Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Jim Boylen joined the Spurs as an assistant coach at the start of the 2013-14 season after two seasons with the Indiana Pacers. He previously had two stints on the Michigan State coaching staff, the first under Jud Heathcote from 1987-92, alongside Izzo, and the second under Izzo from 2005-07. When Izzo and Boylen sat down over the summer and talked about a few topics, the Spartans head coach had some questions the Spurs' famous ball movement.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  - Tom Izzo started watching Eastern Michigan before Dec. 9, and knew the Eagles had a team with NCAA Tournament potential and a menacing 2-3 zone defense. So he knows the risk of the Eagles' upset win at Michigan being repeated when Eastern Michigan visits the Breslin Center Wednesday (9 p.m., BTN).
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Michigan State finally got a full practice out of freshman Javon Bess today, for the first time since a broken bone was discovered in his right foot in late October. So Bess will be active when No. 25 MSU (7-3) hosts Eastern Michigan (8-1) at 9 p.m. Wednesday. But that was not Tom Izzo's main concern Monday. His main concern was Eastern Michigan.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Don't let the fact that Tom Izzo spent his Monday night playing Christmas carols on his accordion fool you. This is a busy and important time for the Michigan State basketball team and its head coach. Between finals week and Christmas, Michigan State is playing four games in nine days to finish up its non-conference slate. After dispatching Oakland, 87-61 Sunday, the Spartans move on to their toughest mid-major opponent of the non-conference slate, Eastern Michigan on Wednesday (9 p.m., BTN).
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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  Going into the season Michigan State had quite a few holes to fill, but arguably none was bigger than the hole left gaping due to the departure of Adreian Payne. Attempting to fill that hole as best they can is the platoon of Matt Costello and Gavin Schilling.
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  Michigan State hosts Eastern Michigan in a battle of contrasting strengths. The Spartans boast a great-shooting team, leading the nation in 3-point field-goal percentage and ranking 14th in field-goal percentage, while the Eagles rank 15th nationally in field-goal percentage defense. MSU and EMU are meeting for the third time in five seasons.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Michigan State is ranked No. 25 in this week's Associated Press college basketball poll, following Sunday night's 87-61 win over Oakland. MSU returns to the Top 25 after a one-week absence.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  There's typical opposing coach praise, and then there's this: "I don't care who they play, they can play Kentucky, those three kids shoot the ball the way they shot it tonight they can beat anyone in the country." Those words came out of the mouth of Oakland coach Greg Kampe late Sunday night, after he watched the Spartans shoot lights out in a 26-point thrashing of his Golden Grizzlies.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  After a seven-day break from games for finals week, Michigan State resumes its seven-game homestand, the longest in program history since 1942. The Spartans have never lost to Oakland in 12 matchups.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Tom Izzo's eyes light up and the pace of the conversation picks up when the subject turns to Denzel Valentine. "I think he has to figure out that if he's going to be a guard, he has to stay down more and keep the dribble down more, head down more and body lower,'' the Michigan State coach said.
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  Unlike some of the teams Michigan State will face before Big Ten play, Oakland is no pushover. The Grizzlies have given the Spartans trouble in the past: MSU only pulled out a four-point win last year in The Palace, and a one-point win four years ago at the same location. Truly, Greg Kampe's young men have a habit of giving the Spartans fits.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Tom Izzo's main concern with the 2018 Big Ten tournament in New York is the fact that it will have to be played a week early so the league can use Madison Square Garden, which could mean two weeks off before the NCAA tournament begins. But it doesn't have to be that way, MSU athletic director Mark Hollis told the Free Press. MSU may schedule a regular-season game against a mid-major team the following week to stay sharp.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Once it stopped going shot-for-shot against a high-scoring team, Michigan State pulled away for another comfortable home non-conference win. After a back-and-forth opening 11 minutes, Michigan State slowed down Oakland's long range attack and won 87-61 win Sunday night at the Breslin Center behind a strong shooting effort of its own.

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MSU hoops shoots well in 87-61 rout of Oakland Detroit Free Press
Whether it was the dangling milestone or just a determination to be more aggressive, it was a different Branden Dawson on Sunday at Breslin Center. That's not to say Dawson's oft-discussed "motor" was on high. The difference was the frequency of Dawson's attacks with the dribble – some ending well, some not so much, all perhaps opening a bit more room for what the Spartans do best.

Michigan State has triple treat in win over Oakland Detroit News
Michigan State entered Sunday's matchup with Oakland as the best 3-point shooting team in the nation. The Spartans stayed true to form in an 87-61 victory at the Breslin Center on Sunday, shooting 10-for-17 from 3-point range, good for 58.8 percent.

Spartans Come off Finals Week Break with Drubbing of Oakland Spartan Nation
The #23 Michigan State Spartan basketball team returned to action tonight after one week off to take down the Oakland Grizzlies. The Spartans systematic approach worked well in their 87-61 win. Denzel Valentine led the way scoring for the Spartans with 19 and Branden Dawson and Gavin Schilling led on the boards with six.

MSU defeats Oakland 87-61 State News
Men's basketball head coach Tom Izzo can't remember a time where his team moved the ball so well this early in the season.
The Spartans (7-3 overall) looked like a well-oiled machine on offense Sunday night, dishing 25 assists on 34 made baskets en route to defeating Oakland (4-6 overall) at Breslin Center, 87-61. Dawson finished with 15 points and six rebounds in an aggressive offensive night for the sometimes-reluctant shooter. He needs just three points to reach 1,000 for his career.

Michigan State Routs Oakland, 87-61 MSUSpartans.com
Denzel Valentine scored 19 points with 5-for-6 3-point shooting and Michigan State beat Oakland 87-61 on Sunday night. Branden Dawson had 15 points, Bryn Forbes and Marvin Clark Jr. 12 each and Matt Costello 11 for the balanced the Spartans (7-3).

Michigan State Basketball routs Oakland isportsweb
Michigan State cruised to an 87-61 win against in-state opponent Oakland on Sunday night thanks to some white hot shooting. The Spartans shot 55.7 % from the floor and knocked down 10 of 17 from three point range. Michigan State continued to share the ball well, assisting on 25 of 34 made baskets.

Hot shooting a key in MSU basketball's win over Oakland State News
Efficient shooting has been the story of the men's basketball team through ten games, and the nation’s top three-point shooting team did what it does best to storm past Oakland. As team, MSU (7-3) shot over 55 percent from the field and just under 59 percent from three-point range, making 10-of-17 threes in an 87-61 victory over the visiting Golden Grizzlies.

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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State had its best 3-point shooting night of the season Sunday night in a 87-61 win over Oakland, but its ongoing long-range hot streak is coming even while one of its best shooters is hobbled. Spartans senior point guard Travis Trice said Sunday night that he rolled his ankle Nov. 28 when Michigan State faced Marquette. In the four games since then, he said, he has struggled to move defensively and get lift on his jumpshot.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Tom Izzo knew it before the season even started. He laid it out there for everyone at the Big Ten Media Day in Chicago. "If we are going to be great, Branden Dawson has to take a major step."
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Bryn Forbes was wide-eyed with excitement late Sunday evening at in the Michigan State locker room, and it wasn't because he had just joined the 1,000-point club in MSU's 87-61 rout of Oakland at Breslin Center. Forbes had just received word from Dr. Michael Shingles that he is no longer a member of the hand-brace club.
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