Men's Basketball freep.com —  The pressing Spartans? Not as long as Tom Izzo is head coach. But Izzo has used full-court pressure before — extensively with a deep, athletic 2004-05 team that reached the Final Four — and has mentioned the idea of bringing it back since then. The 2015-16 Spartans might be just the team.
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Men's Basketball spreaker.com —  Joe Rexrode talks MSU 2015, the Final Four and the future of MSU basketball with assistant coach for the Spartans, Dwayne Stephens.



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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Mateen Cleaves also once lost in a national semifinal, on his first trip to the Final Four in 1999. He knows what its like to be in that losing locker room. What he told those despondent players after their loss to Duke is about what comes next. "He said 'Satisfaction will come when you're 35 and you're bringing your kids back to the Bres,'" forward Matt Costello said.
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Men's Basketball michiganstate.247sports.com —  Denzel Valentine made a promise to Tom Izzo to return to the Final Four next season. Tum Tum Nairn made the same one to his teammates. They also were the ones Izzo said “absolutely lost it” in the locker room following Michigan State’s 81-61 loss to Duke in the Final Four. And just like that, Izzo probably has his captains set for next season in the moments after this one came to an end. “I think it’s going to be Denzel’s team, but I think Tum Tum’s going to be his Robin,” Izzo said.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Coach Mark Dantonio reached out to Michigan State students last week to the extent of opening up one of the Spartans' spring practices for a football clinic. Now, Dantonio is hoping students and fans alike will show their appreciation for the best back-to-back Michigan State football finishes in some 50 years when the annual Green-White game rolls around at 2 p.m. on April 25 at Spartan Stadium.
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Men's Basketball nwitimes.com —  With his college career behind him, Dawson will finish out his final weeks at Michigan State and spend time with his family while beginning preparations for the June 25 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-6 forward should get plenty of looks from scouts and is currently projected to be picked at the end of the second round by NBADraft.net. “It’s all about preparing right now,” Dawson said. “I’m going to take a couple days and then get ready to workout. I’m excited for the challenge of moving to the next level.” Discuss »
Men's Basketball statenews.com —  As a senior, it will be junior guard Denzel Valentine’s team next year, head coach Tom Izzo said, but freshman guard Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn Jr. will most likely be second-in-command. They’re both on a mission to win the title next season and the recent loss to Duke only fuels Nairn’s fire.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Tom Izzo and his players are a feel-good story for college basketball. They don't have the future NBA lottery picks on their roster. It's not dominated by 5-star freshman, either. The only McDonald's All-American on the team was Branden Dawson, and unlike most athletes to participate in that game, he used every bit of his NCAA eligibility.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  "I've got to do a better job of coaching," Izzo said after Duke had 37 free throws to MSU's 16. "It's the way it's going to be called. I've got to do a better job of recruiting because I'm just going to get guys that can drive." There was some sarcasm in that remark, but Izzo reiterated later that he has to be able to take advantage of the rules and said: "We've got some guys coming in."
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  “The problem when you get this deep, or you schedule the way we do, you play good people — and some of them are better than you,” Izzo said, shrugging as he stood in a hallway inside Lucas Oil Stadium. “We’re on that never-ending chase … we have one more level to go. And I’m not leaving until I get to that one more level.”
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Michigan State watched Duke shoot 37 free throws on Saturday night in the Final Four. But Spartans coach Tom Izzo was hardly blaming the 81-61 loss on that statistic. Instead, he’s using it as a model moving forward. “I’m gonna be a different offensive team next year, I can promise everybody that,” Izzo said. “We’re gonna drive it a little more, then a little more after that, and then a lot more after that.”
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Trice scored 16 points in his final game — taking a shot to the groin in the process, requiring a quick trip to the locker room — and that followed up tournament games of 15, 23, 24 and 17 points by the 6-foot senior.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Denzel Valentine will be unquestioned leader of next year's team.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Green, 25, will be a restricted free agent this summer. When July 1 hits, he will be allowed to negotiate a lucrative contract with the Warriors — or pursue an offer sheet with another team that the Warriors would have 72 hours to match. He will be hitting the market after proving he is one of the most versatile players in the league, able to guard multiple positions. He is arguably the third- or fourth-most important player on one of the league's juggernauts.
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Men's Basketball lansingstatejournal.com —  In the emotional minutes after Michigan State and its national championship dreams were pummeled by Duke Saturday night, Morris Peterson and Mateen Cleaves were wise voices in the locker room — proud and empathetic, encouraging and blunt.MSU's returning captain Denzel Valentine was already speaking with purpose about next season as he grieved the end of this one. His younger teammates were following his lead. If anyone has the clout to channel such ambitions, it's Peterson and Cleaves, who've been exactly where Valentine is and have felt perhaps exactly as he does.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Less than an hour after the season ended, Marvin Clark Jr. was already thinking about next year. "It makes me think we got a chance, man — me, Tum (Lourawls Nairn Jr.) and J.B. (Javon Bess)," Clark said Saturday night after Michigan State lost in the national semifinal against Duke, 81-61. "We have a chance to get one in the next three years. Now, we know the blueprint. We know what it takes. This feeling will be good to have in the back of our heads. To work hard this summer and get better and hopefully get back here."
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  MSU says good-bye to Travis Trice and Branden Dawson but will welcome Mr. Basketball Deyonta Davis, among others.
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Men's Basketball onlyfans.cstv.com —  As Michigan State guard Denzel Valentine walked off the court for the last time this season with 1:12 remaining in Saturday night's national semifinal against Duke, he stopped to share a word with Coach Tom Izzo. "I just looked at him and I said, `I'm going to get you here next year, coach," Valentine said. What Valentine meant by "here" would be the Final Four, which is where the 2015 season ended with an 81-61 loss to Duke in a national semifinal Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  In a Friday speech to his team, Michigan State freshman guard Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn pointed out something that hadn't occurred to forward Matt Costello. No matter what happened in Michigan State's Final Four weekend, it would mark the last time they would play with seniors Travis Trice and Branden Dawson.
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