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Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State basketball’s drilling of Northwestern Lansing State Journal
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch gives his initial thoughts on the Spartans 81-55 win over Northwestern on Wednesday night at Breslin Center.

Michigan State destroys Northwestern behind hot-shooting first half mlive
Michigan State’s offense, in theory, should have slowed down on Wednesday. The Spartans were stepping up the competition level with the resumption of Big Ten play. They were also playing without their third-leading scorer in Joshua Langford, who is out with an ankle injury. But instead of slowing down, they resumed Big Ten play with an unexpected offensive explosion.

Nick Ward, Michigan State dominate Northwestern State News
Nick Ward took a chance with a long jumper Wednesday night. The shot? Not so pretty from 17-feet out, for the player known primarily for shots around the rim. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo shouted his displeasure with the shot from the sideline, but it was about the only thing the forward couldn’t do. Until the second half, at least.

MSU pummels Northwestern in return to Big Ten play Detroit News
Michigan State wanted to make a statement as Big Ten play resumed this week. Consider the Spartans off to a good start after its offense took off midway through the first half and allowed No. 8 Michigan State to cruise to an 81-55 victory over Northwestern Wednesday at the Breslin Center. The Spartans (12-2, 3-0 Big Ten) hit the road to take on No. 14 Ohio State on Saturday in an early conference showdown, but first they had to get past the Wildcats.

Michigan State cruises by Northwestern in Big Ten restart Spartan Tailgate
Northwestern played more than 15 minutes with no timeouts remaining after head coach Chris Collins burned the last one early in the second half Wednesday at Breslin Center. Collins’ team was down 25 points with 15:30 left on the clock. Less than a minute later, the Wildcats would trail by 27, the same margin MSU erased in a thrilling comeback during last year’s matchup at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Michigan State basketball hammers Northwestern as Big Ten play resumes Detroit Free Press
Michigan State took some time to adjust without Joshua Langford in the lineup for the first time in three seasons. But when the Spartans’ shots started falling, they came in abundance. No. 8 MSU went on a 21-2 run midway through the first half, making 21 of their final 30 shots before halftime to build an insurmountable lead in an 81-55 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday at Breslin Center.

Five in Double Figures as Michigan State Beats Northwestern, 81-55 MSU Official
Junior forward Nick Ward (Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln) scored 21 points and junior guard Cassius Winston (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) had a double-double with 13 points and 12 assists as No. 8 Michigan State opened up a 20-point halftime lead en route to a 81-55 win over Northwestern in a Big Ten Conference game on Wednesday night.

Spartans Are Locked In – Rout Of NU Sign Of Things To Come Spartans Wire
Michigan State exploded against Northwestern in the Spartans’ return to Big Ten play at the Breslin Center Wednesday night. Izzo has his team’s attention and the Spartans look like a team that has no interest in being stopped by anyone.

No. 8 Michigan State tops Northwestern, Langford sits out with injury The Only Colors
No Joshua Langford, no problem. The starting guard sat out with an ankle injury as No. 8 Michigan State (12-2, 3-0 Big Ten) beat Northwestern (9-5, 0-3 Big Ten), 81-55 to win its seventh-straight game. The Spartans were led by their frontcourt: Nick Ward finished with 21 points and 7 rebounds; Xavier Tillman tied a career-high 14 points coming off the bench.

MSU embarrases Northwestern Spartan Nation
The Spartans were led by Nick Ward who had 21 points and seven rebounds. Xavier Tillman had 14 points and eight rebounds. Kenny Goins was stellar with eight points and 12 rebounds and Cassius Winston had 13 points and 12 assists. Matt McQuaid had 10 points and five rebounds and finally, Kyle Ahrens had 11 points to round out the guys with double-digit points or rebounds.

Michigan State wins first game without Joshua Langford in a rout; will he be out longer? Detroit Free Press
Michigan State played its first game in nearly three years without Joshua Langford on Wednesday night. It may not have mattered in the short time, as the eighth-ranked Spartans played one of its most complete stretches of the season in an 81-55 win over Northwestern at Breslin Center to resume Big Ten play. But it also is not yet known whether the junior co-captain’s left ankle injury will become a long-term problem.