Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay are best known for their NFL draft analysis, but the ESPN writers took time this week on the ESPN Insider pay site to debate the merits of a one-loss Michigan State or Ohio State team.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  For a brief moment, Travis Trice allows himself to take a look back at his road to this point. After three seasons of biding his time and battling injuries as a reserve behind Keith Appling, the senior point guard is ready to take on the starting role this season for Michigan State.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Tom Izzo already had an affection for Iowa coach Fran McCaffery — "I have great respect for anyone who will throw chairs and get mad at officials," Izzo joked last week — but it's more than that now. The news is good these days for the McCaffery family, with no signs of cancer in the body of 14-year-old Patrick. On Thursday at Big Ten basketball media day, McCaffery said his son is doing well, months after having a thyroid tumor removed as the NCAA tournament began.
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Men's Basketball statenews.com —  More than 550 tents covered Munn Field filled with campers hoping to get lower bowl seating for this year’s Izzone at the annual Izzone Campout. Students were kept busy all night with an open men's basketball practice, free entrance into hockey's season-opening win over Massachusetts, pep talks from men’s basketball head coach Tom Izzo and players, and food from Subway, Insomnia Cookies and s’mores from Residence Education and Housing Services.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  "They all tell me I've got to get to the Palestra," Izzo said Thursday at Big Ten media day of the legendary arena in Philadelphia. "So I've got (Villanova coach) Jay (Wright), I've got my buddy at St. Joe's (Phil Martelli). One of these years, I'm gonna be dumb enough to do it."
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The lasting image of Branden Dawson from the 2013-14 season is that spectacular ending. In a six-game stretch starting with the opening game of the Big Ten tournament, Dawson averaged 17.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. At the most important time of the year, he provided a the biggest glimpse yet of his huge potential.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Marvin Clark Jr. may take some time to carve out a consistent role on the floor for Michigan State, but he’s fully established in the weight room. “He’s the strongest on the team,” MSU senior forward Branden Dawson said of the 6-foot-6, 230-pound Clark at Big Ten basketball media day Thursday. “As a freshman,” MSU senior guard Travis Trice said.
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Men's Basketball fantasynews.cbssports.com —  Lakers point guard Keith Appling suffered a shoulder injury in Thursday's exhibition game against the jazz. Head coach Byron Scott told the media after the game that Appling will undergo an MRI on his left shoulder on Friday to determine the severity of the injury, NBC Los Angeles reports.
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Men's Basketball statenews.com —  This season, senior guard Travis Trice and junior guard Denzel Valentine will be relied upon to provide a leadership presence the Spartans, at times, lacked last season. The co-captains of the 2014-15 men’s basketball team were an opening topic for head coach Tom Izzo at the 2014 basketball Big Ten Media Day in Chicago. Similar to his comments made at the first official basketball practice two weeks ago, Izzo said leadership wasn’t necessarily a strength of last year’s team — likely a result of last year’s team not having an official captain.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The Izzone has officially made its loud voices heard to players around the Big Ten. A sampling of Big Ten players voted Michigan State's student section the loudest in the Big Ten, according to a player poll released Thursday by Big Ten Network.
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Men's Basketball espn.go.com —  Michigan State had one of the nation's top rosters last season. That, like its Elite Eight run, was not uncommon for a program that's reached the Final Four six times under Tom Izzo. Players and coaches agree, however, that the Spartans, picked to finish second in the conference in a league poll, had leadership problems that impacted the team last year. But they're determined to avoid the same issues in 2014-15.
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Dawson talks about his "What's your Why?" Wristband at Big Ten media day.


Izzo on how the early knee injury impacted forward Branden Dawson


Trice talks about the new Spartans going into 2014-15 at Big Ten media day

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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The Spartans are tasked with replacing Gary Harris, who led the team in minutes at 32.3 per game and scoring at 16.7 points per game before leaving for the NBA following his sophomore season. Several Spartans are competing to fill his spot in the starting lineup.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  "What's Your Why?" asks the rubber wristband around Branden Dawson's right wrist -- a motivational reminder for the Michigan State senior, courtesy of freshman teammate Lourawls Nairn. The answer is simple, Dawson said at Big Ten basketball media day today. He's doing this for his 4-year-old son, My'Shawn, and Dawson's mother, Cassandra.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State was ranked No. 18 in the USA Today men's basketball coaches poll released on Thursday afternoon. The Spartans opened last season No. 2 in the polls before a win over then-top ranked Kentucky led Michigan State to a three-week stint ranked No. 1, the longest streak of its kind in school history.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State is losing three of its best players from last year to the pros in Adreian Payne, Gary Harris and Keith Appling. But as he took the podium to start the season at Thursday's Big Ten basketball media day, coach Tom Izzo was ready to anoint a new "big three" for 2014-15: guards Denzel Valentine and Travis Trice and forward Branden Dawson.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Asked about a "muddled" Big Ten race behind consensus favorite Wisconsin, Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo agreed. "With who you play once and where you play them, 'muddled up' is a good word," said Izzo, whose team was picked second by Big Ten media today. "I've got a couple other words that mean the same thing. Not as many letters, but I think you spoke well about what you're saying."
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Michigan State men's basketball coach Tom Izzo is pinning his team's hopes on a different "big three," and it's not exactly like the trio that carried the Spartans to the Elite Eight last season. With Gary Harris, Adreian Payne and Keith Appling off to the NBA, Michigan State will turn to seniors Branden Dawson and Travis Trice and junior Denzel Valentine.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Three starters may be gone, but the expectations are hardly going down for the 2014-15 Michigan State basketball team. The Spartans were selected to finish No. 2 in the conference in the Big Ten preseason media poll, released Thursday morning ahead of the conference's annual media day.
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