Friday, November 28, 2008


MARYLAND 80, No. 5 Michigan State (Spartans, 36,072 students, East Lansing, MI) 62

Spartan coach Tom Izzo probably has heartburn, and, in all likelihood, it has nothing to do with Thanksgiving dinner. After his No. 5 Michigan State Spartan’s lost yesterday to Coach Gary “Old Spice Red Zone Invisible Solid” William’s Terps, Izzo can look down the schedule to December 3 when he faces another ACC team in the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge – No. 1 North Carolina.

That’s probably all the ACC the folks in East Lansing are looking for until the Big Dance in March.

Thanksgiving night, Maryland’s Greivis Vasquez and Dave Neal each scored 17 points as the unranked Terps hustled their way past the No. 5 Spartans in the opening round of the Old Spice Classic.

“That’s as good as any team I’ve coached has played with a lead,” Williams said. “We didn’t take bad shots, didn’t lose focus.”

“Well it is practically Gary’s tournament,” said Izzo. “For cryin’ out loud, one of his many nicknames is Old Spice fill-in-the-blank”

Next up for the Terrapins on Friday is another test against a touted team. They play No. 9 Gonzaga, which beat Oklahoma State 83-71.

(Michigan State guard Chris Allen (3) tries to block the advance of Maryland guard Greivis Vazquez (21). AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)

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