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D-League, NBA / Nov 22, 2011 / 4:00 pm

The Top 5 NBA D-League Players To Watch For The 2011-12 Season

Jerome Dyson

Around Dime HQ, the start of the college basketball seasons always finds us appreciating the passion of college ball, cheerleaders and NBA projections. It also finds us asking, “What happened to ________?” If your favorite player’s name was never called by David Stern in June, then chances are he might have landed in the NBA D-League. Who is poised to make it to the Big Show? Here are five players to watch: Read More »

College / Nov 1, 2010 / 2:30 pm

Michigan State Looks To Rebound After A Rough Summer

Michigan State

Now that the Top 25 has come out, it is time to preview some of the best college teams in the 2010-11 season. The key to having a successful team is having the perfect blend of athleticism, fundamentals and chemistry. Last week, we broke down the No. 1 ranked Duke Blue Devils. This week’s profile will be on Tom Izzo‘s Michigan State Spartans. Read More »

Smack / Apr 17, 2010 / 12:05 am

NBA Playoff Preview: LeBron, ‘Melo, Jennings, D-Wade in action

LeBron James

Forget the first 82. The NBA playoffs get underway today: Cavs/Bulls at 3 p.m. EST (ABC), followed by Hawks/Bucks at 5:30 p.m. (ESPN), Celtics/Heat at 8 p.m. (ESPN), and Nuggets/Jazz at 10:30 p.m. (ESPN). Naturally, the Atlanta vs. Milwaukee series is getting the least amount of hype and attention, but honestly? It could be the best of the bunch. Ever since John Salmons came to the Bucks in a deadline trade, their games against the Hawks have routinely gone down to the wire, with Salmons and Joe Johnson serving each other heaping bowls of Bucket Pudding … Read More »

College / Apr 1, 2010 / 9:00 am

Michigan State Will Win the National Championship

Why will Michigan State win the national championship? As I sat down and thought about what to plug into the blank document in front of me, I really believed I could finish this post and still feel completely vindicated with a mere two words: Tom Izzo.

Izzo, in my opinion, is arguably the best coach in the nation — a tier accompanied by only a few other greats — and prepares his players like no other. Read More »

Smack / Mar 29, 2010 / 1:46 am

Say Hi to the Bad Guys

Duke's Jon Scheyer

College basketball’s Decepticons are back. Duke is in the Final Four for the 11th time during Coach K‘s reign (and the first time since ’04), so if you’d been missing Krzyzewski’s scowl, the army of three-point bombers, the goofy big guys, the smug grins, the confident swagger, and Dick Vitale re-enacting an Extenze commercial with every TV cameo (“I’m bigger!”) you’re glad to see the program the rest of us love to hate back on the biggest stage … The Blue Devils trailed Baylor at halftime, as their turnovers led to transition buckets, and it looked like LaceDarius Dunn outside (22 pts) and Ekpe Udoh inside (18 pts, 10 rebs, 5 blks) might be able to carry the Bears to the win. Read More »

Smack / Mar 27, 2010 / 2:29 am

Spartans end Northern Iowa’s run; Carmelo breaks Toronto’s heart

Michigan State's Korie Lucious

If Tom Izzo really does have an underground Lord of the Rings-style factory where he builds his Michigan State army from scratch, he wasn’t even being creative when he made Korie Lucious as the eventual successor to Kalin Lucas. Similar name, similar game, and if you saw the spin move and floater that Lucious (10 pts, 6 asts, 4 stls) hit last night to stick the dagger in Northern Iowa and send the Spartans to yet another Elite Eight, you couldn’t help but remember Lucas’ similar shot that iced Kansas in the tourney last year … Read More »

College / Mar 25, 2010 / 10:00 am

My Top 10 Favorite Michigan State Spartans of the Past 25 Years

Mateen Cleaves at Michigan State

This was supposed to be about Georgetown. About Allen Iverson and Victor Page and Joey Brown and the rest of John Thompson‘s finest pupils. But since my Hoyas dropped a doggie-sized deuce in the first round of this year’s Tournament, I had to find new teams to root for as we hit the Sweet Sixteen.

The hometown Huskies were an easy choice, and over the weekend I found myself gravitating toward Michigan State. Read More »

College, We Reminisce / Oct 30, 2009 / 2:45 pm

We Reminisce: Mateen Cleaves and the 1999-2000 Michigan State Spartans

Mateen Cleaves

Tom Izzo has built himself nothing short of a dynasty in his time at Michigan State. It’s no secret, but the Spartans are built top to bottom again this year. From reigning Big Ten POY, Kalin Lucas, to future NBA check collectors Delvon Roe and Durrell Summers, Sparty is looking good. Read More »

Smack / Apr 5, 2009 / 4:16 am

Spartans are “close to special,” North Carolina is just nasty

UNC's Wayne Ellington

After Michigan State upset UConn in the first of yesterday’s Final Four games, Jim Calhoun said, “We’re pretty good, but they’re close to special.” But are the Spartans special enough now to handle North Carolina? State came out hot like cayenne pepper on UConn, seemingly scoring on every offensive possession for the first five minutes, punching UConn in the mouth first and maintaining that momentum throughout … Read More »

College / Apr 3, 2009 / 10:00 am

Louisville Michigan State will win the national championship

Michigan State's Kalin Lucas

OK, so I was wrong. While I had the right reasons, I picked the wrong team. But after watching Michigan State maraud through the Midwest bracket and take out my pre-Tournament pick, Louisville, along the way, I can say this now: The Spartans will take the ’09 national championship. And they’ll do it for a lot of the same reasons I originally picked the ‘Ville: Read More »