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Saturday, February 05, 2011

Michigan State's toughest test yet: Da Stinking Badgers

Is this our last shot?

The Big Green is lucky, in that it plays plenty of top-25 ranked teams the last seven games of the season with Wisky, Purdue, Ohio State, Minnesota on the docket... problem is, they need to win most of them. But, we've seen this Green team do it, and most of these players were around for the Final Four last year.

JUST PLAY DEFENSE, and stop settling for jump shots. Get some balls, man up, and be aggressive under the basket. Play Spartan basketball!!!!

That said, Wisky is a 9 to 10 point favorite over MSU tomorrow in Madison, tipoff at 1 pm, 5:30 prior to SuperBowl Sunday, with the best hoopster commentator in the game, Gus Johnson, on CBS TV. This is the main stage Michigan State NEEDS to get back in the race for the NCAA tourney. Izzo and the Green Team could not have gift wrapped it better. We need it badly.

Problem is, last time we won in Madison was back on Febuary 27, 2001 - a 51-47 victory, before Bo Ryan took over (Brad Soderberg was UW coach in 2001). That is an 0-7 record for Izzo in Madison in the Bo Ryan era.

If there was ever a time for a big game, on the road, and a needed win... on national TV, this is it. If we can't win this one, we don't deserve to make the tournament. This game will test Tom Izzo and the Spartans more than any other the ES can remember since the Heathcote era.

Spartans: Is it IN YOU?