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No. 25 Michigan State rolls past Ohio State 70-49 (The Associated Press)

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Annalise Pickrel had 17 points, 11 rebounds and six assists as No. 25 Michigan State rolled to a 70-49 victory Saturday over Ohio State.Michigan State closed the first half on a 17-2 run, taking a 42-21 lead into the break and led by double digits the rest of the way. Becca Mills scored 17 points for Michigan State. Aerial Powers added…

Season wrap: Ohio State

The vast majority of teams in the country would have gladly traded places with Ohio State, but the season still qualified as a disappointment, given the combination of high expectations and a pair of postseason stumbles.

Ohio State Basketball: What to Make of Buckeyes’ Recent Struggles

Remember when Ohio State was undefeated and ranked No. 3 in the country after an impressive undefeated nonconference mark and two wins to open up Big Ten play? Didn’t think so. Believe it or not, it was merely a week ago, on Jan. 7, when things looked rosier than Aaron Craft’s cheeks for the basketball Buckeyes. Suddenly, with two consecutive conference losses to Michigan State and Iowa, the general cheer that surrounded the program after such a perfect start has been completely sapped. This certainly isn’t the time to start sounding the alarm bells, because the sky isn’t falling. However, expectations were quite high for this veteran-laden team before the season started, and a flawless mark in nonconference play did nothing to lower the bar. There are some concerns that have to be weighing on Thad Matta’s mind right now. For one, Ohio State was never really tested in the first 15 games outside of the contest against Notre Dame in which the Buckeyes were outplayed for 39 minutes before a miraculous comeback. Now that the teeth of the Big Ten schedule is upon us, there are some serious issues that are starting to rear their ugly head that could have possibly been corrected with a more difficult nonconference slate. The fact that the Buckeyes came out with a complete lack of urgency at Michigan State to the point that Dan Dakich was calling them out during the broadcast was not encouraging. The comeback was valiant in one of the most…

Biggest Lessons Ohio State Needs to Learn from Michigan State Loss

“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.” Malcolm X Similar words should be plastered all over the Ohio State Buckeyes locker room in the wake of Tuesday night’s 72-68 loss to their Big Ten Conference foe Michigan State Spartans. The Buckeyes’ frantic second-half rally pushed the game to overtime, but MSU had more left in the tank. OSU’s first defeat of the year left a more sour taste than usual in the mouth of coach Thad Matta. “Yeah, I’m proud we came back, but we weren’t as sharp as we needed to be to start the game,” Matta said to the Toledo Blade’s David Briggs. “We can’t come on the road and have 21 turnovers. We had shots to win the game.” Neither coach was terribly happy after the game, with Michigan State’s Tom Izzo fuming over the late-game collapse, and Matta concerned that a wild comeback was needed at all. As the man said, however, the loss carries multiple learning tips for the Buckeyes as they load up for the remainder of the Big Ten schedule. Be Punctual Those 21 turnovers that Matta alluded to were by far a season high for Ohio State. The vast majority—17, already breaking the previous high against Morgan State—came in the game’s first 32 minutes, helping stake Sparty to that 55-38 lead. From there, the Buckeye mistakes slowed to a trickle as if someone had found the valve to turn off a flooding…

No. 5 Michigan State beats No. 3 Ohio State 72-68 (The Associated Press)

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State might have a championship-caliber team if it can get and keep its top players healthy.

Ohio State vs. Michigan State: Preview and Prediction for Big Ten Showdown

In terms of early January college basketball, it doesn’t get much bigger than the Jan. 7 showdown between Ohio State and Michigan State. The Buckeyes will travel to East Lansing to take on the Spartans in a clash between Top Five teams and Big Ten rivals. The Scarlet and Gray won two out of three against Tom Izzo’s bunch last year, with the tiebreaker coming in the Big Ten tournament semifinals. Read on to get a preview and prediction for this critical conference game. Begin Slideshow

Ohio State vs. Michigan State: Preview and Prediction for Big Ten Showdown

In terms of early January college basketball, it doesn’t get much bigger than the Jan. 7 showdown between Ohio State and Michigan State. The Buckeyes will travel to East Lansing to take on the Spartans in a clash between Top Five teams and Big Ten rivals. The Scarlet and Gray won two out of three against Tom Izzo’s bunch last year, with the tiebreaker coming in the Big Ten tournament semifinals. Read on to get a preview and prediction for this critical conference game. Begin Slideshow

Big Ten’s lunch links

The Big Ten certainly seems to be smelling a little better already in 2014. The Rose Bowl champions have raised the bar for themselves, and the Michigan State Spartans are now looking at an even bigger prize moving forward.

The Big Ten has seen plenty of criticism. The Pac-12 has been praised repeatedly. The champ of one league beat the champ of the other in the Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO, and that’s good news for the Big Ten.

Offensive woes doomed Iowa as it struggled to get the critical yardage it needed to sustain drives against LSU in the Outback Bowl.

Bo Pelini had reason to smile after Nebraska battled the elements and overcame its recent struggles against the SEC to cap an interesting season.

The hits keep coming for Ohio State this week, which has dealt with everything from injury to suspension to a rainy practice as it prepares for the Discover Orange Bowl.

The Buckeyes also received word that Christian Bryant’s appeal for a medical redshirt was denied, likely ending the career of the senior safety.

Wisconsin is going to need more playmakers to take the next step, writes Tom Oates after the Capital One Bowl loss for the Badgers.

Bill O’Brien became the first head coach to leave Penn State for another job since 1915, and a few trustees are recognizing how fortunate they were to have stability for so long.

Now that the Nittany Lions are in the market for a coach again, these six candidates have emerged as potential targets.

The early signing of financial-aid agreements and potential mid-year enrollments for six recruits is helping Indiana get the ball rolling into next season.

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Dantonio says he intends to stay at Michigan State

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says his ”intentions are to be at Michigan State.” If he does, it sounds as if a big raise is coming his way.

Dennard excels as part of Michigan State secondary

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — From two-star to just plain star – Darqueze Dennard is an inspiration to any player who feels overlooked in the recruiting process.Dennard grew up in Georgia, but he left Southeastern Conference territory to play for Michigan State. To hear him tell the story, he didn’t have much of a choice. The Spartans gave an opportunity to a young man who had been an afterthought to seemingly everyone else.Now Dennard is an All-American and the winner of this year’s Jim Thorpe Award, which goes to the nation’s top defensive back. He and the fourth-ranked Spartans will take on fifth-ranked Stanford in the Rose Bowl on Wednesday.”Seeing it all come together, it’s truly a blessing,” Dennard said. ”My story tells you, just keep praying, believing. Work hard and everything will work out.”Dennard was a talented high school player, but that’s no guarantee of success at the next level. Scout.com gave him only two stars in its recruiting rankings, and so did Rivals.com. Dennard isn’t sure what might have happened to his career if Michigan State hadn’t signed him as part of its 2010 recruiting class. He says his family’s financial situation would have made it difficult for him to walk on somewhere.”I probably wouldn’t have played sports,” he said. ”I’d probably have been home doing who knows what.”In the Big Ten, it didn’t take long for Dennard to prove he belonged. He started two games as a freshman for a Michigan State team that ended up tying for the Big Ten title, and he’s only improved since then.Dennard intercepted three passes in each of the next two seasons, and four more as a senior. Now he’s part of a Michigan State team that’s ranked No. 1 in the nation in total defense – and will play in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1988.”He’s an extremely competitive young man,” coach Mark Dantonio said. ”He’s a guy that wasn’t a highly recruited guy, but extremely quick, and he’s got great presence on the football field, great ball skills, great presence, and he brings that to the table, and he brings his confidence to the table.”Dennard teams up with fellow cornerback Trae Waynes and safeties Kurtis Drummond and Isaiah Lewis to form the nucleus of a bruising secondary. Michigan State is No. 1 in the nation against the run and No. 6 against the pass. The Spartans like to talk about turning the defense into a ”No-Fly Zone” – and that was certainly evident in the Big Ten championship game against Ohio State.The Buckeyes actually rushed for 273 yards against Michigan State’s vaunted defense, but Dennard and the secondary held strong, preventing Ohio State from big passing plays that might have broken the game open. Braxton Miller completed only eight passes for the Buckeyes, and the Spartans were able to rally in the fourth quarter for a 34-24 win.”Obviously there’s a domino effect. If you’re not very good on the edges, then it’s going to fall, and you’ve got to take care of the edges another way,” Dantonio said. ”We’ve put a lot of responsibility on (Dennard) and our other corner, Trae Waynes, and they’ve lived up to their billing.”Dennard in particular embodies a Michigan State program that has turned into a consistent winner despite lacking the recruiting hype of rivals like Michigan, Ohio State and Notre Dame. When he came out of high school, Dennard looked like a marginal college prospect. Now, he looks like NFL material.”It’s just truly a blessing to even be in the shoes I am today. I really don’t believe where I’m at,” Dennard said. ”You could say I’m playing for those two-star guys that are looking for hope.”Sports & RecreationAmerican Football

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