Men's Basketball freep.com —  It’s down to Bob versus Tom. Branch and Bo and Jud and Fred and Gene and Lou and Piggy all deserve a nod and some parting gifts, and Thad may work his way into the discussion some day. But the award for achievement in Big Ten men’s basketball coaching, for so long in clear possession of former Indiana coach Bob Knight, increasingly warrants a debate about Knight and Michigan State’s Tom Izzo.
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  Michigan State hosts Rutgers for the first time in program history. Last season, in Rutgers’ first year in the Big Ten, the Spartans won the only meeting on the road. The Spartans will look to continue their stellar defensive play that has allowed them to win the last two games while holding Maryland and Northwestern to .296 FG% and a .240 3FG%.
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Men's Basketball usatodayhss.com —  Joshua Langford was an obvious leader in helping Madison Academy (Alabama) to two state titles. After all, he’s a four-time state Class 3A Player of the Year and a two-time Gatorade Alabama Player of the Year. But his goals for his senior season were to be a different kind of leader, becoming a spiritual force for his school and team.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Michigan State is looking for the trifecta. That means intensity for a third consecutive game, despite a third straight decline in opponent quality – from Maryland last weekend to Northwestern on Thursday to lowly Rutgers (6-15, 0-8 Big Ten) visiting Breslin Center on Sunday (5:15 p.m., Big Ten Network). And that means seniors Denzel Valentine, Matt Costello and Bryn Forbes leading the way.
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Men's Basketball michiganstate.247sports.com —  When members of the Michigan State athletic department and Izzone section leaders gathered together prior to the start of another season, the topic of student section traditions was raised. Among those that came up was the moment near the end of the national anthem when the students all raise their right index finger and point it upward. The latest batch of section leaders did not know the history behind the gesture, which was explained to them that day. And former Spartan forward Marquise Gray had no idea his tribute to his late father, Joseph Washington Jr., would carry on through every game for more than a decade now.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  We've seen Michigan State swing from three-game losing streak to two impressive wins, and the alarm bells seem to have turned off for now here in Mid-Michigan. So, as we often do, we look to the future in this week's edition of the Ask Austin mailbag.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Michigan State has won two straight for the first time in nearly three weeks, but coach Tom Izzo wasn’t feeling great after a victory at Northwestern on Thursday. The result was fine — a 76-45 triumph — but for a coach who has been pushing his team to play smarter, there was plenty to nit-pick at heading into Sunday’s home game against Rutgers.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Lansing native begins new life after spending years behind bars for fraud. Member of Spartans' national championship team plans to sell tell-all book.
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Men's Basketball spartansportsnetwork.com —  Will Tieman asks Coach Izzo about Sunday's home game against Rutgers Discuss »
Men's Basketball freep.com —  Tom Izzo departed Thursday’s 76-45 laugher at Northwestern with 513 wins, 203 losses, 238 Big Ten wins, seven Big Ten titles, seven Final Fours and a national championship as Michigan State’s head coach. “I think this just means I’ve been around here a long time,” Izzo said after the victory, mentioning that Keady called him a couple weeks ago and had some fun with the pending milestone.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Lacey Holsworth’s impact went from local to national in the final months of her young life, and she’s still out there battling cancer. Michigan State players wore gold shoelaces in Thursday’s 76-45 win at Northwestern, taking part in an awareness effort that can be found at shoecarnival.com/lacey, and that has involved Notre Dame, Arizona, St. Joseph’s and several other college basketball teams.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  When Denzel Valentine swished a desperation heave from four feet behind the 3-point line early in the first half, it was clear what kind of night it would be for Michigan State. The Spartans hit a season-high 16 3-pointers en route to a 76-45 win over Northwestern Thursday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena.





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Michigan State keeps roll going against Northwestern Detroit News
Michigan State got a big win over Maryland last weekend and looked to continue that momentum Thursday at Northwestern. Thanks to another impressive defensive performance and the breakout of freshman Matt McQuaid, No. 12 Michigan State did just that with a 76-45 victory over Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

MSU men's basketball storms past Northwestern on the road, 76-45 State News
No. 12 MSU defeated the Northwestern Wildcats 76-45 Thursday night to push head coach Tom Izzo ahead of former-Purdue coach Gene Keady for second most wins by a Big Ten coach. Izzo is now 33-4 against Northwestern over his career.

MSU 76, Northwestern 45: Spartans' freshmen star in win Detroit Free Press
Deyonta Davis smacked a shot to the ground with such force, the fans in both green and purple gave him an “Ooooh.” Then he did it again. Matt McQuaid took a charge, got a steal and a layup, scored 11 straight points in one 3-minute stretch – more than he had totaled in a game all season. What is it with these Michigan State freshmen and Chicago?

Michigan State in the zone as it shoots with confidence against Northwestern MLive
Even in a 31-point road win, Tom Izzo had his gripes, including 15 turnovers and 21 fouls committed. But even the always-picky Michigan State head coach couldn't give them too much emphasis on a night his team could hardly miss from the floor.

Michigan State Comes to Chicago and Hands The Wildcats A “Demoralizing” Loss 76-45 Spartan Nation
The #11 Michigan State Spartans came in here tonight fresh off of an upset that snapped a three game losing streak. This one was over before it started as the Spartans dominated start to finish and winning 76-45.

MSU keeps roll going against Northwestern Detroit News
It turns out that being in and around Chicago might be just what Matt McQuaid needs to get things going. The Michigan State freshman was big in the Spartans’ win over Kansas in the second game of the season, and on Thursday at Northwestern he broke through a bit of the “freshman wall” by scoring a career-high 17 and leading No. 12 Michigan State to a 76-45 victory at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

MSU 76 - Northwestern 45 Kneejerk Reactions The Only Colors
Sometimes, there’s not much to say. A game is pretty on one side and not so much on the other. This would be one of those moments.

MSU Rolls Woeful Wildcats Impact Sports
There are good shooting nights, there are bad shooting nights and there are shooting nights like the one Northwestern had. The Wildcats fell behind quickly and stayed behind due to their inability to find the basket. And by inability I mean 20 percent shooting inability. Sparty pounced and rolled NU 76-45. Michigan State hasn’t lost at Northwestern since 2012, with an average win margin of 23 points. Not too shabby.

MSU men's basketball storms past Northwestern on the road, 76-45 State News
No. 12 MSU defeated the Northwestern Wildcats 76-45 Thursday night to push head coach Tom Izzo ahead of former-Purdue coach Gene Keady for second most wins by a Big Ten coach. Izzo is now 33-4 against Northwestern over his career.

No. 12 Michigan State Hit 16 3s In 76-45 Rout of Northwestern MSUSpartans.com
The 15 turnovers bothered Michigan State coach Tom Izzo very much. Same for the Spartans' disparity at the line against Northwestern, and a few issues with the shot clock. The shooting was very impressive.

Freshmen turn the corner, lead the way in Michigan State's win over Northwestern MLive
The last time Michigan State was in Chicago, its freshman had their coming-out party. Playing on a national stage against Kansas, Matt McQuaid hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final four minutes of Michigan State's 79-73 win at the United Center. Deyonta Davis also hit two free throws with 20 seconds left to ice the game.

Talkin' Spartans: On the Spartans' blowout win at Northwestern Detroit Free Press
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press / LSJ MSU beat writer Joe Rexrode analyze the Spartans' 76-45 win at Northwestern Thursday night.

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Men's Basketball spartansportsnetwork.com —  Will Tieman and Coach Izzo discuss tonight's road game at Northwestern Discuss »
Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State has won 22 of its last 24 games against Northwestern, including nine of its last 10 matchups on the road. The Spartans won, 68-44, last year at Welsh-Ryan.
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  Michigan State's weakness this season has been defending scoring 4's and Northwestern doesn't have one. Although Northwestern has been solid this season I'm not sure they'll be able to keep up if at least one of Harris and Forbes is playing well alongside MSU's most consistent players in Valentine and Costello.
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Men's Basketball michiganstate.247sports.com —  When Michigan State returned from its late summer trip to Italy, perhaps the biggest story of all was the play of Gavin Schilling as the junior center excelled in the Spartans’ four-game set against international competition. It was his performance - and averaging 13.3 points and 7.0 rebounds against some NBA big men playing for national teams - that inspired belief that he was set for a big third season in East Lansing.
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Men's Basketball impact89fm.org —  The No. 12 Michigan State Spartans are eager to further build on their momentum as they travel to Welsh-Ryan Arena to face the Northwestern Wildcats on Thursday night. MSU finally snapped their uncharacteristic losing streak by topping No. 7 Maryland, 74-65, in a much-needed win on Saturday.
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Men's Basketball sportingnews.com —  Denzel Valentine was an NBA draft afterthought entering his senior season at Michigan State, but he improved his game substantially and has hallmark traits valued now more than ever due to the prominence of motion offenses. Even so, DraftExpress ranks him 20th and ESPN has him 25th. This is because — upperclassman status aside — there’s one notable weakness: he’s a subpar athlete.
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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  After snapping a three game losing streak Saturday, the Michigan State basketball team has a chance to keep the momentum moving in the right direction Thursday night (9:00, ESPN) when they take on the Northwestern Wildcats. This is the first meeting of the two programs this year, and the only time they are scheduled to meet in the regular season. For the first time since 2012, Michigan State will not play the Wildcats at the Breslin Center, a poor side effect of Big Ten expansion.
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Men's Basketball todaysu.com —  More times than not, Kenny Goins is the last person to think about Kenny Goins. The Michigan State walk-on redshirt freshman doesn’t have a lot of time to focus on himself. And besides, doing so has rarely ever been a part of his thought process. As a basketball player, he’s always been about filling a role on the roster. He does that well for the Spartans, too.
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