Men's Basketball statenews.com —  It’s not common for a freshman to take up a leadership role, but Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn Jr. isn’t your average freshman. Men’s basketball head coach Tom Izzo said during Tuesday’s media day that former MSU basketball player Draymond Green told him if there was ever a freshman who should be a team captain, it’s Nairn, who was ranked as the 73rd best player in the nation by ESPN.com.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  "I said it before, I'm going to say it again, pretty soon I'm going to vote to play everybody twice," Izzo said. "This year I'm not sure what everybody else got, but of those top-six teams that everybody has ranked in the Top 25, we play three of those teams once on the road only. I think we're the only school that plays three of those top-six teams, all three of them on the road."
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said Tuesday senior guard Travis Trice "deserves to have a great year." At first, Trice was perplexed by the comment, but it didn't take him long to understand where it was coming from. "Probably because of everything I've been through," Trice said.
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  The Big Ten spotlight is aimed far off to the west and the buzz of a year ago has been reduced to a hum. However, it's the same confident and comforting hum that has served as the soundtrack of 20-year head coach Tom Izzo's Michigan State basketball program for the better part of two decades.
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  The Michigan State men's basketball team held its annual media day on Tuesday, Oct. 28. The day included an hour-long Tom Izzo press conference, interviews with student-athletes, specialty photos and live radio broadcasts from three different outlets.
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Men's Basketball bleacherreport.com —  Tom Izzo embraced his true rock 'n' roll personality and went full Kiss. Bleacher Report was there to see all of the preparation, including his makeup and his costume.
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Men's Basketball sportingnews.com —  Tom Izzo hosted Michigan State's annual Media Day conference on Tuesday and, naturally, given the spotlight on the academic scandal investigation at UNC, was asked his thoughts on the subject. He started out by expressing his concern about the overall state of college athletics.


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Men's Basketball sportingnews.com —  If you want to know what part of the game of basketball Michigan State star Branden Dawson struggles to master, you are searching in the wrong place if you begin by examining his jumpshot or his ballhandling or even his obviously-deficient free throw shooting. “None of us are very good self-evaluators. That’s a hard thing to do,” Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. “It’s hard to look in the mirror and say what you suck at. He really struggles with that.”
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Coming off a year in which they started the season with legitimate national title aspirations and top-three rankings, the Spartans are pegged this year as a middle-of-the-pack team. The Associated Press poll this year has yet to be released, but several other media top 25 predictions have the Spartans around where UConn was beginning last season. ESPN this week rated the Spartans 18, and CBS Sports put them at 22. Seeing those rankings, he said can build up a work ethic quickly.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Tom Izzo took the podium today for media day to preview his 20th season as Michigan State's basketball coach, forced to start right off with a familiar conversation from last season: injuries.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  When the NBA finalized its 2014-15 opening night rosters at 5 p.m. Monday, the list of 450 names included six former Michigan State players. That's up from four players last season with the addition of 2014 first-round draft picks Adreian Payne and Gary Harris.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Freshman guard Javon Bess will miss at least a month of action after injuring his right foot, the school announced Monday. Bess will undergo surgery Tuesday afternoon to repair his fifth metatarsal.
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Men's Basketball spartanpodcast.com —  “We’re young with 6 or 7 new guys, which is unusual for us, but I love our passion and the emerging leadership of Valentine, Trice and Dawson,” Spartans basketball coach Tom Izzo tells Steve Courtney on the October 25 WJR MSU Auto Owner’s Insurance Tailgate Show. “Last year we had good chemistry, but no leaders. This year we have two great leaders in Valentine and Trice and Dawson is starting to move his game up."


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Men's Basketball statenews.com —  MSU's rankings in both the coaches and AP poll remain the same after their 35-11 win Saturday against Michigan on Saturday. MSU is No. 8 in the AP poll and No. 5 in the coaches poll. After losing to LSU, Ole Miss dropped to No. 7 but MSU was not able to jump them in the A.P. Poll. The top five of that poll changed a little bit, with Mississippi State staying at the top spot followed by Florida State, Alabama, Auburn and Oregon rounding out the top five.
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