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2018 Schedule
27-3, 1st in Big Ten

Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan State associate head coach Dwayne Stephens says he's confident he committed no NCAA violations. Stephens' name appeared in emails between Christian Dawkins and Andy Miller, according to Yahoo! “Throughout my career as a college basketball coach, I've been committed to following all NCAA rules, including during the recruiting process. Any insinuation to the contrary is false. I'm confident that I have not committed a violation.”

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Bridges, Sexton, 2 others eligible amid probe

Michigan State's Miles Bridges, Alabama's Collin Sexton, USC's Chimezie Metu and Kentucky's Kevin Knox have been cleared by their schools Saturday, a day after being named in documents that detailed possible NCAA rules violations.

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The Yahoo Report Shakes Up CBB

Tony Reali and the national panel react to the players and schools in the FBI probe being identified, Nagasu considering her performance an audition for Dancing With The Stars, buy or sell if Michael Porter Jr. will play and more.

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Report: NCAA teams, players ID'd in FBI probe

Players at basketball powers such as Duke, UNC, Kentucky, Michigan State and Kansas may have committed NCAA violations that were uncovered by an FBI investigation, according to Yahoo! Sports.

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Michigan State cruises on senior night (1:09)
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Izzo elated over storybook ending to senior night (1:40)
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Izzo gets emotional saying goodbye to his three seniors (2:43)
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Izzo hopes team can protect the ball in second half (0:42)
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The 12 teams that can win it all this year

In a wide-open college basketball season, few teams have stood out. Can just about any team win it all? Not quite. It's time to go through the list of legitimate candidates.

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Virginia strengthens hold atop AP Top 25 poll

Virginia strengthened its hold on No. 1 in the AP Top 25, while Duke jumped back into the top five after a pair of impressive wins. Middle Tennessee checked in at 24th, marking its first AP Top 25 appearance in program history.

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6dJeff Borzello

College hoops Power Rankings: Will SEC's depth hurt teams in March?

Eleven SEC teams are within striking distance of the tournament, so what's the problem? They're building their résumés and metrics by beating each other, so the committee might value the league differently when selecting the field.

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Tipping The Scales: Michigan State's historic comeback (1:43)
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7dDan Murphy

Izzo won't address investigation into freshman

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo declined to discuss a criminal sexual conduct allegation against freshman Brock Washington, who is the subject of a police investigation.

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Spartans overcome 22-point halftime deficit to defeat Wildcats (1:35)
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Clutch Winston 3-pointer cements Spartan comeback (0:18)

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern scores 11 second-half points and blows a 27-point lead to fall to Michigan State, 65-60. Wildcats missed 17 straight shots at one point.

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Spartans tie it on Ward's putback (0:15)
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Spartans take first lead after trailing by 22 (0:23)

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern lost to Rutgers four days ago. Northwestern is up 22 at halftime on Michigan State right now.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

Going into Sat., Mich. St. is 89-38 all-time vs. N'western. Since the Wildcats' 1/7/84 win at MSU evened the series at 33, the Spartans are 56-5 and have had win streaks of 20, 12 & the current 8 games. NU won the first 8 games (1918-49) & stunned the Magic Johnson-led ‘79 national champs 83-65 in Evanston, 1/27/79. MSU's won its last 3 at NU, by 14, 24 & 31 points.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

The race for the No. 1 seeds is more wide open now after a few recent upsets. Per BPI, here's where we stand: Virginia 99% Villanova 98% Purdue 71% Michigan State 52% Xavier 32% Duke 29% North Carolina 9% Tennessee 4% Auburn 3% Kansas 2%

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

After beating Ohio State by 23 last night, Penn State has cracked BPI's top 25. The Nittany Lions have a 33% chance to reach the NCAA tournament.

Team Stats

Points Per Game82.627th
Rebounds Per Game41.16th
Assists Per Game20.31st
Points Allowed64.7Tied-17th

Tournament History

Final Fours9
Tournament Record64-30
Championship Seasons1979, 2000
Tournament Appearances31