TWO VERSIONS OF MSU HOOP TEAM

   To me it's simple-- MSU has two men's basketball teams-- one with a healthy Raymar Morgan and one without.  The one without has lost two home Big Ten games-- with a healthy Raymar Morgan I maintain MSU would be unbeaten at 9-0 at the turn.  But the situation is what it is and the other Spartans simply have to play better-- I'm sure Tom Izzo would agree with that latter opinion.  When and whether Morgan ever does look like the dominating player he can be at times remains to be seen.  If he has problems in the Big Ten's second half I doubt MSU will win the league title.  There is not enough scoring power inside with Morgan gone and Goran Suton also has some physical issues of his own that he has been unable to overcome.

     I figure if Minnesota is ever going to win a game in the Breslin Center, Wednesday night is the best shot.  Let's face it the pressure is on the MSU team.  And the Gophers can easily be told by their coaches-- "If Northwestern and Penn State can both win here you guys can too and tonight's the night."  Minnesota is 18-3 and played poorly, in my judgment in its first loss of the season December 31st, at home to MSU.  The Spartans won 70-58 in a game more onesided than that score indicates.  If Michigan State does lose its third straight home game then other teams besides Purdue will be back in the league title hunt.

     And on a side note-- look for Corey Tropp to return to the MSU hockey team next season.  His teammates want him back and because he's back in school most likely coach Rick Comley will give him another chance.  Tropp has reconsidered his decision about trying to return to MSU because of his teammates' intervention.

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