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Badgers Edge Spartans

Even with Gary Harris going 3-20 from the field and without Keith Appling and Branden Dawson due to injuries, it took a clutch pull-up jumper from Wisconsin’s Traevon Jackson with two seconds left for the Badgers to down the Spartans, 60-58.

Michigan State played poorly on the offensive end in the first half, but their stout defense forced eight turnovers in the first half and kept MSU in the game.

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Impact Izzone – 2/7/14

This week, host Andrew Hayes returns to discuss all of the hoopla surrounding MSU’s injuries. Keith Appling was ruled out for the Penn State game and Branden Dawson is still nursing his broken hand.

On the brighter side, Adreian Payne returns from his absence and the Impact Izzone crew break it down.

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Payne Returns as MSU Takes on Penn State

Adreian Payne returns for the first time in almost a month as the Spartans take on the Nittany Lions of Penn State University Thursday night. Payne missed the last seven games nursing a foot injury.

Payne will most likely play limited minutes against Penn State, but MSU will be glad to have their starting big man back.

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Depleted Spartans and Hoyas Battle at MSG

Two storied programs will matchup at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. The Michigan State Spartans (19-2, 8-1) and the Georgetown Hoyas (11-9, 3-6) will meet for an inter-conference battle.

Michigan State is coming off an overtime road win at Iowa. The Spartans are still undefeated away from the Breslin Center.

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Role Players Plugging the Hole for MSU

One slam of a hand, and MSU’s season could have been up in flames.

Without their top two rebounders, the Spartans could have imploded and limped along until Adreian Payne came back. But the role players for Michigan State have done their best to plug the gaping hole left by Payne and Branden Dawson so far. Read More…

Spartans Bounce Back against Hawkeyes

During the television broadcast of the game on Tuesday, ESPN’s Mike Tirico mentioned that Russell Byrd, “used to be a good shooter.”

Byrd proved that he has still got the magic when he hit a three-pointer in overtime to seal a 71-69 victory for the Spartans.

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Injured Spartans Take on Hawkeyes

The No. 7 Michigan State Spartans (18-2, 7-1) are on the road once again headed to Iowa City, Iowa, to take on the No. 15 Iowa Hawkeyes (16-4, 5-2) at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Michigan State comes into this game after suffering a tough loss to Michigan, yet still being undefeated on the road.

In the Spartans last game against the No. 10 Michigan Wolverines, they fell short, 80-75.

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Michigan Downs Spartans

University of Michigan handed Michigan State its first loss in conference play Saturday night, defeating the Spartans 80-75.

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo described himself as “crushed” after the loss, but seemed to be proud of his short-handed team.

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Spartans Take on Wolverines in Weekend Rivalry

The last two undefeated teams standing in the Big Ten happen to be two of the biggest rivals.

The No. 3 Spartans (18-1, 6-0) are preparing to face off against the No. 21 Michigan Wolverines (14-4, 6-0) at the Breslin tonight.

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BREAKING: Dawson Out 4-5 Weeks with Broken Hand

Michigan State announced Thursday that junior forward, Branden Dawson, will be out for four to five weeks with a broken hand.

Dawson will undergo surgery this evening on his right hand after breaking it by slamming it on a table during a film session.

“It’ll be fine,” Dawson said during a press conference Thursday. “I was out with an ACL injury (his freshman) year and I came back from it.” Read More…

Spartans Battle Back to Beat Hoosiers

Gary Harris proved Tuesday night why he is highly regarded as a top 10 pick in the NBA draft next year. Harris helped lead the Spartans to a 71-66 win against Indiana University.

Harris only had four points at halftime, but exploded in the second half, finishing the game with 24 points and five steals. Harris shot 8-13 from the floor and 4-6 from three point range. He did not miss a free throw.

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Spartans Prevail over Fighting Illini

In their first real road test, the Michigan State Spartans defeated the University of Illinois, 78-62, Saturday night in Champaign, Ill.

MSU came out slow, but had a consistent attack led by Gary Harris, who scored 23 points and collected five rebounds while dishing out four assists. Harris was one of three Spartans in double figures.

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Spartans Remain Unscathed in Big Ten

Michigan State only needed 40 minutes to defeat the Northwestern University Wildcats Wednesday night by a tally of 54-40 and remain undefeated atop the Big Ten standings.

As they have for most of the year, the Spartans came out slow and only led Northwestern 26-22 heading into halftime. MSU shot 1-11 from three point range in the first half. They ended the game 2-16 from behind the arc.

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Opinion: Dawson Disappointing but Knows His Role for MSU

In November, I wrote an article about how Branden Dawson would be the X factor for Michigan State this season. At the time, he had been bragging about his new-look jump shot that would transform his game.

As of now, nothing has really changed for the junior from Gary, Ind. Read More…

Spartans Start 2014 with Win over Hoosiers

Michigan State started 2014 on the right foot Saturday, defeating the Indiana Hoosiers 73-56 in Bloomington, Ind.

The Spartans received a career performance from Gary Harris, who continued his impressive play in Assembly Hall, scoring a career high 26 points. Keith Appling joined Harris in double figures, scoring all 14 of his points in the second half after early foul trouble. Read More…

Dawson Stars in Return as Spartans Rally Past Nittany Lions

With Branden Dawson and Matt Costello returning to the lineup, MSU (12-0, 1-0) looked to steamroll the up-and-coming Nittany Lions (9-5, 0-1). Dawson missed the New Orleans game with an injured shin, and Costello missed the last four games with mono.

In his last press conference, Tom Izzo said his team would have their work cut out for them in Happy Valley.

The Spartans stumbled out of the gates, finding themselves in a 10-3 hole in the opening minutes of the game. Read More…

Payne Has Career Game as Spartans Down Longhorns

Erwin Center was rocking on Saturday, as the upstart Texas Longhorns hosted number five-ranked Sparty. Rick Barnes’ squad was looking to avenge their 67-56 loss from last year in East Lansing.

Texas surprised many experts this year, starting the season 10-1 with an impressive win over North Carolina in Chapel Hill. MSU came into the game shorthanded, with Matt Costello out due to illness and a banged-up Gary Harris coming off the bench. Read More…

Injured, Rusty Spartans Survive Oakland

A short-handed Michigan State team narrowly edged Oakland University, 67-63, Saturday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Spartans were without Gary Harris due to an ankle injury, Matt Costello because of mononucleosis and Kenny Kaminski who is suspended indefinitely, due to academic issues. Read More…

Tar Heels Topple Michigan State

Michigan State suffered its first loss of the 2013-14 season Wednesday night at the hands of the North Carolina Tar Heels 79-65.

The Spartans were dominated from the start getting out rebounded once again, this time 49-38.

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