Men's Basketball btpowerhouse.com —  The Spartans are coming off of a trip to the final four and have four new players joining a veteran team. Which new addition will contribute the most next season?
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State has better shooters, a deeper bench and more athleticism than last season's Final Four basketball team, but coach Tom Izzo is not content with the Spartans' interior play. Izzo made those things clear in his interview with an Italian reporter for the "Firenzebasketblog" following Tuesday night's 98-54 win in Florence, Italy, over club team Basket-Florentina.



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Men's Basketball spartanavenue.com —  Brick. That’s the sound Tum Tum Nairn’s shot had been making all season for Michigan State during his freshman year. It had to be disheartening to shoot just 32 percent from the field, especially when most of those shots came from 10 feet and close. The pint-sized Bahamian point guard turned out to be one of the more promising players for MSU after last season and he also became a vocal leader at an extremely young age in Tom Izzo’s program.
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Men's Basketball michiganstate.247sports.com —  Preaching defense, rebounding and toughness has always been a Tom Izzo staple. And as part of CBSSports.com's annual "Candid Coaches" series, the Michigan State coach was recognized for his defensive coaching abilities. Izzo checked in at No. 3 in a polling of college basketball coaches asked "Who is the best defensive coach in all of college basketball?"
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  MSU opened its four-game trip in Italy with a 98-54 victory over Basket Fiorentina, the new professional team in Florence. The Spartans shot .576 from the field in the victory. Bryn Forbes led MSU with 18 points and Denzel Valentine added 16. "All in all, I thought we shot it really well," said head coach Tom Izzo. "(Denzel) Valentine and (Bryn) Forbes were great. I thought (Gavin) Schilling played better the second half. We got something out of a lot of different guys. There were a lot of positives, but we have to keep in mind that was a club team, and now we will play three national teams. It’s going to be a lot, lot, lot, lot, lot different."
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  After getting a commitment from Tum Tum Nairn, the MSU coaching staff turned their sights to his Sunrise Christian teammate, Marvin Clark, a powerful 6’ 6" combo forward that could (reportedly) shoot. Power and shooting don’t usually go together when talking about freshman but Marvin Clark reclassified from the 2013 class to the 2014 class so he’s a year older than most of his classmates.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The Spartans brought along MSU economics professor Charley Ballard, as the excursion trip consists of class time along with sightseeing and basketball.
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Men's Basketball spartanavenue.com —  One of the top players in the country, in fact rated the No. 1 recruit for 2016 by 247Sports, Josh Jackson has a semi-narrowed list and Michigan State happens to be one of the schools mentioned.
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Men's Basketball michiganstate.247sports.com —  One of the most challenging things Matt McQuaid has faced since arriving at Michigan State is one he never expected. The MSU freshman guard has found himself guarding speedy point guard Tum Tum Nairn in early practices, a result of coach Tom Izzo having him get in a little work at the one. “I wasn’t really expecting it, but I will do what he tells me to do,” McQuaid said.
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Men's Basketball thecoverfour.com —  Here’s a look at this year’s non-conference schedule, with last year’s KenPom rankings added in, to get a reasonable idea of how good these teams might be:
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Men's Basketball onlyfans.cstv.com —  Highlighted by a pair of home games against perennial powers, participation in two high-caliber neutral-site events, and a pair of late-December games away from home against 2015 postseason participants, Michigan State men’s basketball will face a challenging non-conference schedule in 2015-16.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage said he liked what he saw at Michigan State, but more importantly, it was what he felt when visiting with the Spartans. "I want to make one quick point about Michigan State football," Savage said on Lansing's 92.1 FM, The Team. "Despite the success that they've had over the last number of years, there's still a motivation there, and I think that's really important.
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Men's Basketball collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com —  Speaking to reporters yesterday, Izzo said that he has spent a good amount of time during his team’s pre-Italy trip practices implementing a 2-2-1 zone press, which is something that is unheard of for Izzo’s teams. Izzo is a half-court, man-to-man coach, so listening to him talk about zone presses is akin to The Walking Dead becoming reality television. But don’t be surprised if this — zone presses — become a common theme this season.
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Men's Basketball todaysu.com —  Spartans coach Tom Izzo has spent some time with each new guy, discussing the ins and the outs of the game plans and such; however, based on what was witnessed Wednesday, it’d appear that former player/graduate assistant Austin Thornton has evolved into some sort of freshman specialist.
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Men's Basketball spreaker.com —  Jack and Rico Beard talk with MSU head hoops coach, Tom Izzo, on the eve of his team's trip to Italy.
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Men's Basketball btpowerhouse.com —  Following a Final Four run in the 2014-2015 season, we take a look at the 3 key players that will try to get the Spartains to Houston this season.
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