Men's Tennis —  Michigan State went 2-0 on Saturday, defeating both Toledo and the University of Detroit Mercy, 7-0.
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Men's Basketball —  With snow piling on outside of the Breslin gates and a whiteout from the fans inside, MSU turned up the heat on the Wolverines in overtime, securing a crucial 76-66 victory in the process. Junior guard Denzel Valentine finished with 25 points, seven assists and seven rebounds and senior forward Branden Dawson totaled 19 points and 10 rebounds. In a back-and-forth contest, the Spartans blanked U-M in overtime, outscoring them by 10 points to improve to 15-7 overall, 6-3 in Big Ten play.

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Spirited showdown: MSU turns back UM in OT Detroit News
The season might have been on the line for both Michigan State and Michigan on Sunday afternoon, and the rivals turned in a performance that was worthy of its spot leading up to the Super Bowl. After Michigan rallied in the final seconds of regulation to force overtime, Michigan State took over in the extra period, getting a series of huge plays from junior Matt Costello on its way to a 76-66 victory in front of a raucous crowd at Breslin Center.

Spartans take control in extra time Detroit Free Press
For the final 10 minutes of the Michigan State-Michigan game today at Breslin Center, the last 5 of which weren't scheduled, the Spartans essentially dominated the Wolverines. Dominated, that is, except for the final 40 seconds of regulation, which turned a five-point MSU lead into an overtime game and threatened to send the Spartans' season into all kinds of trouble. But they recovered to prevail, 76-66 in overtime, for their second straight win in the series.

Michigan State pulls away in overtime to take round one of rivalry MLive
Regulation was back-and-forth throughout, but overtime was wire-to-wire. Starting with a Branden Dawson basket 16 seconds into the extra session, Michigan State scored 10 unanswered points in overtime to pull away for a 76-66 win over Michigan on Sunday afternoon at the Breslin Center.

Sparty keeps pace in Big Ten race for second with OT win over Michigan CBS Sports
Well, that was a nice undercard to Super Bowl Sunday. Nothing like some frantic intra-conference college hoops to appetize before the big football game. Two vital runs keyed a nice home win for Michigan State in a frenzied environment Sunday on CBS. The Spartans beat rival Michigan in overtime, 76-66. It also happened on Tom Izzo's birthday. He enters his 60s at 1-0. (Izzo now has 483 career wins, by the way.)

Michigan State Downs Michigan in OT
Denzel Valentine had 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and Michigan State held rival Michigan scoreless in overtime, outlasting the Wolverines 76-66 on Sunday.

Knee-Jerk Reactions: MSU 76 Michigan 66 The Only Colors
Yes the Wolverines were a team full of glorified walk-ons today and Michigan State almost lost but disaster was averted mainly due to the play of three individuals. For the second straight game Branden Dawson ended with a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Denzel Valentine led the team in scoring with 25 points and seven assists. Valentine had his usual rough patches with turnovers when he tried to do too much but he and Dawson were the sole reason the Spartans were up 29-24 at the half.

Spartans Hold on To Beat Pesky and Hobbled Wolverines In Overtime Spartan Nation
The Michigan State Spartans got a win tonight here in East Lansing, but it wasn’t easy and it wasn’t pretty putting down arch rival Michigan in overtime 76-66. A rivalry win is a rivalry win, but when your rival is down two starters and you’re at full capacity it is concerning.
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Wrestling —  Wrestling against its sixth consecutive ranked opponent at home, Michigan State fell to four-time defending NCAA Champion and fifth-ranked Penn State, 35-0, Sunday afternoon at Jenison Field House.
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Football —  Khalid Kareem, a defensive end out of Harrison High School in Farmington Hills, became Michigan State's second verbal commitment of its 2016 class Sunday. Kareem entered Breslin Center for the men's basketball game with Spartans defensive line coach Ron Burton, who along with Brad Salem has been his primary recruiter. By the end of the day, Kareem was standing in the student section alongside MSU All-American defensive lineman Shilique Calhoun, cheering on the basketball team.
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Men's Basketball —  "If you aren’t up for your rivalry game, I don’t think a coach could tell you not to be up," Izzo said. The old cliché is keep it one game a time. Who is kidding who? There are games that are bigger than others. It’s nice for media. It’s nice for conversation."
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Men's Basketball —  Tom Izzo turned 60 on Friday, but said he wouldn't be doing any celebrating until Monday. Before then, there's work to be done. Branden Dawson turns 22 today. But Michigan State wouldn't mind doing a little celebrating come mid-afternoon.
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Football —  Tyler Hoover was just about ready to board an airplane at Oakland International Airport in December when his phone rang. It was his agent. "He said, 'Get off the airplane, now!'" Hoover said, recalling the Dec. 16 conversation. "I was like, 'What, why?' The gate agents looked at me like I was crazy, my luggage was on the plane and everything, and it was just about to take off."
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Men's Basketball —  Joe Rexrode breaks down today's matchup between Michigan and Michigan State.
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Men's Basketball —  Don't take it for granted, Gary Harris tells his best friend from college when they talk on the phone. "He just tells me to go out there and have fun and don't press," Michigan State junior guard Denzel Valentine said of Harris, a rookie with the Denver Nuggets. "Just enjoy it, because sometimes he wishes he could be back playing college basketball."
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Men's Basketball —  Outside of the final score, there wasn't much Tom Izzo liked as he broke down his team's 76-66 overtime win over Michigan Sunday afternoon at the Breslin Center. "I wasn't real pleased with the way we played," Izzo said. "I was pleased we got a win."
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