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Kentucky at Michigan State - Men's Basketball Highlights

There is no doubt Michigan State is one of the top teams throughout college basketball this season. But that dosen’t mean there weren’t plenty of questions surrounding the Spartans heading into this season. Who would fill the role of departed center Derrick Nix? Will either of the two freshmen make an impact? How will the new rules implemented play into the way Tom Izzo wants to play defensively?

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Great sights from Tuesday's Champions Classic

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Valentine the Lob, Dawson the Slam

Kentucky entered Tuesday night’s matchup against Michigan State with the No. 1-ranking in the country and a ton of hype surrounding this young and extremely talented Wildcats team. But after 40 minutes of dunks, 3-pointers and a whole lot of fouls, it was the Spartans who came out on top in a memorable 78-74 victory.

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Despite what Spartans say, this win meant something

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Appling Buries 3, Harris Gets Immediate Steal and Score

There will be a new No. 1 next week, and assuming Michigan State can avoid an upset vs. Columbia on Friday night, it will be the Spartans atop the polls. But Michigan State didn’t want to hear about that following its thrilling 78-74 victory over No. 1 Kentucky on Tuesday night at the United Center.

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What a night! Catch up on Big Ten hoops action

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Kentucky vs. Michigan State - Top Plays

Down goes No. 1! No. 2 Michigan State dropped top-ranked Kentucky, 78-74, on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic at the United Center. The Spartans’ big win was just one of seven Big Ten games on the night. Get game recaps, stats and video highlights from all the games in this post.

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Ten Big Ten stars listed on Wooden preseason top 50

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McGary Blocks a Dunk, Burke Scores

The Big Ten placed a nation’s best 10 players on the John R. Wooden Award preseason top 50 list, released Tuesday. Michigan State led the way with three players (Keith Appling, Gary Harris and Adreian Payne), while Michigan (Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III) and Ohio State (Aaron Craft and LaQuinton Ross) also made the list. A freshman made the cut, too. See all the representatives in this post.

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Big Ten Geeks: Season Preview Back & Forth, Part II

We resume our season preview back-and-forth, with Mike answering Josh’s question about Wisconsin–is this team becoming the Atlanta Braves of college basketball? Always a good team, always in the postseason, but never a real threat to win it all?

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