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Simply a matter of them not helping our RPI much or having a unique style of play that could help come March?
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I'm not sure about CMU or WMU, but of late MSU has played either Oakland or EMU quite a bit. There was a "dead period" after Detroit in 2002 where MSU did not play any of the other DI programs in the state, but in the last 5-6 years has played Oakland or EMU each season. I am not sure they need to play more than one of the other DI programs in the state each year.
Because we're not nancies like A2 and don't need to schedule these cupcakes.
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I'm not calling us nancies. Just pointing out a serious lack of critical thinking.
This post was edited by Harry Hood 16 months ago
Speaking of lack of critical thinking, you do realize why we're playing Tuskegee, right?
I know because teams like Texas Southern, Nicholls State, Arkansas Pine-Bluff, Loyola Chicago, and Tuskegee are murder's row.
I rather pay instate teams to play MSU than see the money go out of state.
Point still stands though
This post was edited by ass dan 16 months ago
Of course it does. Still, a "critical thinker" wouldn't throw Tuskegee on that list.
Izzo has said that he tries to play teams from as many different conferences as possible so he can use it for scouting in March. Therefore, he probably wouldn't schedule more than one MAC team in a season.
And to the OP: We are 30-3 vs CMU; 28-3 vs EMU (have been playing them regularly) and 25-11 vs WMU; so YES, we do play them.
One thing is for sure, Michigan DID NOT look like the #3 team in the country. WMU basically shut down Michigan in the half court. Had WMU not turned the ball over an insane amount of times that lead to layups it probably would have been closer
Wait, what? Didn't they win by 32? After reading your post I figured it was a close game, like 10 pts .......but you need to chill a bit, Mr. Stone.
I watched the game. WMU had 13 turnovers in the first half that led to 17 points for UM. Had WMU taken care of the ball, it would have been different. UM is going to have trouble with Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, OSU, and of course MSU. I could see them easily having 8 Big 10 losses.
Were they forced or unforced?
Regardless, you still need to overcome turnovers......
Turnover kings of the world, MSU Spartans
When was the last time we played CMU and WMU? We used to play Notre Dame every year too.
I agree that we probably don't really need to play directional schools more than once but I wonder how much some of these games cost the athletic department. I have no idea how any of that works but I would imagine it was cheaper for Oakland to bus to East Lansing for a game than it was to have Bosie State travel here.
This. You don't even need to play the MAC as long as Monty is in De Kalb.
By my count Izzo has the following conferences on the schedule:
Who cares about the reason, Tuskegee will be a major blowout. If we're going to play a game in Jenison, it should be more than an exhibition so that today's fans can see how fun that place could be during a real game against a quality opponent.
Remember also that four of those games were part of a tournament. It obviously wouldn't be desirable to have more than one team from the same conference in a five-team round robin tournament.
Exactly. And, Oakland was a late entrant into that tournament, so we would have had some other team, from much further away, come and play us as well. These tournaments are ways for schools with lesser budgets to earn some cash to fund other trips throughout the season. I'm sure MSU would rather pay a school from TX or LA or wherever, to have them be able to fly up here, as opposed to playing a school in-state who'd just bus in, still having to pay them regardless.
Why does it matter where the school is coming from though as long as they get there?
BTW, you say it "would have been different" had WMU not turned it over 16 times
Guess what, it would've been even worse had UM not turned it over 10 times themselves
This post was edited by CrazySparty 16 months ago
When did we play ND every year? As a matter of fact, I can't remember ever playing ND in the regular season.
pure speculation : money
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I know this is a big reason why we play them in football every year, to keep costs for everyone manageable. But with basketball, you are along sending 15-20 players, coaches and staff to these games in all. For football, you are looking at 80-90 people when you add it all up.
Much easier and cheaper to send 20 people where ever than 90 people...
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