Michigan State 2012 season recap, 2013 look ahead

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As the first #1 seed to bow out of the NCAA tournament, the Michigan State Spartans can only look at all the improvements they made this season and see success.

The team finished with the number one SOS, 12 top-50 RPI wins, 16 top-100 RPI wins and 12 road/neutral wins in the nation’s top conference. They went from being unranked at the beginning of the season to earning a top seed in the post-season—if that’s not the true mark of improvement, then what is? [Read more…]

Preview: #6 Michigan State versus #10 Ohio State

Can Michigan State be a NCAA Tournament #1 Seed?

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Watching Michigan State win decisively on national television Sunday had a distinctively March feel to it. Like a usual spring rite of passage, no doubt helped by the sound of the CBS college basketball theme song we’ve all become accustomed to. Once again, the Spartans look like a top line team on NCAA Selection Sunday.

And McDonald’s All-American Branden Dawson is helping to power them there.

The freshman dunk expert has a few creative slams in his arsenal, but his stellar dunk in the second half capped off his 15 points, 11 rebounds and two block effort against Purdue. A well-balanced green and white attack also helped Michigan State sweep their season series with the Boilermakers; Austin Thornton added a career-high 17 points, while center Derrick Nix tallied a twelve point effort. Michigan State’s senior warrior Draymond Green, posted his 33rd career double-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. [Read more…]