Men's Basketball freep.com —  Valentine still might not be where he was before his knee injury, but he’s awfully close. Meanwhile, his fellow seniors — Costello and shooting guard Bryn Forbes — have never been better. Forbes lit up Ann Arbor for 29 points on eight three-pointers. He dove to the floor to chase loose balls — twice. He sprinted to every screen and curled around them ready to shoot.
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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  Michigan State freshman guard Matt McQuaid could prove to be a pivotal factor down the stretch for the Spartans, as they try to climb the Big Ten standings after a subpar 6-4 start.
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Men's Basketball michiganstate.247sports.com —  Michigan State had a week off after hitting threes in bunches in its two games a week ago. But the time off did nothing to cool down the Spartans. MSU came out on fire, especially Bryn Forbes, after hitting 33 threes a week ago. The Spartans had 14, this time around, and won a game in blowout fashion against their in-state rival 89-73.

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Michigan State dominates Michigan from beginning to end in easy rout MLive
Pockets of Michigan State fans stood and cheered in the waning moments of a rivalry matchup at Crisler Center on Saturday. It was an appropriate finish to what nearly ended as the worst home loss of the John Beilein era at Michigan, if not for a late, meaningless flurry by the Wolverines. In a rout from beginning to end, hot-shooting Michigan State came in and embarrassed Michigan, 89-73, in front of a full house at Crisler.

MSU blows out U-M at Crisler Center, 89-73 State News
No. 10 MSU defeated the University of Michigan 89-73 in the only meeting between the in-state rivals this season. MSU was led by 29 points from senior guard Bryn Forbes and senior guard Denzel Valentine who ended the game with 21 points nine rebounds and eight assists. U-M was led by junior Zak Irvin who ended with 19 points.

Michigan State Basketball takes care of Michigan easily Spartan Avenue
Despite winning by 16 points, the final score was much closer than the game actually was. The Spartans were up by 30 points with about five minutes left and then the end of the bench players came in and played a bit sloppy as the Wolverines cut it to 19, hitting a three at the buzzer to make it a 16-point MSU victory.

Forbes makes it rain 3s as MSU trounces UM Detroit News
In their only meeting of the regular season, Michigan State made enough of an impression to hold them over for another year. Bryn Forbes got open look after open look and didn't miss, finishing with 29 points thanks to eight 3-pointers as the No. 10 Spartans rolled the reeling Wolverines, 89-73, before a packed house Saturday.

Forbes, MSU sizzle from three in 89-73 rout of U-M Detroit Free Press
Shooters often top scouting reports because their long shots lift their teams emotionally, demoralize opponents and count for three points. It was easy to predict and obvious to see Saturday that Michigan sniper Duncan Robinson was the focus of Michigan State coach Tom Izzo’s game plan. It was not easy to see what Michigan had in mind for MSU’s Bryn Forbes.

Forbes leads No. 10 Spartans to 89-73 rout of Michigan MSUSpartans.com
Bryn Forbes scored 23 of his 29 points in the first half, part of an early barrage of 3-pointers by No. 10 Michigan State in an 89-73 rout of rival Michigan on Saturday. Forbes made seven of the Spartans' 10 3-pointers in the half, and Michigan State finished 14 of 22 from beyond the arc. Long known for their rebounding and physicality, the Spartans (20-4, 7-4 Big Ten) have now made 47 3-pointers in their last three games. They beat Northwestern and Rutgers by a combined 65 points and the game against Michigan (17-7, 7-4) wasn't too competitive, either.

MSU 89 - Michigan 73 Kneejerk Reactions The Only Colors
As you’re reading this, Bryn Forbes just hit another 3. The Spartans didn’t quite light up the triples like they did the previous two games, nailing just 14 in the dominant win over Michigan.

Michigan State's seniors lead the way in emotional win over Michigan MLive
With the lights out and everyone focused on Michigan pregame player introductions, Matt Costello broke down. The Spartans senior forward went through his normal pregame routine, saying a prayer in the team's final huddle before tipoff on Saturday afternoon. But soon before the game, the emotion of knowing his final regular-season game against Michigan was upon him was too much to handle.

Spartans win big against Wolverines isportsweb
In what is likely to be the only match up between Michigan State and Michigan this year the Spartans dominated in just about every aspect. Michigan State came out of Ann Arbor with an 89-73 win. Seniors Denzel Valentine, Bryn Forbes and Matt Costello led the Spartans.

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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  MSU is favored in Vegas by about 3.5 points and that's probably about right. Even if MSU isn't able to keep up its two-big lineup against Michigan, Costello should have a decent sized advantage against the less experienced Donnal.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan starts four players who play primarily on the perimeter, including 6-foot-8 forward Duncan Robinson, who leads the Big Ten in made 3-pointers. That could create challenges defensively for Michigan State, which has spent most of the last five weeks using a lineup with two big men. Lately, that's been primarily starters Matt Costello and Deyonta Davis. Offensively, the size mismatch could lead the Spartans to turn away from its 3-point heavy attack of the last two games and toward another way it has had success this season: scoring down low.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Valentine committed to MSU on Aug. 9, 2010, and Costello followed two days later. They might have been surprised at the time if they were told they’d be a pedestrian 4-3 against the rival Wolverines — a record both can cite on demand — entering what might be their last meeting. And they might have been surprised to find out they’d grow this close, and this close to the nerve center of Izzo’s program. This is their team, they are his confidants, and they share with him a desperation to win today when No. 10 MSU (19-4, 6-4 Big Ten) visits U-M (17-6, 7-3).
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Tom Izzo isn’t planning any emotional speeches. Michigan State travels to Michigan today, and there’s little doubt emotion will be running high in the only meeting of the regular season between the rivals. But as much as Izzo — and most coaches — know every game only counts for one, the reality is this game is different.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  If Michigan State wants to reach the Final Four this season, it would be advised to win Saturday at Michigan. MSU coach Tom Izzo has never lost at U-M and made the Final Four in the same season. And of his eight wins at Michigan’s Crisler Center, seven of them came during his Final Four seasons – 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2015.
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Men's Basketball spartansportsnetwork.com —  Will Tieman and Coach Izzo talk about tomorrow's road game at Michigan
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Men's Basketball campusrush.com —  As MSU seniors Denzel Valentine and Matt Costello prepare for their last regular season game against rival Michigan on Saturday, they can't help but feel a little disappointed.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Is it basketball season again yet? I can't be sure, because all I've heard about this week are football players who mostly may or may not have an impact on college football teams in a few years. But such is the hoopla around national signing day. It pays the bills.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State defensive line signee Naquan Jones says he has work left to do in the classroom, and the Spartans are hoping he's able to qualify and avoid an academic redshirt. "It's gone very well, and coach (Mark) Dantonio, coach (Brad) Salem and coach (Ron) Burton, they're very impressed with the effort I've been putting into my senior year and the improvement," Jones said. "I'm just making steps in the right direction and it's all looking good right now."
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Men's Basketball statenews.com —  They all count as one win. That’s the old adage coaches and players will frequently attempt to use to tame the emotions of a rivalry game, but for MSU head coach Tom Izzo, a game against in-state rival Michigan Saturday is more than just one game.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State enters Crisler Center on Saturday winners of three straight, the last two by 30-plus points, as it plays some of its best basketball of the year. But rivalries are a different animal. And as we learned on the football field this fall, crazy things can happen.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Izzo currently is using a starting lineup featuring 6-foot-9 forward Matt Costello and 6-foot-10 forward Deyonta Davis and has primarily played two post players together of late. With bigs like Costello and Davis on the floor, Beilein's primary lineup of Derrick Walton Jr., Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, Zak Irvin, Duncan Robinson and Mark Donnal will have to find the corners on a puzzle.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Michigan State has had to play its share of different lineups this season — some by choice and some out of necessity. But heading into Saturday’s matchup at Michigan, it seems No. 10 Michigan State’s ability to adapt to any style game could be an advantage. The Wolverines are a perimeter-oriented team, and that will be the challenge.
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Men's Basketball onlyfans.cstv.com —  Michigan State seniors Denzel Valentine and Matt Costello know that part of their legacy is how they perform against in-state rival Michigan. They are going to make sure the Spartan freshmen know the importance of the game.
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