Michigan State Spartans get beat-down at Indiana’s Assembly Hall

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If you still had doubts that the Big Ten was a physical conference, the game at Assembly Hall between the Spartans and Hoosiers silenced any critics.

The problem is, the game also silenced the Spartans, too.

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Michigan State’s New Year’s Resolutions: Buckle Down Before Big Ten Play

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‘Tis the season, my friends, and as 2012 approaches, a few new items may be on Tom Izzo and the Spartans’ “Wish List.” With conference play starting soon, here are a few things that Michigan State will be looking to fine-tune in time for big, bad Big Ten play.

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Draymond Green Needs to Lead Michigan State out of Doldrums

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I’m beginning to think Kalin Lucas is overrated. Sure he’s accomplished a lot in his college basketball career, but the MSU floor general is the main culprit for all these Michigan State Spartans turnovers. The #8 Syracuse Orange gave #7 Mich St. a good ole fashioned whopping Tuesday night, and much of it was due to the shoddy ball-handling.

And a lot of that is on Lucas, the starting point guard; who had 6 TOs to go with just 2 assists. State now has as many 20+ turnover games this year as they had all of last year, and they have committed more turnovers than assists in half their games thus far.

Maybe their primary ball-handler, Lucas, isn’t really himself? Less than half of those athletes who suffer major Achilles injuries ever come back at full strength.

Maybe it’s a different player on State who needs to lead the Spartans back up to the top, and get them ready for Big Ten play?

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Duke vs. Michigan State: Facts, Figures, Trends and Records

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Ready for tonight’s showdown between #1 Duke and #6 Michigan State? Yes, the main event of the Big Ten ACC Challenge, the premier event of the non-conference portion of the college basketball season. And tonight’s final bout, the heavyweight match on the card features two Final Four teams from last season.

Here are some numbers, trends and facts about Duke’s history in the challenge, and not many of them are in the Spartans favor tonight.

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