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Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State basketball’s win at Nebraska Lansing State Journal
1. If Cassius Winston can do this at Nebraska, then it really is just MSU and U-M
2. Freshman thoughts — Nebraska edition
3. Nebraska is how a football school should do hoops

Cassius Winston’s career-high 29 helps Michigan State to road win at Nebraska mlive.com
A once deep Michigan State team has seen many of its tools taken out of its toolbox in the last few weeks, as key players have exited the lineup and defenses have slowed down others. Yet in a key midseason Big Ten road game, Michigan State was able to get the job done with Cassius Winston and a strong defensive effort.

Michigan State hangs on for impressive victory at Nebraska Detroit News
Winning on the road is tough in the Big Ten. It’s a proposition made much easier when Cassius Winston is your point guard. The junior was outstanding Thursday, scoring a career-high 29 points and handing out six assists to lead No. 6 Michigan State to a 70-64 victory over Nebraska at Pinnacle Bank Arena. It was the 19th straight Big Ten regular-season victory for the Spartans, establishing a program record. It also ended Nebraska’s 20-game home winning streak.

Winston and Ward power Michigan State basketball past Nebraska, 70-64 Detroit Free Press
Cassius Winston let it fly from deep behind the arc, nearly standing on the sideline next to Tom Izzo. Swish. Winston and Nick Ward provided the offensive punch, and No. 6 Michigan State’s defense did the rest en route to a 70-64 road victory over Nebraska on Thursday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

 

 

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After growing up in southeast Michigan, former Michigan State star Kalin Lucas is close to getting to wear Detroit Pistons red, white and blue.

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Michigan State takes its ten-game winning streak on the road as it travels to Lincoln to battle the surging Nebraska Huskers Thursday night.  The Spartans will be without Joshua Langford again – and they might not have Kyle Ahrens available.  Can State keep the streak alive as it continues its march through the Big Ten gauntlet?

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Michigan State boasts the Big Ten’s most potent offense, leading the conference in scoring, 3-point shooting, and assists. A big reason why has been the play of junior point guard Cassius Winston, who on Thursday was named to Sports Illustrated’s midseason All-America second team.

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Anticipation continues to grow with every victory and bracketology projection. Seventeen straight wins for Michigan basketball, a projected No. 1 seed for the NCAA tournament this week according to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi. Ten straight for Michigan State, tabbed as a potential No. 2 seed with a chance to ascend.

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This could be a real test of the Spartans’ depth and ability to win with heavy minutes from multiple freshmen. Part of what makes MSU so efficient and dangerous is its cast of veteran role players, with the contributions of freshman Aaron Henry needed against certain more athletic matchups.

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Tom Izzo has been open about his displeasure for Michigan State’s play over the last couple of games, but the Spartans have won by 18 over Purdue and 15 at Penn State. Those tests may not have anything on what Michigan State is going to see from Nebraska on Thursday night.

Source: Spartan Avenue

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Michigan State’s men’s basketball team hits the road for the second-straight game, visiting Nebraska on Thursday, Jan. 17.  Tipoff at Pinnacle Bank Arena is slated for 8 p.m. (ET). The game will air live on FS1, with Justin Kutcher calling the play-by-play, Bill Raftery serving as the color analyst and Andy Katz on sidelines.

Source: Michigan State University Athletics

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Steve Kerr couldn’t help but laugh at Tom Izzo’s question — and essentially reject the premise.”In the last five years, and it will sound crazy, but I’ve spent a lot of time with Draymond [Green],” Izzo said by phone this week. “And I’ll ask Steve Kerr, ‘What does it take?'”

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Henry and Brown have been thrust into major minutes — and a starting role in Henry’s case — because of injuries to junior Joshua Langford and redshirt junior Kyle Ahrens. Including McQuaid, MSU has three healthy scholarship wings right now. Izzo had no update Monday on the status of Langford and Ahrens, indicating Henry will again be in the starting role Thursday at Nebraska.

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It’s easy to look at the stat sheet and see what Michigan State is missing without Joshua Langford in the lineup. There are the 15 points a game as well as the 40.3 percent 3-point shooting. Not as clear but just as important is the defensive effort the junior brings, not to mention the experience of having played in big game after big games.

Source: Detroit News

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Tom Izzo, returns to The Sidelines with Evan Daniels to talk shop on Cassius Winston and Jaren Jackson, the Spartans’ explosive offense and what makes them so dangerous, and like many others, Izzo also has a take on the revamped recruiting schedule.

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“I told Nick this last year, it’s a compliment to get double-teamed,” Izzo said. “Nick didn’t like that last year, he didn’t kind of agree with that theory. Now, midway through his junior season, Ward said he’s come around to that way of thinking.

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Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari are back in the Friend Zone for the latest episode of the Spartan Speak podcast.

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“Cassius is the kind of guy that just plays and has always figured it out,” MSU coach Tom Izzo said Monday. “But Cassius and Nick are gonna get more attention.”Both Winston and Ward expect that to continue Thursday, as the Spartans head to Nebraska (8 p.m., FS1). Langford — who has missed four straight games — remains unlikely to shed the walking boot by then. And fellow junior swingman Ahrens’ back injury continues to be a day-to-day wait after he sat out MSU’s 71-56 win at Penn State.

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Breaking down film of its next opponent is standard practice at Michigan State. Like most other teams around college basketball, the work in the film room is vital to getting prepared for quick turnarounds, especially now with the Big Ten playing 20 conference games.

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It is a bit of a light week for the MSU basketball squad as they have just one game on the schedule, a Thursday night matchup in Lincoln with the Huskers. The team will need to rest up because next week they play Monday, Thursday, and Sunday.

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Kalin Lucas is back home. The former Orchard St. Lake Mary’s and Michigan State standout is signing a two-way deal with the Detroit Pistons, according to a person with firsthand knowledge of the situation. Lucas will take the place of Zach Lofton, who will be cut.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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After dealing with a family health scare last season, Michigan State big man Nick Ward is thriving on the court.

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