Men's Basketball michiganstate.247sports.com —  Michigan State did not have Denzel Valentine again on Thursday, but it played all 13 players it had in the first half and rolled against an outmanned, overmatched Illinois team. The No. 5-ranked Spartans improved to 15-1 on the season with the 79-54 win – likely their final game without Valentine, who had arthroscopic knee surgery on Dec. 21 and has hopes of playing Sunday at Penn State.

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Michigan State beats Illinois by 25 for biggest Big Ten win in three years MLive
Against the one team it could never seem to pull away from, Michigan State recorded its biggest Big Ten blowout in years. No. 5 Michigan State dominated nearly start to finish in a 79-54 win over the Illini Thursday night at the Breslin Center.

Spartans click on all cylinders, defeat Illinois 79-54 without Valentine State News
The Spartans were led by senior guard Byrn Forbes who managed to get back on track after a couple of poor shooting performances on the road. Forbes had 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field and senior forward Matt Costello continued his fantastic play of late, falling just short of a second consecutive double-double with 9 points and 14 rebounds.

Forbes, Costello help Michigan State crush Illinois Detroit News
Michigan State was back at Breslin Center on Thursday night, and the hometown atmosphere suited the Spartans well. Bryn Forbes scored 17 and Matt Costello had nine points and 14 rebounds, just missing his second straight double-double, as No. 5 Michigan State cruised to a 79-54 victory over Illinois.

No Valentine, no problem for No. 5 MSU, 79-54 Detroit Free Press
Denzel Valentine didn’t play, but everybody else did. That’s 13 Spartans, all in Thursday’s game at Breslin Center within the first 18 minutes, an effective indication of how much No. 5 Michigan State needed senior star Valentine against Illinois. The final numbers include a final score of Spartans 79, Fighting Illini 54; a game-high 17 points for MSU senior guard Bryn Forbes; and a 3-1 record for MSU without Valentine, who had minor knee surgery Dec. 21 and could return Sunday at Penn State.

Spartans Improve to 15-1 (2-1) by Clobbering Lowly Illinois 79-54 Spartan Nation
To say that Illinois is a bad basketball team is fair. But when they came to the Breslin Center tonight without star guard Kendrick Nunn who has back home with the birth of his child, they just plan stunk. And that is being nice.

Road-Weary Spartans Drub Illini Impact Sports
The road-weary Spartans (15-1, 2-1 Big Ten) finally returned to the friendly confines of the Breslin Center Thursday night to face Illinois (8-8, 0-3). “We’ve been on the road for so long, I think everyone was ready to be home to play in front of our home crowd,” said senior guard Bryn Forbes.

Forbes, Costello help Michigan State crush Illinois Detroit News
On Wednesday night, it looked like Denzel Valentine’s absence from the Michigan State lineup was about to end. The senior had just gone through his second straight full practice and the medical staff had cleared him to play after he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee a little more than two weeks ago.

Spartans click on all cylinders, defeat Illinois 79-54 without Valentine State News
No. 5 MSU defeated Illinois 79-54 in its Big Ten home opener and first home game since defeating Florida on Dec. 12, 2015. The Spartans were led by senior guard Byrn Forbes who managed to get back on track after a couple of poor shooting performances on the road. Forbes had 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field and senior forward Matt Costello continued his fantastic play of late, falling just short of a second consecutive double-double with 9 points and 14 rebounds.

Spartans roll the Illini as Izzo honors his dad isportsweb
Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo –who was sporting a purple tie and purple ribbon during tonight’s game to honor his dad and all those fighting alzheimers and dementia — made the decision to sit Denzel Valentine for the Spartans’ 79-54 victory over Illinois Thursday night.

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MSU won its second game in a row thanks to very solid all around play and 17 points coming from Bryn Forbes. Denzel Valentine was warming up before the game but did not particpate. He may be ready for the game at Penn State on Sunday but he should almost definitely be playing against Iowa.

McQuaid nets double figures for MSU vs. Illinois Detroit Free Press
Matt McQuaid is slowing down to speed up. Another tenth of a second or so to get the ball placed correctly makes for a quicker release on the jump shot, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has instructed the freshman guard. And that jump shot found net in Thursday’s 79-54 rout of Illinois – for the first time since Dec. 19. “I’m just taking in what he tells me, and it helps,” McQuaid said of Izzo. “I had to get my timing right.”

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Football freep.com —  Michigan State has 4 commitments playing in the Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday. The players on the West Squad are Josh King of Hinsdale South High School in Illinois and Demetric Vance of Cass Tech High School in Detroit, Michigan. The two of them are hoping to help lead the West team to a third straight win.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State 2016 signee Cam Chambers said he's enjoying his week in San Antonio as he prepared to compete in the nation's premier high school all-star game, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Chambers is one of four future Spartans taking part in the game, which kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Alamodome (TV: NBC).
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The Spartans' senior guard said his injured left knee felt good after Wednesday's practice and planned on playing Thursday night. But after he didn't feel as good as expected in the walk-through, he and Tom Izzo decided that he would sit against the Illini. "I've been getting live reps, game reps and feeling pretty close to 100, but wasn't quite there yet," Valentine said. "No point in rushing it, when we've got a team like this."
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Matt McQuaid was fully warned the freshman wall would come. Now, he hopes he's past it. The Michigan State freshman guard recorded a career-high 10 points in the Spartans' 79-54 win over Illinois on Thursday night. The points broke a three-game scoreless streak, and marked McQuaid's first of Big Ten play.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  In the final minute of Michigan State's 79-54 win over Illinois on Thursday night, a player with no roster listing and no name on his jersey walked to the scorer's table. It took a public address announcement for the arena to learn the name of Greg Roy, the 15th player to check into the game for Michigan State, who most fans had likely never noticed. He enrolled in Michigan State this fall, and was one of about 30 players to show up to an open tryout.
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Ice Hockey theonlycolors.com —  This weekend begins the stretch run for the Michigan State hockey team as they look to climb out of a 5-13-2 hole they have dug themselves and look to have a respectable league finish.
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Football washingtonpost.com —  To the list of Kirk Cousins descriptors — “Lord of the Rings” devotee, conversion van driver, Chipotle fanatic, time-management expert, Starter jacket connoisseur, NFC offensive player of the month — add at least one more line: foster doggie parent.
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Men's Basketball spartansportsnetwork.com —  Will Tieman talks with Coach Izzo about Sunday's game at Penn State
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Football msuspartans.com —  Ten former Michigan State players – Houston linebacker Max Bullough, Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins, Houston safety Kurtis Drummond, Denver wide receiver Bennie Fowler, Houston quarterback Brian Hoyer, New England wide receiver Keshawn Martin, Houston wide receiver Keith Mumphery, Cincinnati defensive tackle Domata Peko, Arizona quarterback Drew Stanton and Minnesota cornerback Trae Waynes – are scheduled to participate in the 2016 NFL Playoffs.
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Ice Hockey onlyfans.cstv.com —  A five-goal first period helped push No. 8 Michigan past the Michigan State hockey team, 9-2, on Friday night at Munn Ice Arena.
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Men's Basketball highschoolsports.mlive.com —  After dropping 22 points in Detroit U-D Jesuit's 55-33 win on Friday night over Orchard Lake St. Mary's, Jesuit four-star point guard Cassius Winston mentioned after the game that he has a special group chat going. The chat group includes Winston and other Michigan State signees in the 2016 class, including five-star Flint native, Miles Bridges. Winston and Bridges both signed with the Spartans in November, along with Joshua Langford, a five-star guard from Alabama, and Nick Ward, a four-star forward from Ohio. Discuss »
Men's Basketball mlive.com —  went ahead and answered the foremost question on most Michigan State fans minds this week, "Who the heck is No. 51", in our coverage on Friday. Now, on to the secondary questions in this week's Ask Austin mailbag, including more on Deyonta Davis, big men and Spartans recruiting.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State mid-term enrollee Mufi Hunt is soaking in his new surroundings, excited by the basketball environment he experienced at Breslin Center on Thursday night and motivated by Friday's academic orientation. Hunt, who has grown from a 215-pound defensive end to a 260-pound combo-defensive lineman since signing day last year, said he has already seen enough to feel good about his decision to travel across country from Salt Lake City to become a Spartan.
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Ice Hockey theonlycolors.com —  The Spartans got snowed under 9-2 at home by Michigan on Friday night. The Anastos evaluation should be in full swing
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  It comes at different times for each player, but it is nearly inevitable that all freshman will hit a wall at some point in the season. For Michigan State’s Matt McQuaid, it was clear he was banging his head against that wall as Big Ten play opened and he went three straight games without scoring a point. So the 6-foot-5 guard did what any smart young player should — he leaned on his more-experienced teammates.
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