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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...

Illinois' Ayo Dosunmu, Michigan State's Marcus Bingham Jr. and Illinois' Andres Feliz (10) and Jermaine Hamlin, from left, vie for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

No. 14 Michigan St. tops Illinois 76-56, stays atop Big Ten

Jan. 2, 2020 11:32 PM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State played perhaps its best game of the season at least in part because Cassius Winston and Xavier Tillman were clicking together on the court. Winston had 21 points and Tillman scored 19, leading the 14th-ranked Spartans to a 76-56 win over Illinois on Thursday night....

Michigan State's Jack Hoiberg, left, and Western Michigan's Chase Barrs vie for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

Loyer scores 16 points, Michigan State rolls without Winston

Dec. 30, 2019 2:38 AM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Without his star point guard, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo went with some notable coaches’ sons Sunday night to run his offense. And though they are a far cry from senior All-American Cassius Winston, Foster Loyer and Jack Hoiberg acquitted themselves quote nicely for the...

Eastern Michigan's Boubacar Toure, center, and Michigan State's Gabe Brown, left, and Marcus Bingham Jr. (30) vie for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

Winston helps No. 15 Michigan State rout E Michigan 101-48

Dec. 21, 2019 10:34 PM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Cassius Winston was productive as usual, scoring 21 points and making seven assists, when No. 15 Michigan State routed Eastern Michigan 101-48. For a change, the senior star had some help. Foster Loyer scored a season-high 13 points, Aaron Henry had 12 points, Xavier Tillman...

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo instructs his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Northwestern, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Michigan State's Langford has season-ending foot surgery

Dec. 19, 2019 8:14 PM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State senior Joshua Langford has had season-ending foot surgery. Spartans coach Tom Izzo said Thursday the surgery should help Langford have a chance to play professional basketball in the future. The shooting guard averaged 15 points a game last season. Langford was one...

Michigan State forward Marcus Bingham Jr., right, shoots against Northwestern guard Pat Spencer, left, and guard Anthony Gaines during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Winston, No. 15 Michigan State top Northwestern 77-72

Dec. 18, 2019 11:32 PM EST

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — The turnovers were uncharacteristic for No. 15 Michigan State. The rebounding, well, that has been a staple for the Spartans for a very long time. Cassius Winston scored 21 points and Xavier Tillman and Gabe Brown led a dominant effort on the glass, helping Michigan State hold off...