The Michigan State Spartans are primed for plenty of postseason success as we approach the end of the regular season and prepare for the tournaments. The Spartans are now listed by VegasInsider.com as the favorite to win the national championship at 13-2 odds, ahead of North Carolina at 8-1 and Kansas at 17-2.
After scoring 25 points against Michigan State last month, Hayes was quoted as saying, “No disrespect to him, but it’s not tough with him guarding me” in reference to his match-up with the McDonald’s All-American.
This time around, freshman Deyonta Davis more than held his own against Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes. In addition, the Breslin crowd really got on Hayes all night and it showed they were in his head the whole game. Next time, Hayes should show a little respect with his comments or just say nothing at all. Crow is a nasty dish to have to eat!!
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The Spartans now have the look of the teams that Coach Izzo is used to having this time of year. A team that is peaking as we get near tournament time. The Spartans dismantled the Wisconsin Badgers, who came into the game riding a seven game winning streak, 69-57. The final score does not reflect the dominance of the Spartans in this game as they led by as much as 22 in the second half. Denzel Valentine once again led the Spartans, flirting with a triple-double with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists. Bryn Forbes and Eron Harris complimented Valentine with 17 and 10 points, respectively.
Denzel Valentine was on his game today as the Spartans beat Indiana at the Breslin Center on Sunday. He had support from senior center, Matt Costello, who had 22 points and 11 rebounds and from some reserves, Alvin Ellis and Marvin Clark, gave the team some excellent play in their time on the court when freshman forward Kenny Goins went out of the game with a knee injury. Bryn Forbes provided 14 points to compliment Valentine as well.
The senior swingman poured in 30 points, dished out 13 assists and grabbed five rebounds to spark the Spartans to their victory. Valentine seems to be at the form he was earlier in the season before knee surgery sidelined him for four games, which is good as the team is coming into the home stretch of conference play and heading into the tournament.
There would be a very good discussion about who was the greatest running back of all time in the NFL. There would be some names mentioned in that discussion; Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Gale Sayers, O.J. Simpson, Eric Dickerson, just to name a few and each could be considered as the greatest. However, in my humble opinion, that title is reserved for one man…..Jim Brown.
Jim Brown dominated everybody. Over the course of his nine seasons, Brown ran over, through, and around people for 12,312 rushing yards and 106 touchdowns on the ground. At 29, he shocked the world and retired from the game of football in his prime. Brown simply had nothing else left to prove, having already qualified as the record holder of every significant rushing mark in the books.
Although Brown has since been surpassed by Emmitt Smith and Payton in the record books, neither back can touch his remarkable 5.2-yard-per-carry average. As the perfect complement of size and speed, Brown put up video-game-like numbers in the era of the phonograph and turntable. With the exception of 1962, Brown led the NFL in rushing every year between ’57 and ’65. In 1963, he torched defenses for 1,863 rushing yards on only 291 carries, which translates into a 6.4-yard-per-carry average. I would go further and say that he would be just as dominating a player in today’s game as he was then.