe good news for Minnesota’s men’s 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.

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Linebacker commits to U

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.

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Gridders named All-Big Ten

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.

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Guards prepare for battle

As just the second player in MSU history to record a triple-double, senior Charlie Bell has established himself as one of the top guards in the country.Tonight, Bell and the No.