Big Ten Power Rankings: Midseason Edition

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On my way home from the “Banks Bowl” (nickname I give to the annual IllinoisMichigan State meeting, because the former is my undergrad, the latter my MBA school) on Saturday night I drove past the town of Climax, MI on I-94.

The miles immediately leading into Climax are exciting, but then when you’re past Climax, it’s all downhill.

By the way, wouldn’t it be HILARIOUS if there was a town called Refractory Period, MI bordering Climax?

I bring this up because MSU football has had a tendency to climax during the middle of the season these past couple decades. It seems like they start 5-0 and finish 7-5 every season. They’ve also been prone to tremendous let-downs. Beating undefeated Michigan and Ohio State teams in midseason (see 1998, 1999, 2001) then losing to Indiana and Purdue the following week.

Will this year be different? With a 7-0 record, the first since the national title year of 1966, and a #7 BCS ranking, it appears so. Will the excitement for Tom Izzo’s basketball team will be delayed a little?

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Michigan State vs. Purdue Preview

By Jeff Ghiringhelli

The Michigan State Spartans just got through with a week they would like to forget. Consecutive road games at Wisconsin and Illinois resulted in losses, and to cap it all off the Spartans lost star point guard Kalin Lucas to a sprained ankle.

The only way for MSU to forget about the past week is to go out and get a win tonight against Big Ten rivals Purdue. It has been over a week since the Spartans played at home, and the Breslin Center is sure to be rocking tonight as this game is very important.

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College Football National Signing Day: Your Team’s Future, Now

By Paul Schmidt and thesportsbank.net staff

This is almost like a holiday for many people, and doubles as the day that some people work the hardest.

I’m speaking, of course, of National Signing Day, when those football players who waffle all season long finally make a decision (or, as in the case of Terelle Pryor a couple of seasons ago, delay the inevitable for several days after signing day). Many schools will be disappointed after their teams lose commitments from players that they thought were in the bag, but hey, unlike basketball, this just happens in football.  You go steal someone else’s recruit and move on.

All day, I will be updating news and signings from ALL of the Big Ten’s teams, so check back here throughout the day for any new news.

Also, I should have some quotes from Ron Zook’s press conference later this afternoon, plus whatever goodies might come our way!

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Northwestern Visits Michigan St. can Lightning Strike Again?

Jeff Ghiringhelli asks the questions, Paul M. Banks answers

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Saturdays with Izzo: Michigan St.-Michigan Rivalry

By Jeff Ghiringhelli and Paul M. Banks

Welcome to a new quasi-weekly feature where we discuss some of the biggest topics in the Michigan State Spartan world, including the insight and observations of legendary MSU coach Tom Izzo. In our first installment, we discuss the rivalry with Michigan.

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Michigan State 8-0 In Big Ten For 1st Time Ever!

By Jeff Ghiringhelli

Michigan State is off to its best Big Ten start in school history at 8-0. Barely. The Spartans escaped another upset bid tonight. This time at the hands of their bitter rivals, the Michigan Wolverines.

Kalin Lucas hit another clutch jump shot with 3.5 seconds left to carry MSU to the 57-56 victory. On Saturday, it was Lucas again who hit the go-ahead three-pointer against Minnesota with just 1:30 left. Tonight’s game was very close throughout, with neither team holding a lead greater than seven points.

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Michigan State Defeats Illinois, Now Only Unbeaten in Big Ten

Jeff Ghiringhelli and Paul Banks discuss #7 Michigan State’s 73-63 victory over Illinois as the Spartans grab first place in the Big Ten all for themselves

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Draymond Green: A New Spartan Leader

By Jeff Ghiringhelli

There was an obvious air of disappointment in the Michigan State Spartans locker room following their 89-72 loss to North Carolina in last April’s National Championship game. Many players were discouraged at being blown out in front of a very pro-Spartan Ford Field crowd, especially those who grew up mere miles from the stadium.

However, it was a freshman role player who decided to speak up. After getting permission from coach Tom Izzo to address his teammates, Draymond Green displayed his leadership capabilities. He compared his team’s situation to North Carolina’s from 2008. The Tar Heels made it to the Final Four before losing to eventual champion Kansas. The very next year, they stayed hungry, rallied around each other, and were able to win the National Championship. He said there was no reason to expect any different from the Spartans this season.

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Michigan State Football: Season In Review

By Jeff Ghiringhelli

The 2009 Michigan State Spartans football season came to an end on Saturday night, and one word can be used to sum it all up: Frustration. This frustration lasted from the second week of the season all the way to the Alamo Bowl against Texas Tech.

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