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Valentine moves to point guard as Izzo juggles lineup

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News

East Lansing – Trying to avoid a third straight loss for the first time since 2013, Michigan State continued to tinker with its starting lineup on Wednesday.

As the Spartans (16-3, 3-3 Big Ten) were preparing to host Nebraska at the Breslin Center, coach Tom Izzo said on the pregame show that senior Denzel Valentine would start at point guard with senior guard Bryn Forbes returning to the starting lineup after coming off the bench at Wisconsin on Sunday.

Junior Eron Harris starts for the second straight game along with freshman forward Deyonta Davis and senior center Matt Costello.

It’s the sixth different starting lineup Michigan State has used in eight games, the last two changes caused by guard Lourawls Nairn being forced to sit out with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Freshman Matt McQuaid started in place of Nairn on Sunday.

The last time Michigan State dropped three games was against Indiana, Ohio State and Michigan late in conference play in 2013. A win at home over Wisconsin on March 7 ended the skid.