Ice Hockey msuspartans.com —  Fifth-seeded Michigan State will take on the No. 4 seed Ohio State in the quarterfinals of the inaugural Big Ten Hockey Tournament ... The winner will face top-seeded Minnesota in the semifinals on Friday at 8 p.m. ET ... MSU is 0-1-3-1 against the Buckeyes this season.
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  The Spartans start in Spokane, but if they it make it to the Big Apple the Green and White will have their hands full. Here are some things to keep track of in MSU's region.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  The Travis Trice three (perfect Denzel Valentine pass), and the Gary Harris three (ditto) and the Valentine three and the Valentine deflection to Keith Appling with 40 seconds left and MSU up five – those are the plays you need to advance in an NCAA tournament. You certainly don’t need the kind of meltdown Michigan State had in a 26-8 Harvard run that turned a romp into a thriller and turned Spokane Arena against the Spartans, sensing that a mammoth upset was at hand.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Although Virginia looked very shaky for much of its opener against No. 16 seed Coastal Carolina – coming back from a 10-point deficit to win 70-59 -- the Cavaliers are better-equipped to give the Spartans a game.
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Women's Basketball freep.com —  Aerial Powers and Tori Jankoska were familiar with tournament play — they had four years of it in high school. And throughout their freshman regular seasons at Michigan State, both had established themselves as the Spartans’ go-to players. Yet when the Big Ten tournament began two weeks ago, neither one of them looked as if they had played a minute of tournament basketball.
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Football freep.com —  A $275,000 bonus for reaching the semifinals of the College Football Playoff that starts next season is among the changes to Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio’s contract. Dantonio signed the contract, which increased his annual compensation from just under $2 million to $3.64 million, on Feb. 25. He called it “amazing,” and MSU AD Mark Hollis said it was both a reward for a 13-1, Rose Bowl-winning season and “the anticipation of where I think our program is headed in the future.”
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Women's Basketball msuspartans.com —  Freshman Aerial Powers had 26 points and 18 rebounds, Annalise Pickrel added 21 points and fifth-seeded Michigan State defeated No. 12 Hampton 91-61 on Sunday to advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

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Michigan State fans turn out for women's basketball win over Hampton
Even deep in the heart of ACC country, the Michigan State women's basketball team lured a raucous crowd of nearly 100 Spartan faithful Sunday for round one of the NCAA tournament. he Spartans defeated Hampton, a 4,700-student Virginia school, 91-61. They advance to play a yet-to-be-determined oppoinent at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Chapel Hill in the second round.

Powers leads Spartans to opening round NCAA win BTN
Michigan State coach Suzy Merchant was a little concerned about how her team would perform after a two-week layoff. Freshman Aerial Powers and senior Annalise Pickrel put her worries at ease right away.

Powers helps MSU women's basketball in big win over Hampton State News
After submitting one of the best freshman regular season campaigns in MSU history, Aerial Powers slumped during the Big Ten Tournament two weeks ago. With the memory of falling to Nebraska in the semifinal round still lingering, Powers bounced back on Sunday, kicking off the first round of the NCAA Tournament with a historic performance.
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Men's Tennis msuspartans.com —  The Michigan State men's tennis team lost its third Big Ten contest of the season as it fell to No. 2 Ohio State Sunday afternoon inside the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. The Spartans (6-10, 0-3 Big Ten) lost by a final score of 5-2. The loss was just MSU's first home loss this season (6-1).
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Baseball msuspartans.com —  The Michigan State baseball came out on the short end of a 1-0 game with Ohio State on Sunday afternoon at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. With the win OSU (15-7, 2-1), took two of three games from the Spartans (10-10, 1-2) on the weekend, in what was the opening conference series for both teams.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  “Rrrrrrrrrr.” According to Matt Costello’s impersonation Saturday night in the Michigan State locker room, this is the sound Tom Izzo makes when he’s angry in an MSU huddle. Certainly, there are other sounds and plenty of words, with the occasional jersey grab for effect.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Standing out amongst the sullen tones of Sunday's post-loss locker room were the declarative overtures of Michigan State sophomore guard Denzel Valentine. "I can promise you next year that we're going to get back here," Valentine said. "Starting tomorrow, I am going to make sure that I do whatever I can do to make sure we are back here."
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Baseball msuspartans.com —  Michigan State redshirt freshman pitcher Cam Vieaux was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, it was announced by the conference on Monday, March 31. Vieaux is the second Spartan to earn the award this season, joining Walter Borkovich (March 3).
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  The recruiting process for Bloomfield Hills 6-7 senior forward Yante Maten hit another gear on Monday when Michigan State offered him a scholarship. On March 23, the day after Bloomfield Hills lost to Muskegon in the Class A final, Indiana offered Maten. Georgia was next to follow, last Friday.
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Men's Basketball kansascity.com —  Adreian Payne and Keith Appling will be gone. Gary Harris might be, too. Maybe Branden Dawson as well. Still, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said, don't count out his team next season. "We'll be OK, just like we were in 2002 and 2006 when we were pronounced dead because we had no bigs, no anybody," Izzo told The Associated Press on Monday, a day after the Spartans were eliminated in the NCAA tournament's Elite Eight.
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Football profootballtalk.nbcsports.com —  Some people may think it is a big deal that the Browns didn’t attend the pro days for the top quarterbacks in this year’s draft, but Brian Hoyer isn’t one of them. Hoyer feels it is “inevitable” that the Browns will be bringing in a quarterback other than Alex Tanney to compete with him for the starting job this season and he said Sunday that the inevitability makes it meaningless that the team wasn’t at those pro days. Hoyer also said he isn’t paying too much attention to the identity of his competition as he can only control his part of the process.
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Baseball statenews.com —  MSU baseball has a busy week ahead, with three midweek games and a three-game weekend series. Juniors Jimmy Pickens and Blaise Salter will lead the Spartans into the six-game stretch after a couple strong outings this past weekend at Minnesota. MSU swept a doubleheader against the Golden Gophers on Sunday to win the series and improve to 12-11 overall and 3-3 in Big Ten play.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  With the loss of seniors Keith Appling and Adriean Payne and the futures of Gary Harris and Branden Dawson uncertain, the Michigan State basketball roster will undergo a transformation next season.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  However the roster shakes out — at least three recruits are coming in — Izzo certainly will be looking for a strong leader, something that wasn't part of the formula in 2013-14.
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Track & Field msuspartans.com —  Michigan State track & field senior Ashley Stacey was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Wednesday. She earns her first weekly outdoor conference honor of her career after a standout weekend at the Raleigh Relays.
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Men's Tennis msuspartans.com —  Coming off a weekend sweep of conference opponents last weekend, the 73rd-ranked Michigan State men's tennis team hits the road this weekend for a pair of matches in the state of Illinois. The Spartans (8-10, 2-3 Big Ten) will square off with No. 11 Illinois on Friday at 4 p.m. ET in Urbana, Ill. On Sunday, MSU will play No. 37 Northwestern at 1 p.m. ET in Evnaston, Ill.
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