Feed the Post: Northwestern hosts Michigan State Wednesday
WNUR Sports Online Content Director Cameron Songer (@CameronSonger) prepares Northwestern students and fans for the Wildcats’ upset bid against #4 Michigan State.
Welcome to the first edition of Feed the Post, a new breed of sports journalism. Feed the Post is all about giving the people what they want. There’s probably a fancy name for that, but I barely passed my high school civics class, so I’m not the guy to ask. I’ll go look it up at some point. For now, here’s everything you need to know about Northwestern’s huge home game tonight against Michigan State.
The Michigan State Spartans are flying high. They’re ranked #4 and they’ve won their last 2 games in overtime.
Michigan State’s head coach is Tom Izzo. He’s been around forever (this is his 19th season as the Spartans’ coach). He enjoys destroying Big Ten opponents. And maybe cities.
Michigan State boasts three of the conference’s best players in Gary Harris (17.8 points per game), Keith Appling (16.4 PPG) and Adreian Payne (16.2 PPG). Figuring out how to stop all of them is tough.
The Spartans’ defense could overpower Northwestern early. The Spartans’ field goal defense, blocked shots and steals are all ranked in the top 3 in the Big Ten.
The final score of the game might not be pretty.
But maybe the Wildcats can hang with Michigan State. Maybe Northwestern can pull a second upset of a ranked team this week.
If the camera turns to the student section in a close game, be prepared.
If everything falls into place, tonight’s game has the chance to be epic. You’d be pretty bummed if you missed Northwestern sports history.
Win or lose, stick around for the Alma Mater after the game. It’s one of my favorite traditions at Welsh-Ryan Arena.