How Well Do You Know the Michigan State Spartans?

Matt SheehanAnalyst IDecember 1, 2011

How Well Do You Know the Michigan State Spartans?

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    So, you think you know your Spartans? Well, there's only one way to find out how much you really know about your green and white hoops stars, and it all sits right in this quiz.

    In this trivia quiz you will guess, and learn, more about the Michigan State Spartans than you have ever known. You will have to know which player is furthest away, what schools players are from, and even what freaks Keith Appling out.

    So, you think you're up to it? Well grab a pen and paper, because this test on Spartan Pride is scored. And trust me, you don't want to be a wolverine.

1. How Many Players on This Year's Team Are from Michigan?

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    A. 6

    B. 7

    C. 8

    D. 9

1. Answer

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    A. 6

    B. 7

    C. 8

    D. 9

    Tom Izzo is notorious from recruiting in-state talent and turning them into Final Four teams.

2. Which Player's Hometown Is Furthest Away from East Lansing?

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    A. Brandon Wood

    B. Branden Dawson

    C. Travis Trice

    D. Russell Byrd

2. Answer

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    A. Brandon Wood

    B. Branden Dawson

    C. Travis Trice

    D. Russell Byrd

    Travis Trice, who hails from Dayton, OH, lives 260 miles from Michigan State's campus.

3. Where Did Senior Anthony Ianni Transfer From?

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    A. Hope College

    B. Miami University (OH)

    C. Oakland University

    D. Grand Valley State University

3. Answer

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    A. Hope College

    B. Miami University (OH)

    C. Oakland University

    D. Grand Valley State University

    Ianni transferred to Michigan State after his sophomore year to be back in the same city he is from, East Lansing.

4. Who Talked Adreian Payne into Playing Basketball?

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    A. His cousin because he wanted Payne to play on the same team as him.

    B. His mother because she thought he could go pro some day.

    C. His high school coach because he needed his height on his team.

    D. His neighbor invited him over to test out their new hoop, and he fell in love with the game right there

4, Answer

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    A. His cousin because he wanted Payne to play on the same team as him.

    B. His mother because she thought he could go pro some day.

    C. His high school coach because he needed his height on his team.

    D. His neighbor invited him over to test out their new hoop, and he fell in love with the game right there.

    In sixth grade his cousin talked him in to playing on his team.

5. What Is Draymond Green's Nickname on the Team?

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    A. Green Day

    B. Dr. Dre

    C. Day-Day

    D. Mr. Sprinkles the Mailman

5. Answer

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    A. Green Day

    B. Dr. Dre

    C. Day-Day

    D. Mr. Sprinkles the Mailman

    This nickname stuck so well that even the public address announcer at the Breslin Center calls him Day-Day instead of his first name.

6. What Animal Is Kieth Appling Freaked out By?

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    A. Bears

    B. Squirrels

    C. Birds

    D. Otters

6. Keith Appling

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    A. Bears

    B. Squirrels

    C. Birds

    D. Otters

    In an interview with CoachIzzo.com Appling said that he doesn't know why, but he is just freaked out by squirrels. At least its not wolverines.

7. Travis Trice Won What Award in His Senior Year in High School?

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    A. Ohio's Gatorade Player of the Year

    B. Ohio's Mr. Basketball Award

    C. Ohio's Sportsmanship Award

    D. None of the above

7. Answer

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    A. Ohio's Gatorade Player of the Year

    B. Ohio's Mr. Basketball Award

    C. Ohio's Sportsmanship Award

    D. None of the above

    Fun Fact: Travis Trice's dad was the coach of his high school team.

8. Derrick Nix Ate What Meal Before Nearly Every High School Game?

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    A. Two Big Mac meals with Powerade and coffee

    B. 10 cinnamon sugar bagels

    C. A large Little Caesars pizza with a two liter of Mountain Dew

    D. Five raw eggs, three power bars, and a gallon of water

8. Answer

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    A. Two Big Mac meals with Powerade and coffee

    B. 10 cinnamon sugar bagels

    C. A large Little Caesars pizza with a two liter of Mountain Dew

    D. Five raw eggs, three power bars, and a gallon of water

    Talk about a meal of champions. During the off season Nix shed about 45 pounds, most of that from the pizza and soda I'm guessing.

9. Brandon Kearny Saved Michigan State's Phone Number As?

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    A. Green Land

    B. Final Four Team

    C. Sparty

    D. Future

9. Answer

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    A. Green Land

    B. Final Four Team

    C. Sparty

    D. Future

    Kearney got the phone number from Tom Izzo his freshman year. He labeled it "future" and looked forward to being a Spartan ever since.

10. In an Interview with CoachIzzo.com, Where Is Russell Byrd's Getaway?

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    A. The gym

    B. The library

    C. The MSU Dairy Store

    D. The casino

10. Answer

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    A. The gym

    B. The library

    C. The MSU Dairy Store

    D. The casino

    When Byrd wants to get away from it all, like school or basketball, he goes to the gym. Gym rat? Maybe.

11. How Many Seniors Are on This Year's Team?

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    A. 2

    B. 4

    C. 5

    D. 0

11. Answer

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    A. 2

    B. 4

    C. 5

    D. 0

    And they are Draymond Green, Brandon Wood, Austin Thornton and Anthony Ianni.

12. Who Are the Two Walk Ons for This Year's Team?

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    A. Kalvin Mite and Jay Rayner

    B. Stuart Kelly and Brad O' Connell

    C. Dan Chapman and Keenan Wetzel

    D. Marcus Buckurt and Barry Sullinger

12. Answer

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    A. Kalvin Mite and Jay Rayner

    B. Stuart Kelly and Brad O' Connell

    C. Dan Chapman and Keenan Wetzel

    D. Marcus Buckurt and Barry Sullinger

    Dan Chapman is a sophomore from Okemos, MI and Keenan Wetzel is a redshirt freshman from Monroe, MI.

13. What Does Tom Izzo Do Before Every Practice?

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    A. Runs 20 suicides

    B. Has tea with one of his players

    C. Practices his unicycling

    D. Shoots 100 free throws

13. Answer

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    A. Runs 20 suicides

    B. Has tea with one of his players

    C. Practices his unicycling

    D. Shoots 100 free throws

    Back in high school Coach Izzo missed a free throw that cost his team a big game. Even decades after it happened, he is still trying to practice what he did wrong.

14. When Did Alex Gauna Realize He Was a Great Player?

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    A. When he played better than his older brother's friends

    B. When he dunked over a kid in the seventh grade

    C. When he beat his high school teacher in a game of HORSE

    D. When he put up 10 triple-doubles in a row his freshman year

14. Answer

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    A. When he played better than his older brother's friends

    B. When he dunked over a kid in the seventh grade

    C. When he beat his high school teacher in a game of HORSE

    D. When he put up 10 triple-doubles in a row his freshman year

    When he was a kid, Gauna played with his older brother and his friends quite often. The kids he was playing with were four to five years older than him.

15. What Other School Offered Austin Thornton a Spot on Their Team?

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    A. Central Michigan University

    B. Ohio University

    C. Texas A&M

    D. All of the above

15. Answer

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    A. Central Michigan University

    B. Ohio University

    C. Texas A&M

    D. All of the above

    Thornton had an offer to play hoops as a Chippewa, but instead he pressed his luck in getting a walk on spot at MSU.

16. Branden Dawson's Idol Is...

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    A. Kobe Bryant

    B. His high school coach

    C. His mother

    D. President Obama

16. Answer

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    A. Kobe Bryant

    B. His high school coach

    C. His mother

    D. President Obama

    In an interview he credits his "strong and independent" mother for being who he looks up to.

17. What Team Did Draymond Green Play on over the Summer?

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    A. Michigan State's baseball team

    B. Team USA

    C. And One Street Team

    D. Harlem Globetrotters

17. Answer

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    A. Michigan State's baseball team

    B. Team USA

    C. And One Street Team

    D. Harlem Globetrotters

    Day-Day had the opportunity to play in the World University Games over the summer in China.

18. Brandon Wood Uses What One Word to Describe Himself?

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    A. Intense

    B. Outspoken

    C. Immaculate

    D. Quiet

18. Answer

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    A. Intense

    B. Outspoken

    C. Immaculate

    D. Quiet

    In an interview with CoachIzzo.com, Wood says he is quiet, but talk to him and you will know he is one of the nicest people to talk to.

19. How Many Michigan Mr. Basketball Award Winners Are on This Year's Team?

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    A. 0

    B. 1

    C. 2

    D. 3

19. Answer

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    A. 0

    B. 1

    C. 2

    D. 3

    Not only did Derrick Nix and Keith Appling win the award, but they both won the Class A State Championship at Detroit Pershing, home of the Doughboys.

20. How Many Big Ten Titles Has Tom Izzo Won as a Head Coach?

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    A. 4

    B. 5

    C. 6

    D. 7

20. Answer

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    A. 4

    B. 5

    C. 6

    D. 7

    And he won them in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2009 and 2010.

Scoring

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    So how did you do? Tally up your score and find out how much you really know your Spartans.

    20-16: Sparty Status

    15-11: You bleed green

    10-6: Still a Spartan fan, but could use some help

    5-0: What are you, a Wolverine?

    Hopefully you got a score that will solidify your Spartan pride, but if you didn't get the score you want, no worries, Michigan State still loves you.