Michigan State entered this season with plenty of lofty goals, but it hit an unexpected milestone Saturday.
With its 78-62 win at Illinois, the Spartans set the record for the best start to a season in school history in improving their record to 17-1.
Gary Harris led the way for Michigan State with 23 points.
Denzel Valentine recorded his second double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Keith Appling also hit double-digits with 15 points and Matt Costello tied a career-high with eight points. Costello also had a career-high six blocks.
The Spartans closed the first half on a 21-9 run and closed the game on a 19-9 run.
They improved to 4-0 on the road in conference play.