Michigan State Spartans News for March 5, 2014
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Final Four streak driving seniors [$]

Appling, Payne still setting out to not have streak of four-year players under Tom Izzo in the Final Four end on their watch as their final chance is on the horizon.

Appling, Payne still want Final Four legacy [$]

EAST LANSING - Keith Appling and Adreian Payne will play their final home game as Spartans Thursday night when No. 22 MSU faces No. 24/25 Iowa but going to a Final Four is what both say they want to be part of their legacies.

Pitt offers QB Alex Malzone

Offering a quarterback usually requires a lengthy evaluation process, and Pittsburgh has been watching Brother Rice (Mich.) three-star signal caller Alex Malzone for several months before Wednesday's offer.

Jeff Seidel: MSU's Appling confident he's coming back mentally,...

'Right now, I feel like I have a brand new wrist, like God has blessed me with a new hand, and all the pain is gone,' Appling said.

Submit questions now for live chat with MSU writer Joe Rexrode...

Joe will be here at 10 a.m. to answer your questions about the Spartan football and basketball teams. What would you like to know?

Nation & world: College football tables the 10-second rule

The NCAA football rules committee tabled a proposal Wednesday that would have penalized offenses for snapping the ball before 10 seconds had run off the 40-second play clock.

Baseball. Pitching Leads ULM Past Spartans, 5-1

Louisiana-Monroe starting pitcher Chris Hunt held the MSU baseball team to three hits in eight complete innings to help lead the Warhawks past the Spartans, 5-1, on Wednesday night in Monroe, La.

Young stars in Big Ten stand out

In 14 seasons coaching at Iowa, Lisa Bluder has never seen anything like it.

MSU seniors Keith Appling, Adreian Payne want legacy to be as...

Keith Appling and Adreian Payne will play their final game at the Breslin Center tonight, but forgive the Michigan State seniors if they aren't too awful busy thinking about their legacy as Spartans.

MSU vs. Iowa Preview - Someone Has to Win?

The Spartans and Hawkeyes have been backsliding since their last meeting. On MSU's senior night, one team must win, because basketball games cannot last forever (offer does not apply if said game features Wisconsin). YOUR MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS vs. THE IOWA HAWKEYES THE JACK BRESLIN STUDENT EVENTS CENTER, EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN THURSDAY, MARCH 6TH, 2013 -- 9:00 PM EASTERN TV: ESPN RADIO: SPARTAN SPORTS NETWORK For the first two and a half months of the season, the Spartans had a nearly perfect

W. Tennis. Women's Tennis Shuts Out Niagara, 7-0

In its third match away from East Lansing this season, the Michigan State women's tennis team swept Niagara, 7-0. The match was held on a neutral site on the outdoor courts of the University of South Florida's campus. With her singles win today, senior co-captain Marina Bohrer set a new Michigan State singles record by claiming her 65th career win.

Spartan seniors looking forward to their last chance at Final...

It'll be the latest senior day of Tom Izzo's tenure at Michigan State, and one of the least conclusive.

ESPN's Ford has Michigan's Nik Stauskas going No. 15 to Celtics...

Nik Stauskas' rise on NBA draft projections continues. The Michigan guard is matched with the Celtics at the No. 15 pick in the first round in the latest mock draft posted by ESPN's Chad Ford.

Lacey Holsworth to accompany MSU's Payne tonight for senior day...

A couple years ago, there were questions about whether Lacey Holsworth would walk again. Tonight, she'll do so in front of thousands at Breslin Center.

M. Ice Hockey. Hockey Ready to Meet Michigan in Home-and-Home...

The Spartan hockey team will meet rival Michigan this weekend in its second to last Big Ten series of the season. The two teams will clash on Friday in Ann Arbor and then again in East Lansing on Saturday. Both games are slated for 7 p.m. | Buy Tickets

Lacey Holsworth to join Adreian Payne on the court for senior...

A couple years ago, there were questions about whether Lacey Holsworth would walk again. Thursday night, she'll do so in front of thousands at Breslin Center.

Linking Laconically needs a bloggers-only meeting

Players air frustrations in 'constructive' team-only meeting | Detroit Free Press | freep.com Not sure whether to feel better or worse now. Michigan State's Keith Appling feels his legacy as a Spartan is 'not complete' yet | MLive | MLive.com Sure hope not. B1G spring position breakdown: DL | ESPN | ESPN Big Ten Despite what MSU lost, that's still a heck of a defensive line. Former Spartan Darqueze Dennard holds stock as No. 1 cornerback with many NFL draft analysts | MLive | MLive.com I d

W. Basketball. Women's Basketball Heads to Indianapolis for Big...

The Big Ten Champion Michigan State women's basketball team heads to Indianapolis for the 2014 Big Ten Tournament this week. The Spartans, who are the No. 2 seed after tying Penn State at 13-3 for the regular-season title, will face the winner of Michigan and Indiana on Friday night at 6:30 p.m., in Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Big Ten Network. MSU advanced to the championship game last season.

U-M's Stauskas closing in on lottery in latest NBA mock draft...

The college basketball season is inching closer to the NCAA tournament and the NBA season is inching closer to the playoffs, and the 2014 draft.

Track. Six Spartans Qualify for 2014 NCAA Indoor Track & Field...

After a successful conference meet, the Michigan State track & field team has qualified six Spartans to compete at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M on March 13 and 14. The members of the team that will challenge the nation's best include Tori Franklin (triple jump), Antonio James (shot put, weight throw), Leah O'Connor (mile), Kurt Schneider (heptathlon), Rachele Schulist and Caleb Rhynard (3,000m).

Ask Van Stratt: Submit your questions for the Michigan State...

What's on your mind Spartan nation?

Daniels previews two trips this month

Warren (Ohio) Harding's James Daniels is the No. 3 ranked offensive center in the 2015 class, and his offer list reflects that ranking. He will see two schools that have offered later this month.

Comp Post: Appling flurry to come? [$]

EAST LANSING - Keith Appling still has something left in him. And it could make all the difference.

Should extra-point kicks go from 20 yards to 43 yards?

Adam Vinatieri, arguably the NFL's best clutch kicker and whose 2,006 career points rank fifth in league history, says player safety is why the league's competition committee should end discussions to make extra points more difficult - such as a proposal to move the line of scrimmage for the kicks from the traditional 2-yard-line back to the 25.

M. Basketball. Men's Basketball Hosts Iowa On Senior Day

Michigan State hosts Iowa in the home finale for the Spartans. Seniors Keith Appling, Dan Chapman and Adreian Payne will be honored in a post-game ceremony. The Hawkeyes and Spartans are the two top scoring teams in the Big Ten. This is the first trip to East Lansing for Iowa in over two seasons (January 2012).

Michigan State defensive end duo of Marcus Rush and Shilique...

Defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi said the Spartans are a bit different than some teams in how they align their defensive ends, playing them outside the tackle and tight end.

Roth taking junior day visits [$]

East Grand Rapids (Mich.) quarterback checks out a couple of Big Ten schools, more on tap through the spring.

Former Spartan Darqueze Dennard holds stock as No. 1 cornerback...

Charles Davis, NFL Network and Fox College Football analyst, said Dennard's attributes go beyond his football skills.

Michigan State's Keith Appling feels his legacy as a Spartan...

Tuesday night, the legacy question came Keith Appling's way.

Diversions into the future

With so much consternation about the present, let's take a break to look at our recruits, roster, and peer into the next season of Michigan State basketball. Right now, Michigan State is supposed to be gearing up for a run at the national title.  However, it's fair to say the future looks a little uncertain at the moment as the team struggles to come together.  So, we're going to use this opportunity to forget our current problems and talk about the future of the program, particularly how t

Ticker: Quick notes from Shane Battier, Seth Davis on Michigan...

Shane Battier, Miami Heat: 'Anytime King James and I combine to score 64 points, it's going to be a good night.'

Jud Heathcote says Tom Izzo will right the ship and get Michigan...

Michigan State won't be entering the NCAA tournament as the high seed it was expected to be, but Tom izzo still says the Spartans will make some noise. His old boss Jud Heathcote agrees.

Graham Couch: Harris' MSU legacy on the clock as NCAA tournament,...

'I don't know, man. It's gone by fast,' Harris began Tuesday. 'It's senior night, last time playing at the Bres' this season. Who knows what's going to happen after the season?'

MSU hoops: Players air frustrations in 'constructive' team-only...

'We got to talk to each other, get our frustrations out, just try to figure out where we are as a team and just try to get everything out so we can get on one page,' senior forward Adreian Payne said.

MSU's struggles at home all but killed Big Ten title chances

Michigan State won an outright Big Ten championship in its first season at Breslin Center, 1989-90, and is 339-50 there (.871) with eight Big Ten titles, a national championship and six Final Four teams.

Graham Couch: Gary Harris' legacy on the clock, as MSU's postseason,...

Gary Harris answered reflectively and tellingly, backpedaling into a more neutral place as he kept talking.

Spartans at risk of tying record for most home losses at Breslin...

Michigan State won an outright Big Ten championship in its first season at Breslin Center, 1989-90, and is 339-50 there (.871) with eight Big Ten titles, a national championship and six Final Four teams.

Spartans talk out the issues among themselves

Tom Izzo departed Tuesday's practice about an hour and a half early to hit the recruiting trail, leaving behind more empty air space than usual for his players' voices to fill.

MSU hockey pursues elite recruits

Edwin Minney looked around Munn Arena and soaked in his first glimpse of what he'll experience starting this fall.

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