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MSU Hockey: Let the Healing Begin
Mar 21st, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Coach A has stepped down.  Read it [here].  It has been a long and painful six seasons.  As a point of reference MSU has the least amount of wins of any D1 school during the same period of time.

So where does MSU Hockey go next?  If you were adviser to MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis what would your three key points for him to consider?

This Is Not Your Father’s or Even Grandfather’s Arena: MSU Athletics @ Northeastern in Mathews Arena – Games Thread
Dec 19th, 2015 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Boston Arena Boston Arena 6 Boston Arena 5 Boston Arena 3 Boston Arena 2

Mathews Arena on the Campus of Northeastern University in Boston Massachusetts will host three sporting events this weekend between the Michigan State Spartans and the Northeastern University Huskies; Woman’s Basketball, Men’s Basketball and Men’s Hockey.

With seating for 6,000, Mathews Arena is a band box when compared to the newer facilities.  However Mathews has a lot of history.  It originally opened as the Boston Arena in April 1910 and is the oldest multi-purpose arena in-use in world today.

For major professional sports the Boston Arena was home to the Boston Bruins, New England Whalers and Boston Celtics.  For college sports Boston Arena was home for Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, MIT, Northeastern, Tufts and Wentworth.  Boston Area was also home for Championship Boxing (e.g., Dempsey, Louis), Ice Shows (e.g., Sonja Henie), Rodeo’s (e.g., Dale Evans & Roy Rogers) and concerts (e.g., Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, The Doors, Northfork Rancher & BostonSpartan85 on their Greener than Green Tour).

The Frozen Four was held in the Boston Arena in 1960.

Northeastern University bought the building and land in 1979 and renamed it Mathews Arena (after George Mathews a major donor).  A number of major renovations to the arena have been made with the last being all new seating and scoreboard in 1992.

I was afforded the opportunity to peruse Mathews Arena a few years ago, while on a run from the Copley Hotel passing Fenway, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Northeastern University and back.  My take of Mathews – old school foundation with new school accouterments.

The Numbers

 

NE Huskies 7-3 MSU 11 - 0

Hockey City Classic – Game Thread
Feb 7th, 2015 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Game time now 9:40 EST in Chi-town an Soldier Field.

According to the Game Puck Memento it pits Michigan State University versus Michigan University.

TV Schedule for Spartan Sports through the Weekend
Jan 14th, 2014 by USMC Retired

Didn’t want this info to be buried at the bottom of a thread

 

Wed Basketball @1900 on BTN (@Purple Kittens) Won 54-40

Thur. Women’s Basketball (@Ioway)  Won 88-72

Fri Hokey @1830 on BTN (Glad Glade-Home)  Won 3-0

Sat Hockey @1840 NBCSN (Glad Glade-Home) Won 3-2

Sat. Basketball @2000 on BTN (@Triple Sticks) Won 78-62

Sun Women’s Basketball @1700 ESP2 (Glad Glade-Home)

 

I put up a picture of this same lighthouse a month ago, this was take on 1/8/14

I put up a picture of this same lighthouse a month ago, this was taken on 1/8/14

MSU on U.S Hockey Team & OL Ethan Ruhland Named To Honor Society
May 2nd, 2013 by Kindle

Ex-MSU defenseman Jeff Petry (Edmonton Oilers) has been named to the 2013 U.S. Mens Hockey team.

 Ex-Spartan Danton Cole will be an assistant coach.

You can watch as NBC Sports Network to Televise Men’s World Championship beginning tomorrow, Friday May 3rd, 2013

View members of the 2013 U.S. Men’s National Team here.

Graduating MSU senior OL Ethan Ruhland (#68) named to National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Honor Society for maintaining a 3.2 or greater GPA.

 

 

Get to know Ethan better here: Ethan Ruhland: Medicine Man

 

 

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced the members of the 2013 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career. A total of 703 players from 259 schools qualified for membership in the society’s seventh year, marking the highest school participation in the history of the program, which began in 2007.

“The growing number of schools involved in the Hampshire Honor Society each year shows that football student-athletes not only play at the highest level but that they are some of the best students on campus as well,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “Congratulations to each of these young men for their commitment to education and their leadership on and off the football field.”

The NFF Hampshire Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF’s current National Scholar-Athlete program greatly expanding the number of scholar-athletes the NFF can recognize each year. The program further strengthens the organization’s leadership role in encouraging academic performance by the student-athletes who play football at the more than 700 college and universities with football programs nationwide. The initiative has honored 4,081 student-athletes since its inception.

Ruhand, the 6’5″ senior from Lake Orion, Michigan, is a four-year letter-winner.  He saw action in 28 career games, including three starts . . . became just the 17th four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection in MSU history.

Ruhland’s 2012 SEASON (SENIOR): Appeared in nine games, including two starts (left guard vs. Notre Dame; center vs. Indiana) . . . recipient of the team’s Jim Adams Award (unsung hero – offense) . . . played a career-high 258 snaps during the regular season . . . recorded 14 knockdowns, including four dominators . . . did not start, but saw a majority of the snaps at center in the win at Indiana . . . filled in for injured starter Travis Jackson at center in the Ohio State game . . . . started at left guard vs. No. 20 Notre Dame.

Catching up
Feb 23rd, 2013 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Ahhh… it is Saturday.  But wait… I do not have a Spartan Basketball game scheduled for today that will separate me from my appointed chores.

So, before heading off to the dump/transfer station with all the Fab Five memorabilia provided to me by ESPN/TMZ (unilaterally) a few weeks ago, here are some links for TUS membership’s consideration:

Spartan great Steve Garvey reveals he has cancer.

The Tiger’s open with a victory in Spring Training, but Lynn Henning warns it could be similar to online dating.

The Spartans baseball team moved to 3-1 for the season yesterday with a pair of W’s.

Will Keith Appling bounce back from his underwhelming performances against IU?.  Tome Izzo says it will be so.

Spartan TE Dion Sims says his daughter influenced a move to test the prospects of an NFL career.

And if you think MSU Men’s Basketball player’s have had to deal with injury, let us not forget about Madison Williams.

 

Some Strong Kool Aid for the Weekend 13a25
Jan 25th, 2013 by 89 Chemistry

ITEM:  The Big Ten Spartan Men’s Basketball hegemony dates back to the late Berlin-Wall era.
ITEM:  This appears to be a story & thread replete with amazing insights on latter-day MSU football and 2013 prospects.  A must-read!
ITEM:  MSU hosts Penn State in ice hockey tonight [7 PM EST] and tomorrow [6 PM EST].
ITEM:  For those who track those in low regard, the MSU women host MI in swimming & diving tonight.  Tomorrow, it’s MI vs. MSU in track on the campus of Grand Valley State University[?!].
Both sexes have huge basketball games on Sunday, of course.  What’s worth pointing out now is that no MSU athletics events are scheduled from Monday through Wednesday, inclusive.  Get your fixes while the fixins are good!  GO GREEN!!
“Call Of Duty” Is Appling A Captain Now?
Jan 18th, 2013 by Kindle

Coach Tom Izzo suggested junior guard Keith Appling could be promoted to a team captain and after practice on Thursday indicated he was “80 percent sure” that it was going to happen.

(Dale G. Young/Detroit News Photo)

There was to be a team meeting last night.  As of 5PM EST today there has been no announcement the author could find. Will it be announced this evening on Fox Sports Detroit’s “Spartan Basketball: All Access” program?  This program airs at 6:30PM EST.

Men’s basketball:  Big Ten Standings

Hockey Standings

Michigan State will be holding its biggest football recruiting weekend of the year when head coach Mark Dantonio and his staff play host to close to 20 recruits this weekend.

MSU Prepares for the #11 OSU Buckeyes tomorrow at 6pm EST on ESPN.  (Payne will start….Valentine goes to the bench)

MSU hockey team has a home and home series against Ferris State this weekend. Tonight’s game at Munn can be watched on Fox Sports Detroit at 7:30PM EST.

Comparing OSU and MSU—Team Stats from Statsheet.com

Team Stats–Per Game Stats

PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG ORPG DRPG APG TPG SPG BPG FPG
Ohio-state OSU 74.6 46.1 67.4 36.7 38.4 12.1 26.4 14.9 10.9 7.1 4.4 16.3
Michigan-state MSU 70.9 46.9 70.5 33.6 39.1 11.7 27.4 14.7 14.4 8.6 4.3 16.6
Ohio-state OSU Opps 57.8 37.9 69.5 31.3 32.1 9.4 22.6 9.1 14.6 4.1 2.9 17.6
Michigan-state MSU Opps 58.5 38.1 64.7 30.2 31.1 9.9 21.2 11.1 13.9 8.2 3.8 17.8
Team Stats..Stat Totals
PTS FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA REB OR DR AST TO STL BLK PF DQs TF E
Ohio-state OSU 1194 432 938 217 322 113 308 615 193 422 239 175 113 70 260 1 0 0
Michigan-state MSU 1276 461 983 268 380 86 256 704 211 493 265 259 155 77 298 2 0 0
Ohio-state OSU Opps 925 324 856 185 266 92 294 513 151 362 145 234 66 47 282 6 0 0
Michigan-state MSU Opps 1053 372 976 220 340 89 295 560 179 381 200 251 147 69 320 6 0 0
Team Stats…Advanced Stats

POS PPG PPP FLR% Eff eFG% TS% FTR 2P% FTP% 3P% OR% DR% A% A/T T% S% B%
Ohio-state OSU 1069.0 66.8 1.12 56.2 111.7 52.1 54.7 34.3 53.4 18.2 28.4 34.8 73.6 55.3 1.37 16.4 10.6 8.2
Michigan-state MSU 1210.0 67.2 1.05 54.1 105.5 51.3 54.8 38.7 58.8 21.0 20.2 35.6 73.4 57.5 1.02 21.4 12.8 7.9
Ohio-state OSU Opps 1069.0 66.8 0.87 43.6 86.5 43.2 47.1 31.1 50.2 20.0 29.8 26.4 65.2 44.8 0.62 21.9 6.2 5.0
Michigan-state MSU Opps 1210.0 67.2 0.87 44.9 87.0 42.7 46.3 34.8 53.8 20.9 25.4 26.6 64.4 53.8 0.8 20.7 12.1 7.0
Rank and Records OSU MSU
RPI #27 #19
Strength of Schedule #52 #48
Overall 13-3 15-3
Conference 3-1 4-1
Home 10-1 11-0
Away 1-2 3-2
Top 25 1-3 1-1
RPI Top 50 1-3 2-3
 
Player Stats..Per Game Stats
GP GS MPG PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG ORPG DRPG APG TPG SPG BPG FPG
Ohio-state #1 D. Thomas 16 16 33.25 20.313 47.0 78.7 40.6 6.625 2.125 4.5 1.563 1.438 0.688 0.313 1.375
Ohio-state #4 A. Craft 16 16 31.375 8.938 39.3 82.1 34.1 3.313 0.875 2.438 4.625 1.438 1.75 0.125 2.375
Ohio-state #32 L. Smith Jr. 16 16 27.188 10.313 44.2 59.3 42.2 5.813 1.375 4.438 1.75 1.375 0.5 0.188 1.75
Ohio-state #12 S. Thompson 16 16 24.25 7.25 44.8 76.7 25.0 3.75 0.75 3.0 1.125 1.25 0.938 0.813 1.5
Ohio-state #3 S. Scott 16 0 21.438 5.813 43.0 55.9 37.5 2.688 0.688 2.0 4.563 1.063 2.0 0.188 2.125
Ohio-state #30 E. Ravenel 16 11 18.625 6.438 57.7 63.6 0.0 4.625 1.688 2.938 0.375 0.875 0.25 0.563 2.25
Ohio-state #10 L. Ross 16 0 17.188 8.188 45.6 77.1 27.8 3.375 1.125 2.25 0.563 1.875 0.438 0.25 1.375
Ohio-state #23 A. Williams 16 5 15.563 4.625 62.5 52.2 0.0 4.063 2.063 2.0 0.188 0.875 0.313 1.438 2.438
Ohio-state #55 T. McDonald 11 0 7.818 1.273 55.6 40.0 0.0 1.0 0.273 0.727 0.091 0.364 0.091 0.364 0.727
Ohio-state #33 A. Della Valle 9 0 8.444 3.0 40.9 40.0 36.8 1.778 0.222 1.556 0.111 0.556 0.222 0.444 0.889
Ohio-state #14 A. Rogers 7 0 2.143 0.286 14.3 0.0 0.0 0.571 0.143 0.429 0.143 0.286 0.0 0.0 0.143
Ohio-state #34 J. Lorbach 1 0 1.0 1.0 0.0 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
GP GS MPG PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG ORPG DRPG APG TPG SPG BPG FPG
Michigan-state #11 K. Appling 18 18 33.556 13.722 42.4 76.5 32.0 3.333 0.222 3.111 4.5 2.389 1.667 0.611 2.278
Michigan-state #22 B. Dawson 18 17 26.611 10.167 55.9 48.8 0.0 6.056 2.222 3.833 1.444 2.111 1.833 1.167 1.833
Michigan-state #25 D. Nix 18 17 25.833 9.5 53.9 69.1 0.0 7.056 2.167 4.889 0.944 1.611 1.111 0.167 1.667
Michigan-state #14 G. Harris 16 15 28.188 12.875 45.4 78.4 38.9 2.625 0.938 1.688 1.063 1.25 1.063 0.25 1.875
Michigan-state #45 D. Valentine 18 15 21.944 5.556 45.1 72.7 32.3 4.389 1.111 3.278 2.833 2.389 1.278 0.444 2.167
Michigan-state #5 A. Payne 18 6 20.111 9.111 60.8 77.6 66.7 7.167 1.722 5.444 0.5 1.444 0.556 1.222 2.444
Michigan-state #20 T. Trice 13 0 20.692 6.231 32.9 68.8 43.5 1.462 0.385 1.077 2.154 1.308 0.769 0.0 2.231
Michigan-state #3 B. Kearney 13 0 16.923 2.385 29.7 60.0 18.8 1.538 0.923 0.615 1.538 1.077 0.538 0.077 1.0
Michigan-state #0 R. Byrd 17 0 9.412 2.176 29.5 36.4 20.0 1.0 0.471 0.529 0.647 0.647 0.118 0.059 0.765
Michigan-state #2 A. Gauna 18 2 6.944 1.889 57.1 100.0 0.0 1.167 0.278 0.889 0.111 0.5 0.111 0.056 0.667
Michigan-state #10 M. Costello 12 0 4.917 1.833 43.8 80.0 0.0 1.333 0.25 1.083 0.25 0.167 0.083 0.333 1.0
Michigan-state #40 D. Chapman 6 0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.167 0.0 0.167 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.167
GP GS MPG PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG ORPG DRPG APG TPG SPG BPG FPG

You can make individual comparisons of any players on these teams on statsheet.com by using  the drop menu directly under PLAYER STATS.

 

On The 12th Day Of Listmas My MSU Gave To Me 12 National (FB & Ice) Titles
Dec 13th, 2012 by Kindle

 

MSU’s football team has won or shared six national championships in 1951, 1952, 1955, 1957, 1965 and 1966, and has won the Rose Bowl in 1954, 1956 and 1988.  The MSU men’s ice hockey has won national titles in 1966, 1986 and 2007.

Count ”em —12–AND  in just two sports—-oh wait—are there more?  You know there are.  Keep tuned to this site.

(Meat on the  pole tonight—very nice fat doe—125 lb. dressed out)

 

 

Not-Quite-Infamous Links and Reviews
Dec 7th, 2012 by 89 Chemistry

(So amazing that I could get old & slightly grey without having to kill over politics–and write about college sports to boot!  Thanks again, 10th Generation.)
{Also, He Believes has some excellent links in the comments section two posts back.}
It begins with Rexrode and a mostly excellent take on Izzo’s current subtexts:
http://tinyurl.com/d2lclyn
Now either skip ahead for more links—or bear with my take on Joe’s Thursday chat.  (Notice:  Generic link; current chat appears likely to be superseded by future chats.):
On Izzo and the zone defense: “[T]he guy hates giving up open shots. That’s my short answer. He wants to check people, body them up and get the defensive rebound. On one hand, I think it’s good to throw a different look at people every now and then. On the other hand, his teams are usually awfully good at that sagging man defense by midseason.”
Item:  “I think outside shooting is a valid concern.… Post production has been weak so far but I think that’s less of a concern and will come.”
On NCAAT seeding:  “Win this [B1G] outright and you can be a 1 for sure.  The Kansas win will look very good as well.  Can MSU win the Big Ten outright? I have my doubts, just saying, that’s the ceiling.  The floor?  If things go really bad this team could be .500, maybe even worse in the league.  So … 9, 10 seed.”  (Sounds like what he and I said about football this summer.  The difference is that B1G basketball doesn’t seem highly overrated after a month.)
Item:  “Neither Indiana nor Michigan will get through the Big Ten at 15-3. Write that down.”
Item:  “[Lawrence Thomas] is going to get some work on defense in the bowl practices, that was made pretty clear by Dantonio on Sunday.  Full-time switch [in 2013]?  I think so but he could be an intriguing tight end…”
Ironic historical item:  “Izzo made Dahlman and Green captains midway through the 2009-10 season.”
Okay, back to the links.  Someone from The Only Colors has found several minutes of Narduzzi talkin’ defense on YouTube.  Some good Xs & Os—plus speculative commentary about PN’s career development [albeit written before Butch Davis’s move to Tennessee].
Joe has a short piece about TCU’s run-D concerns.
Since USMC(R) just linked it below, I’ll re-link this short Maxwell interview, too.
From Cedar Rapids, Iowa:  A comprehensive argument for East-West realignment of the B1G in 2014.  MSU would be in the West with IL, Iowa, MN, NE, NU, & UW.  [Presumably State would swap IN for MI as its perennial cross-divisional rival.]
Event notes:  MSU hockey @ Notre Dame tonight [19:05 EST, NBC Sports Network];
MSU Volleyball vs. the Gulos tonight in California @ 20:00 [espn.com];
MSU wrestling @ UW tonight [20:00, BTN];
MSU wbb @ Dayton tomorrow [13:00, local 1240 AM radio];
MSU mbb vs. Loyola Chicago tomorrow [14:00, BTN].  TOC has a game preview.
GO GREEN!
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