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When Keith Appling runs the floor to precision, even when he’s not getting his, finding a way to get his teammates involved while backcourt mate Gary Harris runs around screens, fighting to get open and knock down a three.
When Branden Dawson plays like he’s the best and most athletic player on the court while the two-big man lineup of Derrick Nix and Adreian Payne take control of the inside on both the offensive and defensive side of the floor.
When Trice, Valentine, and even Costello and Gauna come in and provide solid minutes off the Spartan bench.
And when every member of the Michigan State basketball team plays an absolutely relentless and tenacious brand of defense.
Early on, we saw glimpses of this.
Glimpses of just how good this Michigan State basketball team could really be.
In brief stretches of games throughout the early part of the season and Big Ten play, Michigan State would sometimes show these flashes of brilliance. Flashes where they would flex their muscles and sho...
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EAST LANSING — So… Did anyone see this coming? A game that was looked at as one of the best matchups during college basketball’s Rivalry Week quickly turned into a lopsided beatdown. The Breslin Center was crowded with a sea of white, as the requested white-out was in full effect, but ironically enough, the Spartans may have caused the Wolverines to have a black-out kind of...
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During Tuesday's Michigan-Michigan State basketball game in East Lansing, Samantha Ponder (formerly Samantha Steele) was doing a courtside report when Michigan State mascot Sparty rolled in behind her and flexed in awesome Sparty fashion. Ponder seemed none the wiser to the mascot making an appearance behind her. Once again, Sparty proves that he's the best mascot in college...
Michigan State Spartans mascot "Sparty" videobombed ESPN college basketball analyst Samantha Ponder as she was in the middle of one of her live courtside reports during Tuesday night's college basketball game in East Lansing against arch-rival Michigan.
Ponder didn't seem to notice Sparty flexing his muscles behind her as she continued her report. However, Ponder...
Here’s Tom Izzo and Keith Appling after Michigan State’s emphatic blowout win over Michigan on Tuesday evening. Izzo’s assessment of the game was succint. “We probably played our best game in 3 years,” he said. “And they probably played one of their worst.”
Appling after the jump.
EAST LANSING — Below are some video clips (courtesy of David Harns of isportsweb.com) of some post-game reactions from Michigan State players and head coach Tom Izzo after the No. 8 Spartans cruised past the No. 4 Wolverines Tuesday night:
On Dawson’s defense:
On Michigan State going forward:
1. Appling vs. Burke: Ok, everyone has been talking about this individual matchup all year long and we finally get to see it tonight. Appling has downplayed this matchup when asked, but there’s no doubt in my mind that this is personal for both point guards. Both have been doing it all for their teams as of late, scoring, passing, rebounding and even recording...