Men's Basketball —  The Cover Four feels admittedly a bit out over its skis making this call after just 55 minutes of action, so let’s temper things just a bit by mentioning that Javon Bess is still recovering from his earlier injuries and is assuredly in the process of being eased into a larger role. But as soon as Bess is capable of playing say, 23ish minutes a game, he should be.
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Men's Basketball —  After a pair of home games, Michigan State travels to Iowa for the first conference road game of the season for the Spartans. Three of the last four games in the series have been decided by three points or less, including an overtime thriller last season in Iowa City.
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Men's Basketball —  As his Michigan State teammates warmed up for their game against Indiana Monday, junior captain Denzel Valentine didn't like what he was seeing. The Spartans didn't have as much energy as he liked. They needed to be more hungry. So he pulled the team together and told them as much in a pregame speech. The results: the Spartans started the game on a 19-4 run en route to a 70-50 win.
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Men's Basketball —  "If you look at the whole year, we're only giving up 36 percent," Izzo said Monday after his team beat Indiana. "That's the lowest ever in my era. I don't know what teams are shooting from the three, but it's in the twenties. That's probably the lowest in my era." Michigan State's opponent shooting percentage is now 36.8 percent, and it is indeed the lowest of the 20-season Izzo era. The lowest a Tom Izzo Michigan State team has held an opponent's shooting percentage to is 37.9 in 2011-12.
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Men's Basketball —  Michigan State freshman Javon Bess has found a reliable formula for dealing with pressure: Follow Coach Tom Izzo's instructions, and let the rest fall into place. Bess said that's what he and his Spartan teammates did on Monday night en route to the 70-50 victory over Indiana at Breslin Center, and that's what they figure to do at 7 p.m. on Thursday against Iowa.
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Men's Basketball —  "Our help defense I thought was unbelievable. I thought it was the best defensive job we've done in years and years as far as what the game plan was (and) what we did," Izzo said after Tuesday's practice. "Our transition defense was good, we rebounded the ball awfully well and we pushed it awfully well."
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Men's Basketball —  Recap of Indiana, preview of Iowa. Special guest, ESPN College Basketball Analyst Seth Greenberg
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Men's Basketball —  Entering Monday's game against Indiana, with the Spartans having lost two of the last three at home, there was still something missing, and Denzel Valentine was tired of it. "I brought everybody together and gave them my thoughts," the junior captain said. "And they responded."
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Men's Basketball —  Tom Izzo said Tuesday after practice that Denzel Valentine, Travis Trice, Matt Costello and Javon Bess have all shown improvement after having various symptoms of illness during the week. Valentine and Bess, Izzo said, didn't practice the day before the Spartans' 70-50 win over Indiana Monday, but both played anyway, a rarity.
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Men's Basketball —  With $100,000 at stake, MSU Coach Tom Izzo is going up against 47 of his rivals on behalf of Volunteers of America Michigan. Izzo again named Volunteers of America Michigan as the charity he will represent in the 2015 Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge, where fans are invited to vote for their favorite coach online. Voting is simple. After registering, participants can vote once each day by going to
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Men's Basketball —  Time for Michigan State's players to say goodbye to those comfy confines of the Breslin Center. Our five things to watch this week starts with the Spartans ending their extended homestand that stretches back to Dec. 3:
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Men's Basketball —  "We're sick and tired of losing, sick and tired of losing," Costello said. "Trying to make a little run here. We are a good team, people don't realize that. We are a good team."
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Men's Basketball —  Graham Couch and Joe Rexrode break down the Spartans' 70-50 win over the Hoosiers Monday night at Breslin Center
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Men's Basketball —  The first start of Lourawls Nairn's career perhaps came sooner than expected, but his energy in the starting five helped an MSU team in need of a conference win. The freshman guard got the start over senior guard Travis Trice on Monday and helped the Spartans (10-5 overall, 1-1 Big Ten) dominate Indiana (11-4, 1-1) at Breslin Center, 70-50.

Freshman Nairn gets chance to start for Spartans Detroit Free Press
Tom Izzo benched senior point guard Travis Trice for freshman point guard Lourawls (Tum Tum) Nairn – but not really. As Izzo explained before Monday's 70-50 rout of Indiana on his pre-game radio show and again at his post-game news conference, the decision to sit Trice in favor of Nairn was a temporary one. With a similar, long-term move – and Trice's latest bout with illness -- in mind.

Lourawls 'Tum Tum' Nairn makes most of last-minute start for Michigan State MLive
Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn finished dressing, put some lotion on his face and turned around to an unexpected sight. Standing in front of him was a media horde that had grown exponentially in the few moments it took him to get ready to face the cameras. "Whoa," the freshman from the Bahamas said.

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Men's Basketball —  Michigan State solved its end-of-games woes in the best way possible: not needing an strong ending. Michigan State came out strong on both ends of the floor and dominated throughout in a 70-50 demolition of Indiana on Monday night at the Breslin Center.

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Michigan State overwhelms Indiana for first Big Ten win Detroit News
When Tom Izzo talks about being optimistic about his team, Monday night was evidence why. After losing two of their previous three games and Izzo talking about the Spartans' psyche being a bit fragile, they showed no signs of any such problem by jumping all over Indiana early at the Breslin Center and never letting up in a 70-50 victory.

MSU comes out firing, runs IU 70-50 for 1st Big Ten win Detroit Free Press
he Branden Dawson strip and steal led to the Lourawls (Tum Tum) Nairn jump shot, and the Nairn cross-court pass led to the Bryn Forbes three-pointer. The Travis Trice lob to Gavin Schilling for a left-handed power flush led to the Tom Crean timeout, and a Dawson dunk/Denzel Valentine three/Dawson dunk flurry led to another. And by then it was 30-13 Michigan State.

Men's basketball defeats Indiana 70-50 State News
MSU rebounded from a conference-opening loss with an imposing victory over Indiana, winning 70-50 at home. Freshman guard Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn started in place of senior guard Travis Trice and the decision seemed to give MSU(10-5 overall, 1-1 Big Ten) some energy early in the contest. Nairn pushed the ball up the court and even hit a deep jumper to help MSU to an 12-point run and a 13-2 lead at the 13:33 mark.

Spartans Destroy the Hoosiers for 1st Big Ten Win of the Season Spartan Nation
Coming in to the night the Spartans were 9-5 (0-1) and they were a team in trouble. Izzo shook things up rolling the dice by benching his senior point guard Travis Trice who was sick and starting Tum Tum Nairn. Leaving the gym tonight they are walking on cloud nine, Izzo is a genius and the Spartans are now 10-5 (1-1) with a 70-50 win and it wasn’t that close. At all.

Tom Izzo says move to Lourawls 'Tum Tum' Nairn in starting lineup not permanent MLive
Tom Izzo shook up his starting lineup Monday by inserting freshman Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn in at point guard in place of senior captain Travis Trice, who has started every game this season. The surprise move paid immediate dividends, as the Spartans jumped out to an 11-point lead in seven minutes and notched their biggest win of the season, 70-50 over the Hoosiers.

Michigan State Bounces Back 70-50 Over Indiana
Denzel Valentine and Branden Dawson bounced back after subpar games and helped Michigan State explode past Indiana 70-50 on Monday night.

Branden Dawson's double-double and defense lifts Michigan State to much-needed MLive
Branden Dawson knows the drill: When Michigan State wins, coach Tom Izzo attributes much of it to him. When the Spartans lose, Dawson shoulders much of the blame. "I'm an important factor to this team,'' Dawson said, a swarm of reporters crowding around his locker, "and like you said, as I go, the team goes, so when I bring that energy and effort, it picks this team up a lot.''

Spartans bounce back against Indiana, win 70-50 isportsweb
If there was ever a time the Michigan State basketball team needed a big win, even more so than after the loss to Texas Southern, it was tonight when they hosted the Indiana Hoosiers. The Spartans needed a big win against a quality opponent to not only show themselves, but to show the rest of the country that they weren’t going to lay down this season despite some of the hardships they’ve faced.

Pregame Message From Valentine Provides A Spark 247 Sports
During pregame shoot-around on the same floor which saw Michigan State drop a double overtime loss to Maryland six days prior, Denzel Valentine didn’t like the vibe he got from some of his teammates. So he did something about it.

Spartans Wake Up, Overwhelm Hoosiers
“Coach, you looked more like us.” That was former Spartan Antonio Smith’s response to Tom Izzo on the effort that Michigan State gave in its 70-50 win against Indiana Monday night.

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Men's Basketball —  It’s hard to imagine a Tom Izzo coached Michigan State team ever playing in a must-win game this early in the season, but that’s exactly where the Spartans will find themselves tonight. The Spartans (9-5, 0-1 Big Ten) will host the Indiana Hoosiers (11-3, 1-0 Big Ten) tonight at the Breslin Center for their second Big Ten conference game.
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