“So Who’s the Little Brother Now?” Spartans spank the Wolverines by 15 to move to 18-2!

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“So Who’s the Little Brother Now?” Spartans spank the Wolverines by 15 to move to 18-2!

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Do you like that? That was what one MSU fan was asking a Wolverine as they left the Breslin Center today. Yes, it is that time of year. The roles are reversed. MSU fans that have longed for the edge in Football, take solace in being the Big Brother in buckets. In fact as the game came to a close, the 14,759 inside Breslin chanted, “Little sisters,” to the losing Wolverines.

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Today was no different. The Wolverines are a team with a future, and Beilein can fix that program…just not today! The Spartans were on fire shooting 58.5% from the field and getting 25 assists on 31 baskets for the day. The lone disappointment would have been the 15 turnovers.

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Drew Neitzel once again was incredible. He had 18 (as did Kalin Lucas) points along with 7 rebounds and 7 assists with only two turnovers.

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The Spartan fans rocked the Breslin and it was that atmosphere that at times rattled some of the young Wolverines.

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The Spartans came into the game rated 10th in the nation, but are sure to make an impressive rise with a slew of losses by teams ahead of them. This also equals the Spartans best start ever for the first twenty games of the season. The previous time they started this good was back in the 2000-2001 season when they went to a final four and also won the Big Ten title. Neitzel was asked after the game about his accomplishment, and he was not impressed by it. His response is, "We want to hang a banner.”
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 Izzo is always preaching to his players the importance of leaving a footprint. A speech about somehow, someway doing what has never been done before in the storied history of Spartan Nation. The Spartans have a chance to do that in their next game. On Wednesday, January 30th they play host to the Fighting Illini at the Breslin and a win would make their record 19-2, a record never accomplished before.

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How good are these Spartans? Well, of course, Izzo would point out to you all the flaws, but Coach Beilein wouldn’t. He said, “They compare with everybody we've seen thus far.”
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Certainly the Spartans have a bright forecast ahead, but they won’t look past their chance to leave a footprint on Wednesday. In fact Beilein’s praise is correct and so would be Izzo’s speech on flaws. This team could go a long way in post season or could be undone if they don’t fix mistakes that right now their athleticism is overcoming.
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I’ll see you on Wednesday as we all look for a footprint. That should be special.

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