Men's Basketball freep.com —  hey never make it easy. But they'll keep playing. The Michigan State Spartans had a 13-point lead on Georgia at the half and a 13-point lead with fewer than 6 minutes to play in today's NCAA tournament opener. But the Bulldogs got that lead all the way down to three with 20 seconds left before MSU junior guard Denzel Valentine delivered clutch free throws to preserve a 70-63 win at Time Warner Cable Arena.

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MSU guts out victory over Georgia Detroit News
The first win is usually the toughest, and for times on Friday it was tough for Michigan State. But the seventh-seeded Spartans got 14 points from Branden Dawson, all in the second half, and earned an 70-63 victory over Georgia in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Michigan State survives second-half scare to advance in NCAA tournament MLive
Just as it appeared a once-double digit lead might disappear, Michigan State's best post presence found his scoring touch and its best 3-point shooter found his stroke. Branden Dawson and Bryn Forbes led a second-half charge for the Spartans as they pulled away from a two-point game to beat Georgia, 70-63, Friday afternoon at Time Warner Cable Arena in their NCAA tournament opener.

On to the next one: MSU survives late Georgia rally to advance, 70-63 State News
MSU missed five of their first six shots and trailed Georgia 9-3 five minutes into the game. From that point on, MSU outscored Georgia in the first half 32-13, and went on to win. Senior forward Branden Dawson got into foul trouble early, but shook off a shaky start to help the Spartans defeat the Georgia Bulldogs 70-63 to advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Michigan State Holds Off Georgia 70-63 MSUSpartans.com
Denzel Valentine scored 16 points and went 6-for-6 at the free throw line in the final 30 seconds to help Michigan State hold off Georgia 70-63 on Friday in the NCAA Tournament's round of 64. Travis Trice scored 15 points and Branden Dawson had a strong second half for the seventh-seeded Spartans (24-11), who answered a push from the Bulldogs with a poised run to take back control.
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Wrestling msuspartans.com —  Senior 184-pounder John Rizqallah battled fourth-seeded Jack Dechow of Old Dominion, but eventually lost a tough 4-2 decision in the second sudden victory period on Friday in the second consolation round of the NCAA Wrestling Championships at the Scottrade Center.
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Volleyball msuspartans.com —  Michigan State head coach Cathy George announced on Friday the addition of two student-athletes to the Spartan volleyball program. Transfer student Autumn Bailey (Burlington, Ontario/Assumption Catholic Secondary High School/Marquette University) and incoming freshman Sarah Washagesic (South Haven, Mich./South Haven High School) will enroll at Michigan State in the fall.
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Men's Basketball media.ccomrcdn.com —  Shep talks to Matt Steigenga, Michigan State basketball color analyst, about playing the Georgia Bulldogs in the NCAA Tournament, the most improved Spartans this season and the mental state of the team after the tough loss in the Big Ten championship game.



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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Under Tom Izzo, Michigan State is 13-4 in the round of 64. Only twice during its 18-year NCAA tournament streak have the Spartans been upset in the first round: 2006, when No. 11 seed George Mason upset the No. 6 seed Spartans, and 2004, when No. 10 seed Nevada upset the No. 7 Spartans.
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Ice Hockey spartansportsnetwork.com —  An exclusive interview with Spartan pitching coach Skylar Meade. His journey to MSU. The relationship between a pitcher and catcher and previewing Ohio State.
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Men's Basketball grantland.com —  Let’s take a moment and consider the possibility that Tom Izzo is a magician. Not the sleight-of-hand type you’d find at a kid’s birthday party. No “ILLUSIONS, MICHAEL.” More like a practitioner of old-school sorcery, someone who can exploit supernatural forces to produce favorable results. He’s short, at least compared to the young men with whom he surrounds himself. He’s raspy. He hops up and down constantly. He contorts his face into odd, nearly inhuman shapes. And his Spartans win late and often, under all sorts of circumstances.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State junior guard Denzel Valentine was hard on himself this week, as he tried to get over a late turnover that allowed No. 6 Wisconsin to come back and beat his team in overtime Sunday night in the Big Ten championship game. But as his teammates reminded him, the Spartans were only able to hang with No. 6 Wisconsin that late because of Valentine's 11-point second half, part of a six-assist game. That's Valentine in a nutshell. He gives and he takes away. Discuss »
Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Bryn Forbes heard what his old friend and former high school teammate, Denzel Valentine, was telling him last summer about what it was going to be like to play for Tom Izzo. "Yeah, (Valentine) said it would be tough,'' said Forbes, who transferred from Cleveland State and was granted a waiver to play immediately as a junior this season. "He said coach (Tom) Izzo was intense.'' But, Forbes said with a chuckle, there's tough and intense, and then there's Izzo's version of tough and intense.
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Football mlive.com —  Rush is considered somewhat undersized to play defensive end in the NFL in a 3-4 scheme, but he's the right size to play at linebacker, and teams are giving him a look there.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  A few weeks before this season started, Michigan State guard Denzel Valentine pulled up a Youtube clip of an early season Connecticut game from 2013-14. The Huskies had completed an improbable national championship run six months prior. But what stuck out to Valentine was the Huskies' No. 18 preseason ranking "I just kind of looked at that and said 'Wow, we can do the same thing,'" Valentine said then.
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Football freep.com —  Michigan State has extended a scholarship offer to Detroit Renaissance offensive tackle prospect Alaric Jackson. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound prospect has seen his recruiting stock take off this spring and he now has double-digit scholarship offers. Jackson is unique in that he is relatively new to the football field having focused mainly on basketball. This past fall was his first season playing high school football and he now holds offers from MSU, Nebraska, Illinois, Kentucky and Purdue.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Graham Couch and Chris Solari, and Joe Rexrode preview MSU's NCAA tourney opener against Georgia.
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Ice Hockey freep.com —  The Michigan State and Michigan hockey teams will meet for the sixth time this season, with a chance to play in the Big Ten championship game on the line. Michigan beat Wisconsin, 5-1, on Thursday night to advance to the 8 p.m. semifinal tonight against Michigan State at Joe Louis Arena. The winner will face the winner of Minnesota-Ohio State in the Big Ten tournament championship game on Saturday night.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  In a small cove, in the far corner of the cramped locker room, Michigan State forward Matt Costello tried to catch a nap on a training table. He put his head down and closed his eyes, with an ice bag wrapped around his aching knee. "I just got a lot stuff going on," he said, sitting up, as a reporter entered the room. Costello has a paper to write in psychology. He plans to work on that later today after No. 7 seed Michigan State plays No. 10 Georgia in the NCAA tournament. "The paper is on self-evaluation," he said.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  He can be inexplicable, in good ways and puzzling ways. Denzel Valentine leads Michigan State in several categories, including the metric known as the "No! No! No! Yes!" plays. You know the plays, the no-look passes, the alley-oops, the step-back 3-pointers that seem risky, then turn brilliant. Except for the times they don't. He's a crafty, creative, multidimensional player who sometimes pushes the boundaries of his dimensions.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Tempers will spike. Spittle will fly. Dry-erase boards will snap. And memories will be made today in a little space on the hardwood floor at Time Warner Cable Arena that will resume its role as the center of the Michigan State basketball universe. Welcome to the huddle. Tom Izzo is your host. You may let your eyes move about the arena, but it is not advised.
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Wrestling onlyfans.cstv.com —  John Rizqallah defeated Cal Poly's Nick Fiegener, 8-3, in the first consolation round of the NCAA Wrestling Championships on Thursday night at the Scottrade Center.
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Men's Basketball statenews.com —  Following MSU’s Big Ten tournament championship loss, senior forward Branden Dawson showed a rare set of emotions--tears. He and senior guard Travis Trice are entering the final stretch of their Spartan careers, and following such a tough defeat, Dawson just couldn’t hold back.
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Ice Hockey statenews.com —  “We think that we can kind of see the corner,” head coach Tom Anastos said. “Now it's a challenge for us to try to turn it.”That was a prevailing theme when Anastos spoke at the 2014 Big Ten Hockey Media Day back in September. Now, nearly six months and 34 games later, MSU hockey has finally turned that corner. It didn’t always look like the Spartans would reach that junction this year.
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