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In Saturday's "Daily Edition", hear from the men's basketball players as they preview their Saturday afternoon game against Purdue. See recaps from hockey's 4-2 win over LSSU and catch all of the home action from swimming and diving and men's tennis.
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Michigan State center Derrick Nix has slimmed down and stepped up for the ninth-ranked Spartans.
Nix trimmed down to 267 pounds for preseason practices after weighing as much as 340. His improved conditioning is letting his talents shine.
The junior had 12 points in Saturday's 25-point win over Purdue. In back-to-back games, he scored a career-best 25 points combined.
Spartans' sophomore center has smaller-than-normal lung capacity, limiting his minutes. Izzo: "If you watch him, sometimes after a few minutes, he's down on his knees."
After opening Big Ten play with four of its first six games on the road, Michigan State is back at home for two straight, beginning with Saturday's game vs. Purdue. The Spartans and Boilermakers both enter the contest with a 4-2 Big Ten mark, and the winner will grab a share of first place in America's best conference.
The Michigan State women's basketball team returns to the road on Monday, traveling to No. 13/18 Purdue. The Spartans (12-7, 4-2) and Boilermakers (16-3, 6-0) tip on the Big Ten Network at 7:30 p.m. MSU has won the last five meetings with Purdue.
The No. 13/18 Boilermakers (16-3, 6-0) will play host to the Spartans (12-7, 4-2) on Monday at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be carried live on the Big Ten Network.
Toledo Whitmer (Ohio) DB Mark Meyers just committed to Michigan State, what are the Spartans getting?
The last time Michigan State faced Purdue an NCAA tournament berth was on the line. At least it felt like that to the Spartans at the time, as they entered the Big Ten tournament on the NCAA bubble.
Izzo, who's pondered changes to the Spartans' starting lineup, said it's been hard for Dawson to grasp how hard he needs play.
Purdue was forced to travel to East Lansing by bus this morning after Friday night flight problems.
In Sunday's "Daily Edition", see all of the highlights from the men's 83-58 win over Purdue. Also hear recaps from hockey's home match-up against LSSU and the swimming and diving team's road trip to Notre Dame.
The No. 6 University of Illinois wrestling team will be taking on Michigan State at 2 p.m. CT on Jan. 22. Sports Information Intern Taylor Thomas will be providing live updates throughout the match.
Freshman Branden Dawson scored a season-high 14 points to help No. 9 Michigan State pull away and beat Purdue 83-58 Saturday.
The Michigan State swimming and diving team took on Notre Dame in a co-ed dual Saturday afternoon at Rolfs Aquatic Center. The women's team was coming off their final home meet of the season from the previous night and had less than 24 hours to prepare for the dual. They fell to the Fighting Irish, 218-82. The men's team picked up four individual titles and one relay but...
Painter on Dawson, who scored 14 points in Michigan State's rout of Boilermakers: "I'm not letting a 19-year-old kid talk to me and rub it in and stick it to us."
Despite claiming the doubles point, the Michigan State women's tennis team were topped, 5-2, by Akron at home. Junior Michaela Silesova and freshman Julianne Gruber's 9-8 doubles victory over Angelika and Angelina Jogasuria secured the first point for MSU. Sophomore Katarina Lingl was the lone Spartan to win a singles match.