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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Men's Basketball freep.com —  The Spartans were picked third in a poll of 27 writers who cover the conference's 14 teams. The balloting was conducted by Bob Baptist of the Columbus Dispatch, and Detroit Free Press U-M beat writer Mark Snyder and MSU beat writer Joe Rexrode participated.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Former Michigan State player Travis Walton may be moving on to the professional ranks after taking a job with the Idaho Stampede in the NBDL. But his influence is still helping the Spartans in his hometown.
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Men's Basketball m.bleacherreport.com —  Displayed proudly in a “little bottle” are three “teeth-like” pieces of cartilage that nearly ended Paul Davis’ professional basketball career. And every so often, the former Michigan State superstar center stares at what’s left of them. He says they serve as a reminder of where he’s been, who he is and where he’s going.
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Men's Basketball deadlinedetroit.com —  Kalamazoo native and Yankee legend Derek Jeter and Michigan State University head basketball coach Tom Izzo are among 31 nominees for the 2015 Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Induction Class.
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  Michigan State's annual Midnight Madness event to tip-off the 2014-15 basketball season will be held on Friday, Oct. 24. Doors to the Breslin Center will open at 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.
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Men's Basketball lansingstatejournal.com —  Basketball season has started with preseason games beginning in the NBA over the last week and some overseas leagues already in action. Here's quick updates on how some former Michigan State men's and women's basketball players have fared:
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Men's Basketball michiganstate.247sports.com —  Here’s a new one - MSU coach Tom Izzo thinks two of his freshmen, Javon Bess and Lourawls ‘Tum Tum’ Nairn, are spending too much time in the gym. “(Bess) and Tum Tum are here too much,” Izzo said. “I mean, we brought them in two weeks ago and told them to chill because they were (in the gym) too much.”
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo underwent surgery Wednesday morning for a hernia and is expected to be back in the basketball office later this week, according to a statement from MSU.
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Men's Basketball sbnation.com —  Dawson is a senior now, and his career up to this point has been marked by ups-and-downs. He been injured often, tearing his ACL in 2012 and missing time with a broken hand last year. When he's on the court, he gives Izzo a versatile combo forward who is a monster on the offensive glass (posting the No. 68 offensive rebounding rate in the country last year, per KenPom) and a tireless worker when he has the ball in close. Dawson led a team that included two first round picks in offensive rating last season (per KenPom) and could be set for a huge final year in East Lansing if he can finally squash the injury bug.
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Men's Basketball si.com —  In a career of injury upon injury, Travis Trice felt this was a bit ridiculous: An excruciating blister on his foot last December was not healing and proved too much to bear, so the Michigan State guard told trainer Quinton Sawyer to cut it. Trice figured he’d deal with any discomfort. Sawyer removed the blister. Neither he nor his patient found relief. They found the first blister was on top of another one.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Just before starting official practices for the 2014-15 season, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo made a quick trip to Minnesota to extend the Spartans' latest scholarship offer. Amir Coffey, a four-star shooting guard from Hopkins, Minnesota, received an offer from the Spartans last week, according to multiple reports.
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