It's almost four months to the NCAA men's basketball tournament so Thursday night's MSU loss to Maryland may not mean very much by then.  A lot can happen good and bad for teams along the way with their long schedules.  But after watching the Spartans lose their first game it's apparent that they're not as good when Goran Suton (injured knee) and Raymar Morgan (fouls) aren't in the game.  The front line isn't good enough nor deep enough to have those two absent when the Spartans are playing teams the calibre of Maryland.

     You wonder if injuries won't be an issue this season.  Suton is already out and Delvon Roe has never been 100 per cent yet and you wonder when he will be at full go.  This team may be a work in progress but the North Carolina game next Wednesday should be a good barometer of just where the Spartans are.  And they don't have to win the game, in my judgment, to show that they can compete at the highest level.  They need somewhere to assess what they have and that game will do it.

     How do these Muskegon high school football teams get all of this talent this year?  Muskegon Catholic Central won the division eight state title at Ford Field Friday, 40-0 over Crystal Falls Forest Park.  Muskegon followed that with a 34-14 division two win over unbeaten Warren De La Salle.  Montague and Muskegon Oakridge are other area teams who could win in this two day title fest.

     And will Central Michigan get a bowl bid now?  The Chips finished 8-4 after a 56-52 loss in Ypsilanti Friday to Eastern Michigan.  And what a day for EMU junior quarterback Andy Schmitt of St. Johns.  Last week against Temple he completed 51 of 76 passes in a 55-52 loss.  Against CMU, Schmitt was 58 of 80 for 516 yards and he ran 9 times for 38 more.  EMU finishes 3-9 in coach Jeff Genyk's final game and nine offensive starters return next fall for the new coach.  CMU's record is third in the MAC behind Ball State and Western Michigan and with Buffalo headed to the International Bowl will CMU get a bid somewhere?  CMU's porous defense hurt this team again.


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