Found February 13, 2013 on
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 night. Gary Harris scored 17 points and Derrick Nix had 14 points and five rebounds to help lead the No. 8 Michigan State Spartans to a 75-52 smackdown over the No. 4 Michigan Wolverines. Harris, a freshman from Fishers, Ind., went 5-for-9 from beyond the arc and added four rebounds, three assists and three steals to go with his 17 points. Freshmen Gary Harris (left) and Denzel Valentine (right) were pivotal pieces in the Spartans dominating victory over the Wolverines Tuesday night. The Spartans (21-4, 10-2) now have sole possession of first-place in the Big Ten and have beaten the Wolverines (21-4, 8-4) the las...
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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...
It’s never happened. Not once. For as long as the two schools from the great state of Michigan have been playing basketball, they have never come across this particular occurrence once in any of their previous 169 match ups.
But on Tuesday it will happen. The two rival schools will square off for the first time ever while both being ranked as one of the top ten teams in the nation...
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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:
Just prior to the Michigan St/Michigan tilt on Tuesday night, Sparty photobombed ESPN’s Samantha Ponder H/T @Tim_Goergen
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...