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I'm an expatriate Spartan living in Canton, Ohio. I grew up in East Lansing (my father has taught at MSU since 1966) and graduated from Michigan State in 1987. But I've followed Spartan football, and especially basketball, for as long as I can remember. I've still got my 1979 National Championship t-shirt around somewhere. I really appreciate the chance that The Only Colors and SBNation give me to stay connected with Spartan sports while living in Buckeye country.

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Good to Meh - MSU 69, Arkansas Little Rock 47

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Spartans sleepwalk their way through a non-conference win, beating Arkansas-Little Rock by 22.

Shot in the Foot - Duke 74 Michigan State 69

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Coach K gets his record win while MSU stumbles again in Madison Square Gardern.

The Devils and the Details - MSU Duke Preview

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Duke's coach Mike Krzyzewski goes for his record-breaking win against MIchigan State. A preview and analysis.

Welcome Aboard, Gary Harris!

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Green and White for Gary Harris. Five-star recruit from Indiana makes the call for Michigan State.

Final Exhibition - Michigan State 80 Hillsdale 58

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MSU completes its final tune-up before heading to North Carolina for the Carrier Classic.

And So It Begins: Michigan State 85 - Ferris State 58

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The exhibition season opens for Michigan State. A win over Ferris State provides a first look at a young team.

MSU vs Ferris State - Mini Preview and Game Thread

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Your MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS vs. the FERRIS STATE BULLDOGS THE BRESLIN CENTER, EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2:00 PM ET INTERNET STREAMING: Big Ten Network($) RADIO: Spartan Sports...

Delvon Roe out 6 Weeks with Severe Left Ankle Sprain

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He apparently suffered the injury in open gym on Wednesday.

Big Ten Sleepers Revisited

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Reviewing last year's picks for breakout performers in the Big Ten. Who will it be this year?

MSU baseball: Spartans take first step, 7-1

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They now play regular season co-champ Illinois today at 7:05 PM. Two more wins will secure the automatic NCAA berth and the Spartans first tournament appearance since 1979.

Rules committee approves use of charge circle for Division I hoops

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All I have to say about this is, it's about effing time. Also, no more intentional vs. flagrant fouls: just flagrant 1 and flagrant 2.

Linking Laconically is Seeking Enlightenment at the Temple of the Sun

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Current news on Michigan State sports. Football and basketball covered.

Russell’s foot has been slow to heal. This aggressive approach will better position Russell for...

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Russell’s foot has been slow to heal. This aggressive approach will better position Russell for long-term health, while also allowing him to be on the court this fall.

Byrd to have surgery | LSJ Blogs | Joe Rexrode Russell Byrd's troublesome left foot is going to require surgery again. He's projected to be out 4 months. He's still expected to play this season, but at this point have just have to hope it's not career threatening.

Michigan State to Host Florida State in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

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The Big Ten tries to make it 3 in a row in the annual challenge, which would still leave them 7 short of evening the score with the ACC. MSU draws the third toughest team from the ACC, by ESPN's Andy Katz's rankings. At least they finally get to have a game at the Breslin again.

MSU Prospects at the King James Classic

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The college season is over, but AAU is just getting started. See how Michigan State's prospects did in the King James Classic.

Sources: IPFW's Fife Headed to Michigan State

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Jeff Goodman and others, including Jeff Rabjohns of the Indy Star, are reporting that Michigan State is hiring Dane Fife, head coach at IPFW, as Tom Izzo's next assistant coach. An official announcement is expected this afternoon. We'll have more details when that happens.

Reviews and Previews: Derrick Nix

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Recaps and projections of Michigan State basketball players continue with a look at Derrick Nix.

Valpo Junior Brandon Wood Considers MSU, Other Options

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Valpo junior Brandon Wood considers draft, other options, including Michigan State.

Reviews and Previews: Adreian Payne

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A look at the returning and arriving Spartan hoops team continues. This time Adreian Payne is under the microscope.

Reviews and Previews: Keith Appling

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Michigan State's Keith Appling - What he showed in 2010-11 and what to expect in 2011-12.

Arthur Ray Returns to the Practice Field for MSU

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Cancer-free and cleared by the NCAA, offensive lineman Arthur Ray returned to the practice field for the first time in four years. Rexrode's take, with quotes from Dantonio and Ray, is here.

Kalin Lucas to play in the NABC All-Star Game

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Kalin Lucas will be going to the Final Four again, just not the way he had hoped. He has been selected to the West roster for the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-Star Game, which will be played Friday, April 1st at 5:35 PM EST at Reliant Stadium in Houston as part of the Final Four festivities. It will be televised live on TruTV.

Branden Dawson to Compete in Powerade Jam Fest

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If you want to get a taste of what we hope is in store for the next few years, tune in to the slam dunk contest tonight at 7:30 on ESPN2 that is part of the McDonald's All-America game festivities. The game itself is on Wednesday.

Travis Trice is Gatorade Player of the Year for Ohio

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Here's a link to the press release from Gatorade. Trice finished the year with 24.4 points, 7.2 assists, 4.5 steals and 3.3 rebounds per game for Huber Heights Wayne HIgh School.

Do teams that underachieve expectations during the regular season tend to overperform their seeds...

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Do teams that underachieve expectations during the regular season tend to overperform their seeds in the tournament? Here, the evidence is more mixed. . . This year’s set of underachieving schools — like Gonzaga, Butler, Kansas State and particularly Michigan State — need to be taken on a case-by-case basis, but they are plausible picks to pull off a surprise or two.

Nate Silver in the NY Times looks at preseason expectatons as a predictor of tournament success. Since MSU has been beat up all year over their preseason ranking, at least this offers a slightly different take on it. BTW, it appears that MSU, especially in the Izzo era, has a noble tradition of regular-season underachievement (or at least pre-season over-ranking).

Will It Be Enough? Michigan State 66 Iowa 61

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Are the Spartans in the dance? They survived Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament and advanced.

MSU vs. Iowa: Keys to the Game

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The rubber match of the Spartans-Hawkeyes battle. What are the keys to winning?

Senior Day - Iowa vs. Michigan State Preview

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Michigan State closes out the home careers of Kalin Lucas, Durrell Summers and Mike Kebler against the Iowa Hawkeyes.

The Four Factors and Defense in the Big Ten

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Defensive profiles in the Big Ten. Four-factor analysis.

GameThread
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Purdue - Michigan State Game Thread

Spartans vs Boilers. Game thread for the rematch in East Lansing.

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