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Michigan State hoops is enjoying its first bye week of Big Ten play, going six days without a game before a chance at payback at Maryland on Saturday. Still, it's been a nice week already for the Spartans. Wisconsin lost to Rutgers, giving the rest of the league hope the Badgers won't run away with the title, while Denzel Valentine and Matt Costello both avoided any major illnesses. With all of that, MSU is in about as good of shape as anyone could have hoped following that conference opening loss to the Terps.

Healthy Michigan State could pull ahead in Big Ten race | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

Really like the potential lineup change.

Unsettled Big Ten suits unpredictable Spartans | Lansing State Journal | lansingstatejournal.com

I'd still argue Wisconsin is clearly the best team in the conference, but the loss to Rutgers and Jackson's injury really opened the door.

Outgoing Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes projected No. 16 overall pick by Mel Kiper Jr. | MLive | mlive.com

Unfortunately, Kiper is almost never right.

Michigan State early enrollee Tyriq Thompson hitting the books, weight room | MLive | mlive.com

Playbooks, I hope.*

Recruiting: MSU set to host recruits on official visits | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

Only one player who hasn't committed to the Spartans.

Michigan State finishes No. 5 in final AP poll | Detroit News | detroitnews.com

Drew Sharp strikes again!

*Just kidding, school is important.