Football freep.com —  Last weekend, Michigan State hosted numerous class of 2016 prospects on campus for unofficial recruiting visits. The players were able to learn about Mark Dantonio's program and experience the game day environment in East Lansing.
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  Denzel Valentine had a career-high 19 points, Bryn Forbes added 15, and No. 20 Michigan State rolled past Rider 77-45 Thursday night in the first round of the Orlando Classic.

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Stifling first-half defense sends Michigan State to Orlando Classic semifinals MLive
Michigan State vs. mid-majors is starting to take on a familiar pattern this season. For the third straight game, the Spartans jumped out to a huge first half lead and were never challenged, this time against Rider in a 77-45 win Thursday night at HP Field House in an Orlando Classic quarterfinal.

Michigan State's defense dominates against Rider Detroit News
There won't be many awards handed out for shutting down Rider, but Michigan State is starting to show the defensive improvement its coach has been looking for these first few weeks of the season. No. 20 Michigan State held Rider to four first-half field goals and cruised to a 77-45 victory Thursday in the opening round of the Orlando Classic at HP Field House.

Denzel Valentine heats up with 17 second-half points against Rider MLive
They may have seemed like stats-padding points in a blowout of a mid-major. But to Michigan State junior Denzel Valentine, who has struggled from the field early in the season, his high-scoring second half Thursday night was much needed.

Michigan State blows out Rider in Orlando Classic isportsweb
Not long after much of America started digesting Thanksgiving dinners, the No. 20 Michigan State Spartans (4-1) went to work and blew out the Rider Broncs (2-3), 77-45, to move on to the semi-finals of the 2014 Orlando Classic.

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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  The Spartans take on Rider in Orlando to give you something to watch after your inevitable Thanksgiving nap.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State is facing an old foe Saturday afternoon in the Keystone State in a stadium that holds both one of the fondest memories of Coach Mark Dantonio's tenure with the Spartans along with one of his low points.
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Football msuspartans.com —  Three times this season Michigan State has won the first game of a two-game series and had its sights set on a coveted sweep. But the Spartans came up short the next night and came away disappointed, settling for a series split.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State, ranked No. 10 in the media polls and by the College Football Playoff selection committee, is being projected to play in one of the 'New Year's Six' bowls this season.
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Football ldnews.com —  Kurtis Drummond is 6-foot-1, 200 pounds and hits like a runaway ram. He has a knack for creating turnovers. He was a star on one of the nation's most intimidating defenses a year ago and a captain and All-America candidate now. He's the favorite to create havoc Saturday as Michigan State looks for it's 10th victory of the season in Beaver Stadium. But is he as tough as his mother? He paused and laughed just a bit. "I definitely try to be. She's a strong woman. ... My mom never complains about anything. I can never tell if she has a bad day, she always has a smile on her face."
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Cross Country spreaker.com —  Jack and Tom Crawford talk with coaches Walt Drenth and Lisa Senakiewich and runners Emma Drenth and Leah O'Connor of the MSU Woman's National Champion Cross Country team.


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Men's Basketball youtube.com —  "The Navy Experience": Spartan Basketball All Access takes you behind the scenes of Michigan State Basketball's trip to the U.S. Naval Academy for the 2014 Veterans Classic.


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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  This weekend will likely bring the Spartans' toughest test before Big Ten play starts in late December. After a Thursday matchup with Rider (6:30 p.m., ESPN2), Michigan State will play either Georgia Tech or Marquette Friday in the semifinals. Sunday will bring a matchup against either Kansas, Tennessee, Rhode Island or Santa Clara to close the weekend.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Denzel Valentine advanced the ball to Travis Trice, who attacked in transition, attracted a defender and swung it back to a trailing Valentine — who prepared to shoot, lured the defender back to him and zipped it back to Trice, who was waiting in the corner. Swish. This scene has taken place more than once in Michigan State's young season. Discuss »
Football freep.com —  It often takes until late in that senior season, the acquisition of enough comfort to stand around and chat freely with a bunch of people recording your every word. Tony Lippett is there now. The affable Michigan State senior receiver, set to become the school's first two-way starter since 1968 on Saturday at Penn State, stayed late and had plenty to say to reporters after Tuesday's practice.
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