Found March 16, 2013 on Crystal Ball Run:
First Practice: March 19 Spring Game: April 20 Michigan State suffered through a disappointing 7-6 season thanks to one of the nation’s most anemic offenses. Even more disappointing was a 3-5 record in the Big Ten, just one season after competing in the inaugural championship game. The Spartans did get a little boost going into the offseason by defeating TCU 17-16 in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. It will take the Spartans some time to crack the rankings in the fall, if at all, as expectations are mediocre at best right now. Stability Factor (1=chaos, 5=rock solid): 2.5 Coach Mark Dantonio has become a soothing presence on the sidelines, and I’d argue he’s one of the game’s most underrated coaches. So with that in mind, you have feel the Spartans can turn things around. Michigan State also has a legitimate Top 20 defense that should keep the Spartans in most games. If the offense can hang on to the ball and score touchdowns instead of kicking field goal...

Michigan State draws Valpo

Michigan State will open the NCAA Tournament on Thursday just 82 miles down the road from East Lansing, playing Horizon Conference tournament champion Valparaiso (26-7) at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The Spartans, who tied for second in the Big Ten regular season and lost in the tournament semi-finals, are a No. 3 seed. If they beat Valpo, next up is the winner of the game between...

Keith Appling with monster dunk

As diehards of this site (Mom? Are you there?) already know, The Hoops Manifesto runs a College Dunk of the Year Tournament every spring.  Our next nominee for the 2012/13 edition is Michigan State's Keith Appling. The internets are ablaze due to this dunk Keith Appling threw down a few minutes ago against Iowa.  Many are calling it the Dunk of the Year.  You be the judge:

Spartans Staying Close To Home

Michigan State will make its 27th NCAA tournament appearance and 15th consecutive on Thursday when they play No. 14 seed Valparaiso in Auburn Hills, Michigan at the tournament's second/third round site.

Five Spartans To Watch Spring 2013

We name five Spartans that Michigan State fans should watch during the spring as the Spartans get ready to hit the field this coming week.

Michigan State-Valparaiso Game Time Set for 12:15 PM ET Thursday

The Michigan State Spartans and Valparaiso Crusaders will be among the first teams to take to the court during the NCAA Tournament’s second round. Their game at The Palace of Auburn Hills will tip at 12:15 p.m. EDT — the first of four games to be played at The Palace on Thursday. The game will be broadcast on CBS. About 25 minutes after the conclusion of the Michigan State-Valpo...

Five Questions: Spartans Pre Spring Offense

Spring practice for Michigan State is about to get underway and there are many questions needing answered prior to the Spartans Green-White game in April.

Why you should pick the Michigan State Spartans in the Final Four?

The Michigan State Spartans dropped from a possible #2 seed to a #3 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Big Ten Tournament semi-final loss to Ohio State hurt them. What’s really more important perhaps than seeding is site placement. The Michigan State Spartans drew Auburn Hills, Michigan for their regional, home of the Detroit Pistons. Obviously this is fantastic for Sparty. All the...

Berger Special Target For Spartans

One of the top targets on Michigan State’s radar is linebacker Kyle Berger of Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius High School. With a visit to MSU planned, thought we’d look at Berger on video to see what makes Berger a high priority of the Spartans.

Five Questions: Spartans Pre Spring Defense

While Michigan State has done a great job of securing talent on the defensive side of the ball over the past few years there are still a few questions that need answered going into spring practice.

Michigan State basketball draws 3 seed in Auburn Hills

Finally, we’ve arrived. March Madness is upon us. After playing through one of the toughest and deepest seasons in the history of the Big Ten conference, and going through over three months of the Big Ten beating the hang out of each other, the Michigan State basketball team (25-8, 13-5) found out on Sunday where they would be headed for the first couple of rounds of the 2013...

Examing the Gators Close Game Woes

A few weeks back, Gators fans waited patiently for the Indiana-Michigan State game to end on ESPN before the network switched over to Florida-Missouri. While we waited, we were treated to a great finish with the Hoosiers pulling out the … Continue reading →

Another Heartbreaker

In a season filled with close losses, Iowa fell to Michigan State, 59-56, in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament Friday night in Chicago. Hawkeye Insider was at the United Center and brings you complete coverage.
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