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Michigan State stuns No. 5 Illinois to give season new life MLive.com
Michigan State will be playing meaningful basketball in March this season after all. The Spartans stunned No. 5 Illinois, 81-72, on Tuesday night at the Breslin Center in a nearly wire-to-wire win over one of the best teams in the country.

Michigan State pulls off much-needed upset, beats No. 4 Illinois, 81-72 Detroit Free Press
Don’t label Michigan State basketball’s NCAA hopes for dead. And don’t bet against Tom Izzo when he feels like his team is being counted out and considered underdogs – even when they are as undersized and undermanned as could be. That’s when things happen like Tuesday night’s 81-72 victory over No. 4 Illinois that jumpstarted the Spartans’ pulse at the start of a pivotal stretch of six games in 13 days to close the Big Ten regular season.

Michigan State gets huge win in upset over No. 5 Illinois Detroit News
The road is a brutal one, but Michigan State certainly is off to a good start. Desperate to string some victories together in a brutal stretch of six games in 13 days against some of the best teams in the country, Michigan State had its second straight impressive performance on Tuesday night, knocking off No. 5 Illinois, 81-72, at the Breslin Center.

Michigan State upsets No. 5 Illinois to keep NCAA Tournament hopes alive Spartans Wire
On Tuesday, the Spartans were able to upset No. 5 Illinois in East Lansing to earn their biggest and most important win of the season thus far 81-72. This was a complete team win for MSU as they managed to play an extremely physical game against an Illinois team that usually thrives in the paint. The Spartans held Illinois stars Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn to a combined 30 points on 11-for-29 shooting.

Michigan State gets its marquee win by topping No. 5 Illinois Spartan Tailgate
Desperate Spartans can be dangerous Spartans, it appears. Saturday’s win at Indiana was a step. Tuesday night’s performance against No. 5 Illinois makes it a pattern, albeit a small one. Every game feels like a must-win for Michigan State right now, and for the second straight outing, that pressure shaped one of the Spartans’ best performances of the season.