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Men’s Basketball Gallery: Penn State vs. #9 MSU

In their first game without Keith Appling since he arrived on campus, the No. 9 Michigan State Spartans dismantled Penn State 82-67 Thursday night.

The Spartans’ other starting senior, Adreian Payne, played for the first time since January. He came in off the bench and scored 12 points in just 18 minutes of play.

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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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Hoyas Stun Spartans

It’s not often that Michigan State plays a non-conference game in the middle of the Big Ten season. It is even more rare when the Spartans lose away from the Breslin Center.

Both of those things happened Saturday afternoon as Georgetown defeated Michigan State 64-60 at Madison Square Garden. Georgetown had lost five straight going into Saturday’s game.

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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 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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Izzo Faces off against Former Assistant Coach in Matchup

This will be a game you do not want to miss, as the Michigan State Spartans’ head coach Tom Izzo faces off against his old assistant coach and current Indiana head coach, Tom Crean.

The No. 3 Spartans (17-1, 5-0) are preparing to battle against the Indiana Hoosiers (12-6, 2-3) at the Breslin Center Tuesday night.

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Spartans Face-off against Fighting Illini

The No. 4 Michigan State Spartans (16-1, 4-0) are on the road once again headed to Champaign, Ill. to take on the Fighting Illini (13-5, 2-3) at the State Farm Center this Saturday.

Michigan State goes into the game winning their past nine games and being undefeated on the road.

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Spartans Survive Overtime Once Again

In their second overtime contest in as many games, Michigan State was able to comeback from a double-digit deficit, defeating the University of Minnesota 87-75.

Kenny Kaminski came out on fire, hitting his first five three-pointers. He finished with 15 points. Despite Kaminski’s hot shooting, the Gophers went on a 12-2 run in the first half and led by as many as 10 points. MSU was able to narrow the deficit to five and trailed 41-36 at halftime. Read More…

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.

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Spartans Hold off No. 3 Buckeyes, Win in Overtime, 72-68

“We survived.”

Tom Izzo had the best description of the Spartans’ performance in their 72-68 overtime win against No. 3 Ohio State Tuesday night.

Michigan State was once again short handed and plagued by injuries. The team was without Travis Trice due to illness. Adreian Payne nearly did not play because of a sprained foot, and Keith Appling battled leg cramps throughout most of the game.

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Preview and Predictions for Tonight’s Top-Five Matchup

If the Michigan State Spartans want to make a claim for the Big Ten regular season title, a win tonight against the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes would go a long way.

MSU (13-1) is facing an extremely experienced and talented (15-0) Ohio State team that is off to their best start since the 2010-2011 season. Led by their captain, fifth-year senior Aaron Craft, the Buckeyes are probably the Spartans’ biggest threat at a Big Ten title. Read More…

Marquee Matchup: Aaron Craft vs. Keith Appling

When talking about Ohio State, the first player that comes to mind is most likely point guard Aaron Craft.

In his senior season with the Buckeyes, Craft is the leader of an undefeated and third-ranked team heading into only its second true road game of the season. He is not expected to put up 20 points a night, but defense is how he earns his keep.

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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…

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…

Spartans Travel to Puerto Rico, Take on 8-0 Cowgirls

Escaping the cold of Michigan, the Spartans play their first matchup of the 2013 Puerto Rico Classic in San Juan against No. 13 Oklahoma State at 2 p.m. today.

Coming off of an 80-62 win against Oakland University, the Spartans are hoping to break the 2-2 all-time series tie against the Cowgirls.

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