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Apr 14th, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

un·com·mon
ˌənˈkämən adjective
  1. out of the ordinary; unusual.
    “lack of self-awareness is not uncommon for a person under the age of 19.”

It appears that Miles Bridges an 18 year-old student at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan is uncommon for an individual with his skill-set.

While most college-students are seeking to identify their career-path, Bridges appears to have a pretty good idea of what will be his first professional occupation.  People who make hiring decisions for employment in Bridges likely field of work, indicate Miles is ready for the next step.  People who would benefit financially (directly and indirectly) from Bridges seeking professional employment in the near-team (aka this month) also like the idea of Miles leaving school and securing that first paycheck.

As a matter of public-record, Miles has determined he likes college, and college life at Michigan State University. Bridges would like to enjoy this time of his life and not rush into his professional career.  Miles also thinks he can materially improve upon the skills needed for his professional career by staying in college.  Miles also wants to be a contributor – if not the leader – in adding to the legacy of his University in a positive manner.

Yes, we all know about the downsides of the choices Miles has made including all the negative blather generated by Media Talking Heads.  Hey, it is possible Miles could be the recipient of a MOAB bomb courtesy of the U.S. military.

However, if the choices Miles has made recently come to full fruition the implication is he will improve his skill set, gain additional mental preparation for post-college life, be recognized as a National Champion, be one the first five persons hired in his chosen professional, double his starting salary (e.g., selected #10 – #18 in 2017 versus #1-#5 in 2018), and best of all enjoy what Michigan State University offers – establishing life long friends, additional education on a variety of fronts, and possibly experiencing a couch burning.

Let the College Basketball Signing Period Dancing Begin
Apr 12th, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

April 12th is the start of the official signing period for college basketball athlete’s (formal letter of intent). Signings can be made through May 17th.  Many players committed during the Early Signing Period (last November).

The Usual Prognosticators (officially banned from being a member in good standing of The Usual Suspects) have started all the blather.  They are incorrect in their predictions way,way more than they are correct.  However, much like Mel Kiper and Mock Draft 9,930.50 (for football) there predictions are about attracting eye balls not accuracy.

Here are some of the rags predictions.

Campus Insider

247Sports

mLive

 

TUS (driven by TUS Compliance regime) is all about being correct and timely.  So membership, we want your bottom-line, no conditions or caveats.  what say you?

  1.  Will Miles Bridges return to MSU for sophomore season (Yes/No).
  2. Will Ben Carter be granted an additional season of college play at MSU (Yes/No).
  3. Who in addition to Xavier Tillman and Jaren Jackson will commit/join MSU Basketball for the 2017-2018 season?
College Basketball National Championship Thread
Apr 2nd, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

As for college basketball March is over, but maybe not the madness. We have reached the National Championship Final. Today it is the ladies and tomorrow the men.

 

Other items of note for TUS Membership.

  • Guard Tori Jankoska received All-American Honorable Mention over the week for those that missed it.  Hmmm… 15 players better than Jankoska?  Really?
  • The MSU Baseball team lost to Minnesota 9-4 in East Lansing.  The Spartans (15-10) swept by the Gophers (18-8).  I knew Minnesota was good but I truly thought MSU would at minimum take the series and possibly sweep.  Good thing I only bet some of the Marine’s golf winnings and not my own.
  • The Spartan Women’s Softball Team won all three games against Maryland in East Lansing.  Granted Maryland (7-26-1 0-6) is not much this season, but the series sweep is encouraging. MSU (19-11 3-3) has not had a winning season since 2007 and went  winless in the B1G in 2012 (0-23).
  • Going into the last round of the Clemson Invitational MSU’s Womens’s Golf Team stands in fifth place at -1 PAR.  MSU’s Sarah Burnham is 8th overall.
  • Yesterday GoSt8Go successfully completed his first competitive race at the 10K distance (Monument Ave.).  I propose TUS change his name to Run GoSt8Go Run.

Who do you think will win the basketball games?  And what about those Tigers?

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MSU vs Kansas Game Thread
Mar 19th, 2017 by Kindle

This was Tom Izzo’s 14th tournament win as an underdog. Nick Ward fouls on the opening tip and is promptly taken out of the game. 7 turnovers with less than 10 minutes gone and at one point Michigan State was down 12 points. But We know what Big Puddin’ can bring. He and his teammates did not disappoint.

Bill Self is not in Kansas anymore

The easy part of the NCAA Tournament is over for the Kansas Jayhawks.

We got through round one. That is great, have a beer and celebrate. Now the road to the Sweet 16 goes through Bill Self, Josh Jackson, and National Player of the Year hopeful: Frank Mason. Kansas did not mess around while beating UC Davis 100-62 in the first round. While this is not an unbeatable Kansas team (they lost 4 times this year), this is a team that is clicking and has some fire power. McQuaid is required to play a big role, Bridges is going to need to go off and Nick Ward is going to have to do what he does: Shoot some ridiculous FG% and get the opponent to foul him.

Kansas versus Michigan State might’ve been a predictable Final Four match-up in past tournaments.   The freshman-dominated Spartans (20-14) are now the No. 9 seed in the Midwest and college basketball fans get a blue-blood battle in the second round.   TUS members want to believe the Jayhawks have to feel at least a little uneasy about it, especially if they watched any of Michigan State’s first-round victory over eighth-seeded Miami when we shrugged off that early 12 point deficit, made a 23 point swing and took an eleven point lead into the locker room at halftime.  Then we began the second half on an 8-2 run and refused to let Miami back in the contest.

We are told that Jayhawks coach Bill Self allowed himself a peek ahead at the bracket.

Self was supposedly unnerved by what he saw, or making sure not to give future opponents any bulletin-board material.

“You look at that potential match-up if you advance past the first game of Miami and Michigan State and you say, ‘Didn’t Miami beat Duke?'” Self said. “And then you look at Michigan State and you say, ‘Hasn’t he been to seven or eight Final Fours?’ So I personally didn’t feel a ton of comfort or warm feelings by seeing that. It’s a hard first weekend without question.”

Kansas is led by senior guard Frank Mason III, who paced the Jayhawks with 22 points and eight assists in their first-round win. Mason is joined in the starting lineup by senior forward Landen Lucas and junior guards Devonte’ Graham and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk.

And then there’s Kansas freshman Josh Jackson, who could be the X factor in the Jayhawks-Spartans contest.

Jackson had an alley-oop dunk and a spectacular drive to the basket for a layup that ignited Kansas midway through the first half against UC Davis.

By late Friday night, Izzo was already singing praises about Jackson, a Detroit native. But it’s clear the entire Jayhawks team has Izzo’s attention as well.

“Unfortunately, there’s a buzz saw in front of us, but we’ve had that all year,” Izzo said. “Might as well do it one more time.”

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Ninth-seeded Michigan State meets top-seeded Kansas in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament on Sunday, a match-up of traditional heavyweights.

The winner will earn a spot in the Sweet 16, where it will face Purdue on Thursday. The Boilermakers beat Iowa State, 80-76, on Saturday and handily defeated Michigan State twice during the regular season.

Game Time?

Tip-off at the BOK Center is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. ET and CBS will broadcast the Midwest Region game. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and Kansas coach Bill Self will face off for the first time since 2014. Izzo owns a 4-2 record against Self.

Television not working?

The NCAA will stream the game on March Madness Live.

It is also on Sirius 136/XM 202 and http://www.spartansportsnetwork.com/

Who are the announcers for Michigan State-Kansas basketball?

Kevin Harlan will handle play-by-play for CBS, while Reggie Miller and Dan Bonner will provide analysis. Dana Jacobson will report from the sideline. Will Tieman will handle play-by-play alongside analyst Matt Steigenga on the Spartan Sports Network.

Contain Frank Mason III

Tum Tum Nairn has been Michigan State’s best option defensively at point guard … but Cassius Winston just brings another element offensively. The Spartans need Winston on the floor as much as possible. The question becomes whether he can stick with Mason, Kansas’ National Player of the Year candidate. Mason can create for himself and others, and he’s got one of the most lethal strokes in the country at 48.4-percent shooting from deep.

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Sunday night is approaching, get ready to see the Josh Jackson vs Miles Bridges match-up.

Whew… That was close: MSU 70 Wisconsin 63 – Round 2 B1G Women’s Tourney
Mar 2nd, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

The MSU Women’s Basketball team (20-10) overcame a poor start, a poor finish to the first-half, and a slow start to the 3rd Quarter to pull away late in the 4th Quarter from the Badgers of Wisconsin (9-22) for a 70-63 victory in 2nd Round of the B1G Women’s Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis, Indiana.

MSU (6) takes on the Wolverines of Michigan (3) tomorrow night (3/3/2017) at 9PM (EST).

Three Questions:

  1. Can the Spartans beat the X2 chromosome skunk bear tomorrow night?
  2. Are the Spartans in/out/on-the-bubble for the NCAA Women’s Tourney?
  3. Should the National Citizen’s Affirmation Services (NCAS) – TUS Division detain and conduct loyalty testing with all male transients attempting to relocate in Southern Florida in the last 30 days?
Where Will Your Wallet Take You for Spring Vacation?
Jan 26th, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Normally [and in some respects feels as if always] a large fractional percentage of TUS Membership gets together during the NCAA Basketball Tournament at the site (Sub Regional, Regional, Final Four) hosting MSU’s drive to the National Championship.  In many respects a road trip to March Madness is effectively our normal Spring Vacation.

In 2017, the new normal may be no appearance by the Women’s or Men’s basketball team.  This condition for 2017 is not only possible, it sits somewhere between likely-to-certain.  Wow, this is hard to believe from such a storied program.  But hey lets not forget – Little Nappy at Paris (LNAP) lost to Clark at Waterloo (CAW) even though Joe Lunardi and KenPom gave Clark 0.001% chance of winning and advancing to the next round.

Given there might be an opportunity to expand your horizons and travel to a non-basketball tournament city for a vacation this spring; where would you (or are actually planning to) go?

Boilermakers @ Spartans Men’s Basketball Gamethread
Jan 24th, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Purdue heads to East Lansing to take on the Spartans at the Breslin.

Gametime:  7PM (EST)

National Broadcast: ESPN2

Announcers: Dan Shulman, Dan Dakich and Molly McGrath.

I have two question for which I want answers from every member of TUS as part of their 1st comment.

  1. Final Score Prediction
  2. Based on MSU Football Recruiting news of the past few days, Mark Dantonio’s new nickname should be: A.) d’Poacher, B.) d’Flipper C.) Other (you provide the new nickname)
MSU @ IU in Not Your Father’s Assembly Hall: Gamethread
Jan 21st, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

AH New SS Assembly Hall

A trip to Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana from the Breslin Center in East Lansing in 307.2 miles.  However the Assembly Hall of which you probably know – is no longer in existence.

First, lets cover the details of the trip. Technically the bus ride trip (encompassing approximately 4 hours and 40 minutes of time) is travelled almost completely on what is designated as North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) Superhighway (aka United States Interstate Highway 69). However, despite all the declarations and official designations, the NAFTA Superhighway disappears in southern Indianapolis and limps along for 56 miles into Bloomington as Indiana State Highway 37. The MSU Spartans Men’s Basketball team recently travelled this route so that they can take on the Hoosiers of Indiana University this afternoon (4PM EST on ESPN) with the game to be called by Dave Flemming, Dan Dakich and Molly McGrath.

As for Assembly Hall?  It has been completely reimagined.  So in reality, the game is to be conducted on the floorboards of the newly dedicated Mccracken Court at [sic., Cindy] Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall with broadcast technology from the Mark Cuban Center for Media and Technology.  You got it right, your grand-father’s, father’s, brother’s, distant-cousin’s Assembly Hall is long gone.

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Führerbunker just after end of WWII.

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A Chair Toss by the Der Führer?

I have never liked Assembly Hall – especially for MSU B1G basketball games in January.  My image is a game played in the Führerbunker, on a cold gray overcast afternoon, resulting in double-digit loss after blowing an early lead and the contest effectively over at half-time.

My perception is that TI/MSU teams have suffered the fates I have imagined.  Well guess what? Not really true.  Likely fake news probably reported by Eyeore from the JustABum Media Center.

The Spartans have beaten IU five straight games and in four of the last six contested at Assembly Hall. It should be noted, that Indiana leads the all-time series with Michigan State, 67-53, including a 44-14 advantage in Bloomington. However, Tom Izzo is 23-13 in his career against Indiana. MSU has won 11 of the last 15 games in the series and 13 of the last 19.  The weather forecast is for partly sunny skies and a game-time temperature of 65 degrees.

So TUS Membership… describe your image of this contest and its outcome!

 

Okay We Know The Personnel – It is Your Team – What Are You Gonna Do?
Jan 17th, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

The MSU Men’s Basketball team is 12-7 (4-2 BIG).  The grind of the MSU B1G regular-season is put on hold for a mini-break with resumption this weekend against Indiana in Bloomington.

In a command decision, you have put in charge of the squad through the end of the year.

Tell us your plan (and be specific) so as to keep MSU’s NCAA Tourney streak alive.

Are Wildcats in Breakthrough Season? – NW@MSU Mens Basketball Game Thread
Dec 30th, 2016 by Jeffrey Lubeck

The Northwestern Wildcats (12-2 1-0) head into tonight’s B1G Men’s Basketball game with the Spartans (9-5 1-0) at the Breslin Center with promise, excitement and lofty goals:

  1. Finish the B1G Regular Season with a winning record
  2. Earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament

With three 20 win seasons in the last seven years the Wildcats are not exactly a door-mat of a program.  They have been in the hunt up to the last game – including last year’s team – for a NCAA berth.  However, the Wildcats are in the B1G Conference and as such have struggled mightily to break .500 in conference play – the last time being 1968.  The Wildcats have only finished above 4th in the BIG twice since WWII.  While winning the National Championship in 1930/31, the Wildcats are one of the very few programs in a major conference to have never played in the NCAA Tourney in its current incarnation. All of this may be about to change.

The Wildcats are 14.4 seconds and two possessions away from being undefeated.  Their key wins have been over #22 Texas and Wake Forest in the B1G/ACC Challenge.  The Wildcats lost to ND and Butler while holding leads in the waning moments of both games.  The Wildcats beat Penn State on the road by 10 (87-77) to begin B1G play – earning their 9th straight win.

And as for MSU?  About the only thing TUS Membership wants to know – Miles Bridges (at this moment in time) has not been cleared to play basketball.  Miles has shot baskets, but not run full-court drills with his teammates.

 

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