Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Denzel Valentine expects "a 40-minute dogfight" at Illinois on Sunday night, but the Michigan State junior captain said the Spartans are better equipped to handle the Illini now than when the teams last met. "We just feel better about ourselves now than we did then,'' Valentine said following Thursday's practice, reflecting back on his team's mindset going into a Feb. 7 game ultimately won by Illinois, 59-54, at Breslin Center.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The last time Michigan State shared a court with Illinois, it left it in one of its lowest moments of the season. The Spartans fell to the Illini, 59-54 on Feb. 7, suffering a home loss to a team that came in .500 in conference play. The Spartans were 3-3 in their last six games at that point and staring straight at the NCAA tournament bubble.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  "I would like to see it protected," Izzo said. "I just don't know if they can do that as easily as they can with football. But yes I would (want it protected). I think the fans would, I think the media would."
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Men's Basketball spreaker.com —  Jack and Rico Beard talk NBA and MSU basketball with legendary Spartans' sharpshooter and current Memphis Grizzlies' assistant coach, Shawn Respert.


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Men's Basketball freep.com —  The Big Ten released its men's basketball scheduling rotation for 2015-16 today, and Michigan State's lone league game with Michigan will be at Ann Arbor next season. It's possible MSU and U-M could schedule a non-league game against each other to play twice, but that has not been discussed publicly.
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Men's Basketball michiganstate.247sports.com —  Coming off a big win at Michigan Tuesday, Spartan assistant coach Dane Fife traveled to Alabama Wednesday night to watch five-star combo guard Josh Langford. The 6-foot-6, 200-pound prospect out of Madison (Ala.) Academy is ranked a five-star guard and the No. 16 prospect in the 2016 class overall.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Travis Trice doesn't exactly know how to define his new role with the Michigan State basketball team, so he settles on a generic name for it."I'm just trying to be a basketball player," Trice said Tuesday night after the Spartans beat Michigan, 80-67.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  ay this for Michigan State's Bryn Forbes, he has learned to keep a stiff upper lip. Forbes was poised and collected following the Spartans' 80-67 victory at Michigan on Tuesday night, even though it was his turn to have a tough shooting night, as he made just 3-of-10 shot attempts including 1-of-7 from three.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  We'll be moving on to Illinois soon enough, and the tough finish to Michigan State's regular season schedule. But first, let's take a look back to the Spartans' 80-67 win over Michigan on Tuesday -- because on closer inspection, the offensive figures the Spartans put up are some of its best in recent years.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  That's three straight wins for the Spartans, all with Lourawls (Tum Tum) Nairn starting at point guard and averaging 30 minutes a game – nearly double his season average. I don't see that changing any time soon, not considering that Travis Trice – off the bench, off the ball – was 9-for-16 from three in those games, averaging 15.7 points and 5.0 assists per game.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Bubble, shmubble. Michigan State appears to be moving away, and in the preferred direction, from college basketball's purgatory and the prospect of a nervous March 15 — the day the NCAA tournament field of 68 is set. Tuesday's 80-67 win at Michigan was MSU's third straight victory and fifth out of six, improving the Spartans to 18-8 overall and 9-4 in the Big Ten, but coach Tom Izzo wasn't interested in an NCAA bid update.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  There's nothing like winning in March. And few coaches have done it more than Tom Izzo. But February wins have a magic effect as well. As Mike Tirico pointed out during the ESPN broadcast of Michigan State's 80-67 win over Michigan on Tuesday night, you can throw out all the RPIs, BPIs, KenPoms and quality wins that you want. The bottom line is this -- you win in February and you're still playing deep into March.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  A little more than a week ago, Michigan State was coming off a home loss to Illinois and dealing with life on the NCAA Tournament bubble. Heading into Sunday's rematch with the Illini, the Spartans appear to be surging at just the right time.
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Men's Basketball spartansportsnetwork.com —  Recap of Michigan, preview of Illinois. Special feature about Tom's induction into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. Interview with Draymond Green.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Gavin Schilling had his best game in nearly a month Tuesday, collecting 10 points and a pair of rebounds – before fouling out in just 15 minutes of action – in the Spartans' 80-67 win at Michigan.
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Men's Basketball spreaker.com —  Jack, Dan Kilbridge, Mike Griffith and Steve Grinczel recap Michigan State's 80-67 win over Michigan at Crisler Center.


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