Max Christie Key to Michigan State Ruining Coach K. Swan Song

All season long, you’ve heard this familiar refrain- Michigan State does not have a true alpha dog. They don’t have a leading man, or a closer, but on certain nights different guys step up. Freshman Max Christie, a McDonald’s All-American and 5-star prospect, has been that in some games. Other nights it’s Gabe Brown, or Marcus Bingham Jr. Last night it was Joey Hauser, a guy who hasn’t come close to living up to expectations, but really brought it in the late night win over good old friend Foster Loyer and Davidson.

Seventh seeded Michigan State beat tenth seeded Davidson, 74-73, in a very exciting and tightly contested March Madness contest. Hauser led the way for the Spartans, with 27 points on 9-12 shooting, 4-6 from three. A.J. Hoggard added 14, on 6-9 shooting. Max Christie was basically invisible against the Wildcats, going 1-6 from the floor and scoring just two points.

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Michigan State B1G Tourney, NCAA Tournament Results Don’t Sync Up

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If you’re trying to gauge how Michigan State will do this March Madness, their Big Ten Tournament results is not the best predictor. Their outcomes in the conference tourney don’t seem to really sync up too often with how they do in the Big Dance. It all starts on Friday, March 18, 2022, 8:40 PM CT (CBS), when the Spartans (seeded seventh) head to the Bon Secours Wellness Arena, in Greenville, South Carolina to take on #10 Davidson.

The Spartans are favored -1 (with a money line of -120) in this game, with the over/under set at 140.5. Mich St.’s odds of winning it all are +10000.

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Eight ANNOYING People Who Reside In EVERY Single Bracket Pool

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Dear reader, we’ve scouted your bracket pool. We know everybody who’s in it. Because there’s at least one of these stereotypes in EVERY single bracket pool imaginable.

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2022 Big Ten Tournament Preview, Predictions, Friday Fish Fry!

For the first time since 2019, we’ll have a full Big Ten Tournament, staged in front of fans. #LFG! the 2022 Big Ten Tournament takes place March 9-13 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse (yes, it has been renamed yet again!) in Indianapolis.

The full bracket is above, so let’s get our Nap Town on, and preview/predict these games.

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Max Christie: MSU Star, NBA Prospect Has Dream Homecoming at NU

For Michigan State shooting guard Max Christie, Northwestern is basically his second program. The Arlington Heights native and five-star recruit grew up very close by, and his mother, Katrina Hannaford Christie, is one of the top players in Northwestern women’s basketball history.

“This is practically my second college if I had to pick one,” Christie said after his Spartans won 73-67 in Evanston today. “I grew up here, I was the ball boy here. I’ve been around this program for a very long time, almost longer than Michigan State if I’m being honest.”

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#10 Michigan State Basketball at Northwestern FYIs, Stats, Info

Michigan State basketball began the season flying under the radar, unranked for most of the preconference portion, but they’re back on the map now. Ranked in the top ten once again, in both polls, the Spartans look like they’ll be a major factor in the Big Ten race this year.

The New Year’s slate, where conference season really gets started in earnest, sees MSU visit Northwestern, a place where they didn’t just lose last season, but lost rather convincingly. Will they make amends for that in this Sunday matinee?

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Exclusive: Drew Valentine on His Brother, Tom Izzo, Michigan State

Wednesday morning brings the Battle 4 Atlantis (seriously, no one over the age of 6 ever needs to spell any word with a number) with Michigan State taking on Loyola-Chicago. Tip-off is 11am central, on ESPN.

We recently had an exclusive with Loyola coach Drew Valentine, and we covered this game, the marquee contest on the Ramblers’ pre-conference slate, in detail. Although both teams are currently unranked, it should be a really tightly contested affair. ESPN Matchup Predictor sees it as 58.6-41.4% MSU. If you’re looking for Free Bets, then maybe you should take Loyola +6 or even +5 on the market. It would be a smart wager.

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Northwestern Has No Answer for Stud MSU RB Kenneth Walker III

Northwestern All-American Safety Brandon Joseph said at the Monday Zoom media availability that his team was going to have to be ready to stop “number 9, the Wake Forest transfer” when they welcome in Michigan State on Friday night.

It’s a vast understatement to say that things didn’t go according to plan for the Wildcats tonight as Walker ran wild and the Spartans romped 38-21. Although there were some bright spots for the host Cats, overall it was pretty ugly as Sparty jumped on them early, and then cruised to a comfortable victory.

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Michigan State Spartans at Northwestern Wildcats Game Preview

The Northwestern Wildcats host the Michigan State Spartans on Friday night in the season opener for both teams. It’s also the latest installment in a series that’s spawned numerous wild and wacky games, as well as a few milestones and records.

The 2017 meeting took three overtimes to decide, as NU won at home 39-31. The Cats ruined State’s Homecoming in 2016, winning 54-40 in a game that broke numerous Spartan Stadium records, all of which were great for the visitors and bad for the hosts. In 2018, the Wildcats came to East Lansing as double digit underdogs and left as double digit victors.

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Michigan St. Coach Mel Tucker Takes “Blue Collar” Buzzwords Bit to Extreme Levels

Everyone knows that preseason football media days are an exercise in speaking for prolonged periods of time without actually saying anything. It’s a cliche convention for the gridiron set, and just in case you forgot the buzzword bingo, well we’ll cover that in a minute.

Michigan State coach Mel Tucker, commencing his second season in East Lansing and attending his first Big Ten Media Day, took to the stage yesterday. He gave a very long-winded opening statement, which used up a large portion of his time on dais. It left less time for reporter questions, and honestly, if I were a coach, I would do the same thing.

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Detailing the Big Ten National Title Game Losing Streak

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If Michigan beats UCLA tonight, and they are heavily favored to do so, it means the Wolverines would go back to the Final Four. UM would then be just one win away from appearing in their sixth national title game. Michigan, the only Big Ten team left standing in the NCAA Tournament, is 1-4 all-time in the March Madness grand finale.

If they were lose that contest it would mark the eighth straight defeat for the Midwestern league in the national title game. I think we’re all ready for this losing streak to end at this point; heavy fatigue for this narrative has already long set in. But hey, we have a job to do, so let’s go down this road one more time.

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Big Ten, ACC “Challenged” Considerably on First March Madness Weekend

In 1999, ESPN created the Big Ten/ACC Challenge as a made for television “event,” with the purpose of trying to drum up interest in preconference college basketball. Generally, interest in college hoops at this time of the year, during the NCAA Tournament, is on par with the Super Bowl.

The rest of the year, it’s probably about as popular as Major League Soccer. However, the B1G/ACC Challenge is kind of a thing, sort of, as it matches up what are usually the two best leagues, annually, in the nation. This March Madness, however, has been real rough so far for both conferences.

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