Michigan State stood a great chance of booking a Rose Bowl trip, win or lose Saturday night at the Big Ten championship game. Oklahoma State’s upset loss to Oklahoma earlier in the afternoon might seal for the Spartans’ a long-awaited trip to Pasadena.
Even then, Michigan State might be able to hold in the top 14. The Spartans currently reside at No. 10 in the rankings, four spots behind Oklahoma State. But the Cowboys’ loss coupled with Northern Illinois’ setback on Thursday may open two BCS spots; No. 3 Auburn and No. 5 Missouri also play on Saturday, as do No. 7 Stanford and No. 11 Arizona State.
As expected, Michigan buried Houston Baptist early on Saturday afternoon — a needed bounce-back performance after Tuesday’s letdown for the Wolverines at Duke.
Leading the charge at Crisler Center was Mitch McGary, who finished the first half with seven points, three assists and three steals. One of those assists (and one of the steals) came on a nifty play about 90 seconds before halftime, as McGary chased down a loose ball and then floated an underhand alley-oop to Glenn Robinson Jr., for the slam.
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Jonas Gustavsson has been very impressive during an 8-0-1 start between the pipes this season. He turned in another gem on Friday night, as the Detroit Red Wings downed the New Jersey Devils, 3-1.
Despite facing just 11 shots in the game, Gustavsson came up big on numerous occasions, including this save below — a behind-the-back stroke of luck that kept the Wings within a goal.
After a season in which the Michigan State Spartans and Ohio State Buckeyes seemed destined for a showdown, finally, that moment has arrived. The nation’s top defense and a high flying offense will do battle in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship.
It’s the Spartans second appearance in the championship game, while Ohio State is making their first trip. Both teams, undefeated in the Big Ten regular season, have been biding their time until this contest and trying not to look ahead. Now, it’s finally the right time for a long awaited standoff. How will Michigan State emerge victorious and take the Rose Bowl by force? What will help the Buckeyes send a Big Ten team to the national championship game? Spartan Sideline previews what figures to be a hard-hitting, tough affair. Continue reading
Kyle Quincey has solidified his spot as a whipping boy for Detroit Red Wings fans with a dismal performance this season. Despite playing heavy minutes in 29 games, Quincey has just three points (all assists) and is minus-9 on the year — and minus-13 in Red Wings’ losses.
And with Danny DeKeyser set to return from injury sometime this month, the Red Wings will find themselves with an extra defenseman and in need of clearing cap space. So, could Quincey be the odd man out?
That’s the scenario pitched by the Detroit Free Press’ Helene St. James, who suggests the Wings should deal the struggling defenseman.
Andre Drummond might be playing himself into an All-Star Game appearance in his second NBA season. The Detroit Pistons’ big man delivered yet another dominant performance on Wednesday night: 24 points, 19 rebounds and three blocks, as the Pistons downed the Bucks for their third straight win.
Drummond is now averaging 21.7 points and 18.7 boards over the Pistons’ first three games of the month — numbers that are even more staggering if we take into account that he played just 23 minutes due to foul trouble in Detroit’s win at Miami.
Highlights of Drummond’s latest huge night are up top.
For the Michigan State Spartans, it hasn’t been a great seven year run against the North Carolina Tar Heels. After defeating the Spartans in the 2005 Final Four, the Tar Heels have ripped off five consecutive, dominating wins over the green and white, including a notable thumping in the 2009 title game. Those failures have been sticking in Michigan State’s collective hoops craw forever.
Many of the battles against North Carolina have come on a neutral floor, but this season, the Tar Heels finally come back to the Breslin Center, where Michigan State hopes to serve up a major dish of impassioned revenge. North Carolina enters a bit shorthanded without P.J. Hariston and Leslie McDonald, yet still remains dangerous thanks to a roster with top flight players. Can the Spartans finally pay North Carolina back for all the losses? Spartan Jump Shots returns again to preview another big game. Continue reading
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