Watching an athlete succeed is supremely satisfying, though curiously, so is watching a dam fail. Feel the rush with this GrouponLive deal to see the Michigan State Spartans’ women’s basketball team play at the Breslin Center and the men’s hockey team play at Munn Ice Arena.
Choose from Four Options
$20 for a Spartans athletics package for two (a $56 total value)
- Two general admission tickets for the women’s basketball game against the Indiana Hoosiers on Wednesday, February 13, at 7 p.m. (a $16 value)
- Two tickets for reserved seating to the men’s hockey game against the Northern Michigan Wildcats on Friday, February 15, at 6:35 p.m.<p>
$12 for two tickets for reserved seating to the men’s hockey game against the Northern Michigan Wildcats on Friday, February 15, at 6:35 p.m. (a $40 value)<p>
$8 for two general-admission tickets (a $16 value) to one of the following women’s basketball games:
- Against the Indiana Hoosiers on Wednesday, February 13, at 7 p.m.
- Against the Northwestern Wildcats on Wednesday, February 20, at 7 p.m.<p>
For all games, doors open one hour prior to game time.<p>
The Scouting Report
Under sixth-year head coach Suzy Merchant, the Spartans’ women’s basketball team has worked its way to a 16–4 record and currently has its eyes set on a shot at the Big Ten conference title. Guard tandem Klarissa Bell—an East Lansing native—and Kiana Johnson paces the team’s offensive attack, as both players boast double-digit scoring averages. On the other end of the court, senior guard Jasmine Thomas eyes opposing ball-handlers with intimidating stares and quick hands, collecting a team-high 40 steals and 13 gym shoes from opposing teams in 20 games.
At Munn Ice Arena, the Spartans’ men’s hockey team awakes fans’ chilly passions with board-shaking checks and high-octane slap shots. Through 27 games this season, sophomore forward Matt Berry leads all players with 11 goals and 9 assists, and freshman goaltender Jake Hildebrand holds opponents at bay with a quick stick and pads made of marshmallows.
Michigan State University Spartans
For years, Jenison Field House served as the home of the Michigan State Spartans basketball. On its wood playing surface, the 1979 men’s team paved the way to the school’s first NCAA hoops championship, 10 years before the Breslin Center—a 14,759-seat arena named after Jack Breslin, a lifelong MSU athlete, administrator, and advocate—cemented the Spartans’ place among the athletic elite. Among MSU’s many national champions, the cross-country team won five titles in the 1950s alone, running swiftly along the smooth paved tracks of Eisenhower’s new interstates. During big games, the animated avatar of vinyl and fiberglass known as Sparty amps up crowds decked out in the MSU colors of green and white. Just as the real Sparta had to change its name from “Athens” in 200 BC, the school’s nickname has its own history: when the Michigan Agriculture College became Michigan State in 1925, the now-antiquated Aggies held a contest to choose a new name. They chose the “Staters”—a tuneless moniker quickly vetoed by a local sportswriter, who preferred an overlooked alternative, “Spartans,” and began using it in his stories. It stuck.