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The Spartans are starting to get another visit from the injury bug, and it's not a good time.

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The State News :: Harris probable, Trice unlikely to play in Minnesota rematch because of injury
The injury bug has hit the Spartans AGAIN, but fortunately at least Harris seems a go for the Minnesota game.

B1G postseason position rankings: RB - Big Ten Blog - ESPN
MSU has a posteason running back ranking of three- which I disagree with. If you're talking about running game as a whole, I can see Nebraska and Wisconsin being ahead of MSU. But running backs? The Spartans seem like they should at least claim the #2 spot.

B1G postseason position rankings: QBs - Big Ten Blog - ESPN
Hey, at least Andrew Maxwell's not last place!

The State News :: Dawson looks to step up

"When Branden Dawson thinks about his performance in MSU’s past game, Thursday against Illinois, one word sticks in his mind — “embarrassing.”"

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo believes Denzel Valentine has the experience to handle expanded role | MLive.com
"Valentine's work ethic, as much of anything, has given Izzo confidence in his 12th-ranked Spartans (18-4, 7-2) heading into Wednesday's 7 p.m. game against 18th-ranked Minnesota (17-5, 5-4) at Breslin Center."

Tom Izzo considers this Michigan State team one of his worst at rebounding | MLive.com
"The Spartans hope to do better against Minnesota, the only team to outrebound them this season."

Coach Tom Izzo calls Branden Dawson MSU's best player | Michigan State Spartans | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
Most talented player? Proably. Best player? I would disagree, as of now.

Spartans' Keith Appling shares Big Ten award | Michigan State Spartans | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
"Appling scored or assisted on 11 of MSU's 14 second-half baskets, collecting 19 points and six assists after halftime. This is his third career honor and first of the season."

Spartan Nation | Your WeeklySpartans in the NBA Report
"Zach Randolph had an excellent week for the Grizzlies, especially in the rebounding department."