Men's Basketball —  Michigan State turned a Tuesday night in the Windy City into Valentine's Day. Denzel Valentine posted a triple-double, only the fourth player in Spartans history to do so, as Michigan State rallied to beat Kansas. The preseason All-Big Ten choice played more like an All-American, scoring 29 points, dishing 12 assists while grabbing 12 rebounds. The only thing he didn't do was sell hot dogs in the stands! He was absolutely brilliant, a PTPer!
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Ice Hockey —  Head coach Tom Anastos met with the media on Tuesday and previewed this weekend's series at Munn Arena against Michigan Tech. The Spartans and 19th-ranked Huskies will play at 7 p.m. on Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
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Football —  It was an eventful week on the recruiting front for Michigan State, as four players became former Spartans commitments in the span of a few days. But on the field, several more Spartans commitments are forging ahead in their quests for state titles.
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Football —  On Nov. 2, 2006, Michigan State fired football coach John L. Smith. There were three games left in the season, but administrators didn't want to wait. They hoped to begin searching for a new coach immediately. There was one problem. One of the top names on their list, Cincinnati coach Mark Dantonio, wouldn't talk to Michigan State. Dantonio's team had three regular-season games remaining. He refused to talk to one school while coaching another. Within the Michigan State athletic department, that story is about a single, simple act of integrity. Coach D, they say, has his priorities in order.
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Men's Basketball —  “He was talking smack on Sunday night,” Valentine said. “He called out every single player on the team and said, ‘We weren’t gonna do this and weren’t gonna do that. Y’all are gonna lose me money but I’m gonna bet on you anyway.’
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Men's Basketball —  Denzel Valentine has never played quite like this before. Never quite sounded like this, either. To watch him carry a team and then carry a room — Draymond Green couldn’t have done it better. He didn’t, actually. On the court, I don’t think Green was ever this good at Michigan State.
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Men's Basketball —  Denzel Valentine may have put together one of the best games in Michigan State history on Tuesday night in the Spartans' 79-73 win over Kansas. But what Matt McQuaid did, Valentine said he was incapable of at the same age. McQuaid, the Spartans freshman guard, hit a pair of critical 3-pointers late to key the Spartans' win over the No. 4 Jayhawks.
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Men's Basketball —  In an early season contest against the Kansas Jayhawks, the Michigan State basketball team had to shake off some early rust. After trailing by 13, the Spartans showed resilience and came back to win behind Denzel Valentine and an unexpected hero. Here are the grades for the Spartans after their huge victory over the Jayhawks.
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Football —  Kirk Cousins had himself a career day on Sunday. The 4th year pro had a perfect passer rating while being able to present the game ball to his father Don who had just completed six weeks of cancer treatment.
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Football —  Michigan State's fifth-year seniors have won in every Big Ten stadium in which they have played, Ohio State's "Horseshoe" the one place they've yet to compete. The Spartans' seniors have beaten every team in the league, their win over the Buckeyes a 34-24 victory in the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game.
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Men's Basketball —  Denzel Valentine joined some pretty elite company in Michigan State basketball history. The senior guard had 29 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists - the 13th triple-double in Spartans' history - and No. 13 Michigan State rallied for a 79-73 victory over No. 4 Kansas at the Champions Classic on Tuesday night.

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Denzel Valentine's monster game leads MSU past Kansas, 79-73 State News
MSU senior guard Denzel Valentine finished with 29 points, 12 assists and 12 rebounds, all the while helping the No. 13 MSU basketball team knock off the No. 4 Kansas Jayhawks in the Champions Classic, 79-73

Denzel Valentine's triple-double leads Michigan State to comeback win over Kansas MLive
First, Denzel Valentine made history. Then he led his team to a critical comeback early season win over a top five team. Valentine became just the fourth player in Michigan State history to record a triple-double, keying the No. 13 Spartans' 79-73 win over No. 4 Kansas Tuesday night at the United Center.

Denzel Valentine: 'We just wanted to win ... it wasn't pretty' MLive
Michigan State senior Denzel Valentine scored 29 points and pulled down 12 rebounds while dishing out 12 assists, leading the No. 13-ranked Spartans to a 79-73 win over No. 4-ranked Kansas on Tuesday night at the United Center in Chicago.

Denzel Valentine shines in Spartans' win Spartan Ave
After a sluggish first half in which Michigan State found itself down by double digits to the No. 4 Kansas Jayhawks at the United Center in Chicago, Denzel Valentine decided to take over in the second half. The senior guard had himself an incredible game, recording his first career triple-double.

Valentine's career night catapults MSU past Kansas Detroit News
Michigan State talked on Monday about winning a big game in November. It did that on Tuesday against Kansas in the Champions Classic, but the real story was the unbelievable game from Denzel Valentine.

MSU 79 - KU 73 Kneejerk Reactions The Only Colors
Well that was certainly a lot of fun. Denzel Valentine put up one of the best performances in MSU history (or at least recent MSU history). He said after the game that he wasn't efficient because he took a lot of shots (bless his heart) but his 54.7% is actually fine and his 12 assists to just 1 turnover is tremendous.

Spartans, “Show Some Nuts,” Coming Back From Double Digit Deficit To Beat Kansas 79-73 Spartan Nation
Tonight the #13 Michigan State Spartans came into the House that Jordan built and had a player do something that hasn’t been done since Magic Johnson was a Spartan in a thrilling 79-73 MSU win over the #4 Kansas Jayhawks. Freshman senior captain Denzel Valentine became only the fourth player in MSU history to record a triple double joining Magic Johnson, Charlie Bell and Draymond Green.

Izzo doesn’t shy from early season challenges Detroit News
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has always been clear about how he wants his teams to approach each season — he wants them at their best come Tournament time. To get the Spartans prepared, Izzo has never shied from scheduling big games, especially early in the season.

Denzel Valentine shows he's one of the nation's best in MSU victory over Kansas State News
For the longest time in the No. 13 MSU basketball team's 79-73 victory over the No. 4 Kansas Jayhawks Tuesday night, things didn't look good. With 9:34 to play in the game and MSU trailing Kansas, 61-50, the game was slipping away from the Spartans.

MSU frosh Davis, McQuaid chip in first time on big stage Detroit Free Press
The senior starred, but Denzel Valentine's big-stage performance Tuesday might not have been enough to beat Kansas without the freshmen. After looking exactly like freshmen in the first half of a 79-73 comeback win for No. 13 MSU over No. 4 Kansas on Tuesday in the Champions Classic, guard Matt McQuaid and big man Deyonta Davis both made Tom Izzo's crunch-time lineup. And both rewarded him for that choice.

The time Denzel Valentine made history and heard from Magic Johnson ESPN
Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis handed the phone to Denzel Valentine in the back hallway of the United Center. The senior was fresh off becoming just the fourth player to record a triple-double in school history. Valentine nodded, said "Yes, sir" a few times and then finally cracked a wide smile after he gave the phone back to Hollis.

3 things we learned from Michigan State's 79-73 upset of Kansas SB Nation
Thanks to a monster performance from senior star Denzel Valentine, No. 13 Michigan State erased a 13-point first-half deficit to take down No. 4 Kansas, 79-73, in the nightcap of the Champions Classic from the United Center in Chicago.

Denzel Valentine sets stage to join Michigan State elites MLive
The most recent Michigan State player to record a triple-double, before Tuesday night, that is, had some words for the Spartans on Sunday night. They weren't kind. Draymond Green took to the team's group text message with some of his typical trash talk ahead of the team's game against Kansas. He went down the roster and told each player what they would fail at doing. He told them he'd bet money on them, but would probably lose.

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Football —  Michigan State stands at No. 9 and Michigan is No. 12 in the most recent College Football Playoff rankings released late Tuesday night on ESPN. The Spartans (9-1, 5-1 Big Ten) play at No. 3-ranked Ohio State (10-0. 6-0) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday (TV: ABC) coming off a 24-7 home victory over Maryland.
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Football —  Before Nov. 8, 2014, Darian Hicks was a Michigan State sophomore cornerback showing promise amid the impossible task of replacing the most heralded defensive back in program history. By late that evening, he was the most maligned player on the team. For all the things that went wrong for the Spartans defensively in a 49-37 home upset loss to Ohio State, two game-changing plays he yielded got much of the attention — as is often the case in the large, lonely spaces everyone can see.
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Ice Hockey —  Michigan State hockey head coach Tom Anastos announced the signing of five student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Nov. 17.
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Football —  Connor Cook was talking plenty about his shoulder Tuesday, a day after Ohio State’s players and coaches were talking about winning. Cook had no news on his ailing right shoulder, only saying it feels fine. He was, instead, talking about that chip that never seems to leave for the Spartans. And in Columbus, the Buckeyes were facing their own helping of doubt — not from inside the program, but out.
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Football —  They’ve played just 43 times, with Ohio State claiming a 29-14 edge over Michigan State in the series, but they’ve split the past four meetings and have been the top two programs in the Big Ten since sharing the league championship in 2010.
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