Michigan State consensus All-American Jerel Worthy announced Thursday that he will forgo his senior season and enter the 2012 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-3, 310-pound junior defensive tackle produced a tackle for loss in nine of MSU’s 14 games. Read the full report at MSUSpartans.com.
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Wisconsin and Michigan State squared off last night in a game that will not help the Big Ten’s national image. Via a combination of slow pace, good defense, and missed shots that both teams would normally make, the Spartans and Badgers labored for points. It took Michigan State over 13 minutes of game time to break into double digits–and even then they were only down two points. Wisconsin’s shooting nightmare that began against Iowa persisted, and it truly looked like the first team to 50 would win.
Michigan State used a 19-5 run midway through the second half to erase a halftime deficit and beat rival Michigan, 60-55, on Wednesday night at the Breslin Center. The win was the Spartans’ 18th in the last 19 meetings with the Wolverines, including winning the last 10 games. The Spartans(10-5, 2-0) were led by 13 points from senior Porsche Poole. Lykendra Johnson and Jasmine Hines each added nine points. Read the full recap from MSUSpartans.com and see the box score.
Tim Hardaway’s son may star in Ann Arbor, but there’s a point guard in East Lansing who can cross it over well enough to make the elder Hardaway smile. Michigan State’ Keith Appling showed off his killer crossover in Tuesday’s thrilling victory at Wisconsin, and he didn’t need the usually required two hands, either. Appling used his left hand only to break ankles and drop jaws – although some people will argue it was a travel. To make the crossover even better, Appling parlayed the move into a driving layup. Watch the move and bucket now.
No. 11 Michigan State beat No. 19 Wisconsin in an overtime thriller Tuesday night at the Kohl Center (recap), while No. 7 Ohio State blew out Nebraska (recap). Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and find stats, recaps and video in this post. There was a crazy finish to the aforementioned Spartans-Badgers game that we’ll probably be talking about the rest of the season. Watch the video of Ryan Evans’ 3-pointer at the buzzer that was waved off following a lengthy review.
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One week of Big Ten play in the books, it’s time to release my latest Big Ten men’s hoops power rankings. The rankings are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply my thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands right now and who would win on a neutral court. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina or leave your comments below. See Brent’s rankings in this post.