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Half Full of Glass: MSU 64, Michigan 54


Breaking down the Michigan State-Michigan basketball game from the weekend. In a word: rebounding.

Postgame Thread: MSU 64, Michigan 54


Immediate postgame reaction to the Spartans' 64-54 victory over Michigan.

Hockey 12th (Edit: 13th) in Pairwise After Sweeping Ohio State

(Edit: Late-night results moved us down a spot.) Good way to recover from Ferris sweeping us last weekend. Tied for 7th in the CCHA with Lake State, but Ferris is only two games ahead of us in first place. Next up: Michigan (home Friday, Joe Louis on Saturday) - and their game with Miami tonight featured a late brawl that earned Chris Brown a game DQ (automatic one-game suspension, so he'll be out Friday).

Projecting the Big Ten Basketball Race: Halfway Home


Handicapping the race for the Big Ten title and conference tournament byes at the midway point of conference play.

The Land That Scoring Forgot: Illinois 42, MSU 41


A (much delayed) recap of the game that set offense back to the pre-shot clock era.

Hockey 14th in Pairwise After Win, Shootout Loss vs. Lake Superior State


The Spartans recovered from that ugly sweep at the hands of Miami to take 9 points out of a possible 12 over the past two weekends (a win and tie each weekend, winning the shootout against Northern Michigan). MSU sits 8th in the CCHA, which is even more of a mess than the Big Ten in basketball: first-place OSU is just six points ahead, and we have two games in hand on them (as well as on Miami, Michigan, and Lake State). 14th in the Pairwise is a key spot: assuming two auto-bids that would not get at-large bids (which is typical), 14th is the last spot in the tournament. Up ahead: a two-week road stretch at Ferris State this weekend, Ohio State next.

Projecting the Big Ten Basketball Race: At the Quarter Pole


A Bradley-Terry--based breakdown of the Big Ten race with the first quarter of conference play in the books.

The Top 100 Games of the 2011 College Football Season


MSU makes three appearances on the list: the Outback Bowl at #26, the Big Ten title game at #12, and Rocket at #3 (behind only the Iowa State-Oklahoma State game and Baylor's 50-48 victory over TCU to start the season).

Hockey: Miami 2, MSU 1 (OT)


Link is to the boxscore. The teams traded goals 12 seconds apart in the first period, but Jimmy Mullin won it for Miami just 1:24 into OT. That drops us to 9th in the CCHA, albeit as part of a major logjam - a win would have left us tied for 4th. Edit, 1/7: Miami 4, MSU 0 on Saturday. Outshot 44-20. With the CCHA being as jammed up (outside of the top two and bottom two) as it is, the Spartans will have to break out of this slump in a hurry.

No More Kohl Curse: Michigan State 63, Wisconsin 60, OT


Recapping the action from Madison as Michigan State notched their first win in the Kohl Center since 2001.

Outback Bowl Postgame Thread: MSU 33, Georgia 30, 3OT


Immediate post-game reaction from Michigan State's thrilling Outback Bowl triumph.

Under Siege: GLI Recap


The Spartans finished second in the Great Lakes Invitational, but the incredible disadvantage in shots on goal is a serious concern going forward.

Great Lakes Invitational Preview-Type Substance and Game Thread


A short preview of the 2011 Great Lakes Invitational.

Hockey Hate Weekend: Michigan State vs. Michigan


Previewing this weekend's big hockey series with Michigan.

Big Ten Championship Game Thread 2: Electric Boogaloo


It's almost frightening how much this game looks like the first: early 14-point deficit, then a monster second quarter to go in with the lead. This should tell you everything you need to know: F...

Race for the Roses 2011: Week 9


A quick preview of the last week of Big Ten regular-season play, complete with Rose Bowl odds for the three teams still in the hunt.

Postgame Thread: MSU 55, Indiana 3, WOO DIVISION CHAMPIONS!


A quick recap and celebration of the Spartans' victory over Indiana and inaugural division title.

Race for the Roses 2011: Week 8


With two weeks to go, seven teams remain mathematically alive to reach Indianapolis; who needs what kind of help?

Race for the Roses 2011: Week 7


With three weeks to go, how do the Big Ten division races stand? Includes full tiebreaker analysis and projections.

Postgame Thread: MSU 31, Minnesota 24


Immediate postgame thoughts after a way-too-close win over Minnesota.

Race for the Roses 2011: Week 6


With two months of the season in the books, who has the best chance of reaching the inaugural Big Ten championship game? Includes tiebreaker analysis for the most likely scenarios.

Race for the Roses 2011: Week 5


At the near-halfway point, how are the Big Ten division races shaping up?

Race for the Roses 2011: Week 4


Breaking down the Big Ten division races 1/3 of the way through conference play.

Postgame Thread: MSU 28, Michigan 14


Quick thoughts after the Spartans' fourth consecutive win over Michigan.

Race for the Roses 2011: Week 3


A quick preview of Week 3 in the Big Ten along with projected standings based on the Bradley-Terry rating system.

Race for the Roses 2011: Week 2


Projecting the Big Ten race after one week of play: Division title chances, probability of reaching a bowl, and this week's games.

Postgame Thread: MSU 10, Ohio State 7


Postgame thoughts on the Spartans' first win over Ohio State in 12 years.

Race for the Roses 2011: Week 1


Handicapping the Big Ten divisional races with the Bradley-Terry ratings.

Just How Much Is Home Field Worth, Anyway?


The Bradley-Terry rating system gets a tune-up to account for home field advantage.

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