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In the summer of 2012, between Travis Trice’s freshman and sophomore season at MSU, an unexplained and serious illness hit the Spartans’ point guard and left doctors puzzled. Now the guard leads his Michigan State into the Final Four against Duke.
On the next episode of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2015,” debuting Sunday at 9:30 PM ET, our crew continues our tradition with the annual Senior Day show.
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We recently asked Big Ten beat writers covering NCAA bubble teams for their respective team’s most important player in search of an NCAA tourney berth. See their answers inside.
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Two weeks of Big Ten play are in the books, and the standings are a lot more jumbled than most expected at this point.
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The Big Ten office handed out the season’s first Big Ten honors on Monday, and Michigan State’s Travis Trice took home Big Ten Player of the Week.
This shapes up as one of the best weeks of the season with several marquee matchups. The teams most on the spot? It’s Michigan State and Indiana, which each has two big games. The Spartans play host to Michigan and travel to Illinois; the Hoosiers have two on the road: Michigan and archrival Purdue. But don’t forget about surging Wisconsin, either. The Badgers, winners of five straight and one game out of the Big Ten lead, travel to Penn State and host first-place Ohio State. Get ready for the week ahead in this post.
Michigan State freshman Travis Trice knows a golden opportunity when he sees one. In Saturday night’s game against Bowling Green at the Breslin Center, Trice proved exactly that when 5-foot-6 BGSU guard Jordon Crawford appeared to have an easy breakaway layup. Trice, of course, had other ideas. He trailed Crawford, closed the gap at the last second and emphatically swatted the would-be layup from behind. To make the play even better, BGSU grabbed the rebound, only to have the ensuing putback blocked by Brandon Wood. Typical Tom Izzo defense. Watch the block now.