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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Tom Izzo isn’t going anywhere

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We’ve all heard the news and rumors about MSU’s head coach Tom Izzo: $30 million, 5 years from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Even though State’s A.D. says no official offer has even been made. However, don’t believe any of this  hype- unless Izzo knows he has Lebron to work with.

Michigan State entered this past season ranked #2 in the AP poll. They had their struggles in midseason, but played up to the hype when it counted in March. Without top player Kalin Lucas, the Spartans still finished just one HORRIBLE non-call away from playing in the national title game.

Next year, they’ll likely be #2 again, or  maybe #1. So Izzo has a title to win. And the only way he can do that in Cleveland, is if LeBron stays put.

By Paul M. Banks

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Magic Johnson talks about Sparty Reaching Final 4 (Video)

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By Paul M. Banks

The man in this video TRULY needs no introduction. An HBO documentary “Bird & Magic: the Courtship of a Rivalry,” focusing on him (and his friendly collegiate/NBA rival Larry Bird) is currently dominating water cooler conversation everywhere.

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MSU’s Draymond Green Opens Up

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By Paul M. Banks

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#11 Michigan St. Bests #20 Wisconsin in Gritty, Ugly, Sloppy Fashion

Jeff Ghiringhelli and Jake McCormick discuss the 54-47 contest that will certainly not help the reputation of the Big Ten conference

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Michigan St. vs Northwestern Live Blog

By Paul M. Banks

So #25 Northwestern has their first ranking in 41 years, and loses to Illinois in overtime, but this is a chance for a statement game here. A win over #11 MSU and the Wildcats would likely keep their ranking.

This is a game of magnitude, why isn’t Erin Andrews here?

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