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Minnesota's Marcus Carr, center, handles the ball through the defense of Michigan State's Rocket Watts (2) and Cassius Winston, right, during an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

No. 11 Michigan State sweeps Minnesota with 70-52 win

Jan. 26, 2020 7:02 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Michigan State weathered another sluggish start, then wore down Minnesota. The Spartans reasserted themselves after a rough loss, and the Gophers paid the price. Cassius Winston had 18 points and eight assists and Xavier Tillman added 17 points and 10 rebounds, as 11th-ranked Michigan...

Indiana forward Race Thompson (25) blocks the shot of Michigan State forward Malik Hall (25) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Indiana uses late charge to beat No. 11 Michigan State 67-63

Jan. 24, 2020 12:57 AM EST

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Joey Brunk made an immediate impact from the moment he arrived on Indiana's campus. Jerome Hunter needed to be more patient. On Thursday night, the graduate transfer from Butler and the redshirt freshman teamed up for the Hoosiers' final flurry. Brunk scored 14 points including a...

Michigan State guard Cassius Winston (5) makes a layup during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Wisconsin, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Winston sets record, No. 15 Spartans top Wisconsin 67-55

Jan. 17, 2020 10:19 PM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Cassius Winston threw a lob from the right wing over the middle of the lane and Xavier Tillman dunked the basketball, breaking a record that stood for two decades. Winston had six points, and his four assists gave him the Big Ten record for career assists as No. 15 Michigan State...

Purdue forward Trevion Williams (50) celebrates during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan State in West Lafayette, Ind., Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Purdue defense bottles up No. 8 Spartans in 71-42 upset

Jan. 12, 2020 3:49 PM EST

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue's struggling offense received all the attention the last couple weeks. Now the Boilermakers can start focusing on the raves about their seemingly unbreakable defense. Purdue held No. 8 Michigan State to its two lowest scoring halves of the season and lowest point total in...

Michigan State's Cassis Winston, left, is pressured by Minnesota's Marcus Carr during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

Winston leads No. 8 Michigan St to 74-58 win over Minnesota

Jan. 10, 2020 12:24 AM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — No. 8 Michigan State started slowly against Minnesota, looking sluggish coming off a big win over its rival. Cassius Winston made sure the Spartans made up for that. Winston scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half while Xavier Tillman finished with 19 points and a...

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

Spartans rising again after throttling Michigan

Jan. 6, 2020 4:53 PM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Cassius Winston smoothly dribbling in and out of traffic, distributing the ball and making jump shots. Xavier Tillman controlling the interior on both ends of the court. This is why Michigan State was the nation's top-ranked team at the beginning of the season. It took a little...

Michigan State's Cassius Winston reacts after sinking a three-point basket against Michigan during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

Winston-led No. 14 Michigan State tops No. 12 Michigan 87-69

Jan. 5, 2020 5:40 PM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Cassius Winston made his last home game against Michigan memorable with a sensational performance his in-state rivals would rather forget. Winston had a career-high 32 points and nine assists, leading No. 14 Michigan State to a 87-69 victory over the 12th-ranked Wolverines on...

Michigan head coach Juwan Howard gives instructions to his team as they played against UMass-Lowell during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)

Michigan's Howard to face Spartans for 1st time as coach

Jan. 4, 2020 6:54 PM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Juwan Howard is set to make his coaching debut in the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry. It won't be his first experience in the highly charged series. The former Fab Five star helped the Wolverines go 5-1 against the Spartans over three seasons before he entered the 1994 NBA...

Morgan scores 23 points, Central Michigan wins MAC opener

Jan. 4, 2020 4:39 PM EST

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Dallas Morgan scored 23 points, making 5 of 7 3-pointers, and Central Michigan stretched its home winning streak to eight games with a 93-82 victory over Miami (Ohio) in a Mid-American Conference opener on Saturday. Central Michigan led 43-38 at halftime and Miami was still...

Michigan forward Isaiah Livers, who is injured and not playing, walks onto the court before an NCAA college basketball game against UMass-Lowell, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)

Howard says Livers is day to day for No. 12 Michigan

Jan. 3, 2020 5:36 PM EST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan coach Juwan Howard said forward Isaiah Livers is day to day, and it remains unclear if he'll be able to play Sunday against Michigan State. The 12th-ranked Wolverines travel to play the 14th-ranked Spartans this weekend. Livers missed Michigan's most recent game with a left...