Men's Basketball cbssports.com —  Tom Izzo shouldn't be down for too long. OK, yeah, he's on the wrong end of arguably the biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history. But, if you can believe it, Michigan State should be an even better team next year. Yes, better than the club that was a No. 2 seed -- and should have been a No. 1. How so? Denzel Valentine's gone, right? Bryn Forbes, too. And even Matt Costello, the Spartans' important man in the middle this year.
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  No. 15 seed Middle Tennessee State topped second-seeded Michigan State 90-81 in the first round. Reggie Upshaw scored 21 points to lead the balanced Blue Raiders (25-9). Middle Tennessee never trailed the Spartans (29-6). Matt Costello matched a career-best with 22 points for the Spartans. Denzel Valentine had 13 points and 12 assists.

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Spartan stunner: No. 2 MSU dropped by No. 15 Middle Tennessee Spartan Tailgate
Michigan State had visions of wearing its uniforms six more times before this season was over. It got just one before it had to hang them up for the year. And for Denzel Valentine, Matt Costello, Bryn Forbes and Colby Wollenman, it was the last time they will wear a Michigan State uniform.

MSU suffers stunning loss in NCAA first round Detroit Free Press
Coaches, and Tom Izzo in particular, talk about getting “punched in the mouth” early in games – but this was a headlock and several jabs to the jaw. Middle Tennessee State did everything right for five astounding minutes. Michigan State did everything wrong. And it was Midwest No. 15 seed Blue Raiders 15, No. 2 seed Spartans 2 before some of Tom Izzo’s players seemed to grasp what was happening to them.

Michigan State suffers stunning NCAA Tournament upset loss to Middle Tennessee MLive
Denzel Valentine was the last player to walk off the court, his hands upturned in an expression of disbelief. His standout Michigan State career had ended seconds earlier, when he walked to the bench with 5.1 seconds left, received his handshake from Tom Izzo, and heard the buzzer sound on an upset loss in the NCAA Tournament that nobody saw coming.

Shocking! Spartans upset in NCAA opener Detroit News
he run to the national title that seemed like a forgone conclusion for Michigan State instead ended in arguably the most stunning loss in program history. Second-seeded Michigan State, the favorite for many to reach the Final Four and win the national championship, was stunned by 15-seed Middle Tennessee State, 90-81 on Friday, becoming just the eighth No. 2 to lose to a No. 15 seed in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

MSU shocked by Middle Tennessee in first round of NCAA Tournament State News
The No. 2 seed MSU men's basketball team was shocked by the No. 15 seed Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, 90-81. Five Blue Raiders finished in double figures, led by 21 points from junior forward Reggie Upshaw and 19 points from sophomore guard Giddy Potts. MSU was led by 22 points and nine rebounds from senior forward Matt Costello and 14 points from senior guard Bryn Forbes.

Here are 3 things that went wrong for Michigan State in upset loss MLive
Cinderella arrived at the NCAA Tournament in St. Louis wearing blue Friday afternoon, much to the chagrin of No. 2-seed Michigan State in the Midwest Region. Middle Tennessee, a No. 15 seed which received an automatic bid via its Conference USA tournament title, shocked the Spartans and busted brackets around the nation with a 90-81 victory.

Middle Tennessee 90, Michigan State 81 The Only Colors
Middle Tennessee State went up 15-2 in the beginning of the game. If Michigan State had held it even before that, I wouldn't be writing this right now. But what happened is that MTSU kept making outside shots, and our Spartans could neither rebound or defend well. And for that, they deserved to lose.

Emotional Tom Izzo doesn't care about tomorrows after shocking loss MLive
Tom Izzo said there was too much pain to think about tomorrows following Friday's shocking 90-81 NCAA Tournament loss to Middle Tennessee. "I don't care about next year, and I don't care about tomorrow," Izzo said. "That's the problem, it's always what's next. There's three guys here (at the podium) that gave me every single they had."

Michigan State Basketball can’t avoid mammoth upset to MTSU Spartan Avenue
Zero seconds. That’s how long Michigan State Basketball held a lead in its first round matchup against No. 15 seed Middle Tennessee. Besides the fact that the Blue Raiders seemingly couldn’t miss, Michigan State was giving them all they wanted in the post and leaving the perimeter open.

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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Never in a million years did I think I’d be working at a mortgage company. I just never considered it. I envisioned myself transitioning to the business side of sports, at a corporation like Nike or even the NCAA -- outside of playing professional basketball, of course. After playing professionally in Europe for nine years, I now work at United Shore. We’re a big company -- there are close to 1,500 team members here, and we’re home to United Wholesale Mortgage, the No. 1 wholesale lender in the nation.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  It may seem cliche, but Denzel Valentine claims this is how he has been getting pumped up this week for the start of the NCAA Tournament: "I've been watching 'One Shining Moment," Valentine said of the iconic March Madness song. "Watching Mateen (Cleaves), watching our run from last year, our run from our sophomore year.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  It was the summer of 2009, and Harris was still in high school, playing on the Milwaukee Runnin’ Rebels, an AAU basketball team that went to a camp at MSU. “It was really cool,” he said. “Of course, I would have loved to have gone to Michigan State back then. I’d been watching Michigan State for years.” This afternoon, he will finally play on the same court with the Spartans, only he’ll be playing against them.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Michigan State, somewhat quietly, is displaying perhaps its most complete defense in Tom Izzo’s storied coaching career. Guards are stifling opposing three-point shooters. Big men are blocking shots. Both are controlling the boards. Everything that Izzo loves, in abundance.
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Men's Basketball statenews.com —  Eron Harris has been waiting for this opportunity since transferring to MSU prior to the 2014-15 season. Not necessarily to play on a title contender, but just to play in the NCAA Tournament. Harris was unable to travel with the team to the Final Four last season as he sat out a year per NCAA transfer rules, but that didn't stop him from driving himself down to support his MSU on its unexpected run through the tournament. Harris said it didn't upset him not being able to play last season though, because he knew his time was coming.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Early Monday night, Roscoe Johnson was on his way home after doing some laundry. His cell phone went off, and it was Michigan State guard Bryn Forbes. “Hey, ’Scoe,” Forbes said. That’s all Forbes had to say. “I knew that I was about to go back to the Breslin,” said Johnson, an MSU student manager. “And I knew that I was about to rebound for him.”
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Men's Basketball statenews.com —  For sophomore MSU forward Marvin Clark Jr., it meant he would be would be going back to his home state to play basketball. Clark grew up in Kansas City, Mo., about a 3-hour-and-45-minute drive from St. Louis. Seeing as Clark plays in East Lansing at MSU, he said it's not often many of his family and friends are able to see him play live, so he's excited for the opportunity at this weekend's games.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  When they all get together, the conversation inevitably shifts to laughter, some of it forceful enough to be accompanied by tears. The Valentine family can’t make those dinners happen often anymore, especially during basketball season, but last weekend in Indianapolis brought an opportunity. And extra noise to an Italian restaurant downtown. “We were doing our stuff,” said Carlton Valentine, the patriarch and a 6-foot-6 mix of gregarious and intimidating. “Being loud and dysfunctional.”
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Denzel Valentine can do just about anything at any moment. A super-clutch double-clutch jumper to seal the Big Ten tournament title? Sure. A flip pass from the prone position for an alley-oop dunk? Sure. That’s the championship appeal of this Michigan State team, that Valentine can do it all. And this is the key for the Spartans in the NCAA Tournament: Valentine can’t be required to do it all.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  The Detroit News’ Matt Charboneau breaks down Friday’s first-round game between No. 2 Michigan State and No. 15 Middle Tennessee at Scottrade Center (2:45, CBS/WJR).
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Men's Basketball spartannation.com —  With Izzo almost certainly about to be picked for the Hall of Fame in just over two weeks, Izzo had the largest crowd of media for all eight coaches here. That is normal. He is loved nationally almost as much as in the Spartan Nation and is always a great quote. That is why the moment he could bring up football and his good friend Mark Dantonio, the Spartans head football coach, he jumped at the opportunity. Praising his good friend, Izzo beamed ear to ear with pride for Spartan football.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Thanks to Aldo Giovanni Amato, Middle Tennessee State beat writer for the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal, for his insights on the Blue Raiders.
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Men's Basketball lansingstatejournal.com —  Lansing State Journal writers Graham Couch and Chris Solari and Detroit Free Press / LSJ MSU beat writer Joe Rexrode preview MSU's NCAA tournament opener against Middle Tennessee.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Michigan State had just beaten Maryland, 64-61, to earn a spot in the Big Ten tournament championship game, but Izzo wasn’t exactly thrilled with everything he saw on the court. That’s when he asked them, did they want him to lay off, congratulate them, or none of the above? “I said, ‘You want me to pat you on the back, you want me to chew you out, you want me to find a happy medium?’ ” Izzo said. “ ‘What do you guys want?’ ” The response came quickly, and there’s no surprise who it came from. “Denzel says, ‘Whatever it takes to win a championship. It doesn’t matter, whatever it takes to win a championship,’ ” Izzo said.
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Men's Basketball onlyfans.cstv.com —  At 6-foot-10, Deyonta Davis will be the biggest player on the court when the Spartans open the NCAA Tournament against Middle Tennessee at the Scottrade Center Friday afternoon. And yet, when it comes to personality, he may be the Spartans’ most inconspicuous.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The siblings that Marvin Clark says he practically raised will finally get the chance to see live what their big brother has become. Clark, the Michigan State sophomore forward, will be playing his first college basketball game in his home state as the Spartans open NCAA Tournament play this weekend in St. Louis.
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Men's Basketball ncaa.com —  Tom Izzo paced back and forth, balling his hands into fists, and nodding his head with approval at a defensive stop. "Way to work!" Izzo shouted. With hip hop music blaring and bouncing off walls at a recent practice, Michigan State players spread out over two courts to take shots at the line. "Make some free throws!" Izzo screamed before making many of his own free throws as part of his regular routine. "These are important!"
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