Posts Tagged ‘Orangemen’

Rough Start!

December 8, 2010

Well, the Michigan State Spartans are off to a rough start this basketball season.  They lost their third game of the year (already) to #7 Syracuse . . . and they are certainly not looking like a top-ten team at this point.  But they are certainly challenging themselves with their non-conference schedule by playing some highly ranked teams (their losses have been to all top-ten teams [UConn, Duke, and Syracuse] — UConn wasn’t ranked at the time, but has performed well enough this early in the season to be rewarded with a top-ten ranking).  I’m hoping that they can get their act together, reduce their turnovers, and start playing up to their potential in time for the Big Ten Conference schedule (which will be no cakewalk). They are certainly talented and capable, but they seem to be lacking consistent “good” play (they are making way too many mistakes [i.e., turnovers] and relying on the three-point shot a bit too much [in my humble opinion]).  But I remain confident that coach Tom Izzo will get them focused and ready to make a bid for the Big Ten title.  Go Green!

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It’s Still Early!

December 2, 2010

The Michigan State Spartans faced Duke last night and came up a little short (again).  But despite being on the road and commiting 20 turnovers (they are averaging 17 per game), we only lost by 5 points in this early season test against the #1 team in the nation.   Chances are good that these two teams  could meet again in March or April.   The Spartan non-conference schedule does not ease up much as they go on the road (neutral site) to face Syracuse (#7) next week.   Go Green!

And So It Begins . . . !

November 16, 2010

The college basketball season, that is.   Today marks the start of the “Tip-off Marathon” (22 conferences, 16 ranked teams, 17 states, 21 games).  And, while several teams have already begun their pre-conference schedules, many more begin today as we once again begin the Road to the Final Four!  The pre-season polls favor Duke (of course), but Michigan State is right behind them at #2 followed by Kansas State, Ohio State, and Pittsburgh (to round out the top five).  The Spartans have won their first game of the season (they defeated the Eastern Michigan University Eagles last Friday [by 30 points]) and play their second game tonight as they take on the South Carolina Gamecocks.  But, we face a brutal non-conference schedule in December when we face Duke (#1), Syracuse (#11), and Texas (#22) before heading into the always challenging Big Ten schedule.  Other pre-season rankings in the Big Ten include Ohio State [#5], Purdue [#9], Illinois [#16], and Wisconsin [#25].  So fasten your seatbelt and get ready for yet another exhilerating season of college basketball. 

Hopefully the Spartans will stay healthy and play to their potential for the entire season.  Go Green!

Spartans Prevail!

March 27, 2009

Go Green!  All of the top seeds (#1s and #2s) won today and the Elite Eight are now set.  Added to the group are: Louisville, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Michigan State.  The irony: I was unable to actually watch the game.  It sounded like a great game (but I would have been pulling my hair out — the Spartans trailed for most of the game).

Final count: all four number one seeds, two number two seeds, and two number three seeds.  No Cinderellas remain.  Four teams from the Big East, two from the Big Twelve, and one each from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big Ten.

What a great way to start the weekend.  By the end of this weekend, we will have the Final Four!   Next up for Michigan State: the Louisville Cardinals.

Interesting Development . . .

March 26, 2009

As the Madness continues . . . in today’s action, both #1 seeds won (UConn and Pittsburgh — both from the Big East Conference) and both #3 seeds won (Missouri and Villinova — one from the Big Twelve Conference and yet another from the Big East Conference).  Both #2 seeds lost today (Duke and Memphis).  Hopefully this trend will not carry over into tomorrow evening’s games (the #2 Spartans are in action against the #3 Kansas Jayhawks). 

Time will tell.  Keep the faith and Go Green!

And with Louisville (a #1 seed) and Syracuse (a #3 seed) yet to play . . . there’s a possibility that up to five of the final Elite Eight teams could be from the powerhouse Big East conference . . . hold on to your seats folks, this is getting interesting indeed.

The Field is Complete, and the Field is Sweet!

March 22, 2009
Good Luck Spartans!  Go Green!

Good Luck Spartans! Go Green!

Okay, the last eight teams have made it to the Sweet Sixteen!  The field is complete!  Congratulations to: Louisville, Syracuse, Xavier, Kansas, Arizona, Pittsburgh, Missouri, and yes, MICHIGAN STATE!  Go Green!  Many close games today (nail biters to say the least).  Most of the top seeds made it through to this point . . . the only exception today, Arizona (originally a #12 seed) — Cindarella is still dancing!

With all of these top seeds making it through to the Sweet Sixteen, should set up some excellent games next week.

Up next for the Spartans . . . the Kansas Jayhawks (whom the Spartans  defeated back in early January) . . . stay tuned, the madness continues.