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Michigan State basketball stunned by Northwestern in Big Ten opener, 79-65
Detroit Free Press
To say it wasn’t the start Michigan State basketball wanted in defending its Big Ten title is an understatement. To say the Spartans looked like a completely different team than their first six games might be a little closer to reality. Shots clanging off the rim one after another. Defensive breakdowns. Joey Hauser injuring his other knee in a lackluster first half. Rocket Watts struggling all Sunday night. Joshua Langford fouling out with nearly 7 minutes to play.

Michigan State stunned by Northwestern for double-digit loss in Big Ten opener Mlive.com
This new-look version of the three-time defending Big Ten champion Michigan State Spartans has some work to do if it’s going to go for four. No. 4 Michigan State fell on the road at Northwestern, 79-65, on Sunday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena in a dud of a Big Ten opener.

Spartans fall short in a 10 plus point deficit State News
We’ve all seen rusty games, teams stumbling over their own feet as they try to find solid court after a week off from competition. But, tonight was a different story. The Northwestern Wildcats (4-1), for the first time since 1979 and with all the issues around official scoring and shot clock timing, have knocked out a top five team. No. 4 Michigan State (6-1) waved goodbye to their undefeated streak Sunday night, falling 79-65 in a 10 plus point deficit.

Michigan State Basketball upset by Northwestern 79-65 Spartans Wire
Well, that was probably one of the ugliest losses for Michigan State Basketball in the last few years. The Spartans were dispatched on the road by the Wildcats in a game that was really never close as Northwestern shot the three-ball at an insane rate, and Michigan State could never really find a rhythm.

Turning point, unsung hero from Michigan State basketball’s loss to Northwestern Lansing State Journal
If Nostradamus had told you before Sunday’s Michigan State-Northwestern basketball game that the game would be decided with a late-first-half run, almost everyone would bet their money on the fourth-ranked Spartans being that team. And everyone would’ve been wrong

Michigan State stumbles in Big Ten opener, falls to Northwestern 79-65 Detroit News
Michigan State opened Big Ten play on Sunday night, and it did not go well. Whether it was the fact the Spartans had played only once in two weeks or something else, they looked out of sorts from the opening tip as Northwestern dominated for most of the game, rolling to a 79-65 victory Sunday at Welsh-Ryan Arena.