Cassius Winston on Why He Choose Michigan State Over Harvard

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“Strange, you’re right. He got into Harvard. I mean, I don’t have a lot of guys that do that,” Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo responded when we asked him about his star point guard, Cassius Winston. The query was about how the floor general who wears #5 for the Spartans measures up in terms of book smarts and just overall intelligence, and what kind of intellectualism he has off the court.

It was a natural follow up to what Izzo had said earlier about the Detroit native, describing him thusly:

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Michigan State #1, Purdue #2 in Big Ten Basketball Preseason Power Rankings

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Believe it or not, Big Ten basketball media day is Thursday. Yes, hoops talking season arrives though it may not feel like it, given the 80+ degree temperatures in much of Big Ten country currently. Some schools have actually already had their media days, and you know what that means- overlap season is here.

So while every single outlet on the planet is posting Big Ten football power rankings today, we’re doing the hoops equivalent. 

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Michigan State, QB Brian Lewerke Needs More Help from Awful Running Game

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If the #20 Michigan State Spartans are going to have the kind of season that we’ve been used to seeing them have in the 2010s, then quarterback Brian Lewerke is going to need much more help out of the running game. Unless the Spartans rushing attack gets on track, and soon, the Spartans are in for a season that will fall well short of expectations.

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Clayton Thorson Has Career Day, Carries Northwestern to Upset over #20 MSU

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Just like “January. February. Izzo” should not be a thing anymore, it may be time to retire the Michigan State “No Fly Zone” as well. It’s more like deregulated, laissez-faire airspace these days, as Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson threw three TD passes (tying a career high he’s set nine times before) to lead the Wildcats to a massive 29-19 upset victory over the #20 Michigan State Spartans.

Thorson ruined Homecoming for the favored by double digits hosts, as he nearly finished with career highs in attempts at 47 (he’s had 52 twice), completions at 31 (he’s had 33 twice) and yards (finishing with 373, ten shy of his career single game best).

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#20 Michigan State Spartans vs Northwestern Wildcats Game Preview, Prediction

Absolutely nutty things can happen when the Michigan State Spartans and Northwestern Wildcats get together. Last year’s meeting in Evanston took three overtimes to decide, as NU won 39-31. The last time the Cats went up to Sparta, they ruined Homecoming by winning 54-40 in a game that was actually more lopsided, at least in the second half, than that sounds.

In 2006, Michigan State came to Ryan Field and rallied back from a 38-3 deficit to win 41-38. The Wildcats’ 35 point blown lead is a NCAA football record. That game came to mind when we saw the two sides clash in basketball in February.

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#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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