Football mlive.com —  McDowell, the only returning starter next season in Michigan State's front four, said in his mind the Spartans made progress by being one of only four teams to make the College Football Playoff. "I'm proud of my team, because this was a big accomplishment," said McDowell, a second-team All-Big Ten pick this season. "We had a good year and a good run, we have to come back and do it again and get the job done. As long as we're always improving, I'll be happy. As long as there are no steps back."
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Football mlive.com —  The Spartans' secondary had a tough night against Alabama, but Hicks pledged that Michigan State's secondary will work hard to get back into form after the Tide had 285 yards passing and two touchdowns.
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Football freep.com —  Just because this MSU team wasn’t built to beat this Alabama doesn’t mean it wasn’t a successful year. It just means it wasn’t a memorable ending. Alabama does this to a lot of teams. Ask Notre Dame. Ask LSU. Ask Texas. Ask Florida. Every year, the Crimson Tide is play or two away from winning — or competing — for a national title. No other program can say that, except, maybe Ohio State, where the roster is nearly as stacked as Alabama’s.
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  Michigan State plays its second straight road game to open Big Ten play for the sixth time in the last 15 seasons, traveling to Williams Arena for the first time since December 2012.
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Football msuspartans.com —  This time, there would be no fabulous finish or great escape, no MVP performance or celebratory dance party in the locker room. As Thursday night surrendered to the New Year, all No. 3 Michigan State had to show for its first appearance in the College Football Playoff was a 38-0 Cotton Bowl loss to No. 2 Alabama that in no way mirrored the accomplishments of this season or the previous three for that matter.
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Football detroitnews.com —  Alabama left a red, raw mark on Michigan State, as it does to many teams. It was painful and humbling, but for the Spartans, it doesn’t have to be a lasting mark. Michigan State wasn’t ready for this test, and in the immediate aftermath of the 38-0 pounding in the Cotton Bowl, it’s tempting to reevaluate the season and the amount of progress. Clearly, the gains far outweighed the losses for the Spartans, who won the Big Ten, reached the playoff and finished 12-2.
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Football mlive.com —  After losing to Iowa on Tuesday, the Spartans flew to Dallas, where they continued their normal game preparation away from home, in between a trip to the Cotton Bowl and to see Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors play the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  If things go as Denzel Valentine hopes, he will play in Michigan State's next game, the Big Ten home opener Thursday against Illinois. If things go as coach Tom Izzo expects, Valentine will miss that game and MSU's Jan. 10 visit to Penn State, then return for a Jan. 14 home game against Iowa. Izzo's going to be cautious with his senior guard and national player of the year favorite, who had arthroscopic knee surgery Dec. 21 and missed his third straight game Saturday.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The promise of the Michigan State two-big lineup had started to look a bit unlikely. The Spartans had hinted throughout the offseason that it would play with two big men simultaneously, after trying it with success in its trip to Italy. Gavin Schilling's preseason foot injury put a hold on that. Once he returned, the Spartans dipped their toe in the water, trying two-big lineups for short stretches before going away from them.
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Wrestling onlyfans.cstv.com —  The Michigan State wrestling team wrapped up action the Southern Scuffle on Saturday inside McKenzie Arena. The elite two-day, 31-team tournament was hosted by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The Spartans finished 24th in the team standings with 24.5 points.
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Football freep.com —  Free Press sports writer Joe Rexrode looks at how MSU stacks up at each position for 2016
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Women's Basketball msuspartans.com —  No. 24/22 Michigan State celebrates the New Year by opening the home portion of the Big Ten schedule against Wisconsin on Sunday, Jan. 3 at 2 p.m. The game will be televised on BTN Plus. The Spartans (9-3) dropped their B1G opener to No. 9/9 Ohio State, 85-80. Wisconsin (5-6) won its league opener with a win against Indiana at home.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State's struggles without Denzel Valentine could soon be coming to an end. Michigan State plays at home on Thursday against Illinois before going to Penn State on Sunday. "Hopefully Sunday," Valentine said. "If I feel good in practice I might try to play Thursday though. It's going to be either this week or next week."
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  Bryn Forbes scored 20 points, making three 3-pointers in the second half to help top-ranked Michigan State stave off Minnesota for a 69-61 victory on Saturday in response to a loss at Iowa earlier in the week. Matt Costello contributed 17 points and 15 rebounds, both career highs, for the Spartans (14-1, 1-1) four days after they fell 78-63 to the Hawkeyes in their Big Ten opener to make this No. 1 billing in The Associated Press' poll short-lived.

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Michigan State turns to Matt Costello, other bigs in bounce-back win at Minnesota MLive
Michigan State found a new way to navigate life without Denzel Valentine. Look to the big men. The frontcourt led the way in a 69-61 win over Minnesota on Saturday afternoon at Williams Arena. The victory followed the No. 1-ranked Spartans' (14-1, 1-1) first loss of the season, by 13 points on Tuesday at Iowa.

Pesky Gophers a handful but Spartans prevail Detroit News
Michigan State found itself in a battle on Saturday at Williams Arena, and it took everything the Spartans had to avoid losing their first two Big Ten games of the season. Bryn Forbes scored 20 points, Matt Costello added 17 points and 15 rebounds, and Deyonta Davis scored 10 in Michigan State’s 69-61 victory over Minnesota.

MSU 69 - Minnesota 61 Kneejerk Reactions The Only Colors
MSU got its first B1G win of the season and just its second true road win of the year (the first was against Northeastern) by beating Minnesota at Williams Arena.

MSU men's basketball survives scare, defeats Minnesota, 69-61 State News
The No. 1 MSU men's basketball team (14-1) bounced back from its first loss of the season to defeat the Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-8) on the road, 69-61.

Izzo, MSU put together win over Minnesota, 69-61 Detroit Free Press
Tom Izzo said he was going big before his team took the floor at Williams Arena for its second Big Ten game of the season, and he wasn’t kidding. Izzo went with a post player at the power forward position for the entire game today, starting Matt Costello and Gavin Schilling together, and mixing in Deyonta Davis and Kenny Goins at the two frontcourt spots. It’s the first time he’s done that in a long time.

Tom Izzo gets game ball; Marvin Clark and Javon Bess injured MLive
Soon before Tom Izzo was scheduled to fly home to Iron Mountain, Michigan, for his father's funeral, his team sent him off with a gift to let them know they were thinking about him. Michigan State guard Denzel Valentine presented his coach with the game ball following the Spartans' 69-61 win at Minnesota.
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Men's Basketball espn.go.com —  Denzel Valentine said he expects to return next week for the top-ranked Spartans' matchup at Penn State on Jan. 10 after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee a few days before Christmas.
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Football mlive.com —  Mark Dantonio's parting words from the Big Ten Network set at the Cotton Bowl represents the newest slogan from his mantra-heavy Michigan State program: "We will rise again."
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Football michiganstate.247sports.com —  “The next class is going to step up and take over,” Darien Harris said. “Everything here is a process and it’s about progression. We made another step this year. It will be up to the class behind us to take over.” Harris’ class set the new high mark for wins at Michigan State, leaving with 43 - including two Big Ten Championship Games, a Rose Bowl and a Cotton Bowl - but next year’s senior class will be set up to leave with even more wins. They will enter next season already with 36, needing just eight to surpass the record in 2016.
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  MSU wasn't good against Iowa but Iowa's a good, legitimate team (#14 in KenPom). Even without Valentine, MSU should be able to take care of this Minnesota team who lost 3 senior starters from last year without bringing in a lot of talent.
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Men's Basketball statenews.com —  No. 1 MSU 13-1 (0-1) will look to bounce back Saturday afternoon in Minnesota against the Golden Gophers 6-7 (0-1) after its first loss of the season Tuesday night against Iowa.
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Football mlive.com —  It was an emotional Friday afternoon for the Michigan State football team, with coach Mark Dantonio calling a meeting to wrap up the season and allow the seniors to say goodbye. "It has been different, we've never experienced losing a bowl game before," departing senior linebacker and team captain Darien Harrris said one day after the 38-0 College Football Playoff semifinal defeat at the Cotton Bowl at the hands of Alabama.
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