Men's Basketball —  Tom Izzo let out a secret about Michigan State senior point guard Travis Trice on Monday night after the Spartans' 79-52 win over Santa Clara. "He wants to lead the league and lead the country in assist-to-turnover ratio," Izzo said. Trice had just finished an 8-assist, 1-turnover performance against Santa Clara, making the lofty goal seem not at all unreasonable.
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Men's Basketball —  The former Spartans All-American delivered a pregame speech to the 2014-15 Spartans Monday night at the Breslin Center that include a directive to close out games in the second half.
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Men's Basketball —  Marvin Clark Jr. has only seen Earvin "Magic" Johnson play in a chance classic game sighting on TV, but the Michigan State freshman knows all about the MSU and NBA legend. "Him and Michael are 1 and 2 or 2 and 1, either way," Clark said Monday after MSU's 79-52 win over Santa Clara of Johnson and Michael Jordan, citing Johnson's nine trips to the NBA Finals and five championships.
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Men's Basketball —  Branden Dawson came to the Breslin Center at noon Monday "sick as a dog," according to Michigan State coach Tom Izzo. After not going through the walkthrough because he felt lightheaded, the Spartans didn't play him in their 79-52 win over Santa Clara. The junior sat on the bench and was available if needed, Izzo said, but did not check in.
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Men's Basketball —  Michigan State continues to lose key players to injuries and ailments, but the scoring isn't going anywhere. A second straight strong start led No. 20 Michigan State (3-1) to an easy 79-52 win over Santa Clara Monday night at the Breslin Center.

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Hobbled Spartans handle business vs. Santa Clara Detroit Free Press
This Michigan State team is starting to resemble the last Michigan State team in one distinct, unwanted way. Health issues plagued last season's Spartans, and on Monday these Spartans played without three members of the rotation – senior forward Branden Dawson sat out with an illness, joining sophomore guard Alvin Ellis (sprained ankle) and freshman guard Javon Bess (broken foot) on the bench.

MSU shows center strength in easy win over Santa Clara Detroit News
Entering the season, Tom Izzo was hoping to get roughly 15 points and 10 rebounds a game out of his center position. That's the entire position, however many guys it takes. On Monday, sophomore Gavin Schilling showed signs those expectations likely won't be unattainable this season, recording career-highs in points (14) and rebounds (11) in No. 20 Michigan State's 79-52 victory over Santa Clara at the Breslin Center.

Marvin Clark, Gavin Schilling impress in men's basketball's win over Santa Clara State News
After losing a number of talented players from a year ago, it was known that for MSU to have success this season, fresh faces would have to step up. It appears freshman forward Marvin Clark Jr. and sophomore forward Gavin Schilling have the potential to be a couple of those guys.

Marvin Clark steps up for men's basketball in win over Santa Clara, 79-52 State News
In his first start at MSU, freshman forward Marvin Clark Jr. took full advantage of his opportunity. Senior forward Branden Dawson missed the game due to illness, but with Clark filling in, the Spartans didn’t miss a beat, cruising to a 79-52 victory over Santa Clara.

No Dawson, No Ellis, No Problem for Spartans Impact Sports
With Alvin Ellis still nursing a sprained ankle and Brandon Dawson out with the flu, Michigan State needed somebody to step up for the Spartans. True Freshman Marvin Clark, Jr. did just that in MSU’s 79-52 blowout of Santa Clara University.
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Men's Basketball —  Senior forward Branden Dawson has been named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy watch list. The award is presented annually to the top player in the nation selected by the U.S. Basketball Writer's Association. Dawson was named Most Outstanding Player in last season's Big Ten Tournament and is averaging 15 points and 8 rebounds through three games this season.
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Men's Basketball —  The Spartans technically open up play in the Orlando Classic when they face Santa Clara in East Lansing.
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Men's Basketball —  Michigan State (2-1) dropped one spot for the second consecutive week after falling to Duke, 81-71, Tuesday in Indianapolis. The Spartans rebounded to beat Loyola Chicago, 87-52 Friday night at home.
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Men's Basketball —  At the age of 13, Lourawls Nairn Jr. found his seat on a one-way flight to the United States; leaving behind everything he had known in efforts to find a better way of life for his family.
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Men's Basketball —  15 points and 10 rebounds per game combined out of Costello and Schilling. Costello said the key to doing that consistently lies in aggression.
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Men's Basketball —  There was one big problem with the three-point shot Michigan State junior center Matt Costello took in last week’s 81-71 loss to Duke in Indianapolis — that he hesitated to take it. “I didn’t hear a thing,” Costello said of the bench reaction to the first three-point try of his career. “All I heard was, ‘Be ready to shoot right away.’ ”
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Men's Basketball —  Before leaving for Florida to play in the Orlando Classic, Michigan State hosts Santa Clara in a non-bracketed game of the event. This is just the second-ever meeting between the Spartans and the Broncos, as the first came three games into Tom Izzo's 20-year coaching career.
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Men's Basketball —  The style points Michigan State may have earned with a 45-3 victory against bowl-bound Rutgers Saturday at Spartan Stadium wasn't nearly as important as win No. 9. The Spartans (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) entered the game ranked No. 11 in the Associated Press Poll, but more importantly, were also 11th in the College Football Playoff ratings.
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Men's Basketball —  This week, hosts Andrew Hayes and Blake Froling analyze the Navy struggle and Duke loss. They preview the Maryland game and talk about other big games around the first week of college basketball.
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Men's Basketball —  Matt Costello had 13 points and 11 rebounds as No. 19 Michigan State overpowered Loyola of Chicago 87-52 on Friday night. Branden Dawson and Marvin Clark Jr. each scored 15 for the Spartans (2-1). Travis Trice added 13 and Denzel Valentine 12, and Michigan State never trailed.

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Michigan State bounces back from Duke loss by demolishing Loyola Chicago MLive
In its first home outing of the 2014-15 season, Michigan State looked like a team Spartans fans are used to seeing. Michigan State flexed its muscles in a 87-52 win over Loyola Chicago on Friday night at Breslin Center.

Men's basketball returns home, defeats Loyola Chicago 87-52 State News
The No. 19 men's basketball team bounced back from a 10-point loss against No. 4 Duke on Tuesday with an 87-52 home victory over Loyola Chicago Friday night. Five Spartans reached double figure, led by senior forward Branden Dawson who had 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists, and freshman forward Marvin Clark Jr. who had 15 points of 3-of-4 shooting from downtown.

Spartans show improvement in rout of Loyola of Chicago Detroit News
After Michigan State lost to Duke early in the week, coach Tom Izzo promised his team would be better in the next couple of weeks. Thanks to a visit from Loyola-Chicago on Friday night, it didn't take nearly that long.

MSU 87, Loyola 52: Spartans display balanced attack Detroit Free Press
They had their moment and they'll have others, but Tom Izzo got more of what he's seeking out of Denzel Valentine in Michigan State's home-opening rough-up of Loyola (Chicago). Getting the junior guard rolling is the priority in two Breslin Center games before things get challenging again in next weekend's Orlando Classic, and by the time tonight's 87-52 rout was over, Valentine had put together a solid line – finishing with 12 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

Tom Izzo wants Branden Dawson shooting more after 7-for-11 night MLive
Branden Dawson had his second big scoring game for Michigan State, but his coach still wants more. Dawson had 15 points and seven rebounds in the Spartans' 87-52 win Friday night over Loyola Chicago. But he also took just 11 shots, making seven. And on a night he's hitting that well from the field, Tom Izzo wants him shooting more.

Michigan State basketball bounces back against Loyola isportsweb
Michigan State started their home schedule hot right out of the gate Friday night, blitzing the visiting Ramblers of Loyola-Chicago with a 17-2 run to start the game. The Spartans then followed that up a little bit later with an 11-0 run to take a 28-7 lead. MSU never looked back, going on to win 87-52 and winning their 38th straight home opener.

Increased role for big men on offense pays dividends against Loyola Chicago State News
There was some speculation coming into the season on whether junior Matt Costello and sophomore Gavin Schilling could carry the load for MSU's big men. On Friday night, the Spartans were adamant about getting the ball in the paint through both players.

Hot Spartans Demolish Ramblers in Home Opener Impact Sports
East Lansing was frigid on Friday night for the home opener, but nothing could cool down the Spartans. The Loyola (IL) Ramblers were victims of an offensive onslaught led by Marvin Clark, Jr. and Branden Dawson. MSU was firing on all cylinders and rolled to an easy 87-52 win.

Loyola Recap: Howling at a Wolf The Only Colors
Michigan State got back on track tonight with a dynamic 87-52 win over the Loyola (IL) Ramblers

Marvin Clark wears emotions on sleeve in MSU win Detroit Free Press
Marvin Clark Jr. screamed. Branden Dawson pounced. Tom Izzo laughed. Michigan State had an interesting little sequence late in Friday's 87-52 blowout of Loyola (Chicago) revolving around Clark, one of the early stories of the season for the No. 19 Spartans (2-1). It showed what he is – a musclebound 6-foot-6 freshman with a lot of potential as a scorer.

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Men's Basketball —  After a road trip to Annapolis to play Navy and a neutral-site game against Duke, MSU opens up the home schedule against Loyola-Chicago. The Ramblers barely broke the 10-win barrier last season with a two point win over Bradley in the MVC tournament. However, like Navy, the Ramblers return their entire starting five from last season, including Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the year Milton Doyle.
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Men's Basketball —  Gavin Schilling may only be 19 years old, but what the young Spartan lacks in age he makes up in experience. Born in Munich, Germany, the 6-9 forward has already lived in three countries, went to four different high schools and completed his freshman year of college at Michigan State University.
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Men's Basketball —  Shooting guard Alvin Ellis is unlikely to play for the second straight game after suffering a sprained ankle in Michigan State's season opener last Friday at Navy.
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Men's Basketball —  In the waning seconds of Tuesday's game against Duke, Michigan State senior point guard Travis Trice found himself in the open court streaking toward the basket. Going in for the easy lay-in would have ensured him as the Spartans' leading scorer in each of the two games, and help pad some early season scoring numbers.
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