No. 16 Spartans Out Shuck Cornhuskers In 2nd Half

Senior guard Austin Thornton hit two key three point shots against Nebraska

After being down 30-29 at halftime, the No. 16 Michigan State Spartans (13-2, 2-0) took control in the 2nd half over the Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-5, 0-2) to win 68-55.

The Spartans couldn’t connect from beyond the arc in the first half shooting 0-6. That quickly changed in the 2nd half as the Spartans went 3-8 on three point attempts.

Tom Izzo wasn’t pleased with the bench production during the game, and played starters Draymond Green, and Keith Appling for most of the game.

“I wasn’t pleased with some of the subs, so I played poor Draymond and Keith to death, which isn’t good,” Izzo said.

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Celtics 96, Pistons 85: Detroit only one-of-three winless teams left after Boston wins its first

Pistons center Greg Monroe shoots a hook shot over Greg Stiemsma. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer).

It was a battle of winless teams between the Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics in Boston Friday night at the TD Garden. One team had to win its first game of the season.

And with it, the margin of winless teams is down to three after the Celtics beat the Pistons 96-85.

“We lost a little bit of our poise on the offensive end,” said Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank. “It took us a while to regroup and respond. By the time we found a little bit of our rhythm, they scored.”

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Game Preview: Streaking Spartans Visit Nebraska

Sophomore guard Keith Appling goes in for a lay up, scoring 2 of his career high 25 points against No. 13 Indiana

No. 16 Michigan State (12-2) will visit Nebraska (8-4) on Dec. 31st.

The Spartans are winners of 12 straight games, the program’s longest win streak since the 2001 team.

Combine the 2000 and 2001 seasons and the Spartans won 23 straight games during that era. If MSU wants to make it 13 consecutive, then they will have to slow down senior guard Bo Spencer for the Cornhuskers.

Spencer is averaging over 15 points and 4 assists per game. The senior is coming off a poor performance against Wisconsin, in which he scored 10 points below his average.

Spencer will likely face just as tough if not more, of a challenge with sophomore guard Keith Appling guarding him.

Appling has been widely regarded as the top defender in the Big Ten, along with Ohio State’s Aaron Craft.

Nebraska will be playing MSU for the first time since it joined the Big Ten conference in 2010.

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Michigan Cruises Past Penn State in Big Ten Opener

Tim Hardaway (10) shoots a 3-pointer over Sasa Boronvnjak (21) in 71-53 win. Photo Credit: AP/Tony Ding

It was easy work by the Michigan basketball team Thursday night as it won its Big Ten opener over Penn State 71-53.

Sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Wolverines (11-2, 1-0) offensive attack with 26 points and shot 11-of-18 from the field while fellow sophomore forward Evan Smotrycz led the way on the defensive end with 10 rebounds and two steals while adding in 10 points of his own. Continue reading

QB Kirk Cousins Wins Senior CLASS Award

QB Senior Kirk Cousins addressing the audience at the 2011 Big Ten Luncheon

Michigan State senior quarterback and Holland native Kirk Cousins has been given the senior CLASS award for 2011.

Cousins was awarded the trophy earlier today while the Spartans are preparing for the Outback bowl against SEC opponent Georgia.

The Senior CLASS Award stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School. The award is chosen by a nationwide vote of college football coaches and recognizes the most outstanding senior student-athlete in the FBS. The nominees must all have notable achievements in community, classroom, character, and competition.

Cousins was already recognized before the season even started.

His Big Ten luncheon opening day speech was given an standing ovation, and became a youtube sensation.

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Cleveland 105, Detroit 89: Cavs bench dominates in win

Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving goes up for a layup in their 105-89 victory over the Pistons on Wednesday night. Irving scored 14 points. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Rookie guards Kyrie Irving and Brandon Knight are adjusting just fine from college to professional basketball.

Irving, the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, scored 14 points, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 105-89 victory over the Detroit Pistons Wednesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

“In the last game, I wasn’t enjoying the game,” Irving said. “I think I wanted to be so serious. I wasn’t joking around and there was no smile on my face. It’s just about feeling comfortable out there.”

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Spartans Top No. 13 Previously Undefeated Indiana 80-65

The No. 16. Michigan State Spartans (12-2, 1-0) welcomed previously undefeated No. 13 Indiana Hoosiers (12-1, 0-1) to the Breslin Center Wednesday night to open up Big Ten Conference play.

The Spartans came into the game streaking, winning 11-straight games, while the Hoosiers had a streak of 12 wins of their own. The theme of streaking continued into the Big Ten battle.

Michigan State came out of the gates with more energy seen in the Breslin Center than over a year.

The student section, called the “Izzone,” was compiled of MSU alumni due to the fact that students were still on Christmas break.

The older, yet rowdy crowd, helped the Spartans build an 18 point first half lead. It was 34-16 before Indiana went on a streak of it’s own to end the first half.

The Hoosiers extended their streak to 20-2 in the beginning of the second half. The team climbed back to take the lead thanks to forward Christian Watford, who scored 26 points. Midway through the second half the Hoosiers led by as many as 9 points before Tom Izzo rallied his players to end the game with yet another streak.

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Lions Sign Running Back Joique Bell

Joique Bell runs the ball his senior year at Wayne State University. Photo by Tom Gorman/Wayne State Athletics

The Detroit Lions made another change to their constantly changing backfield when they signed running back Joique Bell off of the New Orleans Saints practice squad.

The move was made official today after the Lions made room on their roster by releasing running back Aaron Brown.

Bell, a Benton Harbor, Mich. native , grew up a Lions fan and is excited to play for his hometown team.

He played college football at Wayne State University where he won the 2009 Harlon Hill award for the most outstanding player in Division II. He rushed for 2,084 yards and 29 touchdowns that season.

He played in eight games between the Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts last season but did not record a carry.

Game Preview: No.13 Indiana at No.16 Michigan State

The undefeated No. 13 Indiana Hoosiers (12-0) are off to their best start since 1977, when they come to East Lansing to face No. 16 Michigan State (11-2). It has been a long turnaround for Indiana under coach Tom Crean, a Tom Izzo disciple.

The Hoosiers are a early surprise this season after beating previous #1 Kentucky on a last second buzzer beater. The win against Kentucky has led to many fans proclaiming that Indiana basketball is back. The win undoubtedly put Indiana basketball back into the public, but with Indiana’s conference record of 8-36 over the last three years, fans might want hold off raising a conference banner just yet.

The Spartans will have to find a way to stop talented freshmen forward Cody Zeller. Zeller is leading the Hoosiers in points with 15.1 per game, and rebounds with 7.3 per game.

The Hoosiers are a high scoring team averaging 84.8 points per game, good for 7th in the nation. Indiana makes sure it’s shots count too, shooting 51% from the floor, good for 5th in the nation.

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