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Michigan State had never beaten Nebraska entering Saturday afternoon’s game. So, as one can imagine, the locker room was a happy place after the Spartans carded a 41-28 victory and claimed a share of the Legends Division title. There was dancing – a lot of it. Defensive line coach Ron Burton led the way, and then several players took their turn.
Freshly minted No. 1 Michigan State struggled early but managed to put away Portland, 82-67, Monday night at the Breslin Center. Keith Appling scored 25 points and Adreian Payne added 19 to pace the Spartans, who 45 percent from 3-point land. Get all the stats, recap and video highlights in this post.
No major shakeups. Stanford’s loss at USC means Oregon is now slated to play Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. But UCLA just as easily could be the foe. The Buckeyes cling to BCS title game hopes, resting at No. 3 in the current standings.
Just two weeks are left in the regular season, and things are heating up down the stretch. Among the hot button issues: Who is the second-best team in the Big Ten? Michigan State or Wisconsin? Read about that, and more, in my weekly mailbag. Keep those cards and letters coming.
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Michigan State received 51 of 70 first-place votes and now sits atop of the AP Top 25. Michigan State (3-0) hasn’t been No. 1 since Jan. 1, 2001 – a few months after winning the most recent of its two NCAA titles – and took over No. 1 after holding on for a 78-74 win over then No. 1 Kentucky on Tuesday in Chicago. Michigan State plays visiting Portland tonight (game preview) at 7 p.m. on BTN/BTN2Go.
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