Men's Basketball —  On today’s isportsMSU Red Cedar Report, isportsweb contributors Ryan McCumber and Tyler Hayward take a look back at what cost Michigan State in their overtime thriller against Purdue. They also talk about the latest news to break regarding point guard Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn. Can Denzel Valentine continue to do it all? Plus, did last night somehow put to rest the idea of Josh Jackson comes to Michigan State?

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Men's Basketball —  In Michigan State’s seven Big Ten wins this season, Bryn Forbes has averaged 19.7 points and shot 63 percent (34-54) from three. In the Spartans’ five losses, Forbes averages plummet to a mere 5.4 points per game on an abysmal 16 percent (4-25) from downtown. In fact, Forbes hit more three pointers in the first 14 minutes against Michigan than he did in all five of Michigan State’s losses combined.
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Men's Basketball —  Valentine put up another stat stuffing game Tuesday night. He finished with 27 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds and heroically led MSU back from a 17-point deficit on the road. At one stretch of the second half, Valentine made three 3-pointers in the span of 50 seconds to cut Purdue's lead from 50-35 at the 16:53 mark to 50-44 with 16:03 left in regulation.
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Ice Hockey —  This past weekend went better than expected for the Michigan State Spartans hockey team, as they were not swept off the ice by the 5th ranked Michigan Wolverines. There was a time when a series split (including a a loss at Munn Arena meaning a season sweep to your arch-rivals) was not a cause for massive celebration. However, when you are mired in a season with massive winless streaks, and a 7-19-2 record you take happiness where you can find it.
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Ice Hockey —  Junior forward Joe Cox was named the Big Ten’s Third Star of the Week it was announced by the conference office on Tuesday. Cox scored two goals in a 3-2 overtime win over fifth-ranked Michigan on Feb. 5 at Joe Louis Arena.
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Baseball —  Once the calendar flips to February, baseball fans all across the country get excited for the start of the new season. Not only will the MLB teams migrate to Arizona and Florida for Spring Training, but the college baseball season begins as well. The Michigan State baseball team under the direction of Jake Boss Jr. will start their season February 19 when they travel to Greenville, South Carolina to play three games in the First Pitch Invitational.
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Football —  The runs didn't compare to the walk. It probably wasn't what many college football fans expected and maybe not even what DeAnthony Arnett expected. But that's OK. Arnett isn't complaining. The 23-year-old receiver from Michigan State isn't about to give up his dream, especially since he already realized part of it.
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Football —  Michigan State has held even at No. 14 in the latest edition of the ESPN "way-too-early top 25" rankings. The new poll is meant to be an update from the Jan. 12 edition, factoring-in national signing day additions and early NFL entrees.
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Men's Basketball —  Michigan State came into its only meeting of the regular season with the Boilermakers as the top scoring defense in the Big Ten, allowing just 62.9 points a game. The Spartans also lead the conference in field-goal percentage defense (.370) and 3-point field-goal percentage defense (.282). On top of that, Michigan State leads the Big Ten in rebounding margin at +12.8, a number that is also the best in the nation.
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Women's Golf —  In a loaded field that featured 10 teams in the Golfstat Top 25, the No. 23 Michigan State women’s golf team placed 15th in the Regional Challenge at the Palos Verdes Golf Club. The Spartans concluded action in the three-day, 54-hole event with their best showing of the tournament, shooting a 16-over-par 300 in Tuesday’s third and final round. Overall, MSU finished at 71-over 923 (309-314-300).
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Men's Basketball —  It was an impressive Purdue statement, and then it was a stunning Michigan State comeback, and then it was 15 minutes of tense, tight basketball between Big Ten rivals. In the end, it was overtime and this for the win – a wild final sequence. MSU’s Denzel Valentine tied the game at 81 on a drive in the closing seconds of the extra session, but was then called for bumping Purdue’s Raphael Davis with 4.6 seconds left.

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Critical late foul spoils 18-point comeback as Michigan State falls to Purdue MLive
Denzel Valentine willed Michigan State to its biggest comeback of the season, but committed a critical error to prevent his team from sealing the deal. Valentine helped the Spartans rally from four points down in the final minute of overtime, and hit a game-tying layup with 12 seconds. But on Purdue's final possession, he committed a critical perimeter foul on Purdue's Rapheal Davis that allowed the Boilermakers to hit the go-ahead free throws with five seconds left.

Michigan State roars back but falls to Purdue in OT Detroit News
hat first looked like a blowout, suddenly became a thriller. And for No. 8 Michigan State, it ended with its best player getting called for a foul 30 feet from the basket.

MSU overcomes 16-point halftime deficit, but falls to Purdue in OT State News
No. 8 MSU lost to No. 18 Purdue Tuesday night 82-81 in overtime to fall to 7-5 in the Big Ten. MSU was led by 27 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists from senior guard Denzel Valentine and 11 points from senior forward Matt Costello.

Furious Comeback Falls Short in Overtime Impact Sports
The Boilermakers stormed out of the gates and knocked the Spartans down right away. Senior guard Rapheal Davis exploded for 16 points in the first nine minutes of the game, including 4-4 from three. Before Tom Izzo could blink, his Spartans were down 15. The first seven minutes went by without a single whistle.

Spartans' comeback falls short Spartan Avenue
It wasn’t the best start for Michigan State, falling behind by 16 at halftime. Purdue wasn’t missing much and the Spartans couldn’t hit water if they had fallen out of a boat. It was ugly. The second half was a different story, though, as the Spartans outscored Purdue by 16 and forced overtime.

MSU 81 - Purdue 82 Kneejerk Reactions The Only Colors
You could talk about the 18-point rally, or that there’s not a lot of shame in losing that one after falling behind that way this team did. You could say it’s a tough loss to a quality opponent. But man, what a tough way to finish that one.

Tom Izzo doesn't dispute controversial late foul MLive
Tom Izzo isn't joining the chorus of Michigan State fans up in arms over a critical late-game foul that went against the Spartans. With five seconds left in a tie overtime game against Purdue on Tuesday night, Michigan State guard Denzel Valentine tried to get around a perimeter screen set by Boilermakers big man A.J. Hammons.

No. 8 Michigan State Drops 82-81 Decision to No. 18 Purdue in OT
No. 18 Purdue turned Tuesday night's game into an impromptu senior night celebration. Rapheal Davis, the Boilermakers' defensive stopper, played the offensive game of his life. A.J. Hammons, the 7-foot center who patrols the post, nearly posted a triple-double. And together they refused to let No. 8 Michigan State beat them again. Davis made 1 of 2 free throws with 4.6 seconds left in overtime and Hammons wrestled the ensuing rebound from several defenders to preserve an 82-81 victory that set off an overdue celebration.

Spartans and Boilermakers Play Epic Old School Big Ten Battle Spartan Nation
The #8 Michigan State Spartans came into Mackey Arena here in West Lafayette, Indiana playing their best basketball off the season. Ridning a four game winning streak, they started slow and couldn’t finish after a valiant comeback. They lost to #16 Purdue 82-81 in overtime while garnering a 20-5 (7-5) record.

Missed dunks come back to slam Spartans Detroit News
As good as Michigan State has been shooting the ball the last couple weeks, an off night probably doesn’t come as a big surprise. But when it comes in a one-point overtime loss, it can be especially frustrating.

Couch: Exhausting OT loss shows MSU’s growth since Iowa Detroit Free Press
MSU still isn’t entirely matchup-proof. Or above being blitzed on the road by a hot hand. Its freshmen aren’t completely over mistakes of youthful exuberance and frustration. But toughness … That’s settled. And with that, this MSU team — with all of its other attributes — can go a long way.

Valentine's ever-expanding role wearing on MSU's leader Detroit Free Press
Although NCAA tournament seeding matters and the No. 8 Spartans (20-5, 7-5 Big Ten) want to win every game from here until the end, there may be some opportunities ahead to give Denzel Valentine a break. It was obvious he needed one Tuesday night.

Talkin' Spartans: On MSU's OT loss at Purdue Detroit Free Press
Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press / LSJ MSU beat writer Joe Rexrode analyze the Spartans' 82-81 loss at Purdue.

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Men's Basketball —  Semifinalists for the Naismith boys basketball High School Player of the Year were announced on Tuesday, Feb. 9. To no surprise Michigan State signee Miles Bridges and Spartans target Josh Jackson were both on the list.
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Misc. —  Mark Hollis along with guest host Scott Moore are joined by the Head Coach of the MSU Woman's basketball team Suzy Merchant all along with other special guests
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Football —  Malik McDowell flashed inside as a freshman, starred inside as a sophomore and will be all over the place as a Michigan State junior defensive lineman. “He will play everywhere, that’s for sure,” MSU defensive line coach Ron Burton said of McDowell. “No maybes. He will play everywhere.”
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Football —  Michigan State has the most difficult non-conference schedule in the Big Ten and the ninth-toughest in the nation, according to The Spartans' 2016 slate opens with FCS school Furman on the evening of Friday, Sept. 2, before non-conference showdowns at Notre Dame (Sept. 17) and at home against Brigham Young (Oct. 8).
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Swimming & Diving —  Entering the 2015 Big Ten Championships, the Michigan State Spartans knew that they would soon lose one of the best butterfly/IMers in program history, Hannah Pugh, to graduation, and it would not be an easy loss to replace. At the time, Pugh, who was also the subject of our Big Ten Senior Spotlight for the Spartans last season, was the school record holder in the 400 IM (4:19.88) and also held the second-fastest 200 butterfly time in school history (2:00.43). However, the Spartans would find a new leader in those events in the form of Elizabeth Brown, and with just one week left until the 2016 Big Ten Championships kick off, all eyes will be on the New Zealand product to lead the Spartans into battle in Ann Arbor.
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Men's Basketball —  This is the only regular season matchup of the year between the Spartans and the Boilermakers. Michigan State has won seven straight games in the series, including three straight at Mackey Arena.
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Men's Basketball —  The #8 Michigan State Spartans 20-4 (7-4) take on #16 Purdue 19-5 (7-4) go at each other tonight. It will have a similar feel to the NCAA tournament for MSU. Having played a “small” team that lives on the perimeter with UM on Sunday the Spartans have a quick turnaround with the big inside presence on the Boilermakers.
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Men's Basketball —  Michigan State takes on Purdue on the road in what is likely its toughest game for the remainder of the regular season
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