Wrestling msuspartans.com —  Michigan State will travel to Columbus, Ohio, this weekend (Saturday-Sunday, March 7-8) for the 101st edition of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships. The Spartans (5-13) finished the dual season at home on Feb. 20-21 at Jenison Field House with two hard-fought losses to Duke and Central Michigan.
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  Michigan State forward Branden Dawson's long-awaited Senior Night ended abruptly with a severe blow to the head just nine minutes of playing time into Wednesday's urgent game against Purdue. The Big Ten's king of the double-double bowed out with no points, only a pair of rebounds, two assists, a couple of steals and fading hope for a triumphant curtain call.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Tom Izzo went from wishing he could have redshirted Marvin Clark at the start of this season to needing to rely on the freshman to help solidify what figures to be Michigan State's 18th-straight NCAA tourney appearance.
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Misc. theonlycolors.com —  In the latest episode of The Only Podcast, Chris and Joe react to MSU's win over Purdue, Gus Johnson, Macgarrett Kings Jr.'s arrest and more. Run time is 48 minutes.
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Men's Basketball statenews.com —  "'Im probably prouder and happier than I'm acting, because I got games left, but that was a gut check," Izzo said. That was a character building game. And maybe it builds character for this team for the rest of the season, maybe it builds character for them for the rest of their lives."
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Ice Hockey msuspartans.com —  Last week, Michigan State's challenge was trying to find a way to win at least one game at Minnesota, against one of the best teams in the Big Ten and then tied for first place. Mission accomplished.
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Football freep.com —  One of the local players that Michigan State is taking a close look at for the class of 2016 is Canton linebacker Jalen Cochran. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound prospect already has multiple offers on the table and is poised to pick up more. "I have offers from Toledo, Miami of Ohio, Iowa, Eastern Michigan and Buffalo," Cochran said. "I am hearing from Michigan State, Purdue, Bowling Green and Michigan. Michigan State shows the most interest."
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Ice Hockey statenews.com —  With just four games left in the regular season, MSU hockey (14-14-2 overall, 8-6-2 Big Ten) finds itself in contention for its first conference title since the 2000-2001 season. In order to accomplish that feat, the Spartans will almost certainly have to sweep last place Wisconsin (4-22-4 overall, 2-12-2 Big Ten) this weekend at Munn Ice Arena.
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Gymnastics statenews.com —  The women’s gymnastics team is preparing for the end of the season, and will have to face more than Arizona and Eastern Michigan on Friday night. They will have to face the emotions of senior night. The team will say farewell to two players still on the roster and a third that was medically disqualified but remains involved with the team.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Matt Costello felt the presence of Purdue's Goliath center, Isaac Haas, throughout the night. But with 3:57 left in Wednesday night's game and Michigan State up 10 points, the Spartans' junior post was particularly in tune with how the 7-foot-2, 297-pounder defender was draped on his back.


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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Tom Izzo was asked about the 20th win of the season Wednesday night as if it had sealed his team an NCAA tournament berth. The Michigan State head coach wasn't quite ready to agree with that idea. "I don't know what it does about the NCAA tournament," Izzo said. "Puts us definitely a step closer."
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Men's Basketball statenews.com —  On senior night, Travis Trice sent quite the farewell to Spartan fans, leading MSU to a 72-66 victory over Purdue. Trice was electric, tying his season-high of 27 points. He and fellow Branden Dawson returned to the starting lineup but only Trice was able to finish the game. After hitting his head in the first half, Dawson went to the locker room and did not return back into the contest.

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Without Branden Dawson, Michigan State guts out critical win over Purdue MLive
With fouls, collisions and elbows to the head taking outs its players one-by-one, Michigan State pulled away in the second half and said goodbye to the Breslin Center Wednesday night with its guttiest performance of the season. The Spartans topped Purdue, 72-66, Wednesday night at the Breslin Center. The win moves them past the 20-win mark and into strong position to extend their NCAA tournament streak to 18 years.

Travis Trice stars on Senior Night Detroit Free Press
Branden Dawson knows all about senior night and injuries – as a freshman on the day of Draymond Green's Breslin Center finale in 2012, Dawson went down with a serious knee injury and the Spartans lost a huge lead to Ohio State and outright claim to the Big Ten title. Unfortunately for Dawson, his own senior night had a familiar feel, in a game that was actually more urgent.

Spartans take punch, survive against Boilermakers Detroit News
With one Michigan State senior in the locker room after taking a shot to the head, the other decided he need to do everything he could in his final game at the Breslin Center. And Travis Trice got quite a lot of help from a banged-up Denzel Valentine, to an inspired Matt Costello to former walk-on Colby Wollenman.

Spartans take punch, survive against Boilermakers Detroit News
With Branden Dawson laid out flat in the locker room Wednesday night, Travis Trice was essentially on his own. In the last home game of his career, the Michigan State senior had watched as his classmate took an elbow to the head in the first half against Purdue; he wouldn't return. On top of that, for nearly the entire first half, the Boilermakers took it to the Spartans.

Michigan State Outlasts Purdue, 72-66 MSUSpartans.com
A relieved Tom Izzo arrived for his postgame news conference and reflected on a night when some of his players could have used a few pads and a helmet. ''Welcome to NFL Films,'' the Michigan State coach said. ''That was a hell of a game. I don't know where to start, because there were so many things that happened, and I just know there were two teams that played awfully hard.''

Travis Trice leads second-half charge on senior day to key win over Purdue MLive
"We were like 'Dude, we're going to have to take over,'" Trice said. "Missing BJ is key, especially in a game when it comes down to being physical and who's going to be the tougher team."

Spartans Toughness Wins Physical Big Ten Game Over Purdue 72-66 Spartan Nation
On senior night for the 2014-2015 Spartan team, Branden Dawson was injured at the 8:38 point of the first half and didn’t return. Izzo said they thought he had a concussion at first but, “He’s walking around. He was out of it at halftime. Flat on the table. No idea right now. He was bleeding a little bit. We just have to wait and see.”

MSU sends seniors off with win in last game at Breslin Center State News
On senior night, Travis Trice sent quite the farewell to Spartan fans, leading MSU to a 72-66 victory over Purdue. Trice was electric for MSU (20-10 overall, 11-6 Big Ten), tying his career-high of 27 points. He and fellow senior Branden Dawson returned to the starting lineup but only Trice was able to finish the game.

Michigan State Basketball: Senior Night isportsweb
This Purdue game may not have been a must win, but in regard to building momentum going forward and working towards securing a possible double-bye in the B1G Tournament, it might as well have been.

Costello provides spark when Spartans need it Detroit News
Matt Costello has scored more points in a game than he did on Wednesday. For that matter, the Michigan State junior had had more rebounds and more blocked shots, too. But his 13 points, seven rebounds and four blocks in a 72-66 victory over Purdue only partially tell the story.

MSU notes: Matt Costello's big dunk, defense sparks win Detroit Free Press
It was technically the seniors' night. But a Michigan State junior gave Breslin Center its loudest, most manic moment on its final night of the 2014-15 season. When Matt Costello battled for an offensive rebound, slipped around Isaac Haas, took a hit from Haas and finished with a wrap-around dunk, the Spartans led Purdue, 56-44, with 3:57 to play. Breslin roared. Costello fell, then got up, contorted his face, let words fly, celebrated with Colby Wollenman and Bryn Forbes and other teammates.

A Truly Spartan Effort, MSU 72, Purdue 66 The Only Colors
In a physical Big Ten battle, Michigan State overcomes adversity on Senior Night to Win Number 20 on the season.






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Ice Hockey spreaker.com —  Jack and Dan Kilbridge talk MSU hockey with former Spartans and NHL player and current assistant coach, Kelly Miller.


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Women's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Michigan State women's basketball coach Suzy Merchant and her Spartans were served a plate heaped with adversity this regular season, with injuries, illness and attrition, mostly things out of their control. But the Spartans are on the upswing at the right time and trying to take control as they head into the Big Ten Tournament. They are seeded No. 9 and face in-state rival Michigan, the No. 8 seed, on Thursday at the Sears Center Arena in suburban Chicago.
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Ice Hockey onlyfans.cstv.com —  After playing six of their last eight games away from home, the Spartans begin the final two weeks of the regular season by hosting Wisconsin on Friday and Saturday at Munn
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Gymnastics onlyfans.cstv.com —  The Spartans will return home on Friday, March 6 to face Arizona and Eastern Michigan on Senior Night. Competition will begin at 6 p.m. in Jenison Field House. Seniors Alina Cartwright, Ashley Noll and Ashley Stevenson will be honored upon the conclusion of the meet.
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Misc. freep.com —  The idea is to account for some of the costs an athletic scholarship doesn't cover -- one of several moves NCAA members are making amid lawsuits and increased scrutiny of a model that has made a millionaire of every major football coach while compensation for athletes stays the same. That's why the "cost of attendance" (COA) stipend was passed in January by the schools of the power five conferences (Big Ten, ACC, Big 12, SEC, Pac 12), and it was said at the time to mean about $2,000 to $4,000 per year more to each scholarship athlete. Schools will have their COA figures in time for Aug. 1, when the legislation goes into effect.
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Football usatoday.com —  USA TODAY Sports has assembled a talented team of prospects to chronicle their paths to the NFL draft. Today's entry is from Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes, a first-team All-Big Ten pick and Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist who could be the first cornerback selected.
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