Found March 24, 2013 on
In another basketball universe, one where ACLs stay intact, Maryland and Michigan State are seeded first and second instead of fourth and fifth.
One can only imagine what a game it would be if all the players in dress clothes were wearing uniforms instead when the Terrapins and Spartans meet Monday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
''It would be interesting to see, wouldn't it?'' Michigan State coach Suzy Merchant said. ''It would be fun. I would take it.''
Maryland (25-7) lost three players, including the expected starting backcourt, to torn ACLs in the fall. Michigan State (25-8) had two key players succumb to the dreaded knee injury and lost a third to a torn Achilles. The sidelined half-dozen - Maryland's Brene Moseley, Laurin Mincy and Essence Townsend, and Michigan State's Branndais Agee, Madison Williams and Aerial Powers - combined to play in a total of 10 games this season.
In addition, Maryland's Tierney Pfirman...
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Memphis' resident jump-man D.J. Stephens would like to formally invite the Michigan State Spartans to his block party.
Derrick Nix and Keith Appling are apparently not happy with one another right now. This scuffle happened during a timeout in the second half of the Michigan State vs Memphis game.
Michigan State Spartans coach Tom Izzo was disappointed with Minnesota's decision to fire coach Tubby Smith on Monday.
Welcome to the Fallout - Saturday edition.
There's Battle lines being drawn.
Alabama officially names Bill Battle as its new athletic director. (al.com)
Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel's spring break gets covered by TMZ.com. which I hear is like Deadspin for Hollywood, or something like that.
D.J. Stephens cordially invited Keith Appling to his block party — and Appling accepted.
Stephens showed off an incredible vertical leap on his first-half block of Appling. Stephens is just 6-foot-5, but he averaged 2.44 blocks per game in 2012-13. The Memphis guard/forward has three blocks in the first half against the Spartans.
Check out Stephens’ fingertips rejection of Appling...
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And then there were 16. With the Sweet 16 determined, Bovada has released updates odds for all 16 teams to win the national championship on April 8 in Atlanta.
15-seed Cinderella, Florida Gulf Coast is (not surprisingly) the longest shot at 75/1. Would I put any cash on them? Heck no. 11-seeded LaSalle sits at 66/1. 9-seed Wichita State and 3...
Michigan State guard Keith Appling is confident the shoulder injury that knocked him out of Saturday's victory against Memphis won't stop him from playing in the NCAA tournament's round of 16.
Appling hurt his right shoulder with 8:35 left in the Spartans' 70-48 win. He left the court about a minute later, and didn't play again.
He was injured while trying to...
The top tight end out of Ohio visited Michigan State this weekend and gave SpartanDigest.com the latest on his visit.
Michigan State will face Duke in the Sweet 16. Read on for an initial look at the Spartans opponent.
Gary Harris scored 16 of his career-high 23 points in the first
half to help third-seeded Michigan State cruise past sixth-seeded
Memphis 70-48 on Saturday, putting the Spartans in the round of 16
for the fifth time in six years.