Michigan State: toughest team wins nation’s toughest conference

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It’s the league with the nation’s best RPI and SoS; therefore the Big Ten is the nation’s “toughest conference.” And therefore the team which look the league title is toughest of the tough. “Built Ford Tough” like they say in nearby Detroit. The #5 Michigan State Spartans lost a chance to win the outright Big Ten title on a jumper by Ohio State’s Will Buford with 0.8 seconds left. But they still tied for the league crown with the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines. Something is better than nothing.

Michigan State clinched a share of its 14th regular-season Big Ten Championship, and the seventh under head coach Tom Izzo. Since MSU entered the league in 1951, only Indiana has won more titles (17), while Ohio State has also won 13. Tom Izzo is one of just five coaches in history with seven or more Big Ten titles. Just Indiana’s Bob Knight (11), Purdue’s Ward Lambert (11), Ohio State’s Fred Taylor (9) and Wisconsin’s Walter Meanwell (8) have won more.

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Michigan State Uniforms to Feature Leonidas Quote at Thermopylae


Or at least, this is what they wear in the most militaristic city-state in human history. What King Leonidas said to the Persians at the battle of Thermopylae (no, it was not “Tonight we dine in hell!” or “then we shall FIGHT in the shade”) will now be inscribed on the Michigan State Spartans jerseys.

“Molon Labe,” the Spartans’ defiant challenge to the Persians translated as “come and get them!” is seen on the back of the collar. The Spartans are one of nine teams chosen to wear the innovative Nike Pro Combat system of dress for the 2011 season.

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Michigan State Spartans Lose Forward Delvon Roe; Retires from Knee Pain

I have to admit, I did see this one coming- just a little bit. I heard whispers about it last year, and could see early signs of while at media row of the 2010 Final Four.

Michigan State University senior forward Delvon Roe has decided to end his time with the Spartans basketball team due to degenerative knee pain. Roe will remain on scholarship and is on track to graduate in May 2012. And given the world of pain I would continually see him play through at close proximity on numerous occassions, I can’t say I blame him.

And as a life-long sufferer of chronic hyper-mobility of the patella- I’m with you brother!

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Mateen Cleaves Michigan State Hall of Fame Induction Speech

You remember Mateen Cleaves don’t you? The national college basketball poster child for 2000 March Madness, the fiery point guard with the Bill Cosby sweaters and large mouth who led the Michigan State Spartans to the big prize!

Yes, the ultimate personification of the term “floor general,” the greatest of the MSU “Flintstones,” has a new honor to his credit. Watch the video after the jump.

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