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No. 13 Michigan State Spartans set to host Illinois on Thursday

EAST LANSING — Prior to the Big Ten season, many Big Ten and college basketball advocates had this game circled on their calendar. The Fighting Illini (15-6, 2-5) entered Big Ten play with one loss — to then-No. 12 Mizzou, and looked like a serious contender for not only a Big Ten Championship, but a National Championship as well. The Spartans (17-4, 6-2 Big Ten) found themselves...

Michigan State Basketball: Keith Appling lifts Spartans past Illini

With less than 4:30 to go in the game and Michigan State leading Illinois by a score of 65-62, the Spartans knew what they had to do. They had to get the ball in the hands of their closer: Keith Appling. Appling, a junior guard from Detroit, has been the go to player for the Spartans down the stretch for several games this season. On many occasions throughout the year, he has...

Appling Leads State Past Illini

Keith Appling finished with 24 points to help Michigan State beat Illinois 80-75 on Thursday.

At a Glance: Michigan State

A quick look at Illinois' Thursday opponent - the Michigan State Spartans.

Spartans Offer Three at Cass Tech

Three sophomores from Detroit Cass Tech (Mich.) picked up offers from Michigan State yesterday as the Spartans look to keep the trio in Green and White.

Spartans Pledge Highlights Noah Jones

Checkout highlights of Michigan State pledge Noah Jones and see why the Spartans coaching staff is excited about the big defensive lineman out of Florida.

Spartans Pledge Highlights Justin Williams

Checkout highlights of Michigan State pledge Justin Williams and see why the Spartans coaching staff is excited about the speedster out of Florida.

Groce Q&A: Pre-Michigan State

Coach John Groce spoke with the media prior to Illinois' matchup with Michigan State.

Rapid Reaction: MSU 80, Illinois 75

A quick recap of the Illinois-Michigan State game, where the Spartans won 80-75.

Spartan Digest Take: Noah Jones

Spartan Digest gives our initial thoughts on Michigan State defensive line pledge Noah Jones.

Spartan Digest Take: Justin Williams

We give our initial thoughts on Michigan State pledge Justin Williams.

Groce Quick Hitters: Pre-MSU

Coach John Groce discusses his team and the upcoming matchup with Michigan State.

Valentine lifts Michigan State over Illinois

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Its easy to point to Keith Appling as the reason Michigan State pulled out an 80-75 win over Illinois after a sluggish first half Thursday night. The smooth point guard poured in 19 of his 24 points in the second half. But the play of freshman guard Denzel Valentine was just as crucial. Had he not scored a season-high 14 points and sparked MSU with his hustle...
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