Men's Basketball —  Magic Johnson has been getting some company in the triple-double ranks. And since that company is coming from Michigan State, he's happy to have it.
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Men's Basketball —  Draymond Green was saying the other day Denzel Valentine could actually pass Magic Johnson's MSU triple-double record. So, what say you, Magic? "Ummm, I believe he can, but triple-doubles are hard to get. It's not easy," Johnson said Sunday before MSU took on Providence in the Wooden Legacy championship game.
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Men's Basketball —  Deyonta Davis got bullied in the first half against Providence Sunday night. What he did in the second half is a tantalizing thought for Michigan State's coaching staff. This should be a tantalizing thought for you, too. The freshman forward dropped in 12 points and vacuumed six rebounds in the Spartans' win over the Friars. Yet it was his feistiness on the defensive end that kept him on the court at the end of the game.
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Men's Basketball —  The win was far from the best win of the season. Tom Izzo called it "ugly." The Spartans looked disjointed at times. But it marked a critical step for a team that has now proven it doesn't necessarily have to go as its star player goes.
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Men's Basketball —  Bryn Forbes scored 18 points and Deyonta Davis had six of his 12 points in a game-ending spurt to help No. 3 Michigan State rally past Providence 77-64 in the championship game of the DirecTV Wooden Legacy on Sunday night. Denzel Valentine added 17 points, six rebounds and five assists to earn most outstanding player honors, and Eron Harris had 12 points for the Spartans (7-0). They beat Boston College by 31 points in their opener and Boise State by 10 on their way to wrapping up the title.

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Michigan State pulls away late to win Wooden Legacy over Providence MLive
Michigan State finally had a game that wasn't the Denzel Valentine show. But the Spartans learned their complementary players can step up when called on and deliver a critical win. The Spartans beat Providence, 77-64, to take the Wooden Legacy championship Sunday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

MSU basketball takes Wooden Legacy crown with 77-64 victory over Providence State News
The No. 3 MSU basketball team (7-0) used a 20-7 run in the last five minutes Sunday night to defeat the Providence Friars (6-1), 77-64 to take the Wooden Legacy crown in Anaheim, Calif.

No. 3 MSU shows early season resolve in title win Detroit News
You wouldn't have believed it earlier in the tournament, when Denzel Valentine was making everything in sight and putting Michigan State on his lean back, but there are going to be nights like this. And on a night when Valentine wasn't at his best, and when Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn was struggling too, the rest of the Spartans scraped and clawed and stepped up to lead the Spartans past Providence, 77-64, on Sunday night to win the Wooden Legacy tournament championship.

Michigan State Basketball: MSU 77 - Providence 64 Recap The Only Colors
MSU won the Wooden Legacy giving the Spartans a 7-0 record for the second time in the last three years

Tom Izzo sounds off on new rules after Michigan State's win over Providence MLive
"I think I can voice my opinion and say I don't agree with it," Izzo said. "...Why do you want the best players on the bench? Why do we want a free throw contest?"

Izzo frustrated over tighter rules Detroit News
"I don't want to get into it," Izzo said, before getting into it. "I won't get fined because I love the officials. I think they're awesome. "I don't think it's their fault. They're scared to death. I think there's a difference between freedom of movement ... and touching a guy 30 feet from the basket. If you're impeding the process, that's a foul. Oh my God, some of them on us and them ..."

Denzel Valentine vents a little anger in MSU victory Detroit News
There wasn't much for Denzel Valentine to get mad about during Michigan State's stay in sunny California. But he lost his cool a bit as the clock was winding down on Sunday's 77-64 victory over Providence.

No. 3 Michigan State wins Wooden Legacy behind supporting cast CBS Sports
Michigan State was supposed to be good following its Final Four run in 2015. But I'm not sure even the most ardent Spartan supporters could have expected this after losing Travis Trice and Branden Dawson.
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Men's Basketball —  MSU takes on the Providence Friars in the championship game of the Wooden Legacy led by National POY candidate Kris Dunn
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Men's Basketball —  The basketball team has back to back games against Providence and Louisville as opportunities to get two additional marquee victories under their belt before the first full week of December is complete. The first game against the Providence Friars will take place tonight at approximately 10:00PM EST (ESPN2) as the Spartans try to win the Wooden Legacy championship.
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Men's Basketball —  A few hours apart in Titan Gymnasium on Friday, a pair of national player of the year candidates put on different but equally impressive individual displays.
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Men's Basketball —  Denzel Valentine, with cameras rolling and mics hot earlier this week, was referred to as Denzel Washington. Hey, if the shoe fits. Valentine's star has risen this week in California, where he posted his second triple-double of the season Thursday against Boston College, then posted a career-high 32 points against Boise State in the Wooden Legacy tournament at Cal State Fullerton.
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Men's Basketball —  Eron Harris understands what he has to do to spend more time on the court. He just doesn't know how to do it yet.Michigan State's junior transfer shooting guard arrived in East Lansing with a résumé stuffed with offensive accomplishments: He scored some 18 points a game at West Virginia. He shot 42% from the three-point line, the third-best percentage in the Big 12 conference. He compiled a highlight-reel tape of slick and creative drives to the basket.
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Men's Basketball —  Michigan State leads the all-time series with Providence, 3-0. The two teams have not met since the 1999 Puerto Rico Shootout, when the Spartans claimed an 82-58 victory on Nov. 25, 1999.
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Men's Basketball —  When Michigan State plays Providence in the Wooden Legacy tournament title game Sunday, the NBA scouts in attendance could be looking at a couple of first-round picks, one of whom is a likely lottery pick. Kris Dunn, Providence’s 6-foot-4 shooting guard, is a former McDonald’s All American who is fulfilling that promise so far this season. Dunn scored 19 points in a 69-65 victory over Arizona on Friday night in just 21 minutes. He is averaging 18.7 points, 6.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 4.3 steals in six games this season.
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Men's Basketball —  Within a few minutes of playing 34 minutes, scoring nine points and dishing out seven assists, Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn had strapped a walking boot back on his foot. This has been life for the Michigan State sophomore point guard, who is battling a case of plantar fasciitis that isn't getting any better. "I'm in pain," he admitted after Michigan State's 77-67 win over Boise State.
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Men's Basketball —  That anticipated Michigan State-Arizona matchup won't be happening, but not through any fault of the Spartans. Providence upset the No. 11 Wildcats, 69-65, late Saturday night in a Wooden Legacy semifinal. That means the Friars will face No. 3 Michigan State in the tournament championship game, 10 p.m. ET (ESPN2) on Sunday at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
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Men's Basketball —  The Spartans survived a skilled and relentless Boise State team plenty good enough to beat them because Valentine decided to, you know, breathe. And because his backcourt mate, Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn Jr., got in his face. Or his ear. Or whatever rah-rah cliché you prefer. "Credit to him," said Valentine. "He was the one telling me if I took a bad shot."
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Men's Basketball —  Sometimes, nothing’s fundamentally wrong. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of confidence. That’s how Michigan State coach Tom Izzo explains some of the early struggles for Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn, which, just like that, are a thing of the past. Nairn is having a brilliant tournament in the Wooden Legacy, sparking the Spartans with his own long-range shots, his unselfishness and his defense.
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Men's Basketball —  Denzel Valentine scored a career-high 32 points, hitting five consecutive 3-pointers to break open a tight game in the second half, and No. 3 Michigan State defeated Boise State 77-67 Friday in the semifinals of the DirecTV Wooden Legacy.

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Denzel Valentine's 32 points pace Michigan State in win over Boise State MLive
Another game produced another inspired Denzel Valentine performance. And this time, Michigan State needed it in a bad way. Valentine hit four consecutive 3-pointers early in the second half to break open a tight game as Michigan State pulled away from Boise State, 76-67, Friday at Titan Gymnasium.

Valentine scores 32 as MSU beats Boise State Detroit News
Tom Izzo has been expecting it. He knows opponents, no matter how big or small, will be gunning for Michigan State, given its lofty No. 3 ranking. And Michigan State got all it could handle from Boise State before Denzel Valentine put the Spartans on his back with four consecutive 3-pointers en route to a 77-67 victory Friday at the Wooden Legacy tournament at Cal-State Fullerton.

Denzel Valentine shines again in MSU basketball's 77-67 victory over Boise State State News
A night after notching his second triple-double of the season in a victory against Boston College, MSU senior guard Denzel Valentine had another big game, finishing with 32 points, nine rebounds and six assists to help the Spartans to a 77-67 victory over the Boise State Broncos.

Valentine's 32 points lead MSU past Boise State, 77-67 Detroit Free Press
There will be days when Michigan State doesn’t make so many three-pointers, days when its ball-screen defense costs it, when dribble penetration and all those easy lay-ups are too much to overcome. Denzel Valentine made sure today wasn’t one of those days. In a breathtaking second-half stretch against Boise State in the second round of the Wooden Legacy Classic tournament, the senior guard hit five consecutive threes to lead MSU to a 77-67 victory.

Valentine nets career-high in win against Boise State 247Sports
A solid encore following a triple-double with 29 points is hardly an easy thing to do, but Denzel Valentine found a way. The Michigan State senior scored 18 straight points in the second-half after Boise State pulled to within 43-42 on Friday, fueling Michigan State to a 77-67 win.

Denzel Valentine felt like he couldn't miss in 3-point flurry against Boise State MLive
When a player, performing as well as any in college basketball, gets this feeling, look out: "I just got this adrenaline, and I just felt like every shot I was going to take was going to be good," Denzel Valentine said on Friday.

Recap: MSU Beats Boise State 77-67 The Only Colors
Denzel Valentine had another stellar performance tonight as the Spartans took on Boise State in California. Valentine hit four consecutive 3-pointers early into the second half to unleash the Spartans offense after a very close first half. Discuss »
Men's Basketball —  If there's a trademark of Tom Izzo-coached teams at Michigan State, it's that he has his teams ready for March, not necessarily November. And if that holds true this year, and the Spartans are actually playing better in four months than they are now, well, watch out. Because they're playing darn good right now.
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Men's Basketball —  Before MSU tips off its second game, Friday afternoon against Boise State, here's a look back at 20 of the most memorable victories of Izzo's Hall of Fame career.
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Men's Basketball —  Boise State has good size as a team overall. Their starting lineup goes 6-4, 6-6, 6-8, 6-7, and 6-9. While that's not an overly tall frontcourt, MSU's backcourt is pretty small wih 5-11 (generous listed height) Tum Tum Nairn and 6-3 Bryn Forbes.
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