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.
As the last Flintstone and leading scorer returning from last years championship team, Charlie Bell will lead the charge for the defending NCAA champions this season.In Sundays 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.
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.
Two things havent happened at MSU since the Earvin Magic Johnson era. The mens basketball team hadnt 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 MSUs 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.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Walking off the field after a 42-23 loss isnt the way several seniors on MSUs football team envisioned their college careers ending.The loss means no post-season bowl, a major difference from last years 10-2 season and Florida Citrus Bowl victory.Senior defensive lineman Jace Sayler, considered the consummate team player, said hes going to look at the positive side of the situation.Theres 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.
A last-ditch effort by the MSU womens 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.
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.
If MSU defeats Penn State at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, something the Spartans havent done since 1965, theyll 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.
The MSU mens 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 its Halloween, but cant 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.
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 Westerns 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.
Its 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.