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Wait, there's actual athletic competition involving Iowa to be discussed?  The very nerve of the Big Ten for scheduling a game now.  Don't they know that it's MARCHIFORNICATION?  And that we're busy discussing the fact that our football team is a bunch of lawless scoundrels?  Or that The Rock is back on RAW, verbally eviscerating fools?  Harrumph.

Anyway, the Iowa hoopyballers are nearing the end of their inaugural Frantastic Voyage (someone get a barf bag for Brommer; I don't think he liked the zero-g environment too much); there's just this game against Sparty tonight, the home finale with OMHR on Saturday and however long we last in the Big Ten Tournament next week (oh, and maybe a trip to the CBI, too).  When last we met the fierce Spartans, you may recall that we, uh, kinda destroyed them.  That was pretty sweet.  Unfortunately, since then wins have been a little hard to come by.  We followed up the MSU blowout with a come-from-behind nail-biter on the road against Indiana, then proceeded to lose the next five in a row, three by three points or less (two of those in overtime, no less).  That kinda sucked. 

In fact, Iowa laid waste to Michigan State in every significant men's sport this year -- the football team destroyed them in October, the wrestling team mauled them in December, and we already talked about what happened the first time the hoops teams met.  Of course, all three of those meetings were in Iowa City.  This match-up is in East Lansing.  East Lansing has not been kind to Iowa in basketball.  The Izzone has become the tenth level of Hell for Iowa: fifteen straight losses and nary a win there since 1993.  And not only Michigan State be looking for a measure of revenge for the first game, there's the little matter of them being perched squarely atop the bubble to get into the NCAA Tournament.  They need this win bad.  They have a lot to play for; Iowa is playing for, uh, pride.  But screw it -- we've still got a little more hope left in us.  Let's do this. 

The usual rules of open threading still apply: no piracy, no porn, no pachyderms.  Be cool and we'll be cool in return.  The game's on BTN at 5:30pm CST.

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