NO SCHOOL, BUT MANY OF THE GAMES GO ON ANYWAY...

     The times have changed from when I went to school.  Today's snow would have never cancelled classes in the late '60s.  Today things are different and most schools were closed by today's weather.  But many of the Friday night high school basketball games will be played.  In fact it's easier to note the two that have been postponed.  The Holt at Waverly boys and girls doubleheader will begin at 1pm tomorrow... and East Lansing at Eastern is off and no make update has as yet been set.

     It will be a wild second half of the season in men's Big Ten basketball.  Four teams at the top now have one league loss and Ohio State has just two.  Michigan State must play the other four with it atop the standings on the road and none appear to be easy.  The Spartans are 7-1 and they'll be 9-1 heading to Purdue on Tuesday, February 12th after wins at Penn State Saturday night (Big Ten Network) and a week from Saturday at home against Northwestern.  The key for any contender is winning on the road and Wisconsin gets a break in that it does not have to play at Michigan State.  The Badgers would have helped their cause mightily with a win at Purdue last week end but let it get away.  Purdue is among the four at the top with just one league loss but are the Boilermakers really that polished?  They beat a weak Iowa team by one point at West Lafayette earlier this week.

     Hard to believe the Spartan hockey team has not lost a league game since November 16th yet MSU is still a mere third in the current CCHA standings and still five points behind league leader Miami of Ohio.  The Spartans need two home wins for sure this week end over Nebraska Omaha and then they'll be rooting for Michigan to sweep Miami twice in southern Ohio next week end.  The Spartans would then need two wins in their remaining games against Michigan down the stretch.  Rick Comley is looking for his first CCHA league title in his six seasons as head coach.

     College football signing day is next Wednesday.  At this point Detroit receiver Fred Smith appears to be the top prospecft landed by Michigan State with about a half dozen more players yet to commit.  Michigan State figures to finish somewhere in the middle of the Big Ten by most recruiting services, for however accurate any of them are.  The Spartans would help their cause if they could land running back Mark Ingram from Flint Southwestern and he appears to be a good possibility but certainly not a lock just yet either.

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