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Michigan State wins the Las Vegas Invitational, sets sights on ACC/Big Ten Challenge

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Michigan State knocked off both the Texas Longhorns and the UCLA Bruins to win the 2018 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational on Friday. The tournament was the Spartans’ first real test since they opened the season against the number two ranked Kansas Jayhawks with a loss back on November, 6th.

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With the tournament win, the Spartans improve to 5-1 and move up two spots to number nine in the AP Top 25 rankings.

Cassius Winston was named the tournament MVP after contributing a total of 39 points and 17 assists in the two games. Joshua Langford also made strong a case for the honor, after scoring a career-high 29 points against Texas and 14 points, including three 3-pointers, against UCLA. After arguably their best performances of the season, Winston and Langford are emerging as one of the most dynamic backcourts in all of college basketball.

Comeback win against Texas

Despite winning the tournament, everything didn’t go according to plan for the Spartans. In the championship game against Texas on Friday, Michigan State fell behind by 19 points just ten minutes into the game. MSU had 11 turnovers in the first half and finished the game with a season-high 24 turnovers. The Spartans went into halftime trailing the Longhorns 44-36.

MSU was able to regroup during halftime and outscored the Longhorns 42-24 in the second half. Langford and Winston added a spark to MSU’s offense scoring 24 points out of the break, including three straight 3-pointers. Michigan State’s defense also stepped up in the second half, as they held Texas to a 22% shooting from the floor over the final 20 minutes. The Spartans destroyed the Longhorns on the glass, out-rebounding them 42-23.

Taking it to UCLA

Michigan State started off fast in Thursday night’s game against the Bruins, jumping out to a 29-point first half lead. The Spartans shot 60% in the opening half, including 10 of 17 from 3-point range. Winston and Langford each connected on three 3-pointers and combined for 26 first-half points. MSU continued to shoot well in the second half and finished at 51.6 percent, making 13 of 24 from beyond the arc.

Winston finished with 19 points, while Langford scored 14. Forward Nick Ward also contributed 16 points and five rebounds.

Getting ready for Louisville

Michigan State was idle this weekend, giving the team a little bit of time rest and get ready for their next big challenge. The Spartans will be returning to action on Tuesday when they’ll play the Louisville Cardinals as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Fresh off their tournament wins, the Spartans are looking like one of the best teams in the country while the Cardinals are on a two-game losing streak after dropping losses to Marquette and Tennesse. Playing in Louisville is never easy, but this matchup should be a favorable one for Michigan State despite the tough venue.

Taking care of the ball will be important if the Spartans hope to win the game. While MSU is only averaging 14 turnovers a game, the Spartans will need to make sure the 24 turnovers they had against the Longhorns is a one-time event.

Following Tuesday’s game, Michigan State will then travel to Rutgers on Friday for the start of Big Ten play. These next two games are the last of four straight road games for the Spartans.

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BREAKING: Former Michigan State receiver arrested for domestic battery

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According to reports, former Michigan State wide receiver Hunter Rison has been arrested for domestic battery.

From: The Mercury

Kansas State wide receiver Hunter Rison is indefinitely suspended following his arrest Friday afternoon on a domestic battery charge.

The Riley County Police Department police arrested Rison at 1:56 p.m. in the 2200 block of College Avenue. He was charged with one count of domestic battery/knowing or reckless bodily to family/person in dating relationship. Rison is free on $1,000 bond.

First-year K-State head football coach Chris Klieman announced Rison’s suspension Saturday morning.

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Detroit Lions ‘All-Local’ 2019 NFL Mock Draft

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This coming Thursday, the 2019 NFL Draft will officially begin.

Over the past few months, if you are anything like me, you have read literally hundreds upon hundreds of Detroit Lions’ mock drafts.

So, I figured it would be fun to think outside the box (but inside the state) to come up with what an ‘All-local’ Lions draft could look like.

Check it out.

Round 1 – Devin Bush Jr. (LB) Michigan or Rashan Gary (DL) Michigan

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Round 2 – Justin Layne (CB) Michigan State or David Long (CB) Michigan

Round 3 – Sean Bunting (CB) Central Michigan or Chase Winovich (DL) Michigan

Round 4 – Maxx Crosby (Edge) Eastern Michigan

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Round 5 – Khari Willis (S) Michigan State

Round 6 – Xavier Crawford (CB) Central Michigan

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Round 6 – Karan Higdon (RB) Michigan

Round 7 – Zach Gentry (TE) Michigan

Round 7 – LJ Scott (RB) Michigan State

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Now, I know there is a .0000001% chance of this actually happening, but those players should be available when the Lions are on the clock in each round.

If you want to read my ‘Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL mock draft’ please click on the link below. It also includes a local player.

Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

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BREAKING: Nick Ward makes decision between Michigan State and NBA

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Michigan State forward Nick Ward has made his decision between the Spartans and the NBA.

Ward took to Instagram on Saturday to announce he has decided to declare for the NBA Draft and that he has hired an agent.

First off I want to thank God for giving me this opportunity. These last 3 seasons at Michigan State have been incredible for me. I have been able to become not only a better basketball player but also a better man. I want to thank Coach Izzo and the entire coaching staff for believing in me and pushing me to be better everyday. I want to thank all the fans for the love and support and I also want to thank my teammates for helping me each and everyday. After consulting with the coaching Staff and my family I have decided to take the next step to pursue my lifelong dream of playing in the NBA by declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft. I have also hired an agent. Thank Spartan nation for everything. I will forever be a spartan! #GoGreen

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First off I want to thank God for giving me this opportunity. These last 3 seasons at Michigan State have been incredible for me. I have been able to become not only a better basketball player but also a better man. I want to thank Coach Izzo and the entire coaching staff for believing in me and pushing me to be better everyday. I want to thank all the fans for the love and support and I also want to thank my teammates for helping me each and everyday. After consulting with the coaching Staff and my family I have decided to take the next step to pursue my lifelong dream of playing in the NBA by declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft. I have also hired an agent. Thank Spartan nation for everything. I will forever be a spartan! #GoGreen

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With new NCAA rules, Ward could still return to Michigan State, but most seem to think he has played his final game in a Spartans’ uniform.

BREAKING: Cassius Winston makes decision on future at Michigan State

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