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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.

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.

MSU vs Maryland Game Thread–2pm BTN
Mar 4th, 2017 by Kindle

 

Michigan State basketball at Maryland: Game time, TV channel and how to watch online

Going into Saturday’s regular-season finale, Michigan State (18-12, 10-7 Big Ten) has the satisfaction of knowing its fate is in its own hands.

Win at Maryland (23-7, 11-6), and the Spartans grab third place in the Big Ten. Lose, and they miss out on the coveted double bye in the Big Ten Tournament by finishing as low as seventh in the standings.

The Terrapins would guarantee themselves a third-place finish with a win. However, they could also earn a double bye even with a loss, provided that struggling Wisconsin beats surging Minnesota on Sunday.

Basically, a lot rides on the outcome, particularly for Michigan State, which would all but secure an NCAA Tournament berth with a win. That would require getting the job done away from home, though, which the Spartans have done just once in seven tries this calendar year.

Maryland, though, has looked vulnerable at Xfinity Center, losing three of its last four. Senior day will serve as a crucial opportunity to get back on track before the postseason, should they take it.

Michigan State basketball vs. Maryland game time, details

Time: 2 p.m. ET

Date: Saturday, March 4

Location: Xfinity Center, College Park, Md.

Which TV channel broadcasts Michigan State basketball vs. Maryland?

The game will be broadcast on Big Ten Network.

How can I watch Michigan State basketball vs. Maryland online?

BTN will stream the game from BTN2Go and the BTN2Go app.

How can I listen to Michigan State basketball vs. Maryland on the radio?

For Michigan State, the game can be heard on radio over the 38-affiliate Spartan Sports Network, including flagship stations WMMQ-FM (94.9)/WJIM-AM (1240) in Lansing and WJR-AM (760) in Detroit. It is also on Sirius 135/XM 195.

Who is calling the Michigan State basketball vs. Maryland game?

Kevin Kugler will handle play-by-play for BTN with Jon Crispin providing analysis. Will Tieman handles play-by-play with analyst Matt Steigenga on the Spartan Sports Network.

Michigan State basketball vs. Maryland 3 keys

Stay in front

So much on Saturday will depend on Michigan State’s ability to defend without requiring too much help from teammates, and to do so without fouling. Led by Melo Trimble, Maryland likes to slash to the basket at every opportunity, which could create problems. Michigan State looks best offensively with Cassius Winston at point guard, but if he can’t contain Trimble, the Spartans may have to stick with Tum Tum Nairn.

Should Trimble be able to get by his initial defender and draw help, he knows how to find his shooters, and Justin Jackson and Kevin Huerter know how to knock down outside shots. Michigan State’s trouble defending dribble drives led to countless open looks against Illinois, and that can’t happen again if the Spartans hope to come away victorious.

Don’t succumb to the crowd

For the second game in a row, Michigan State will face a raucous senior day crowd. Maryland tends to be one of the rowdiest venues in the Big Ten. With such a young team, Michigan State has often struggled to deal with dwindling momentum on the road. Opponents make a run and Michigan State responds not by running crisp offensive sets, but by turning the ball over.

When Maryland inevitably goes on a run and gets the home crowd going, Michigan State must either utilize its timeouts better or rely on the calming influence of a point guard to make sure it gets good shots on the offensive end and doesn’t lose focus.

Crash the glass

This has been a huge factor the past several games. Michigan State has played some of the best defensive rebounding teams in the conference and found a way to give itself second chances, despite giving up several inches of height to just about every opponent.

Now the Spartans take on the second-worst defensive rebounding team (by percentage) in the Big Ten. This looks like a perfect opportunity for wings like Miles Bridges and Josh Langford to go after any and all missed shots. Points never seem easy to come by for the Spartans on the road. Grabbing offensive rebounds will allow a greater margin for error.

 

 

 

Important?? Notes:

 

  • Michigan State has won 3 in a row over Maryland.

  • Since 2009 Michigan State is is 47-17 (.734) in March.
  • Matt McQuade is on pace to shatter NCAA record for pump fakes. Fake news report below–enjoy.
  • http://theblacksheeponline.com/michigan-state/matt-mcquaid-pace-shatter-ncaa-record-pump-fakes
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!

 

NEBRASKA at MSU GAME THREAD
Feb 23rd, 2017 by Kindle

NebraskaCornhuskers

12-14, 6-8 Conf

ESPNU7:00 PM ET

Michigan StateSpartans

16-11, 8-6 Conf

MSU’s record is 16-11 and 8-6 in Big Ten play. As of today, both Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and ESPN’s Joe Lunardi project the Spartans as a 10-seed in the NCAA tournament. They are not listed among the final four teams into the 68-team field by either analyst. Play the games one at a time, don’t fail at home and steal one on the road.

The Spartans’ 19-year NCAA tournament streak is in serious jeopardy with four games left in the regular season.  “We only have two weeks left in the regular season,” Izzo said today, “and a ton to play for.”  That critical final push to keep the streak alive begins Thursday at home with against Nebraska (7 p.m./ESPNU). It continues when No. 15 Wisconsin visits Breslin Center on Sunday, then wraps up on the road at Illinois and No. 24 Maryland.

PREVIOUS MEETING WITH NEBRASKA

When MSU played Nebraska on Feb. 2 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena, the Spartans got the better of them by a score of 72-61. Five players finished in double figures for Michigan State while the Huskers shot just 38.5 percent from the field. The Spartans led for the final 33 minutes of the game.  That is MSU’s lone road win of this calendar year.

WHAT HAS CHANGED?

Sophomore Ed Morrow has returned from a foot injury and has played well. He posted 10 points and 6 rebounds in a win against Ohio State on Saturday, and his presence could make a big difference.    MSU is, conversely, without Eron Harris, lost to season-ending knee surgery.

How will Nebraska guard the perimeter tonight?  Michigan State canned 11 3-pointers when these two teams played last.

Can MSU take care of the ball?  Turnovers will continue to be THE talking point until Michigan State makes it go away.  Keep this im mind:   Nebraska averages 7 steals per game.

Nebraska basketball vs. Michigan State game time, details

Time: 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT

Date: Thursday, Feb. 23

Location: Breslin Center, East Lansing, Mich.

Which TV channel broadcasts Nebraska basketball vs. Michigan State?

The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.

How can I watch Nebraska basketball vs. Michigan State online?

ESPN will stream the game from WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app.

How can I listen to Nebraska basketball vs. Michigan State on the radio?

For Michigan State, the game can be heard on radio over the 38-affiliate Spartan Sports Network, including flagship stations WMMQ-FM (94.9)/WJIM-AM (1240) in Lansing and WJR-AM (760) in Detroit. It is also on Sirius 135/XM 195.

Who is calling the Nebraska basketball vs. Michigan State game?

Kevin Brown will handle play-by-play for ESPN with Adrian Branch providing analysis. Will Tieman handles play-by-play with analysts Matt Steigenga and Gus Ganakas on the Spartan Sports Network.

 

IT”S ALL GREEN!!

6h6 hours ago

Chris Solari Retweeted Spartan Basketball

MSU encouraging fans to wear green tonight for a Green Out.

Chris Solari added,

MSU at Michigan Game Thread
Feb 7th, 2017 by Kindle

Michigan State basketball vs. Michigan:  Game time, TV channel and how to watch online

None of MSU’s current starting five have seen a defeat at the hands of the Wolverines, a streak that can continue until next season as the Spartans (14-9, 6-4 Big Ten) gear up to take on U-M (14-9, 4-6 Big Ten) Tuesday night. The State News tells us it has been 1,081 days since the last time the University of Michigan Wolverines defeated MSU.

None of MSU’s current starting five have seen a defeat at the hands of the Wolverines, a streak that can continue until next season as the Spartans (14-9, 6-4 Big Ten) gear up to take on U-M (14-9, 4-6 Big Ten) Tuesday night. The State News tells us it has been 1,081 days since the last time the University of Michigan Wolverines defeated MSU.

Time & TV: 9 p.m. ET tip-off–ESPN

RADIO: For Michigan State: The game can be heard on radio over the 38-affiliate Spartan Sports Network, including flagship stations WMMQ-FM (94.9)/WJIM-AM (1240) in Lansing and WJR-AM (760) in Detroit.

It can also be heard on Sirius/XM Channel 84.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 7

Location: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor.

The line: Michigan is favored by 4 points.

Broadcasters:  Dan Shulman will handle play-by-play for ESPN with analyst Dan Dakich and reporter Molly McGrath. Will Tieman will call play-by-play with analyst Matt Steigenga on the Spartan Sports Network. Matt Shepard will handle the play-by-play duties with analyst Terry Mills on the U-M Radio Network.

In the last 2 games MSU has seemingly righted the ship, as the team had eight double-figure scorers in beating Michigan and Nebraska. Freshman point guard Cassius Winston has scored 26 points with 7 assists.

Each of U-M’s starting five are shooting north of 40 percent from field goal range and the Wolverines come in leading the country in fewest turnovers per game and are also shooting a conference-best 79.0 percent from the free-throw line.

Full article HERE

Go green!

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!

 

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