#15 Michigan State Spartans at Arizona State Sun Devils Game Preview, Prediction

With apologies to the Commodores (not the Vanderbilt kind, but the old school R&B group) Mark Dantonio and his #15 Michigan State Spartans are hoping there’s “gonna be some sweet sounds, coming down on the nightshift.”

MSU will make just its second ever trip to Arizona State in one of the weekend’s most compelling games in the Big Ten and Pac 12. It’s just a shame that the contest kicks off so very late that most people in the eastern and central time zones (i.e. the part of the country where most of the interest in this game lies) will be long asleep by the second half.

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ESPN College Gameday: How it Went From Transcendent to Unwatchable

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Republishing from 9-16-17

To pinpoint what’s so wrong with ESPN College Gameday in 2017, there are a couple different places from which you can start. You can begin with ESPN’s horrible bungling of the Jemele Hill and Robert Lee situations, and go from there. The same principle, that of “let’s try to never hurt anyone’s feelings ever, no matter what the cost, because hurt feelings means upset sponsors” applies across the board.

ESPN should have never apologized for what Jemele Hill said about Donald Trump.

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College Sports Fans Beware the Nefarious Influence of the Recruiting-Industrial Complex

It’s really astounding when you think about it- in an era when almost no one is willing to pay for news content, recruiting services can survive and thrive off a subscription-based business model.

The year-round extensive coverage of college recruiting, at every step in the process, has destroyed media coverage of college sports. It’s not just the rise of the recruiting-industrial complex itself that ruined it. Recruiting sites flourished at the same time social media exploded and these two phenomena fed off of each other to concoct a toxic cocktail.

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#11 Michigan State Football Season Preview, Predictions, Prospectus

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“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall,” F. Scott Fitzgerald once said. Yes, the real New Year begins once summer ends and this autumn is one that Michigan State football fans are really excited about. With 19/22 starters returning from a 10 win team, hopes are sky high in 2018.

Yet the preseason expectations for these Spartans is sort of a mixed bag. They’re a consensus top 15 team nationally, yet picked to only place third or fourth in their own division. Yes, the Big Ten east is the best division in college football, but it’s still quite strange to see prognostications like this.

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Michigan State’s Raequan Williams Wants to Solve Chicago Gun Violence Epidemic

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Michigan State Defensive Tackle Raequan Williams is a quiet guy who doesn’t get much media coverage, but he is a hero among his Spartans teammates. The players love to talk about Williams because he possesses tremendous leadership skills, and stands as an example of overcoming obstacles.

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio likes to talk about Williams too. He smiled when the name of his 6’4″ 295 junior who won the MSU Iron Man Award (strength and conditioning) was brought up at Big Ten Media Days.

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2018 NBA Mock Draft 6-21-18 Final Edition

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Welcome to our fourth version of our 2018 NBA Mock Draft. It’s the first edition post lottery. For more on a given prospect, click his name where hyper-linked, and that will take you to an in-depth feature piece on said player. Team needs were sometimes, but not always taken into account, and the order was derived from Tankathon, who we linked here.

You may not agree with the picks in this 2018 NBA mock draft, and yes, somebody will get left out, but you can air your grievances in the comments section. Just keep it all above board.

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Michigan State Basketball, Tom Izzo Seriously Overrated Now

You can retire the phrase “January, February, Izzo, April” now. With the Michigan State basketball program failing to survive even the first weekend of the past three NCAA Tournaments, you can retire that saying; at least for now. (Never mind that Michigan State basketball, under Izzo has a 3-6 record in April- that’s some first world problems right now)

It’s not hyperbole to say that yesterday’s UGLY march madness elimination loss to Syracuse in the round of 32 was the worst of Izzo’s career. It wasn’t just the fact that the contest was a brutally unentertaining rock fight, which the powers that be purposely extended as much as possible for television revenue purposes. Thus it further prolonged the Michigan State basketball fan’s horrendous torture that was watching the second half of this contest.

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Pick the Michigan State Spartans in Your Bracket? Why or Why Not

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Are you toying with the idea of picking the Michigan State Spartans to win it all in your bracket pool? Well, wagering on March Madness is certainly one of the greatest games of chance that a person can play. New casino bonuses Canada is a lot like entering a NCAA Tournament pool- you just don’t know if the ball will bounce your way, and if luck will be on your side or not.

And much of the Michigan State fan base is located in Canada or very close to it. Additionally, the Spartans will be playing their first two games in Detroit, right across the river from the casinos in Windsor, Ontario. There is a strong case both for and against betting on Purdue, and we’ll explore each side of the coin here.

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Cassius Winston is the Best Spokesperson Michigan St. Basketball Has

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Michigan State Spartans Coach Tom Izzo has said that point guard Cassius Winston has the highest IQ out of anybody that he’s ever coached at the position. The MSU basketball media guide describes Winston as having a “high basketball IQ that ranks among the best of the Izzo era.”

We’ve seen that he’s a smart guy on the court- time and time again this season, and his hoops intellect was on full display in the historic, record-setting comeback win at Northwestern on Saturday. The Spartans overcame a 27 point deficit, the biggest margin in all of college basketball in 24 years and the largest in B1G history.

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2018 March Madness Favorites: Michigan State, Xavier, Virginia, Villanova

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By Thomas Clarke

The 2018 NCAA Tournament is about a month away as March 11th brings us Selection Sunday. Right now, a number of teams are positioning themselves for seeding and and at-large bids. Predicting the eventual NCAA national champion is really hard once all the teams are set, but picking the winner in mid-February can be mission impossible because the brackets is going to change a lot everyday.

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#2 Michigan State Basketball Record Comeback: Inside the Numbers

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The Michigan State basketball program now has a prominent placed in the annals of Rosemont Horizon/AllState Arena history. Today saw the Spartans achieve “Miracle on Mannheim Part 2” in a game that is also historical from both a B1G and national college basketball perspective. 

#2 MSU (26-3, 14-2) won at Northwestern (15-13, 6-9) today by a score of 65-60, in a game where they once trailed by 27 (43-16 with 4:18 to go in the first half. The 27 point comeback is the greatest in B1G history, and the largest biggest in the entire nation this decade. The all time record is 31-points, which was achieved all in the second-half, by Kentucky at LSU in 1994.

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Michigan State Spartans, Villanova Wildcats Co-NCAA Tournament Favorites

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Your Michigan State Spartans, along with the Villanova Wildcats, are co-favorites to win it all according to the sports books. You know the saying in East Lansing, Michigan: “January, February, Izzo.” Now while Michigan State is dominant in March, the last weekend of the NCAA Tournament is in April, which has been the cruelest month to the Spartans.

Since their most recent national title in 2000, the Michigan State Spartans have been back to Final Four five times (2001, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2015), and they have only reached the title game in one of those five trips. MSU’s record is 1-5 on the April weekend of the big dance since the glorious night they cut down the nets after beating Florida in 2000.

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