Men's Basketball freep.com —  Michigan State junior guard Bryn Forbes had another defensive setback in the second half of the No. 19 Spartans' 85-52 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday, but the Cleveland State transfer continues to inch forward overall on that end of the floor. "I'm understanding our defense a lot better," Forbes said after scoring 12 in the win, giving him 30 on the week, which also included 10 straight makes.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The final pre-bowl AP Top 25 poll is out, and Michigan State will enter the postseason ranked as the country's top two-loss club. Michigan State (10-2) remained at No. 7 in this week's AP Top 25, and the only teams in front of the Spartans are clubs with either one loss or none at all.
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Men's Basketball probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com —  Draymond Green is another guy having a career year for Golden State so far — 13.5 points and 7.6 rebounds a game, plus he’s shooting 37.9 percent from three. One a team loaded with firepower on the perimeter (and with a quality big man inside in the form of Andrew Bogut) Green may be the guy who flies under the radar and gets the least defensive attention among the Warriors starting five. You do that at your own risk.


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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The two players in the tightest position battle for Michigan State both say the starting job there isn't all that important to them. That's because, with the nature of the center position, both know they will get their minutes no matter who steps onto the floor first. "Doesn't matter to either one of them, doesn't matter to me," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. "I'm just happy I'm getting production out of them."
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  "That's when the most upsets happen," Izzo said of the holiday season. "So, I guess, in that respect, we came out ready to play after a one-day prep, because we had to take Thursday off. … So I'm really proud of my guys for that. I just didn't like the way we sustained. That's been kind of an issue with this team."
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State (6-3) went up by double digits in less than three minutes and was never challenged in an easy 85-52 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-7) Saturday at the Breslin Center.

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Michigan State 85, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 52: Three Thoughts The Only Colors
Michigan State pulled away vigorously in the first half to get the win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Here's three things we learned, which is really two things plus get well soon Ace.

Spartans Blow Away Lowly Arkansas Pine Bluff 85-52 Spartan Nation
Playing perhaps the beat team effort in years for a Tom Izzo team, the Michigan State Spartans sent the Golden Lions of Arkansas Pine Bluff home with a big check and a ridiculous loss 85-52. It wasn’t that close. It was an unselfish exhibition by the Spartans that any coach at any level should show to his team.

Tom Izzo 'unbelievably excited' with Michigan State's first half vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff MLive
Tom Izzo couldn't have been much happier with his team's first half in its 85-52 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday. He wasn't happy at all with his team's second half. But when the balance was a 33-point win, the Spartans coach could live with it. "I'm unbelievably excited with how we played the first half," Izzo said.

Spartans divvy up shots while coasting to victory Detroit News
There are several characteristics of a Tom Izzo-coached team: Tenacious defense, toughness, rebounding. Another trait was in full view Saturday — unselfish play. The Spartans (6-3) assisted on a mind-boggling 18 of 19 field goals in the first half on the way to an 85-52 victory over out-manned Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-7) before an announced crowd of 14,797 at the Breslin Center.

Spartans Top Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 85-52 MSUSpartans.com
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo loves his team's unselfishness and wants his players to have personal goals, too. The No. 19 Spartans assisted on 25 of their first 26 baskets and Matt Costello and Travis Trice each scored 15 points to rout Arkansas-Pine Bluff 85-52 on Saturday. "I was unbelievably excited about the way we played in the first half," Izzo said of the 54-20 lead. "In the second half, we did what teams do."

Tom Izzo: 27 assists on 30 baskets in Michigan State's win 'mind boggling' MLive
Tom Izzo exercised his coach's right to apply selective amnesia to Michigan State's 85-52 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday, in the interest of enjoying a rare night off in the middle of basketball season.

MSU men's basketball defeats Arkansas- Pine Bluff 85-52 State News
MSU raced out to an early lead against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, and after 40 minutes of punishment for the visiting Golden Lions, the Spartans came away with an imposing 85-52 victory. Junior guard Bryn Forbes continued his hot shooting, making his first two three-pointers of the game. Going back to Wednesday’s game at Notre Dame, Forbes made nine consecutive shots before finally missing a three early in the second half. He did not hesitate to pull the trigger, unlike in recent games.

Men’s Basketball Snaps Losing Streak with Blowout Win Impact Sports
Michigan State got back to its winning ways Saturday afternoon with an 85-52 blowout over Arkansas Pine Bluff. After struggling mightily against Notre Dame, the Spartans were able to use their superior size and athleticism to beat the Lions handily.

Spartans return home, roll over Arkansas-Pine Bluff isportsweb
The green and white were led by junior Matt Costello who has recently had some foul trouble. The Spartan big-man came off the bench and put up a career high 15 points to go along with 5 rebounds. “I just try to take my chances and do the best I can with them,” said Costello. ” I need to stay on the court, if I want to do anything. So I try not to foul, and tonight I was able to do that.”

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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  It’s a familiar refrain for Michigan State coach Tom Izzo this time of year — he’s not happy with himself for how he schedules. Whether it’s too many games against elite competition or how many the Spartans play in a certain period of time, Izzo is often kicking himself early in the season for the schedule he puts together.
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  This game is filler. It's just another number in the win column the Spartans will need on the way to making the NCAA Tournament come March. Still, there's always the chance for excitement, and we'll most likely see the Spartans excel. We have about 60 more hours of MSU basketball this season, and even though the next few hours will be against inferior competition, the ephemeral nature of the sport makes it worth your time from 2:15 to 4:15 on Saturday.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Denzel Valentine hit a pair of late threes that got Michigan State to the extra session in Wednesday's 79-78 loss at Notre Dame, and the junior guard actually had the ball in his hands with a chance to win in regulation, before dribbling it off his foot. It was an off night for senior guard Travis Trice, but those late possessions still indicate Valentine is trending toward being MSU's man when the clock — shot and/or game — is melting away. And he's good with that.
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  There are many ways to arrive at the Breslin Center. The path Marvin Clark Jr. had to navigate on his way to Michigan State University was long and difficult. Growing up on the streets of Kansas City, Missouri, Clark had to overcome numerous challenges that could have derailed his journey to East Lansing. The direction Clark utilized to circumvent these obstacles and guide him on his path to MSU came from family.
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  Michigan State opens the longest homestand of the Tom Izzo era as it hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday. The Spartans are a perfect 2-0 at Breslin Center this season, but have played fewer home games than every other Big Ten team, which have all played at least four.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The book on Javon Bess is that his game is probably the most developed of the three incoming freshmen. From the limited times I've seen him play, his defense is good, he rebounds well and can get to the basket. There's no one area of his game that's going to blow you away, but there's no major deficiency, either. His shot is still a work in progress, and I think I was most impressed by his athleticism. His versatility was what had him competing for a spot in the starting lineup until he broke his foot.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Gavin Schilling's first start of the season earlier this week didn't last long. The Spartans' sophomore forward earned the nod Sunday against Kansas, but committed a foul less than two minutes into the game. He played only 14 minutes. The second try three days later was much better.
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Men's Basketball si.com —  The scope of Earvin (Magic) Johnson’s impact on the basketball world is unquestioned: The Hall of Famer redefined the point guard position, captured five championships and played a leading role in driving the NBA’s international growth. But Johnson’s influence has only increased since he retired in 1996, becoming the chief executive of a billion-dollar company, the public face of a global health cause and a major philanthropist.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Bryn Forbes had his best game as a Spartan on Wednesday. The problem for Michigan State in its 79-78 overtime loss to Notre Dame was the performance was on only one end of the court. "His man had as many makes as he did was the problem," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. "The guy scores offensively, but he gave up the first nine points of the game." On top of that, when the Spartans needed an offensive spark, Forbes stopped shooting.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Bryn Forbes walked off the court at the Joyce Center a perfect 7-for-7 from the field Wednesday night. Michigan State never found out how long that hot streak could have lasted. The junior guard had his best shooting night as a Spartan but didn't attempt a shot in the final nine minutes of regulation.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  "I just think the three big games we played well enough in all of them, especially two of them and just haven't found a way to win yet," Izzo said. "I think part of it is getting a rotation, I think part of the reason we're tiring down the stretch is we don't have any rotation."
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  You can break this MSU season into four parts. It's usually three – nonleague, conference play, postseason – but the Spartans were front-loaded this fall, so let's make it four. The Grueling First Half of the nonleague schedule ended
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