Men's Basketball michiganstate.247sports.com —  There’s no one, single easy fix for the Spartans today as they head into a 7 p.m. home game against Indiana. A variety of issues have shown up during Michigan State’s five losses, most recently against No. 12 Maryland in the Big Ten home opener. While it wouldn’t fix everything, having a healthy rotation would certainly make life much easier for Tom Izzo and the Spartans. The team will move one step closer against the Hoosiers, with true freshman wing Javon Bess much better off than he was a week ago coming off a a twisted ankle.
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Men's Basketball thecoverfour.com —  At the macroest of macro levels, Indiana is reminiscent of Notre Dame in that they combine a wicked offense (Kenpom’s #9 nationally, 2nd in the Big Ten) with a porous defense (Kenpom’s #200 nationally, 14th in the Big Ten). Where they differ is chiefly in a willingness to push the ball at Tom Crean’s preferred high pace (Indiana’s 70.3 possessions is 23rd nationally) instead of the Fighting Irish’s more plodding pace. That would, at first blush, be bad news, as Notre Dame did after all, narrowly beat MSU. But I think the high pace favors the more well-balanced MSU, as does the home game setting complete with an Oldzone representation.
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Football freep.com —  Sophomore receiver R.J. Shelton played a few snaps at cornerback early in Thursday's 42-41 Cotton Bowl win over Baylor, and Dantonio said on a teleconference today that Shelton could play on both sides of the ball next season. Senior receiver Tony Lippett played extensively at cornerback late this season. "I think he's got to play football for us, a lot of plays," Dantonio said of the speedy Shelton. "I think he has the ability to play both sides of the ball."
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Football mlive.com —  Four days after the roller coaster that was the Cotton Bowl, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio was able to take a step back and evaluate what the 42-41 comeback win over Baylor meant to his program. And even though there was one more loss this year compared to the last one, Dantonio said his team improved and held its ground in 2014 after a breakout 2013 campaign.
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Football mlive.com —  Dantonio said his own coaching experience as a defensive backs coach is part of the reason he's leaning toward hiring a coach who can lend another set of eyes to the defensive linemen and linebackers. "It's important that every staff has checks and balances within it, (and) I'm sort of a checks and balances guy within the secondary, so we'll probably hire a front seven guy,'' Dantonio said on his Monday afternoon teleconference. "We'll make that decision earlier rather than later."
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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  It’s hard to imagine a Tom Izzo coached Michigan State team ever playing in a must-win game this early in the season, but that’s exactly where the Spartans will find themselves tonight. The Spartans (9-5, 0-1 Big Ten) will host the Indiana Hoosiers (11-3, 1-0 Big Ten) tonight at the Breslin Center for their second Big Ten conference game.
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Football onlyfans.cstv.com —  Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio held a media teleconference Monday afternoon to recap the win over No. 5 Baylor in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.
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Football freep.com —  Dantonio was a man in demand today, doing a teleconference for the 20-plus media outlets from around the country seeking his OSU-Oregon analysis – Dantonio is the only coach to see them both this season, losing 46-27 at Oregon on Sept. 6 and 49-37 at home to Ohio State on Nov. 8. He'll also see them both next season. For now, he's the most qualified analyst out there for the Jan. 12 matchup, and he broke down:
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Football freep.com —  An appreciation for what's been achieved, a drive for more, a defensive coaching hire soon to be announced, some personnel moves in mind – Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio has all those things as he plunges into another offseason brightened by a program win.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State solved its end-of-games woes in the best way possible: not needing an strong ending. Michigan State came out strong on both ends of the floor and dominated throughout in a 70-50 demolition of Indiana on Monday night at the Breslin Center.





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Michigan State overwhelms Indiana for first Big Ten win Detroit News
When Tom Izzo talks about being optimistic about his team, Monday night was evidence why. After losing two of their previous three games and Izzo talking about the Spartans' psyche being a bit fragile, they showed no signs of any such problem by jumping all over Indiana early at the Breslin Center and never letting up in a 70-50 victory.

MSU comes out firing, runs IU 70-50 for 1st Big Ten win Detroit Free Press
he Branden Dawson strip and steal led to the Lourawls (Tum Tum) Nairn jump shot, and the Nairn cross-court pass led to the Bryn Forbes three-pointer. The Travis Trice lob to Gavin Schilling for a left-handed power flush led to the Tom Crean timeout, and a Dawson dunk/Denzel Valentine three/Dawson dunk flurry led to another. And by then it was 30-13 Michigan State.

Men's basketball defeats Indiana 70-50 State News
MSU rebounded from a conference-opening loss with an imposing victory over Indiana, winning 70-50 at home. Freshman guard Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn started in place of senior guard Travis Trice and the decision seemed to give MSU(10-5 overall, 1-1 Big Ten) some energy early in the contest. Nairn pushed the ball up the court and even hit a deep jumper to help MSU to an 12-point run and a 13-2 lead at the 13:33 mark.

Spartans Destroy the Hoosiers for 1st Big Ten Win of the Season Spartan Nation
Coming in to the night the Spartans were 9-5 (0-1) and they were a team in trouble. Izzo shook things up rolling the dice by benching his senior point guard Travis Trice who was sick and starting Tum Tum Nairn. Leaving the gym tonight they are walking on cloud nine, Izzo is a genius and the Spartans are now 10-5 (1-1) with a 70-50 win and it wasn’t that close. At all.

Tom Izzo says move to Lourawls 'Tum Tum' Nairn in starting lineup not permanent MLive
Tom Izzo shook up his starting lineup Monday by inserting freshman Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn in at point guard in place of senior captain Travis Trice, who has started every game this season. The surprise move paid immediate dividends, as the Spartans jumped out to an 11-point lead in seven minutes and notched their biggest win of the season, 70-50 over the Hoosiers.

Michigan State Bounces Back 70-50 Over Indiana MSUSpartans.com
Denzel Valentine and Branden Dawson bounced back after subpar games and helped Michigan State explode past Indiana 70-50 on Monday night.

Branden Dawson's double-double and defense lifts Michigan State to much-needed MLive
Branden Dawson knows the drill: When Michigan State wins, coach Tom Izzo attributes much of it to him. When the Spartans lose, Dawson shoulders much of the blame. "I'm an important factor to this team,'' Dawson said, a swarm of reporters crowding around his locker, "and like you said, as I go, the team goes, so when I bring that energy and effort, it picks this team up a lot.''

Spartans bounce back against Indiana, win 70-50 isportsweb
If there was ever a time the Michigan State basketball team needed a big win, even more so than after the loss to Texas Southern, it was tonight when they hosted the Indiana Hoosiers. The Spartans needed a big win against a quality opponent to not only show themselves, but to show the rest of the country that they weren’t going to lay down this season despite some of the hardships they’ve faced.

Pregame Message From Valentine Provides A Spark 247 Sports
During pregame shoot-around on the same floor which saw Michigan State drop a double overtime loss to Maryland six days prior, Denzel Valentine didn’t like the vibe he got from some of his teammates. So he did something about it.

Spartans Wake Up, Overwhelm Hoosiers
“Coach, you looked more like us.” That was former Spartan Antonio Smith’s response to Tom Izzo on the effort that Michigan State gave in its 70-50 win against Indiana Monday night.

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Men's Basketball statenews.com —  The first start of Lourawls Nairn's career perhaps came sooner than expected, but his energy in the starting five helped an MSU team in need of a conference win. The freshman guard got the start over senior guard Travis Trice on Monday and helped the Spartans (10-5 overall, 1-1 Big Ten) dominate Indiana (11-4, 1-1) at Breslin Center, 70-50.

Freshman Nairn gets chance to start for Spartans Detroit Free Press
Tom Izzo benched senior point guard Travis Trice for freshman point guard Lourawls (Tum Tum) Nairn – but not really. As Izzo explained before Monday's 70-50 rout of Indiana on his pre-game radio show and again at his post-game news conference, the decision to sit Trice in favor of Nairn was a temporary one. With a similar, long-term move – and Trice's latest bout with illness -- in mind.

Lourawls 'Tum Tum' Nairn makes most of last-minute start for Michigan State MLive
Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn finished dressing, put some lotion on his face and turned around to an unexpected sight. Standing in front of him was a media horde that had grown exponentially in the few moments it took him to get ready to face the cameras. "Whoa," the freshman from the Bahamas said.

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Women's Basketball freep.com —  Michigan State has fallen out of the Associated Press poll for the first time this season. The Spartans (8-6, 0-3 Big Ten) opened their conference schedule with three losses. They were rated No. 24 before Sunday's 74-65 defeat at U-M.
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Football detroitnews.com —  It's been only a few days since Michigan State pulled off its biggest bowl comeback with a 42-41 victory over Baylor in the Cotton Bowl, and the glow of that win hasn't worn off. "We accomplished our goal of handling success," coach Mark Dantonio said Monday. "Did we get as far as we wanted to be? No, but both of those games (losses to Oregon and Ohio State) we were winning the football game. All of a sudden it sort of went the other way and we lost them. We've got to play better and we understand that is a part of this."
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State started its season with high expectations and capped it with a dramatic comeback victory in the Cotton Bowl against Baylor.
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Football theonlycolors.com —  Three things that stood out from MSU's 42-41 win over Baylor in the Cotton Bowl
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Volleyball onlyfans.cstv.com —  All-American libero Kori Moster is taking part in USA Volleyball's Winter Training Block, under the direction of national team head coach Karch Kiraly.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Graham Couch and Joe Rexrode break down the Spartans' 70-50 win over the Hoosiers Monday night at Breslin Center
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  "We're sick and tired of losing, sick and tired of losing," Costello said. "Trying to make a little run here. We are a good team, people don't realize that. We are a good team."
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Football btn.com —  The comeback was swift. It was impressive. It was decisive. There are no better ways to describe Michigan State’s effort vs. Baylor in the Cotton Bowl. The victory, one in which the Spartans trailed 41-21 entering the fourth quarter, also can be dubbed “fitting” for a program that has become a measuring stick in the Big Ten.
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