Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Forbes started against the Gophers, but he was limited to a season-low 13 minutes, scoring only four points on 1-of-5 shooting from the floor and 1-of-2 from the free-throw line.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State forward Matt Costello knows all too well the dilemma of trying to guard Wisconsin senior forward Frank Kaminsky. Any time you try to slow down one part of his game, Kaminsky counters with another.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  In the early years of Tom Izzo's coaching career, it was a lot easier to get rid of game tape he didn't especially want to review. In fact, the Michigan State coach has famously used hand tools to smash them to pieces in the midst of a season.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  I had a feeling Tom Izzo wasn't done talking about the second "foul or defend" situation this season that has resulted in a last-second tying three for an opponent – both of which resulted in home losses for Michigan State, to Maryland on Dec. 30 and to Minnesota on Thursday.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  A day after the Spartans fell 96-90 to the Golden Gophers in overtime, they were right back to work on Sunday's game at No. 5 Wisconsin (25-3, 13-2). MSU has won six of the past seven meetings, but making it seven of eight will require a road win over the Big Ten's most talented team, angry after a loss at Maryland, on its senior day. And it will require rapid recovery.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  It can't happen again. Shouldn't happen again. Not this season. Not with three regular-season games left to make a case for an NCAA tournament berth. Not with Wisconsin on the road Sunday and surging Purdue at home next week and pesky Indiana waiting in Bloomington next weekend.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  It was only seven points, and it was only five minutes, but it was a light at the end of the tunnel for Alvin Ellis III, who has had a quiet sophomore season since suffering a high ankle sprain in Michigan State's season-opening game at Navy.
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Men's Basketball thecoverfour.com —  Minnesota’s 2p/3p/ft shooting splits were 57.1%/42.9%/72.5, they shot about six free throws for every eight field goal attempts, and they turned the ball over on less than one out of every offensive ten possessions. Sheesh. So, in the face of that, of course MSU’s defense got smoked worse than they have in a long time.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State fans might be surprised to learn that the statistics support Izzo's defend strategy. But it's still not a simple decision.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Familiar talk about the motor and effort level of Michigan State forward Branden Dawson has largely subsided in 2015, as he's put together the most consistent stretch of his college career in the last two months. It all returned Thursday night after a 96-90 overtime loss to Minnesota in which Spartans coach Tom Izzo was clearly frustrated with the senior's level of play.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State planned to spend Thursday night watching film and reliving the misery of its 96-90 home overtime loss to Minnesota. But by the time that film is analyzed and practice time comes on Friday, the Spartans will be looking turning their attention forward to one of the biggest matchups on its schedule.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  "I feel like we beat ourselves, especially me," Trice said. "I take it on me. You go 6-for-13, that is something I've never done before and I'm never going to do it again. I make free throws and we win."


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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Tom Izzo said he considered fouling when up by three late in regulation against Minnesota before ultimately opting to defend. He then watched as Michigan State missed a defensive switch and allowed the Gophers' Carlos Morris hit a game-tying 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left in regulation. "It's a choice I made and a choice I'll live with," Izzo said. "If guys would do their damn job, do what they're supposed to do, we wouldn't have been in that position."



Choice to defend instead of foul late bites MSU again Detroit Free Press
The last time MSU faced a "foul or defend" situation, Denzel Valentine and associate head coach Dwayne Stephens talked Tom Izzo into fouling Ohio State – a turnover on the inbounds pass made that a moot point. But on Thursday, there were no such discussions with Minnesota inbounding down 78-75 and 12.8 seconds left in regulation.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State blew a six-point lead in the final 34 seconds of regulation and saw some familiar demons return as it fell to Minnesota, 96-90 at home, and had its four-game win streak snapped. The Spartans twice fouled 3-point shooters in the waning moments and missed a key free throw that left the door open for Minnesota guard Carlos Morris hit a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left and improbably tie the game.

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Men's basketball falls in overtime trap game to Minnesota State News
In a textbook trap game, Minnesota stormed into Breslin Center and strolled away with a 96-90 victory. On what seemed to be Minnesota’s last chance, sophomore forward Gavin Schilling fouled Minnesota junior guard Carlos Morris on a three-point heave. The shot from Morris went in but he missed the go-ahead free throw to keep MSU’s hopes alive, as the Spartans went to their sixth overtime game of the year.

Missed free throws doom Michigan State in OT loss Detroit News
Michigan State learned on Thursday night what plenty of Big Ten teams already knew — beating Minnesota is no easy task. Not even when you lead by six points with just more than 30 seconds left in the game.

Spartans can't hold on, fall to Minnesota 96-90 (OT) Detroit Free Press
Something was different from the start, and it had to do with Minnesota's treatment of the basketball. The Golden Gophers were putting it in the basket. Over and over again. And very unlike Michigan State's opponents in the four-game winning streak that preceded tonight's game at Breslin Center.

MSU's Four-Game Win Streak Snapped in OT Spartan Digest
Michigan State led most of the way against Minnesota on Thursday night, but – as has been the case for most Big Ten games at Breslin Center this season, it came down to the final moments. The Spartans went to overtime for fourth time in eight conference home games, dropping to 2-2 and seeing a four-game win streak come to an end in a 96-90 loss to the Gophers

Michigan State Basketball vs. Minnesota Kneejerk Reactions The Only Colors
Let's not sugar coat this loss: it was a disaster. The way it was lost, the implications for the season, and the weaknesses it confirmed are devastating. In fact, lets go in that order:




Coaching Error and Player Mistakes Costly in 96 to 90 Upset Loss Spartan Nation
The Michigan State Spartans THOUGHT they had their demons of free throw shooting behind them. They did not and despite being up six with thirty four seconds left as they fell to Minnesota in overtime.

Michigan State Falls Short to Minnesota, 96-90 in OT MSUSpartans.com
Carlos Morris made a tying 3-pointer while being fouled with 2.2 seconds left in regulation, and although he missed the ensuing free throw, Minnesota controlled the overtime for a 96-90 win over Michigan State on Thursday night.

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Men's Basketball impact89fm.org —  They’re back! After a long hiatus due mostly to a lazy host (Andrew), Blake and Hayes are back and talking all things Spartan basketball.On this episode, the boys had the privilege to sit down and chat with MSU guard Keenan Wetzel. They discuss everything from how the team feels coming off a four game win streak to the best parts about being a Division I basketball player. Wetzel also issues a challenge to anybody that thinks they could take him 1-on-1.
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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  As the Big Ten basketball season winds down, the Michigan State Spartans (19-8, 10-4 in Big Ten) will host the Minnesota Golden Gophers (16-12, 5-10 in Big Ten) for their first and only meeting of the 2014-2015 basketball season.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State has won 15 straight matchups against Minnesota at the Breslin Center dating back to 1998, and 14 of the last 16 meetings overall. Thursday's game will mark the third straight game in the series held in East Lansing.
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Men's Basketball spartannation.com —  When No. 25 Michigan State (19-8 10-4) tips off tonight at the Breslin Center against Minnesota (16-12 5-10) don’t overlook the Gophers. Playing the legendary up tempo Pitino style of his father, Richard Pitino’s Gophers have struggled at times do to their own mistakes, but Tom Izzo adds they have simply been unlucky.
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