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#13 Michigan State 49, Wisconsin 47

Keith Appling scored 19 points and Branden Dawson added 18 while grabbing 13 rebounds to lead Michigan State to a 49-47 victory over Wisconsin in a defensive struggle Tuesday night.

“They don’t turn it over. I don’t care who they’re playing,” said Izzo, whose team finished with 10 turnovers, one more than Wisconsin. “So we said we have to play like them in that respect. We wanted to run, but we wanted to be solid with the ball, and I think we did a good of that.” (Michigan State Official Athletic Site)

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Le’Veon Bell to enter NFL Draft

One of the biggest roadblocks for Michigan State in 2012 was the fact it had to replace so many playmakers on offense that left after the 2011 season. In 2013, the Spartans offense will look to be replacing the only playmaker it had in 2012.

According to his mentor, Donis Toler, running back Le’Veon Bell informed coach Mark Dantonio on Wednesday that he was leaving school to enter the NFL Draft and has hired an agent.

“He’s all in,” Toler told MLive.com. “I talked to Coach D last night, and it’s tough. Obviously, there are pros and cons, but a young man had to make a choice that’s best for him and his family, so that’s the most important thing. (CBSSports.com)

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Report: Dion Sims to enter NFL Draft

By most accounts, Sims was projected somewhere between a second- and fourth-round pick. However, that was mostly based on potential. There isn’t a ton of film to show the NFL due to injuries, but the tools are all there… (The Only Colors)

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Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: Michigan State 17, Texas Christian 16

Dan Conroy kicked a 47-yard field goal with 1:01 left, Le’Veon Bell ran for 145 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown, and Michigan State rallied to beat Texas Christian 17-16 in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on Saturday night.

Michigan State (7-6) labored through the first half before going on the longest touchdown drive in the school’s bowl history, a 90-yard march capped by freshman Connor Cook’s 15-yard TD pass to Aaron Burbridge in the third quarter. The Spartans recovered a muffed punt by TCU’s Skye Dawson at the 4-yard line midway through the fourth quarter and Bell scored two plays later by racing around left end for a 14-13 lead… (Michigan State Official Athletic Site)

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#19 Michigan State 73, Loyola Chicago 61

Gary Harris shed the protective sleeve on his sprained left shoulder, then led Michigan State to a big comeback win.

Harris scored 14 of his career-high 20 points in the second half as the 19th-ranked Spartans beat Loyola of Chicago 73-61 on Saturday. Harris shot 7 for 11 from the field, including 5 for 7 on 3-pointers. (Michigan State Official Athletic Site)