Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Despite the Spartans' recent struggles, the next four games are all eminently winnable. That stretch includes a trip to Rutgers Tuesday, followed by home games against Michigan and Illinois and a trip to Northwestern.
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Men's Basketball statenews.com —  MSU (13-7 overall, 4-3 Big Ten) put on yet another puzzling performance, this time in a two-point loss to Nebraska. After scoring the game’s first points, the Spartans trailed the rest of the way, as Nebraska’s Terran Petteway and Shavon Shields delivered a one-two punch that MSU just couldn’t handle.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  "It looked like two totally different teams out there," said Trice, who had 15 of his career-high 27 points in the final 4:58. "We can score at will when our back's against the wall," said MSU senior forward Branden Dawson, who had eight points and a career-high-tying 18 rebounds.
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Men's Basketball statenews.com —  It started with a layup from Valentine at the 3:23 mark that trimmed the deficit to 10. The floodgates seemed to open from there.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Travis Trice and Denzel Valentine might not have been able to step back and consider their second-half efforts in the wake of Michigan State's 79-77 loss at Nebraska Saturday. But when they can, they will see that with a scorching 39 combined points in the final 20 minutes, the Spartans' backcourt duo snapped out of a two-game offensive funk.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  The Spartans grabbed a season-high 24 offensive rebounds, or 61.5% of their misses, in Saturday's 79-77 loss at Nebraska.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Before the season began, many believed Michigan State and Nebraska would push for a shot at the conference title. But just six games into Big Ten play, neither had found its rhythm and both teams were mired in the middle of the pack. On Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena, Nebraska looked like it was ready to live up to those preseason expectations while Michigan State continued to be mired in a season-long bout of inconsistency.

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Nebraska 79, MSU 77: Ups, downs continue for Spartans Detroit Free Press
Nebraska began today's game without starting forward David Rivers – out with a knee injury suffered in practice – then lost starting big man Walter Pitchford fewer than four minutes in, after he elbowed MSU's Matt Costello and was ejected. At that moment, the Spartans were looking at a "should win" instead of a "could win." Unfortunately for them, Nebraska starters Terran Petteway and Shavon Shields were still on the floor.

Late comeback not enough as Michigan State falls at Nebraska Mlive
Michigan State appeared poised to overcome a dreadful shooting start and make an unlikely road comeback, but Nebraska did just enough down the stretch to keep the Spartans at bay. Michigan State came back from 14 down at halftime to make it a one-possession game in the final minute, before Nebraska sealed a 79-77 win at the free-throw line Saturday afternoon at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

MSU drops to 13-7 overall with 79-77 loss to Nebraska State News
A furious rally in the final minutes wasn't enough for MSU, and the Spartans lost to Nebraska, 79-77. The final score does not paint an accurate picture, as the Cornhuskers led almost the entire game and had the Spartans looking lost for much of the contest.

Nebraska Holds Off The Spartans 79-77 MSUSpartans.com
Terran Petteway scored a season-high 32 points, Shavon Shields added 21 and short-handed Nebraska held off Michigan State 79-77 on Saturday. The Cornhuskers (12-7, 4-3 Big Ten) won for the fourth time in five games. The Spartans (13-7, 4-3) lost for the second time in three games.

Turnovers, missed free throws leave Tom Izzo frustrated with first half at Nebraska MLive
"It makes the first half even more frustrating," Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. "I think what's really been frustrating is we practiced good, I felt good about our preparation, I felt good about the mindset our guys were in. As soon as a couple things go wrong with a couple of these guys they look very unconfident."

Late rally falls short at Nebraska isportsweb
Tom Izzo and the Michigan State basketball team headed to Nebraska on saturday looking to make it back to back wins in what has been a frustrating season so far. Unfortunately, they would have no such luck. Michigan State’s glaring issues were once again exposed by what many would consider an inferior team, even though MSU isn’t the conference powerhouse they have been in recent years.

Nebraska 79, Michigan State 77: Free Throw Follies The Only Colors
The Cornhuskers were already short-handed with David Rivers sitting out due to injury, and when Walter Pitchford picked up a flagrant foul and ejection four minutes in, both of their starting bigs were done for the day. With seven minutes left in the first half, though, Nebraska still led 20-18, and from there went on a 15-2 run, fueled in part by MSU going 2 for 7 from the free throw line in the last seven minutes of the half. The Spartans gradually chipped away at the lead and got it down to 8 with 9 minutes to play. A few steals in the full-court press late got MSU relatively close, but it wasn't enough.

Foul trouble 'really hurt' Michigan State in defeat Detroit News
"Yeah, the foul trouble is really getting in our way," said Valentine, who still managed to play 28 minutes. "But still I think we had good looks, played decent defense we just got to be more mentally tough."

Dawson’s 18 rebounds aren’t enough to save Spartans Detroit News
Twice this season Michigan State senior Branden Dawson has grabbed 18 rebounds in a game. And both times the Spartans came up short. The first was in December in a one-point, overtime loss at Notre Dame. The second was Saturday when Nebraska held off a furious Michigan State rally to win, 79-77.





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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State and Nebraska are statistically two of the best defensive teams in the Big Ten. The Huskers lead the conference in field goal percentage defense at .378, while Michigan State is right behind at .383. Both teams are also among the top five in the conference in scoring defense.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State certainly doesn't have the most dominant front court in the Big Ten, but a case can be made the Spartans have the most efficient. Senior power forward Branden Dawson leads the Big Ten with 9.6 rebounds per game, while sophomore Gavin Schilling leads the Big Ten with 65.9 field goal percentage and fellow center Matt Costello is third at 60.6 percent.
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Men's Basketball bleacherreport.com —  Generally speaking, Michigan State has a decent basketball team this year. However, the Spartans haven’t always played up to expectations—they’re unranked and sit at 13-6 (4-2 Big Ten) heading into Saturday’s game at Nebraska (11-7, 3-3).
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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  Michigan State Basketball (13-6) will play at Nebraska (11-7) this Saturday, and look to get their second straight in-conference win. The Spartans are currently fifth in the Big Ten, (4-2) and Nebraska is seventh. (3-3) Despite Michigan State’s poor play as of late, this game is shaping up to be a favorable matchup for MSU. Let’s take a look at what the Spartans need to get done in order to get a win
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  It was one awkward leap for 6-foot-9 center Matt Costello, one tiny step for Michigan State's half-court offense. And the Spartans will take any progress they can get on the weakest aspect of their game. It is dominating the practice-plan thoughts of Tom Izzo and his staff.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Trice has emerged as one of Michigan State’s go-to scorers, the rest of the teams around the Big Ten have noticed, too. And they’re making tougher for Trice to find his shot. In the second meeting with Maryland, Trice scored a season-low five points and took just eight shots. In the win over Penn State on Wednesday, he was 4-for-10 for 10 points.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  "The keys will be, we have to do a good job on Terran Petteway, make him earn every basket, he and (Shavon) Shields are the scorers,'' Stephens said, referencing Petteway's 18.9 points per game average and Shields' 16.4 "They are dangerous in transition, so we have to make sure we're sprinting back in transition every time." Discuss »
Men's Basketball statenews.com —  Sophomore forward Gavin Schilling was a monster for the Spartans Wednesday night, dunking with authority and cleaning up the boards to help propel the Spartans to a 66-60 win against Penn State. Despite his eye-popping stat line —11 points and 10 rebounds, six of which came on the offensive end — he and head coach Tom Izzo discussed his tendency to go up for the ball with one hand after the game.
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  Michigan State travels to Nebraska for the Spartans' first trip to play inside Pinnacle Bank Arena. This is the first of two straight games on the road for MSU, as the Spartans have split their first two Big Ten road contests. In B1G play, Nebraska ranks first in FG% defense, while MSU ranks second.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Travis Trice, the team's starting point guard and a career 71 percent free throw shooter, stepped to the line with 37 seconds left and his team up by five on Penn State Wednesday night. When he let his first free throw attempt of the night fly, the ball barely grazed the front of the rim. In that shot, the player and his coach saw two different things.
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Men's Basketball statenews.com —  For the second time in two weeks, the men's basketball team closed out a tough win at home on Wednesday. On Saturday, they will try to do the same on the road.
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Men's Basketball michiganstate.247sports.com —  “I’m sure everybody’s feeling a little pressure,” Izzo said of his players. “(Fans) are mad, everybody’s upset. We’re alright. We’re not great yet, but there’s a million reasons and some of them we weren’t great at the beginning (of the season). We were supposed to work at becoming great.”
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