Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  If last Saturday’s matchup with Michigan was a track meet for Michigan State, Tuesday night’s battle with Purdue might be best described as a fight. Wrestling, boxing — choose whichever metaphor works best — but for Spartans center Matt Costello, it’s clear this one will be far more physical than the 89-73 win over the Wolverines. “It’s gonna be a battle,” the senior captain said. “It’s gonna be fun to watch if you like old-school basketball. We’re gonna be throwing punches, so it’s gonna be fun.”



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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  On today’s isportsMSU Red Cedar Report, isportsweb contributors Matt Hoeppner and Tyler Hayward recap Michigan State’s big victory over U of M. Can the Spartans keep this up from the three-point line and did Tom Izzo show too much class at the end of the game? Also, how imperative will the play of Gavin Schilling and Kenny Goins be against the West Lafayette skyline? The guys break down all of that an more on today’s podcast.



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Men's Basketball spartannation.com —  Izzo was very loquacious discussing the Super Bowl here today. “You know what, I thought Carolina, I said I thought Carolina could win, I always hope. I heard Mike Golic say something this morning that was awesome. He said 10 out of the 12 times that the number one defense has made it there they’ve won. He says ‘when am I going to get smart enough to just realize that and go with that team?’ Being a domer I don’t know if he ever will.”
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Men's Basketball spartansportsnetwork.com — 
Will Tieman and Coach Izzo discuss 4 Quarters vs 2 Halves

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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State played only one game in the last week, but the Spartans' dominating performance in an 89-73 win over Michigan State earned it a move up the polls and a weekly honor from the Big Ten. The Spartans moved up two spots to No. 8 in this week's Associated Press poll after winning its fourth straight game. The jump came at the expense of North Carolina and Texas A&M, who both lost twice in the last week.
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  Senior guard Denzel Valentine was named the Big Ten’s Player of the Week for the third time this season, announced the league office Monday. Valentine put together an all-around performance at Michigan on Feb. 6, leading the team with nine rebounds and eight assists, while scoring 21 points.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Tum Tum Nairn could miss another month or for Michigan State, and the prospect of him returning to his old role as the team's starting point guard this season seems to have sailed. Nairn has now missed six games since being shut down on Jan. 15 with a case of plantar fasciitis. He received treatment soon after that, and Izzo was hopeful that treatment could help him return by this week at the earliest.
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Men's Basketball espn.go.com —  It's dangerous to play with Michigan State's Bryn Forbes when he's hot because he pushes people. Not opposing players, but his teammates. That's how he congratulates them on a good day. And Saturday was a great day for the Spartans and Forbes, who recorded 29 points and finished with an 8-for-10 mark from the 3-point line.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Carlton Valentine won two state titles as a head coach at Lansing Sexton and raised two Division 1 basketball players after a professional basketball career of his own. He can recognize a game-changing play when he sees one. And after Saturday's 89-73 Michigan State win over Michigan, Valentine was gushing about a play by Spartans senior forward Matt Costello.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  In a season where there has already been a record-tying five No. 1 teams, Michigan State basketball has shown they have the ability to beat anyone. Unlike past seasons, the Spartans aren't struggling with collecting signature wins as they start prepare for for yet another deep run in March. This is just second time since 1991-92 that the Spartans have rolled through their non-conference schedule undefeated. And they handled some of the better teams in the country.
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Men's Basketball spartanavenue.com —  Michigan State had just dropped its third straight game and the panic from the fan base was evident. The angry mob was roaming East Lansing, with pitchforks, looking for answers. People were jumping off the bandwagon at an alarming rate, some even preparing for the NIT. Yes, a team that was 16-4 was being called out for being “bad”, “terrible” and “pathetic” despite starting the year 16-1.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Michigan State was on fire again from three, so Tom Izzo made sure to do something else to start the second half Saturday at Michigan. Matt Costello hit a hook shot. Then Denzel Valentine hit Costello for a layup. No. 10 MSU’s third basket of the half in its 89-73 rout was Costello, spinning around Mark Donnal for a dunk. Its fourth basket was a Kenny Goins hook shot over Zak Irvin. This was Izzo making sure to pair his aerial assault with an effective ground game, or some such analogy.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Bryn Forbes made as many 3-point shots in the first 2 1/2 minutes of Saturday's game at Crisler Center -- two -- as he did the first two games he played on Michigan's home court. And the Lansing product was a long way from being finished. Forbes poured in a game-high 29 points in leading No. 10 Michigan State to an 89-73 victory over the rival Wolverines before a sellout-crowd of 12,707.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  To start the game on Saturday at Crisler Center, Michigan State picked up right where it left off from behind the arc. The Spartans took 3-pointers on five of their first eight shots, and hit all five of them. The fifth put them up by 10 points less than seven minutes into the game, and helped set the tone in a 89-73 win over Michigan. But, as always, Tom Izzo was still concerned about something.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Last week, as Michigan State was busy rolling over Northwestern behind a big night from freshmen Deyonta Davis and Matt McQuaid, coach Tom Izzo was grateful. He was glad to see his young players start to emerge, but in the next breath he issued a reminder of what it would take for Michigan State to be a great team. “Freshmen are great,” he said, “but we need our seniors.”
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Men's Basketball onlyfans.cstv.com —  Tenth-ranked Michigan State’s emotional investment in the passion-stirring rivalry, expedited by a bullish 29-point performance by another senior, Bryn Forbes, paid handsome dividends in the form of an 89-73 victory. It was the only game scheduled between the teams this season.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Valentine has become easy to take for granted. Somehow even after an 89-73 win at Michigan. Perhaps not by his teammates or coaches. Certainly not by opponents. But to folks like you and me, experiencing Valentine only through observation — it wouldn’t hurt to now and then remind ourselves we’re watching something extraordinary. Part of Valentine’s legacy ought to be just that — that he’s turned the extraordinary into ordinary. Not since Magic 37 years ago has MSU seen a player with such a complete game.
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Men's Basketball lansingstatejournal.com —  The Lansing State Journal's Graham Couch and Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press / LSJ MSU beat writer Joe Rexrode and Free Press columnist Shawn Windsor analyze the Spartans' win Saturday in Ann Arbor.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Valentine still might not be where he was before his knee injury, but he’s awfully close. Meanwhile, his fellow seniors — Costello and shooting guard Bryn Forbes — have never been better. Forbes lit up Ann Arbor for 29 points on eight three-pointers. He dove to the floor to chase loose balls — twice. He sprinted to every screen and curled around them ready to shoot.
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