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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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True Grit: Michigan State 53, Minnesota 48

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It wasn't pretty, but a win is a win. Michigan State improves its resume with a road win at Minnesota.

Fouls and Turnovers

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Fouls and turnovers - can you have the second without the first? A statistical look at Ohio State.

Ohio State Preview: The Motion Picture

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Cinematic showdown - will the underdog prevail? Michigan State vs Ohio State preview.

Consider an opposing team's options once the ball is fed inside [to Sullinger]: 1) Double-down off...

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Consider an opposing team's options once the ball is fed inside [to Sullinger]: 1) Double-down off of Diebler, who (according to Synergy scouting data) scores at a 1.53 points-per-possession clip in unguarded catch-and-shoot situations. 2) Double-down off of Lighty, who scores 1.26 PPP in unguarded catch-and-shoot situations. 3) Run Lauderdale's man across the lane to seal off Sullinger's left shoulder ... leaving Lauderdale, a 1.70 PPP scorer at point-blank range, wide open. 4) Cover Sullinger one-on-one in the post, where he scores 1.12 PPP. Unless your defense can recover in time not to leave Sullinger's teammates open after a double-team, the most efficient choice might just be to single-cover him in the post. When that's your best available option, you're not in great shape...

Luke Winn | COLLEGE BASKETBALL POWER RANKINGS The most current (but pre-OSU/Wisc.) set of Winn's power rankings. He examines the difficulties presented by having to guard Jared Sullinger.
GameThread
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Michigan State - Penn State Game Thread

Latest must-win game for the Spartans. Michigan State vs. Penn State game thread.

On the Dime: The Lucious Effect

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What does the loss of Korie Lucious mean for Michigan State? A look at the data.

. . .the poor play has nothing to do with Lucious, and unless Tom Izzo has lost his team, the...

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. . .the poor play has nothing to do with Lucious, and unless Tom Izzo has lost his team, the Spartans will surely play better - and probably much better relative to their last three efforts - the rest of the way.

How much is Korie Lucious worth? Ken Pomeroy weighs in on the Spartans. The key clause in that quote, of course, is the one that begins 'unless'.

The question shouldn't be if MSU sucks, it should be if it sucks less than everyone else on the...

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The question shouldn't be if MSU sucks, it should be if it sucks less than everyone else on the bubble. The Spartans aren't playing up to their usual standards, they're not winning the NCAA title, and the Final Four seems like a pipe dream. This was the team ranked No. 2 in the preseason polls? But Michigan State has hardly hit bottom.

A little perspective, please - Michigan State hasn't hit 'rock bottom'. From Mike Miller at NBC. The "spoiled fanbase" meme is implied, rather than stated.

The Steelers offensive line honored Flozell Adams for finally reaching the Super Bowl after 13...

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The Steelers offensive line honored Flozell Adams for finally reaching the Super Bowl after 13 seasons by wearing his MSU jersey for the trip there. The blurb from the Steelers website is here. The video version is here.

Back to Work - Michigan Preview

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So, we meet again. Michigan State and Michigan renew their rivalry in East Lansing.

Robbie Who? Purdue Preview

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MSU travels to West Lafayette to face Purdue. Crucial conference game for both teams.

Return of the Badgers: Wisconsin - Michigan State Preview

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Clash of rivals. Michigan State and Wisconsin meet once again in a Big Ten tilt.

SI.com | Luke Winn | Inside College Basketball | Ohio State foul-phobic by design

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In light of the recent consternation over fouls in the Northwestern game, Luke Winn provides a fascinating analysis of how Ohio State has managed to be in the top 5 in the country at forcing turnovers AND not sending people to the line. Scary, but interesting. **Bonus: Read through to the end for a hilarious look at Ed Hightower's unbelievable pomoposity.

Solid Start - MSU 71, Minnesota 62

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Spartans get it started in the Big Ten. Solid win at home over Minnesota.

Afterglow Thread - MSU 71, Minnesota 62

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MSU holds serve at home against Minnesota. After a poor-shooting first half Michigan State subdues the Gophers.

Michigan State assistant Don Treadwell has been hired as the head coach at Miami (Ohio), replacing...

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Michigan State assistant Don Treadwell has been hired as the head coach at Miami (Ohio), replacing Mike Haywood. Treadwell has been Michigan State's offensive coordinator and receivers coach for the last four years. He was chosen on Friday to take over for Haywood, who left for Pittsburgh after two seasons in Oxford.

ESPN with the story. HT: McGarnagle

Stampeded (again) - Texas 67, MSU 55

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Texas stifles Michigan State at the Breslin Center. MSU heads into the Big Ten schedule 8-4.

Aftermisery Thread: Texas 67 - MSU 55

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Texas dominates MSU in East Lansing. Big questions remain for Spartans.

Dayton Daily News | Trice scores 44 points to lead Warriors

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MSU 2011 commit Travis Trice dropped 44 - 30 of them in the first half - on Toledo Rogers Saturday night, leading his Huber Heights (Dayton) Wayne team to a 98-83 win. His 44 points came on 23 shots and he added 7 steals and 4 assists. In his previous game against Fairborn (with Izzo in attendance) he had 20 points and impressed on defense.

A Prairie View Companion - PVAMU Preview

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Michigan State vs. Prairie View A&M preview. Game Saturday, December 18 in East Lansing.

A Note on the Freshmen

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What should expectations be for Michigan State's freshman basketball class? An assessment based on recent experience.

KO'd at the Garden - Syracuse 72, MSU 58

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MSU takes it on the chin from Syracuse. Regrouping needed.

A Tale of Two Halves - MSU 74, Bowling Green 39

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Two contrasting halves. MSU puts Bowling Green away in the second stanza.

Big Ten Sleepers: Guys Who Could Surprise

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Big Ten surprises. Don't sleep on these guys, they could be ready to break out.

Afterglow Thread: MSU 73 - Tennessee Tech 55

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MSU wins over Tennessee Tech. Thoughts on the game here.

GameThread
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MSU-Tennessee Tech Game Thread

The Spartans return home to face the Golden Eagles of Tennessee Tech.

MSU-Washington Mini-Preview and Game Thread

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Can the Spartans keep up with another team of Huskies? Preview and game thread for MSU-Washington.

View from the MSU team hotel in Maui (HT @MSU_Basketball). Derrick, what were you thinking?

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View from the MSU team hotel in Maui (HT @MSU_Basketball). Derrick, what were you thinking?

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Michigan State - South Carolina Open Game Thread

Late night hoops at the Breslin as MSU meets South Carolina.

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Michigan State - Eastern Michigan Open Game Thread

The 2010-11 season opens for Michigan St. basketball with a game against visiting Eastern Michigan

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