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Ward keys No. 9 MSU's rout of Green Bay

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State gave up a basket, and Nick Ward immediately took off. The 6-foot-9, 245-pound forward beat everyone down the court and took a long pass for a layup.

Ward scored 22 of his 28 points in a nearly perfect first half to help the ninth-ranked Spartans rout Green Bay 104-83 on Sunday night. Ward made all nine of his field goal attempts in the first half, although he did miss a free throw. He was particularly impressive in transition and appeared to relish an up-tempo game.

"I've been doing that since forever, since I was little," Ward said. "That's just off of pure effort. Running takes no skill."

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AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas9-0
2 Duke9-1
3 Tennessee8-1
4 Gonzaga9-2
5 Michigan11-0
6 Virginia9-0
7 Nevada11-0
8 Auburn9-1
9 Michigan State8-2
10 Florida State8-1
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas9-0
2 Oklahoma9-1
3 Tennessee8-1
4 Nevada11-0
5 Buffalo10-0
6 Gonzaga9-2
7 Michigan11-0
8 Wisconsin9-2
9 Michigan State8-2
10 Duke9-1
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