Another highly anticipated Michigan State basketball season tips off tonight. The Spartans are ranked #2 in the country in the two major pre-season polls. MSU opens against McNeese State tonight at the Breslin Center.
Matt Ludtke starts today show off with the breakdown of the Big Ten and ACC challenge. He then delves into the issues for Michigan State’s basketball team next season with the departing of Derrick Nix. He touches on bench players stepping up, and who will have a breakout year. He closes the show with the Detroit Red Wings loss in Anaheim.
Larry Morasco continues to host this week. After the free agency kickoff last night, the Detroit Lions made some big moves and Larry is there to break it all down. He then discusses other free agency movement around the league. Larry takes caller opinions, and discusses MSU basketball and Spring Training baseball.
Larry kicks off the show with more NFL free agency conversation, while touching on the Detroit Lions landing Reggie Bush. He then takes calls to discuss some concerns with the Detroit Tiger 2013 roster, given the release of OF Brennan Boesch. Finally, he invites Lansing State Journal's Graham Couch to give his expertise on Michigan State basketball.
Detroit Free Press sportswriter Joe Rexrode joins us every Monday and Friday to discuss what's happening in the sports world -- from Michigan State to local prep athletics to the pro leagues. Today, he discusses the MSU men's basketball team and their upcoming game against Ohio State.
EAST LANSING—After the Michigan State football team knocked off the Boise State Broncos under the lights in September, the No. 15 Spartan basketball team faced the men’s team of Boise, who came into the Breslin Center unranked and looking for an upset.
The game began with Gary Harris heading to the locker room early due to a shoulder injury. Adjustments were made, as the Spartans went with a smaller line-up of Russell Byrd and Brandon Kearney throughout the game. The first 10 minutes featured up-and-down basketball, highlighted by lead changes and fast breaks.
Leading the Spartans at the end of the fist half was Keith Appling, shooting 4-7 from the field with 11 points and 3 assists.
In the second half, the Spartan’s led Boise 56-54 with 9:19 to go, but Center Derrick Nix was given a flagrant foul coupled by a Tom Izzo technical foul. The refs gave Izzo the technical because of constant jabber throughout both halfs.
Boise took the lead back for the first time since the first half, knocking down all four technical free throws taking a 56-58 lead.
The Spartans rampaged back, with two back-to-back dunks by Denzel Valentine and Keith Appling, making it 66-62 with 3:20 to go.
Boise trailed 68-70 with less than a minute in regulation, until Keith Appling hit a lay-up while being fouled, giving the Spartans a three-point play. The Spartans clung to their lead and never looked back, defeating Boise 74-70.
This marked the 2nd meeting against Boise in 30 years for the Spartans. Appling played all 40 minutes while leading the Spartans with 22 points, seven assists, and five rebounds. The Spartans also finished 16-25 from the free-throw line. The Boise State Broncos stuck right with a strong rebounding Spartan team, totaling 24 opposed to the Spartan’s 28. Michigan State now improves to 3-1, with their next game against Oakland University Friday, November 23rd at Breslin.