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  1. Michigan State has grit that Iowa lacks

    Myron Medcalf

    They just have something that's difficult to explain. These incomplete, oft-injured, Big Ten-contending, won't-go-away-even-on-the-road No. 7 Michigan State Spartans. Somehow, they knocked off No. 15 Iowa in Iowa City on Tuesday during a brutal Bi...

    Blog | January 28, 2014
  2. Doug McDermott, Marcus Smart among front-runners as Wooden Award ...

    Myron Medcalf

    The Wooden Award Midseason Top 25, released Wednesday, features a variety of standout athletes who remain in the running to win the national honor at the end of the season.

    Story | Conversation | January 22, 2014
  3. Michigan State good but not complete

    Myron Medcalf

    The opponent mattered as much as the circumstances Tuesday night. Although Michigan State had the luxury of competing in East Lansing, it still faced a viable Indiana team that's searching for an identity. That's always a dangerous predicament for...

    Blog | January 21, 2014
  4. Adreian Payne leading his way

    Myron Medcalf

    I remember when Tom Izzo begged Adreian Payne, pleaded with him. In those early years, Michigan State's head coach would often pull the 6-foot-10 forward aside and berate him for something he'd done -- or hadn't done -- with that trademark rasp. H...

    Blog | December 21, 2013
  5. Five Things: Michigan State-Kentucky

    Myron Medcalf

    Wow. No. 2 Michigan State upset No. 1 Kentucky 78-74 in the Champions Classic on Tuesday in Chicago. The second-ranked squad has won seven of the past eight meetings between No. 1 and No. 2 squads, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Here a...

    Blog | November 12, 2013
  6. The state of the Big Ten

    Myron Medcalf

    In recent years, the Big Ten has boasted an assembly of athletes who have boosted the league to the top of college basketball's conference rankings. Players who could've turned pro returned and granted the league a lineup of experienced ...

    Blog | November 05, 2013
  7. Path to the Draft: No. 16 Michigan State

    Myron Medcalf

    In the weeks leading up to the June 27 NBA draft, we'll be taking a look at the 20 schools that have produced the best pros in the modern draft era (since 1989, when the draft went from seven to two rounds). Click here to read Eamonn Brennan's explan...

    Blog | June 05, 2013
  8. Five must-see matchups in the Sweet 16

    Myron Medcalf

    This week's slate of NCAA tournament games should feature a variety of exciting matchups. There's no question that 16 quality teams are still alive. But that will change soon. And the following matchups could play crucial roles in the final out...

    Blog | March 26, 2013
  9. Rapid Reaction: Michigan State 59, Iowa 56

    Myron Medcalf

    CHICAGO - A quick recap of Michigan State's 59-56 win over Iowa in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament at the United Center on Friday. Overview: The Hawkeyes entered the day with a suspect resume for a team hoping to be included in the NCA...

    Blog | March 15, 2013
  10. Five observations from Saturday late games

    Myron Medcalf

    Five observations from Saturday's evening games: 1. Hinkle Magic is real. It had to end this way. We'd been spoiled with a wonderful day of college basketball -- treated to so many thrilling matchups that it was hard to keep up. Nevertheless, e...

    Blog | January 19, 2013
  11. Must-haves for 2012's incoming freshmen

    Myron Medcalf

    Incoming freshmen should anticipate major adjustments at the Division I level. The players are bigger, stronger and faster. But the uptick in competition is only part of the transition from high school to college. The 21st-century college basketba...

    Blog | May 18, 2012
  12. 2012 NCAA tournament - Traditional center a dying breed in men's ...

    Myron Medcalf

    The traditional big man is a dying breed in the college game. The reasons have as much to do with the lure of the NBA as it does with the evolving nature of the position itself.

    Story | Conversation | March 21, 2012
  13. Previewing Columbus: Sunday's games

    Myron Medcalf

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Taking a look at Sunday's games in Columbus. No. 11 NC State (23-12) vs. No. 3 Georgetown (24-8), 12:15 p.m. ET NC State is an 11-seed and Georgetown is a 3-seed. But Sunday's matchup at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, doe...

    Blog | March 18, 2012
  14. Previewing Columbus: Evening games

    Myron Medcalf

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - The fun continues at Nationwide Arena on Friday night with an appearance by a 1-seed and an 8-9 matchup featuring two squads that play opposing styles. Memphis is fast. St. Louis is slow. Which style will dictate the tempo? Michigan ...

    Blog | March 16, 2012
  15. Playmakers: Adreian Payne matters

    Myron Medcalf

    Winner takes all. Well, not all, but the Big Ten title. That's what's at stake when Ohio State travels to Michigan State on Sunday. If Michigan takes care of Penn State on Sunday and the Buckeyes beat the Spartans, then Ohio State, Michigan Sta...

    Blog | March 02, 2012
  16. Lessons learned from Indiana's win

    Myron Medcalf

    What if? What if Tom Crean brings this team to the NCAA tournament? What if he can produce this effort beyond the walls of Assembly Hall? Indiana roughed up the Big Ten's bully, Michigan State, on Tuesday night during a 70-55 victory in the not...

    Blog | February 28, 2012