First, behold CBS's newest promo for March Madness on Demand:
"OH MY GOODNESS! OH, MAN!" One thing that wasn't lost on us during our Final Four run last year: the massive upgrade that is Clark Kellogg over Billy Packer. Onto the links:
The State News : Izzone: Prove Breslin Center rep holds true
"And to the Izzone: You might be considered one of the nation’s best and most-storied student sections, but the effort really needs to be turned up. No more texting during the game (especially during play!) and every single one of you needs to be bouncing up and down and screaming your lungs out all game — especially the side that is seen on TV. It looks bad when the only visible part is just standing."
A little melodramatic, and I honestly could care less what the section looks like on TV, as long as it's ferocious and terrifying and great in person -- but the overarching point is well taken. For what it's worth, my guess is that the crowd tonight will be the best it's been since at least the 2007 Wisconsin game.
John Wall, Sherron Collins among Cousy Award finalists - NCAA Basketball - SI.com
Also Kalin Lucas, but not Evan Turner (what?! He's been playing point all season.).
MSU offers state best chance at title in the near future | freep.com | Detroit Free Press
Schmaltz from Rosenberg. Thankfully, he explicitly eschews the ridiculous "carrying an entire state on their backs" meme that was so prevalent during last year's Final Four.
A Great Day to Be a Boilermaker - WSJ.com
Yesterday and not today, obvs.
Big Ten's Delaney [sic] worried about tourney expansion - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
Seen elsewhere on the internets: "If it makes money, and Jim Delany's still against it, it must be a horrible idea."
StatSheet Boxscores in HD (now with Plus/Minus) - StatSheet.com ChangeLog
After long trip, Spartan hockey team can rest their legs | lansingstatejournal.com | Lansing State Journal
Good hockey news roundup. Your Spartans have the week off, and then start a crucial weekend series with Ferris State. MSU's currently 14th in the Pairwise rankings, and thus come tournament time could easily be on the outside looking in without some big wins in the next few weeks.
William Gholston leads group of high-impact MSU newcomers | detnews.com | The Detroit News
Wolverine recruiting guru Sam Webb profiles Max Bullough, Will Gholston, Mylan Hicks, Isaiah Lewis, and Skyler Schofner.
National Signing Day one of hope for U-M, MSU | detnews.com | The Detroit News
Meanwhile, Wojo looks at the big picture.
Five Big Ten newcomers to watch in 2010 - Big Ten Blog - ESPN
More Gholston love, this time from Rittenberg: "Gholston is a unique specimen at 6-foot-7 and 237 pounds, and the heralded recruit should be able to help Michigan State's pass rush from an outside linebacker or rush-end position. It'll be interesting to see how the Spartans coaches use Gholston in 2010, but he'll undoubtedly have a major role for the defense."
Good stuff. However, I must hereby enact this amendment to the TOC Constitution: We will never call anyone, player or recruit a "specimen." So ordered.
Where are they now? Kelvin Torbert | Dime Magazine (www.dimemag.com) : Daily NBA News, NBA Trades, NBA Rumors, Basketball Videos, Sneakers
Adam Ballinger Podcast: Adjusting To Life And Basketball Down Under – LostLettermen.com
D.C. Sports Bog - Devin Thomas likes Predator tattoos, modeling
File those last three under "where are they now?"
Demar Dorsey And Drew Sharp | mgoblog
We need to head northeast on that aerial. Hey, what's the deal with those airplane peanuts??