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No. 4 Michigan State Faces Iowa in Lone Meeting of the Season

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Freshman Luka Garza will look to lead the Iowa Hawkeyes to a home win over fourth-ranked Michigan State in the only regular season meeting between the two programs on Tuesday night. (Source: HawkeyeNation.com)

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Fans of the Michigan State Spartans are hoping that history doesn’t repeat itself on Tuesday night in Iowa City, IA.

During the 2015-16 season, the Iowa Hawkeyes had the Spartans’ number in both of their meetings. Michigan State was the top-ranked team in their first meeting that season, and Iowa knocked off the Spartans in Iowa City to open up Big Ten play, 83-70.

Then, just three games later, the Spartans were ranked fourth in the country and were looking for some redemption on their home floor. However, the Hawkeyes knocked off the Spartans yet again, 76-59. Both wins were during a nine game winning streak for Iowa.

On Tuesday night in Iowa City, the Spartans are again ranked fourth in the country, but they are hoping for a much different result than the last time they faced Iowa as a top-five team. It also marks the only regular season meeting between the two schools for the second year in a row.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Tuesday night’s tilt between Michigan State, who is looking to pick up their seventh win in a row, and Iowa, who will be looking to upset the Spartans once again.
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No. 5 Michigan State Overcomes Slow Start for 76-68 Win Over Penn State

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Tony Carr posted a game-high 28 points to go along with seven assists on Wednesday night, but it wasn’t enough to lead Penn State past Michigan State. (Source: NBC Sports)

EAST LANSING, Mich. — All season long, the Michigan State Spartans have started games slow before pulling away in the second half for wins.

Last time out, they were down 13 to the Maryland Terrapins at the half. In the second frame, they put up 50 points against the Terrapins, and came away with a six point win, 74-68. They’ve skirted danger on many occasions in 2017-18, but only have three losses to their name.

On Wednesday night, the Penn State Nittany Lions took a six point lead into the break, and stretched their lead to double figures early in the second frame. However, the Spartans found their groove once again and thwarted any upset bid from the Nittany Lions.

Thanks to another second half performance that saw the Spartans go for 52 points, Michigan State pushed their winning streak to five games with the 76-68 win over the visiting Nittany Lions on Wednesday. Continue reading No. 5 Michigan State Overcomes Slow Start for 76-68 Win Over Penn State

Michigan State Hosts Wisconsin; Spartans Look For Third Straight Win

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Junior Ethan Happ will look to lead Wisconsin to a road upset victory over Michigan State on Friday night. (Source: Pitt Athletics) (Header: MSU Today – Michigan State Athletics)

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The race to the NCAA Tournament is heating up, and several teams are desperately looking for wins to bolster their resumes.

On Friday night, the Wisconsin Badgers have a chance to build some positive momentum and pick a marquee win that will keep them in the conversation. The Badgers are on the outside looking in at the field, and their margin for error is rather slim at best. Many have projected Wisconsin to miss the tournament altogether, and that could very well be the case.

The Badgers visit the sixth-ranked Michigan State Spartans on Friday night, and will be looking for any sort of positive outcome. A win would do wonders for them, while a loss may seal the deal on their tournament chances.

As for the Spartans, a win would be their third in a row, and they would keep pace atop the Big Ten standings with the likes of the Purdue Boilermakers and Ohio State Buckeyes. With the way the Green and White have played in their last two games, another win is expected for the home side on Friday.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Friday’s Big Ten tilt between Wisconsin and Michigan State.
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Michigan State Shoots Past Illinois for Second Straight Win, 87-74

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Lourawls ‘Tum Tum’ Nairn and the Michigan State Spartans overcame 25 turnovers on Monday to pick up an 87-74 win over Illinois. (Source: Stephen Haas – The Associated Press) (Header: Kirthmon F. Dozier – Detroit Free Press)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — In the past, the Michigan State Spartans have had their issues with the Illinois Fighting Illini.

Coming into Monday’s tilt, the Spartans had just three wins over Illinois over the past 10 seasons. Last year, the teams met just once, with the Illini coming away with the 73-70 victory on their home floor.

Monday night had a different narrative, as the Spartans used a strong start to the second half to break away from Illinois as the game wound down. Michigan State shot better than 68% as a team in Champaign, and picked up their second straight win with an 87-74 decision over the Fighting Illini.

After losing two of three games, the Spartans have now won back-to-back games and move to 6-2 in Big Ten play. The loss was the sixth straight for Illinois, who fall to 0-8 against conference foes. Continue reading Michigan State Shoots Past Illinois for Second Straight Win, 87-74

Michigan State Basketball: Previewing the Illinois Fighting Illini

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Leron Black and the Illinois Fighting Illini may have lost five straight games overall, but they have only lost to the Spartans three times over the past 10 years. (Source: USA Today Sports)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Through seven games, the race for the Big Ten title is heating up.

At the top, you have the Purdue Boilermakers and the Ohio State Buckeyes, both of whom are 7-0 thus far. The Boilermakers received a first-place vote in the latest AP Top 25 rankings, while the Buckeyes are knocking on the door of the top 10.

In between the two, you have the sixth-ranked Michigan State Spartans, who are 5-2 in conference play and are looking to pick up their second straight win on Monday night when they face the Illinois Fighting Illini on the road. After a tough stretch of three games, the Spartans bounced back last time out for a big win to keep pace in the Big Ten race.

As for Illinois, they are trending in the opposite direction. They have lost five straight games overall, and are dead last in the conference at 0-7. Illinois is the only team in the Big Ten without a conference win, and they would like to change that on Monday night.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Monday’s showdown between Michigan State and Illinois from Champaign. Continue reading Michigan State Basketball: Previewing the Illinois Fighting Illini

Michigan State Basketball: Previewing the Indiana Hoosiers

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Juwan Morgan and the Indiana Hoosiers will look to continue their winning streak with a win over a struggling Michigan State team on Friday night. (Source: Inside the Hall)

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Like plenty of other conferences throughout the NCAA this season, the Big Ten standings are a hot mess.

Two teams, the Purdue Boilermakers and Ohio State Buckeyes, are a perfect 7-0 in conference play. While many expected Purdue to be in the thick of things, the work that Chris Holtmann has done with Ohio State is stellar in year one. Six teams below them are within four games of the conference lead, but no team is within 2.5 games of the leaders.

The middle of the conference is a log jam, and two teams will go head-to-head on Friday night to try and gain a bit of separation from the pack. In East Lansing, the Michigan State Spartans and Indiana Hoosiers will square off in a battle of two teams trending in opposite directions.

Just over a week ago, the Spartans were the top-ranked team in the country. Now, after two losses over their last three games, Michigan State comes in ranked ninth in the country. On the flip side, the Hoosiers suffered two losses to in-state opponents on their home floor in non-conference play, but are riding a three game winning streak into the Breslin Center.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of the first of two regular season meetings between Michigan State and Indiana. Continue reading Michigan State Basketball: Previewing the Indiana Hoosiers