Ice Hockey statenews.com —  MSU hockey will wrap up its regular season this weekend in its final two-game home series before the Big Ten Tournament against No. 5 Wisconsin.Wisconsin (21-9-2 overall, 12-5-1-0 Big Ten) swept MSU in its first series just a few weeks ago, winning 5-2 the first night and 2-0 the following night.
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Football detroitnews.com —  Michigan State began implementing the zone-read into their offense last offseason and while Connor Cook ran it sparingly, it appears as though it could have a larger role in years to come. If Tommy Stevens were to come to East Lansing, he would be more than able to do that.
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Football freep.com —  The wide receiver position is important for Michigan State when it comes to the class of 2015. One of the top players on the recruiting board at that spot is New Lenox (Ill.) Providence's Miles Boykin.
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Ice Hockey theonlycolors.com —  This weekend six seniors will skate for the last time at Munn Ice Arena. This class (for the 4 year players) has compiled a record of 58-86-18 in their time at Michigan State and only saw the NCAA tournament once. For a program like Michigan State this is definitely a disappointing span of time and this class will probably not be remembered by fans for their impact on the program. While the team record is below standards there are some amazing young men in this class, that are part of a transition from the Rick Comley era to the Tom Anastos era.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  The Spartans need to cut down on turnovers, a recent issue, and their fouling, a season-long battle. They need to communicate better on defense and be more decisive on offense. Often, in games and practices, it appears they mostly need Appling to be Appling again.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  The game Michigan State likely would most want to play is a longshot, while the two teams the Spartans have seen the most in their Big Ten tournament history are on their side of the bracket again. Certainly, the Spartans would love a third crack at Michigan, which swept them in the regular season en route to the regular-season conference title. “This is our chance to really go show who the best team in the Big Ten is,” MSU sophomore guard Gary Harris said.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State is 3-0 against Northwestern in the Big Ten tournament, including 2-0 in the quarterfinals. They haven't met in the conference tournament since 2007. The Spartans and Wildcats met twice during the regular season this year. MSU won both by double digits.
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Football mlive.com —  Outgoing Michigan State quarterback Andrew Maxwell took his final drops as a Spartan on Tuesday afternoon, playing pitch and catch with receiver Bennie Fowler before an audience for what was likely the final time. There was a nostalgic value to the moment at Pro Day, to fifth-year seniors on the verge of departing the collegiate game, and the intellectual Maxwell could sense it.
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Men's Basketball usatoday.com —  The job that shaped Michigan State's Tom Izzo into the coach – and man – he is today didn't require a basketball. Far from it. At age 12, Izzo was enlisted to work in the family business, started by his grandfather in Iron Mountain, Mich. Tony Izzo & Sons originally opened as a shoe repair business in the Upper Peninsula community, but it expanded into a little bit of everything, from carpeting to awnings.
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  The Big Ten Tournament had its first significant upset last night, and the beneficiary by most measures was Michigan State. The Northwestern Wildcats, who had lost their first two games to the Iowa Hawkeyes this season by a combined 52 points, beat Iowa 67-62, thanks to 11-23 shooting from three for the 'Cats. Now the Spartans will face a Wildcats team on a bit of a roll (they've won their last two! That counts for something!), but still a Wildcats team MSU beat twice this season: a 54-40 win slog in mid-January in Evanston, and an 85-70 victory in East Lansing last month.
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Men's Basketball sportsillustrated.cnn.com —  Tom Izzo is at a crossroads, and that alone is annoying. He is 59 years old. He has won a national championship and taken Michigan State to six Final Fours. He should have passed all his crossroads by now. But here he is.
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Baseball msuspartans.com —  The Michigan State baseball team will travel to familiar territory this weekend as it returns to Greenville, S.C., for the seventh consecutive season. The Spartans will take on Harvard in the Greenville Drive First Pitch Invitational in a three-game series that will begin Saturday.
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Men's Tennis msuspartans.com —  The Michigan State men's tennis team (6-7, 0-1 Big Ten) concludes its non-conference portion of its schedule Saturday when it travels to Louisville, Ky., to take on the 32nd-ranked Louisville Cardinals. Play is set to begin at 12 p.m. at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.
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Women's Tennis msuspartans.com —  The Michigan State women's tennis team (12-2, 0-0 Big Ten)opens up Big Ten conference play Sunday afternoon when it welcomes rival No. 13 Michigan (8-2, 0-0 Big Ten) to town. Play will begin at 2 p.m. inside the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility and admission is free.
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Track & Field msuspartans.com —  Antonio James broke his own school record and Keith Schneider set a new NCAA meet record on the first day of competition at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships on the campus of University of New Mexico.
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Football freep.com —  Matt Cassel’s is the story to emulate — from college backup to NFL starter — but Andrew Maxwell has more than workouts and testimonials to present to pro scouts. “The good news is that I have 14 games on tape,” Maxwell, the former Michigan State quarterback and NFL hopeful, said Tuesday at MSU’s pro day. “So it’s not like this one workout or one workout some other time is all teams know about me or all teams have seen. I’ve got 14 games on tape, and I think it’s good tape.”
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  If he plays aggressively on both ends of the floor, the Spartans become a dangerous team. That was evident in Michigan State’s comfortable 67-51 blowout victory over Northwestern in the nightcap of the Big Ten tournament’s second day Friday.

Branden Dawson has what the Spartans' postseason needs
The text was just three words long. And all it said was all Michigan State wanted from Branden Dawson heading into the Big Ten tournament. "We need more." The Spartans got more.

X-factor Branden Dawson helps Michigan State cross off Northwestern Detroit News
The halftime buzzer sounded, and Tom Izzo had a television interview to do before heading to the locker room with his team doubling up a doubled-over Northwestern squad. But first Michigan State's coach had a message to deliver to one of his own, yelling to get the attention of Branden Dawson, who'd just settled for a jumper — and missed it — on the Spartans' final possession. Asked later what that message was, Dawson smiled and replied: "Attack."

After missing weeks of games, extra practice pays off for Michigan State's Branden Dawson Detroit Free Press
In only his fourth game since returning from the broken right hand, Dawson carried MSU with 16 points and nine rebounds, in the Spartans’ 67-51 Big Ten tournament quarterfinal win over Northwestern. “This is the best he’s played in a long, long time,” MSU coach Tom Izzo said. “If you look at defensively, we had him switching, we had him working on (Northwestern’s Drew) Crawford.”
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The Badgers and Spartans meet again Saturday in a Big Ten tournament semifinal, which will be televised on CBS. The tip is expected at roughly 4 p.m. The two teams were headed in very different directions the last time they met.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  The team that played that day against MSU is not the team that will take on the Spartans in the most TV-friendly day of Big Ten semifinals possible. And that’s why Izzo answered this way Friday night, in an empty locker room, when it was mentioned that his team will take on the Badgers with a full roster.
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  The Spartans seek vengeance for their loss to the Badgers this season, in a renewal of one of the Big Ten's fiercest rivalries.
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