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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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Game Post for MSU Men’s Basketball Game: March 1,2017
Mar 1st, 2017 by 89 Chemistry

If I might interrupt: MSU is at Illinois tonight; TV coverage starts at 9 PM ET on BTN.

While Members may be impressed with what they saw Sunday, bettors at large apparently are not.   Las Vegas is standing pat on its over/under of a 68-67 Illini victory.   The official preview is here:
http://www.msuspartans.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/022817aad.html

The first two of these other previews predict V4MSU:
http://www.theonlycolors.com/2017/3/1/14763000/basketball-preview-illinois
http://michiganstate.247sports.com/Bolt/Game-Info-How-to-watch-Michigan-State-at-Illinois-game-pick-51546562
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/college/michigan-state-university/2017/02/28/msu-looks-keep-momentum-going-vs-surging-illinois/98542472/
http://www.mlive.com/spartans/index.ssf/2017/03/michigan_state_at_illinois_spa.html#incart_river_index

 

Other links of possible Member interest include this one recently provided by 79 Spartan,

http://isportsweb.com/2017/03/01/michigan-state-basketball-miles-bridges-return-next-season/

and this report of an embed with B1G referees:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/ct-two-days-with-big-ten-referees-spt-0303-20170302-story.html

 

GO GREEN!

Game Post for MSU Men’s Basketball Senior Day, 2017
Feb 26th, 2017 by 89 Chemistry

The Wisconsin Badgers are reeling from a 17-1 stretch of games.   They have lost three of their last four games.   Most recently, their lost to Ohio State in what was, for them, a highly uncharacteristic manner–AWOL defense.

But with Purdue’s loss to Michigan, the Badgers now have a real shot at winning the B1G.   Las Vegas has settled on an over/under implying a 66-63 Badger victory.

Not all agree; the second and third links below include predictions of V4MSU.   The first link is MSU’s official preview.

http://www.msuspartans.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/022517aaa.html

http://www.theonlycolors.com/2017/2/26/14732322/basketball-preview-16-wisconsin

http://michiganstate.247sports.com/Bolt/Game-Info-How-to-watch-Michigan-State-vs-Wisconsin-game-pick-51492115

https://www.landof10.com/michigan-state/wisconsin-basketball-michigan-state-game-time-tv-channel-watch-online

 

Izzo has identified senior Alvin Ellis as one key to finishing the season strong.   Ellis will start along with Nairn, Langford, Bridges, and Ward.   Izzo asserted in his pregame radio interview that Senior Matt van Dyk will play in (at least) the first half.

Tune in on CBS.  GO GREEN!

 

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!

 

Tigers – standing Pat?
Jan 11th, 2017 by USMC Retired

Interesting: The Tigers aren’t going to trade veteran players just to shed salary, general manager Al Avila re-emphasized Tuesday.

 

Are the Tigers too old to win anything in 2017

 

 

Dual function Thread: Will the Spartans of EFFORT show up tonight @1900R on BTN? Or, will the team, that look so lost in Philly, take the floor. my worry is that the Philly team shows up again because they already beat Minnie @Minnie without #22.

 

What say you TUS?

Spartan Women take on the Acorns tonight @2000R on BTN
Jan 10th, 2017 by USMC Retired

Suzy is back from her short hospitalization and Tori Jankoska  can do some special things this season, starting tonight by score just 6 points to take over the Career Scoring lead

 

Gibby is in the College Football HOF

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.

 

Early Start and Changing Landscape – Spartans @ Gophers Game Thread
Dec 27th, 2016 by Jeffrey Lubeck

The hobbled and tired Spartans of Michigan State are holiday travelers and currently located in Minneapolis Minnesota to start the B1G Men’s basketball season by taking on the re-tooled and optimistic Gophers of the University of Minnesota.

The 12-1 Gophers are 7 point favorites to win their first BIG home opener since 2012 and first B1G opener anywhere under Head Coach Rick Pitino (0-3).  The Spartans (8-5) are short-handed, travel weary, and off to the worst start in history under Hall of Fame Coach Tom Izzo.

Game Time: 9PM (Eastern) ESPN2.  Note: Given the typical time overage of the 7PM broadcast, if you are going to record the game TUS media staff suggests also recording ESPNNews and get screen grabs of ESPNTheApp – which often broadcast the 9PM game until the earlier contest is complete.

The Gophers:

The foundation for the Gophers are Sophomore’s, Junior’s laced with a sprinkling of Freshman – and they are good and getting better with every game. The Gophers are a guard and defense oriented squad.  The Gophers hold the best defensive field goal percentage in the B1G (.371).

Nate Mason (G – JR 13.2PPG), Dupree McBrayer (G – SO 12.6 PPG) and Amir Coffee (G – FR 11.9 PPG) are the three top scorers for the Gophers.  McBrayer and Coffee have string-bean kind of physiques as both are over 6′.5″ in height and 195 lbs. or under in weight.  Senior Guard Akeem Springs (transfer from UW-Milwaukee) is the Gophers sixth-man. Springs has accepted his role, and found his rhythm – scoring in high double figures four of the last five games.  Another transfer, Reggie Lynch (C – JR 6’10”) sees about 20 minutes a game and is 7th in the nation in blocks.

It could be argued the Gophers 12-1 record is somewhere between suspect and a total Sham.  Minnesota has played one game on the road – its only loss – 75-67 at Florida State (12-1 #1 ACC).  Minnesota has for the most part feasted on play-for-pay travel teams* (e.g., Georgia Southern, New Jersey Institute of Technology) at home.  The Gophers did beat Arkansas (11-1 #1 SEC) handily in mid-November (85-71).  As a reminder Pitino and the 2015-16 Gophers (8-23) had the most losses of any team in the 121 years of the program.

In 2012 the #18 Spartans opened the season at Minnesota – falling to the #9 Gophers 76-63 – who were 12-1 in that game as well.

The Spartans:

MSU is 8-5.  TUS Membership knows this squad has huge ground to regain if it hopes to keep MSU’s string of consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament in tact (currently 19 seasons – 3rd active and 4th all-time in NCAA history).  Seeing TUS Membership knows – all too well – the rollercoaster nature of this season; no need to repeat it here.

Trivia:

Without using any assistance can you name the eight Spartans currently playing in the National Basketball Association and their respective teams?

* The Gophers were going to battle the JerseyJohn University MenNotBoys in Short Pants in early November 2016.  However, the game was cancelled as the MenNotBoys In Short Pants were deemed too difficult an opponent.

Reinvented Arizona, Michigan State open in Armed Forces Classic – Game Thread
Nov 11th, 2016 by Jeffrey Lubeck

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Well the regular season starts tonight.  Given all of the changes (both teams), injuries (both teams) and suspensions (Arizona) who knows what to expect.  Arizona is down to 8 scholarship players.  MSU has lost its two starting forwards.

The preview from MSUSpartans is [here].

The preview from the Arizona Wildcats is [here].

The preview from Stats Inc. is below.

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MSU at Notre Dame Game Thread
Sep 17th, 2016 by Kindle

Ed Davis is back in a Spartan uniform!! #GoGreen

Pregame Tweets:

42m42 minutes ago

MSU wearing white pants and tops with traditional green helmet. Could tell you more if ND folks would raise the press box curtains.

Dantonio on WRJ pregame show: “We brought some freshmen down here who might not play, but we want them to experience this.”

Michigan State dress list out … all four freshmen receivers have traveled — Corley, Chambers, Jackson and Layne

Dantonio on pregame radio: “This will be an opportunity for Tyler O’Connor to really get his feet on the ground as a quarterback.”

Midfield before MSU went back to locker room, three players visibly firing up the whole team: Riley Bullough, Chris Frey & Delton Williams.

Flyover during anthem ending. Couldn’t see it, but certainly heard it. Had to have been low enough to miss blimp above Notre Dame Stadium.

 

 

 

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