Found February 23, 2012 on The Sports Bank:
If you were following Twitter during the Michigan State Spartans 66-61 victory at the Minnesota Golden Gophers contest last night, you may have noticed UM Coach Tubby Smith rocking a blue bow tie. There was praise, but there was of course plenty of jokes and insults. There was even speculation that the blue was in reference to his old job leading the Kentucky Wildcats. I do wish more college basketball fans would simply ask a relevant question or two before passing judgment. Now when they find out what the bow tie was for, and what it represents, they might feel more like the jackasses they are for shooting their mouths off. From the University of Minnesota: Tubby Smith & Staff to Particiapate in ON THE LINE Statement Week: Gopher Head Coach Tubby Smith and his staff will be wearing blue bow ties during Wednesday’s game as part of the ON THE LINE prostate cancer Statement Week. Coach Smith is a prostate cancer survivor. During Black History Month in February, ON THE LINE, a na...

Bracketography: Michigan State, Duke fill out No. 1 seed line

There are only two absolute certainties with this year’s bracket: Syracuse and Kentucky will be No. 1 seeds. Other than that, everything is wide open. With six teams (seven if you include a Marquette team that is playing as well as any team right now) vying for the final two No. 1 seeds, the final few weeks will be crazy intense. Based on a full body of work and the RPI...

Kirk Cousins talks leadership, accuracy at combine

INDIANAPOLIS The symmetry of two important moments in his football career was not lost on Kirk Cousins when he stepped on the playing field this week at Lucas Oil Stadium. It is the stadium where he nearly led Michigan State to an upset victory over Wisconsin in the inaugural Big Ten championship game in Dec. 3. A victory would have given MSU a second straight conference championship...

Magic: Spartans one of best

The Detroit News College basketball : Michigan State notebook Minneapolis - As Michigan State has slowly crept up the national rankings this season, so have the expectations for the No. 6 team in the country. Count Earvin "Magic" Johnson as one of the many who now believe the Spartans are one of the best teams in the nation. "This is a Tom Izzo type of team,"...

Baseball. Spartans Head to Greenville, S.C., For Fifth Straight Year

Michigan State travels to Greenville, S.C., for the fifth straight year this weekend to play in one of the finest baseball parks in all of Minor League Baseball, Fluor Field at the West End. The Spartans will play a doubleheader on Friday, facing Miami-Ohio (2-1) at 1 p.m. and then Furman (2-3) at 5 p.m. MSU will then face Furman Saturday at 4 p.m. and Miami-Ohio on Sunday at 12 p.m.

Swimming & Diving. Day 1: Spartan Men Break School Record

The Michigan State men's swimming and diving team stands in tenth place after the first day of competition at the Big Ten Championships on the University of Iowa campus. The Spartans broke the varsity school record in the 800 Freestyle Relay with a time of 6:27.14 to take sixth place and giving them a total of 26 points on the day.

Austin Thornton is making mark at Michigan State in fifth year

"Hey, Grandpa!" hollered Michigan State assistant coach Dane Fife, trying to get the attention of starting shooting guard Austin Thornton. "Save some for (later)!"

GSTV: Tubby Smith

Tubby Smith responds to the media after a heartbreaking 66-61 loss to the Michigan State Spartans.

Michigan State women top No. 23 Nebraska 73-53 (AP)

Klarissa Bell scored 19 points to pace Michigan State to its third straight victory with a 73-53 decision over No. 23 Nebraska on Thursday night. Taylor Alton hit four 3-pointers and scored 18 points for the Spartans (18-10, 10-5 Big Ten), who shot 52 percent (29 of 56) and went 9 of 18 from long range.

General News. Michigan State All-Access Daily Edition - Friday, Feb. 24

In Friday's "Daily Edition", catch all of the highlights from senior night as the women closed out their home schedule with a 73-53 victory over No. 23 Nebraska. Hear from hockey coach Tom Anastos as the Spartans prepare to take on Notre Dame and baseball coach Jake Boss previews the team's trip to Greenville, S.C. this weekend.

Gymnastics Team at Michigan State & Western Michigan

Ball State's women's gymnastics team will compete at Michigan State Friday night and at Western Michigan Sunday afternoon.

No. 6 Spartans win to keep Big Ten lead (AP)

Outsmarted, outhustled and even outrebounded for most of the game, Michigan State snapped back to stun Minnesota. But in between laments about his team's performance, Spartans coach Tom Izzo offered his due praise. Sometimes, the most important wins aren't pretty at all. Keith Appling and Brandon Wood both scored 13 points to key No.

No. 6 Michigan State beats Minnesota 66-61

Keith Appling and Brandon Wood both scored 13 points to key No. 6 Michigan State's 66-61 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday night, helping the Spartans keep their hold on first place in the Big Ten.

Ticker: Steve Schrader: MSU fans: Grin and bear Big House

It's a dilemma some Michigan State fans are grappling with: How can they enjoy the Red Wings in the Winter Classic when it's in the dreaded Big House? One fan asked about the quandary, and it was fielded by hockey writer/MSU alum Craig Custance.

W. Basketball. Wildcats Close Door On Regular Season Sunday at 2 p.m.

Northwestern closes the door on the regular season Sunday when it welcomes Michigan State to Welsh-Ryan Arena for a 2 p.m. contest. It's Senior Day and NU will be honoring Brittany Orban, Allison Mocchi and Tailor Jones before the game.

Muir, Hollis to join NCAA men's basketball panel

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Delaware athletic director Bernard Muir and Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis are joining the NCAA Division I men's basketball committee.
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