Men's Basketball db.lsj.com —  Known as Jumpin’ Johnny Green, no MSU player pre-Magic-Kelser is more celebrated. Green was extraordinary statistically and won at an unprecedented level. The 6-foot-5 power forward, a Marine veteran who didn’t begin on MSU’s varsity until he was 23, is famous for two things: rebounding and the 1957 Final Four, MSU’s first Final Four.
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Men's Basketball db.lsj.com —  If Mike Robinson had arrived at MSU two years later, when the NCAA began allowing freshmen to play, he’d be a household name. He should be anyway among MSU fans. He is the greatest career scorer in Spartan basketball history, averaging 24.2 points over his three seasons — three full points better than the next in line, Shawn Respert, the school’s all-time leading scorer and, more fairly, almost a point higher than Respert’s average for his final three seasons.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  They won’t be wearing green and white jerseys in front of a crowd at the Breslin Center for another couple of months. But donning orange and blue jerseys at Aim High Sports in Dimondale, three incoming Michigan State basketball freshmen made their public debuts in Michigan Tuesday on the opening night of the 2014 Moneyball Pro-Am. The verdict: promising moments, but plenty of adjustment still to come.
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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  Expectations going into the 2014-15 season aren’t going to be nearly as high as they were last year because MSU lacks the star power that Gary Harris and Adreian Payne provided. That being said, there is still plenty of talent on the roster and Tom Izzo is the best in the business at getting the most out of his players. Here are the biggest reasons that MSU has a chance to make the Final Four this season.
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Men's Basketball db.lsj.com —  The Skinny: If Vincent had been healthy, MSU’s lopsided 1979 NCAA tournament run could have been a series all-out drubbings, Larry Bird’s Indiana State club included. Vincent, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound sophomore and MSU’s starting center, suffered a stress fracture in his right foot in the NCAA tournament opener against Lamar. He’d already scored 11 points in 13 minutes.
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Men's Basketball espn.go.com —  Tom Izzo has amassed 468 wins, 17 consecutive NCAA tournament bids, six Final Fours and one national championship in his time in East Lansing, Michigan, a career that numerically more than speaks for itself. But what makes Izzo tick? How did he achieve that success? There are the obvious answers -- a smart basketball mind, savvy recruiting and maybe a little luck -- but to get the real answers, you have to dig a little deeper. So we asked some people who know Izzo well just that.
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Men's Basketball espn.go.com —  Expecting Final Fours is silly, because getting to the Final Four is insanely hard. Here's the most impressive thing you can say about Izzo, then: In his 19 seasons in East Lansing, Izzo has made the whole thing look so rote that it's more surprising when his teams don't get to the Final Four than when they do. That is just one of many impressive things about Izzo, obviously.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Watching the NBA draft last week in Dallas, Keith Appling admitted he was disappointed not to see his name among the 60 called. But when the NBA summer league opportunities started rolling in soon after, the former Michigan State point guard changed his tune. “I feel like this is a second opportunity to accomplish my goals,” Appling said this week on The Drive with Jack on Lansing’s The Game 730 AM.
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Men's Basketball db.lsj.com —  Before he became “Sweet Mo Pete,” Peterson was an immature and unheralded wing who was left home on trip to Maui. Four years later, he was every bit his nickname, the Big Ten’s player of the year, an All-American, a first-round NBA draft pick, and national champion.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  It appears that ESPN will rank Michigan State’s Tom Izzo among the top three coaches in college basketball. The countdown, revealed daily on ESPN.com, had Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski ranked at No. 4 on Tuesday, leaving Izzo as a notable omission on the top 50 list.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The venue is new, the schedule is new, and the level of competition is just as high. The Moneyball Pro-Am opens its 11th season Tuesday in Lansing with its usual cast of Division 1 players past and present.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Steve Smith spent Monday reuniting with fellow Spartans at his annual charity golf outing near Grand Rapids. And when he returns home to Atlanta, he’s excited one of the newest Spartan basketball alumni will be there with him.
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Men's Basketball spreaker.com —  Jack and Joe Rexrode talk with former MSU point guard and NBA Summer League participant with the Portland Trailblazers, Keith Appling.


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Men's Basketball db.lsj.com —  Green’s senior season is one of the great years in MSU basketball history, in terms of production, leadership and winning beyond expectations. He averaged 16.2 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 2011-12, carrying an otherwise fairly immature group to 29 wins, a Big Ten championship, a Big Ten tournament title and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Green was a consensus All-American after that season, one of three in MSU basketball history. Mateen Cleaves and Magic Johnson are the others.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State forward Alex Gauna is taking the summer to decide whether or not he will play his senior season or retire from basketball. But according to coach Tom Izzo, his retirement is nearly a sure thing. “In my mind it’s 98 percent,” Izzo said Monday at the Steve Smith Charity Challenge near Grand Rapids. “But it’s just something he hasn’t finalized."
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Drew Neitzel


Steve Smith


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Mike Garland


Suzy Merchant talks MSU Womens Basketball


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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Two recruiting services updated their Class of 2015 rankings in the last week, and several Michigan State commits and targets saw their stock rise. The newest addition to the lists is Caleb Swanigan, the forward from Fort Wayne, Ind. who recently reclassified from the Class of 2016 to 2015.
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Men's Basketball db.lsj.com —  Furlow might be the greatest scorer in MSU history, a matter record as much as folk lore. He averaged 29.4 points as a senior — which remains a school record. In one week that season, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard scored a still-program-record 50 points against Iowa, 48 at Northwestern and then 42 against Ohio State. Those are the two highest scoring totals in a single game ever at MSU, followed by the fourth-highest total — all a decade before the 3-point shot.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  “There were reasons we did what we did, there were educated reasons,” Izzo said. “It wasn’t like we were just pie in the sky, let’s go after this guy. We did, it didn’t work out, so we’ve kind of re-looked at things, like I’ve done a couple of times in my career, not to try to get a smaller guy, just know who you’re recruiting against, what you’re doing. I kind of like the direction we’re right now.”
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Men's Basketball db.lsj.com —  Had Simpson simply stuck around another season, he’d be somewhere in the top 10, maybe the top five. But his one season at MSU in 1969-70 was so spectacular it surpasses a lot of distinguished careers.
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