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equestered beneath four floors of traditionally-bound books in the Main Library, more than 200,000 comic books are safely nestled in protective plastic, waiting for eager eyes searching for a graphic novel fix.

From top: “Any Empire,” “The Silence of Our Friends,” “Swallow Me Whole,” “March,” “The Year of the Beasts” te sy ph ot os co ur ll of Nate Po we

“Special Collections” signs act as guides through the cluster of shelves in the library’s basement. Once inside the Special Collections reading room, both the curious and the scholarSee COMICS on page 2 u

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News brief Robberies in Hubbard continue The series of robberies recently reported in Hubbard Hall continued on Feb. 22. Between 5 a.m. and 11 a.m. that morning, multiple rooms were robbed in North Hubbard. In total eight male students were robbed, all of which had their doors unlocked. Five MacBook Pro laptops were stolen, along with four iPads, an iPhone 5, $1,000 in cash, three pairs of Beats by Dre headphones and other items. 1,000 Japanese Yen also was taken from one of the rooms. The estimated value of property stolen totaled more than $14,000. The incidents follow a slew of robberies that have recently occurred in Hubbard Hall, where the suspects go into unlocked rooms at night. There are no identified suspects. The incidents are under investigation. GEOFF PRESTON ACAD E MIC S AND ADMINI S T R AT I O N B L O G

ASMSU passes bill amending Civil Rights Act ASMSU, MSU’s undergraduate student government, passed a bill that would call for an amendment to Michigan’s Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act. The amendment would provide protection from discrimination to include interns and those in the LGBT community. Kary Askew Garcia

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ly simply need to tell the present faculty member what they are looking for. The staff member goes through another door that is forbidden for others to enter, sifting through shelves that hold U.S. comic books, newspaper comic strips, about 45,000 foreign comics and 5,000 different books and periodicals about comics. Once the requested item is retrieved, they are welcome to use it in the reading room, but they can’t take it with them. Head of Special Collections Peter Berg said MSU students and scholars from around the world come to East Lansing to experience the collection. “It’s a really big cultural draw,� supply chain management junior Junyi Chen said. “I didn’t really know the extent of the collection. It should be put out there more.� From powerful superheroes to graphic autobiographies, the comic book world has only continued to grow, and MSU’s campus has always served as a welcoming home for its paneled pages. “We have the largest public collection of comics in the entire world, and people don’t even know it’s there,� Comics and Visual Narrative professor Ryan Claytor said. A comic book campus MSU’s connection with comics has stretched past the library and into the classrooms. Claytor has been teaching the Comics and Visual Narrative course to students for five years. With nine published autobiographical comics of his own under his belt, he is able to take students into the world of a graphic novelist. The comics studio course gives students a chance to bring their own imagination to life by sharpening their skills in lettering, inking, panelizations, pacing, char-

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“We have the largest collection of comics in the entire world and people don’t even know it’s there.� Ryan Claytor, Comics and Visual Narrative professor

acterization and scripting. Students are required to create four short story comics before the end of the semester. Those stories are all compiled into full-length comic books. The authors even get a taste of fame once they have created their finished product by having a signing for their comics. Claytor said he usually caps the course at 15 students. His class is not the only comic book draw around campus — Claytor said there currently is speculation of adding a Comics minor to MSU. “Comics is a medium, just like paintings, and in that medium you can do anything you want,� Claytor said. “You can write fantasy, humor, horror and really anything that you could in book form.� Students also have been taking their own strides toward contributing to the comic book culture at MSU. Chen, the vice president of the newly-formed Doujin Manga Club, said he and club president Deon Howard started the club on a whim. The group helps people create manga, or Japanese comics, and develop their professional skills. Howard, a marketing junior, said the club also helps point members in the direction of internships within the manga and comic book industries. The club meets every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Wells Hall. “It’s expressive in a different way,� Chen said. “It’s very accessible to people who even just like to draw or doodle. I’ve been reading comics and manga most of my life — they have a better appeal to a wider audience than just reading books.� MSU Comics Forum For the seventh year in a row, comic book enthusiasts, scholars and artists all flocked to East Lansing for the MSU Comics Forum. “There’s nothing like it in the state,� said Claytor, the director of the forum. The forum included the Asian Comics Collection: MSU Library Holdings from 13 Countries. Later in the week, attendees, artists and scholars also had an opportunity to see documentary screenings and participate in panel discussions. Last Friday evening featured two prominent names in the industry — 30-year comic book veteran Stan Sakai and Eisner Award-winning graphic novelist Nate Powell. The award, Claytor said, is the Oscar of the comic book industry. Powell paid a visit to Hollow Mountain Comics for a signing and Sakai gave the forum’s keynote address in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities Theatre. Howard, who attended the forum with his club, said it was eye-open-

ing to see a legend like Sakai as a regular person. “For me personally, it was a very enlightening experience,� he said. “I learned his process with creating his work is the same as mine, and seeing a professional doing this the same way as I do helps me know the possibilities with my work.� Snyder-Phillips Hall was packed with artists and fans alike on Feb. 21 for the Artist Alley. About 36 comic book artists were present to sign their books and chat with their admiring fans, including Powell, Sakai, “Mouse Guard� artist David Petersen and “Cursed Pirate Girl� artist Jeremy Bastian.

For the seventh year in a row, comic book enthusiasts, scholars and artists all flocked to East Lansing for the MSU Comics Forum “The forum started out really modest with maybe three or five artists attending,� Claytor said. “Now we’re able to get three dozen. I’m really proud of where we’ve taken it.� A day in an illustrator’s life All it takes is a pen, paper and copy machine to turn the images inside one’s head into reality. Powell has harbored a passion for comic books since he was three years old. But it wasn’t until the summer between his sixth and seventh grade year in middle school that the selfdescribed “kid who could always draw well� found himself on the path to becoming a comic book artist. The spark of one idea prompted Powell and his best friend to devote their weekends to drawing out a storyline. When it was finished, their work found its way to the shelves of local comic book shops. Powell is still drawing today, but now he makes a living off of his work. A former East Lansing resident, Powell makes trips to the city almost every year for the Comics Forum, where he shares his experiences as a successful comic artist. “You’re putting in a lot of time, energy and creativity into something lasting that extends beyond your own brain,� he said. “It’s extremely satisfying.� Once a story idea is born, Powell works through the basic elements of the story, such as its length, and he breaks down the basics with a pencil in a sketchbook. At that point, his visions are only “thumbnails� that stand three inches tall. From there he moves on to the penciling stage, a version of the story that is about one and a half times as large as the final product will be. These drawings are much looser while Powell fixes any

Continued mistakes in flow from the original thumbnail drawings. Moving on to character dialogue is a whole new ball game. He starts out with a typical waterproof black pen for captions and lettering before he brings out India ink for the pictures’ lines. Finally, Powell uses gentle watercolor brush strokes to bring everything together. He said he usually goes through five to six drafts of the books by the time he scans the final copy. The entire process can take years, and Powell said a general rule of thumb for graphic novelists is to draw at least a page every day. To make a living, artists need to produce 250 pages a year, and he said only five percent of artists do make a fulltime living with the trade. Powell himself has been doing it for five years and has illustrated for seven novels, including Eisner Awardwinner “Swallow Me Whole� and his latest release, book one of the graphic autobiographical trilogy “March.� “It is a part of following your dreams — it’s like walking a tightrope,� he said. “You can make it to the other side, but it’s a balancing act.� A growing industry Comic books are not centered simply around the actual book anymore. Superheroes today are presented to fans in various forms based off the pages where they got their start. Hollow Mountain Comics co-owner Gabriel Cooper said comics have reached a level of popularity that they haven’t been at since their “golden age� during the ‘50s and ‘60s. “Film industries pick these stories up, and people experience them worldwide,� he said. Ray Walsh, owner of Curious Book Shop on Grand River Avenue, has sold comic books since he start-

ed selling books in 1969. He said that movies give people a certain mental image of what these heroes are supposed to be like, which was not always the case. He said prices have risen significantly higher since he first started selling comic books, and noted the artwork has a much more professional appearance due to vivid colors and futuristic technology. New technology, including self-publishing companies, have made the industry more accessible as a whole to both producers and consumers of comic books. “Nowadays, anyone can publish comics, and they do frequently,� Walsh said. “The hard part is distribution and producing high quality, enjoyable material.� On the consumer end, Cooper said social media helps him predict which books will end up flying off the shelves of his store. He said simply logging onto his Facebook page and seeing what his friends are talking about, including the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2 or Batman vs. Superman movies, shows him what people will be looking for when they walk through Hollow Mountain’s doors. All types of members of the comics community have walked down the steps to Hollow Mountain Comics, from published graphic novelists to enthusiasts to students who aspire to one day turn the images inside their heads into a tangible creation. “Comics are very important to this community,� Cooper said. “There’s a level of storytelling in comics that can’t happen with any other vehicle. They’re at this weird place between literature and cinema — you’re essentially holding a movie in your hands. There’s something magical about getting those new books in every Wednesday.�

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Sexual assault prevention is everyone’s responsibility Sexual assault on campuses around the country is and has been out of control for far too long. Changes need to be made at a greater community level, and even though blaming the victim is not going to improve anything, neither is blaming the university. Everyone is to blame. Amplifying the numerous cases of sexual assault at MSU, students at UC Berkeley this week filed a federal complaint about the alleged “deliberate indifference” practiced by their university. Myriad cases at other universities continue to arise, all wondering what the university is failing to do, or, worse, is allowing to happen. Let’s be honest and constructive about what we expect of universities. There are generally preventive, punitive and restorative (for lack of a better term) measures that the school can take. There seem to be few arguments against the preventive measures taken by universities to keep students safe. Campus police are available in the wider community, call boxes are ubiquitous and general dialogue among the MSU population supports buddy systems. Often, inconsistency in the punitive response, as with UC Berkeley, is what is called to question — after the crime has been committed. Some students are not punished for their role in sexual assault, and there are a number of cases of students continuing

to commit sexual assault after initially receiving minor reprimands. Counseling and support groups for victims make up the restorative response, and I am unaware of complaints about how the university handles this phase of reaction. The blame leveled at the university seems misplaced on punitive measures. Considering punitive action by the university, one still must retain the objectivity of our legal system. Unfortunately, even in our wider society beyond MSU, sexual assault charges need to be made within a specific time frame to retain valid evidence. However, a timely accusation may result in what may be perceived by the accuser as skepticism. Although I imagine there is little worse than being told a sexual assault accusation is frivolous, protection of both parties is the responsibility of the university. There have been cases of false accusations that destroy reputations and careers, and even though that pales in comparison to the reality of being sexually assaulted, it is a reality that can be prevented by thoughtful action by the university. That which can be prevented is better than trying to rectify that which has already happened. Preventing sexual assault is where the crosshairs of student discontent should lie, and it is the job of more than just the university. I mean to blame everyone until

it is righted. I blame those who assault for — being depraved and sociopathic; incapable of meaningful relationships. I blame students for allowing, if not outright supporting, their rapist friends. I don’t blame the victim for being assaulted, but I do blame some for drinking until they pass out. I blame their friends for not taking them home. I blame the party culture and awkward sexuality produced by our greater culture’s fear of sex. I also blame the shift in thinking about rape. In an attempt to increase the understanding of the severity of date rape, Americans began to lump date rape together with rape — and headlines tend to use “sexual assault.” The point was to make the distinction blurred, but an unintended and unfortunate outcome was that people stopped focusing on the differences. Last semester, The State News ran an editorial cartoon that showed two students passing along the river and implied that preventing assault was as easy as not throwing the girl in the bushes and raping her. My understanding is that aside from

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the serial assaults last year for which the perpetrator is currently awaiting sentencing, most assaults are happening in dorms and houses — not behind dumpsters and in alleys. We are trying to address “rape” when we need to change the culture that allows “date rape.” Throwing blame around from victims to the university is a fruitless endeavor. The point is that we want to prevent sexual assaults from happening. Period. That begins with the students and the culture of the university, and by extension the entire country. Responsibility and safety need to work their way into student priorities alongside “get laid” and “get drunk.”

Mark McCarthy, graduate student

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Student services building deserves to be renovated On my morning commute same commitment to building to class through the frozen top-notch, student-orientated tundra that used to be called facilities similar to those we East Lansing, I walk past two see built for athletic events. Housed inside the Student buildings on the northern edge of campus that could not Ser vices Building are the be more different from one offices of MSU’s undergraduanother. To one side of me ate student government, the stands the futuristic Eli and Counseling Center and MSU Career ServicEdythe Broad Art guest columnist es Network, as Museum known by well many othmany for its spaceer important ship-like architecprograms. ture and on the The average other side is the st udent w i l l eye sore known as never set foot the Student Servicin a Spartan es Building. locker room, For a s et of but many will buildings separatAlex dardas benef it f rom ed only by a few t he resou rcfeet of pavement, es provided at the contrast truly the Student Services Building. is striking. Adorned with faded pale We pay huge sums of money green tiling and old clouded to attend this school and it widows, the Student Servic- seems almost insulting that es Building looks entirely out building given a like name of place in comparison to the Student Services seems so picturesque buildings of north overlooked and out of style. Instead of hiding it from campus and next to the modern design of the art museum. view with a glitzy art museEverything about the build- um, the MSU administration ing appears worn out, outdat- should give this facility the attention it deserves. ed and dull. Such an investment would A lt hough t he aest hetic appeal of the Student Ser- demonstrate a commitment vices Building says nothing to developing a championabout the quality of the peo- ship campus environment and ple who work there, the lack- could help attract more bright luster appearance of such an and talented students to MSU. I am not ignorant to the fact important building reflects poorly on the university’s that money is tight. There are probably a dozen or so buildimage. Call me superficial, but ings on campus that could looks matter. Inadequate facil- use some refurbishing. With a ities do not signal the elite constricted budget, questions environment MSU attempts of what projects to undertake to cultivate. Take our foot- become a matter of priorities. But I ask you, is anothball stadium as an example. Right now, $24.5 million er cafeteria renovation really renovations are happening worth more than investing in at Spartan Stadium, updat- a facility that houses so many ing the locker rooms, adding valuable student resources fan amenities and boosting for both on- and off-campus the overall appearance. Head students? The image projected by the Coach Mark Dantonio has said the purpose of the project is to current state of the of the Stucreate a “championship-type dent Services Building is not venue” that will attract high welcoming. There is a bureaucratic coldness to its appearlevel recruits to MSU. Because of their many wins ance that runs counter to the recently, the Spartan football dynamic and vibrant environprogram wants to show the ment for which MSU should world that they are committed be known. The building and its serto building a first-rate atmosphere. That kind of under- vices shouldn’t be an aftertaking requires an extensive thought. But right now, it investment in facilities. By seems like they are. Just like giving the stadium a facelift, the football program, MSU MSU is signaling that they needs to demonstrate a comare serious about competing mitment to excellence. This with the big boys of college process should start with showing the Student Servicfootball. I am not criticizing this es Building the TLC it so desinvestment into our football perately needs. Alex Dardas is a journalism program. I also recognize that the current project was and international relations not funded with tuition dol- junior. Reach him at dardalars. But I wish we saw the

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All four players counted down from three and suddenly drew foam guns. Members of the Spartan Board Gamers stared each other down as they deliberated surrendering or taking the shot in a particularly heated game of Cash ‘n Guns. For the Spartan Board Gamers, Thursday nights are anything but ordinary. Club members gather to play an array of board games including Cash ‘n Guns, Coup, Dominion, Dungeons and Dragons, Bananagrams and much more. Members showed up in groups and circled around the two suitcases brimming with board games. The question of the evening: which one? A weekly meeting for this group contains riotous laughter and heated disputes over rules in tandem. “You can lose friendships over games,” said Haley Miller, a biochemistry and criminal justice junior and acting president of the club. “But usually we’re good about not holding grudges.” Miller said games can get pretty intense and there tends to be shouting between squabbling gamers. One time, during a bluff-


eginning today, many students will flock to places with warmer weather for a week of fun under the sun. However, those who are staying behind on campus can still enjoy spring break. Here are a few places on campus students can visit to still get the vacation feel.

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divide into groups depending on who wants to play each board game. Some members will finish their game and gather around another group to watch the revelry. Psychology junior Gabriel Lemon said no matter how bad his week is, he can always look forward to the meeting. “Everyone is ridiculously friendly,” Lemon said. “Friendly to the max.”


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Spring Break is often the time for careless dancing and drinking with friends. Students who stay don’t have to miss out on the fun. East Lansing’s local bars such as Rick’s American Cafe, Dublin Square Pub and Harper’s will remain open during the week with various specials.

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East Lansing has a wide amount of attractions but Lansing has even more. Relaxing poolside For students who have never explored Dip those toes into IM SportsLansing, this week is the chance. West’s indoor pool this spring Downtown Lansing has various break. IM Sports-West will shops, restaurants, museums, be open to students who theatres, comedy clubs and crave an active spring bars for students to check Lansing has a break. Students can out. Venues such as The come with friends and Green Door put on live wide variety of spend a day underwater. musical performances shops, The indoor pool can give nightly for little or no cost students the illusion of a at all. Students without restaurants tropical spring break for a car can take the CATA free with a student ID. Entertainment Express. The and clubs IM Sports-West will be Entertainment Express is free open every day at various with a bus pass or $0.60 with a times. Check online for hours student ID. of operation.

MSU alumnus and Lansing resident Noah Allington, right, discusses the board game Libertalia with chemical engineering freshman Chase Curtin, left, and professional writing sophomore Alan League, Thursday at a Spartan Board Gamers club meeting in Holden Hall.

ing and backstabbing game called Coup, there was plenty of shouting. “Oh, you’re going to assassinate me?” MSU alumnus Derek Dicesare said. “That’s how it’s gonna be?” Despite minor competitive friction, Miller said the club has made her more social since she joined in her freshman year. Although most college students would not devote four to five hours a week to playing board games, Miller said it’s not a waste of time. “It keeps you menta l ly active,” Miller said. On game night, members

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Aries (March 21-April 19) Today is a 7 — It’s easier to advance with Mercury direct. There’s brilliance in the chaos with both Sun and Moon in Pisces. Taurus (April 20-May 20) Today is a 7 — Practical methods work best. It’s easier to get what you want with Mercury direct. Barriers in communication, with equipment and transportation dissolve. Gemini (May 21-June 20) Today is an 8 — Big expenditures are not required. Creative efforts take a leap forward, with Mercury direct. Career matters most now. Study recent developments. Cancer (June 21-July 22) Today is a 7 — Get lost in introspection and studies with the Sun and New Moon in Pisces. Your imagination’s especially fertile. Travel to a new culture with Mercury direct.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Today is an 8 — Take time for peaceful reflection, with a new direction in the road ahead. A dream emerges in the process. Things work better with Mercury direct. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Today is a 9 — Let your sensitive side play freely. Ask someone else to handle your chores, please. Catch up on correspondence, and let your network know how much they mean to you. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Today is a 7 — Today and tomorrow issues of service, health and well being have your attention. Equipment works better now that Mercury’s direct. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Today is a 6 — Delegate your responsibilities, and play with folks you love and admire today and tomorrow. Travel flows with renewed ease.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Today is a 7 — Sensitive words come easily at home, with both Sun and Moon in Pisces. Take time to pay attention and participate. Clean up a mess. Communications flow with new power. Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan. 19) Today is a 9 — Talk about your dreams with both the Sun and New Moon in Pisces. Inspiration and imagination swirl today and tomorrow, and a new seed gets planted. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Today is a 9 — Let your creative light shine, and illuminate your income higher. Work’s fun, with money both coming and going. Everything works better with Mercury direct. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Today is a 6 — You’re the star, with both Sun and New Moon in your sign. Your strength and confidence get a power boost. Push to realize a dream.



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MSU hockey will look to regain some momentum on Saturday night in an exhibition matchup against the U-18 US National Team Development Program. The team plays out of Ann Arbor, Mich., and recruits the best pre-college hockey talent in the country. Last season, MSU was shutout by the team, 3-0. MSU trails the all-time series with a 3-5 record. A couple of future Spartans play for the national team. Goaltender Edwin Minney already has signed a letter of intent to play for MSU next season, and forward Dylan Pavelek recently verbally committed to MSU. He is expected to join the Spartans next season. Head coach Tom A nastos respects the program and doesn’t expect the game to be an easy win by any means.

The USNTDP is based in Ann Arbor and plays matchups against a variety of college and international squads “They’re very skilled and they have some of the best kids in the country playing,” Anastos said of the group, who is coached by former Spartan Danton Cole. “They will be all geared up to play a college team I’m sure, but they skate well, have good skills (and) have depth on their team. They’ll be hard to play against.” The national program is 7-8 in games against college teams this season, including a win against No. 13 Michigan in December. However, winning the game won’t be the biggest concern for MSU on Saturday. Anastos plans to use the game as an opportunity to fiddle with lineups and special team units. “We will also use the opportunity to play an exhibition game to give some guys who haven’t

“Anytime you can play out here at Munn, it’s a lot of fun. There’s … great support.” Michael Ferrantino, forward

had much opportunity to play a little more opportunity,” Anastos said. “Then the other is to maybe experiment with some things that we might look at as we move forward in our last two regular season series and getting ready for the Big Ten Tournament.” Anastos added that the team will be looking to make it out of the game without any injuries after losing junior defenseman RJ Boyd last week to a sprained ankle. Sophomore goaltender Jake Hildebrand will have the night off, with Anastos going with senior goaltender Will Yanakeff in the exhibition game. The former national team goaltender hasn’t been in the net for MSU since Nov. 9 at Michigan Tech, as Hildebrand has carried goaltending responsibilities across the season. Despite the game not counting in the standings, sophomore forward Michael Ferrantino isn’t worried about the team not being pumped up for the game. He said the team is always excited anytime MSU gets the chance to play in front of a home crowd. “Anytime you can play out here at Munn it’s a lot of fun,” Ferrantino said “There’s going to be great support from everyone here, so I don’t think it’s too much more difficult.” The game begins at 7 p.m. at Munn. Tickets are free for students with an MSU ID.

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he season is winding down for both MSU men’s basketball and the rest of the Big Ten. It’s been a competitive season for the Spartans, one filled with injuries and a lack of playing chemistry at times. The rest of the Big Ten has taken advantage of some of the lapses by the Spartans, including Michigan (who beat the Spar-

Terran Petteway should be getting two scholarships for what he is doing for Nebraska. He currently leads the Big Ten in points per game (18.2) and he is a huge reason why the Cornhuskers are sitting on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament. It hits close to home for a lot of you reading this, but the sophomore guard put the dagger in MSU on the Spartans’ home court to give Nebraska its biggest win of the season. He can score from anywhere on the court and teams still have close to no idea how to contain him, and his presence gives Nebraska a postseason shot.

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Zach’s pick Top ten in the conference in scoring, field goal percentage, assists, free throw percentage, three-point percentage, three-pointers made, assist /turnover ratio and minutes played make the Canadian a pretty good choice for the POY award. Had they stayed healthy, Keith Appling & Adreian Payne might be award contenders, but Stauskas’ stats help.


COACH OF THE YEAR Tim Miles, Nebraska Zach’s pick Miles has made great strides to make Nebraska a legitimate Big Ten basketball school. Their win at the Breslin Center was a program-defining win for the Cornhuskers, and makes them a potential NCAA Tournament team. Last year, they won five games in their first season in the Big Ten and now, Miles has them in line for a postseason birth.

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The best is yet to come for MSU. The return of Branden Dawson will come at the perfect time for MSU go get back into the swing they hoped to be in all season and make a deep run at both tournaments. The way things are looking right now, MSU and Michigan could face off for a third time in the championship game. Just like in football, Indianapolis will be kind to the Spartans.

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tans twice) and Nebraska (who throttled MSU at Breslin Center). Some of these players, teams and coaches could come back to haunt MSU in the conference tournament in key situations. For now, read our picks for end-of-season conference honors.

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TOURNAMENT WINNER Wisconsin Matt’s pick Come tournament time, consistency and defense reign supreme. With six straight victories under their belt, it’s safe to say Bo Ryan has his Badgers back on the right track after hitting a brutal 1-5 stretch in the middle of the season. Nearly every player in their starting five has a defined role. Wisconsin also excels at pacing the game the way they want.

Coach of the Year John Beilein, Michigan Matt’s pick

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I know this isn’t what Spartan fans want to read, but this is a no-brainer in my eyes. John Beilein not only lost Trey Burke and Chuck Tim Hardaway to the NBA, but he lost sophomore forward Mitch Liddy/ McGary to season-ending back surgery before the season really R aleigh picked up steam. How in the world would Beilein rally the troops News & Observer/ and respond? MCT Well, no one knows how he did it, but he and the Wolverines have responded by all but locking up the conference title. At one point Michigan beat three top-ten teams in consecutive games. They won five Big Ten games where they were trailing at half. Coaches like Beilein make halftime adjustments and sound decisions to get teams ready for the road ahead.

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