Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State could be poised to start next season from a much higher ranking compared to 2014, when it rose from a No. 18 preseason slot to go to the Final Four. The various early 2015-16 preseason top 25 lists released Tuesday have Michigan State as high as No. 9 and as low No. 24.
Discuss »
Men's Basketball spartannation.com —  The Spartans next season suffer tough losses with Travis Trice and Branden Dawson moving on, but arguably they lost significantly more last year with an underachieving team and made it there this year. So let’s look ahead to next year with a projected starting lineup.
Discuss »
Men's Basketball mlive.com —  For the second straight season, since referees started enforcing new freedom of movement rules that favor the offense, Michigan State's opponents shot more than 820 free throws. In the 10 seasons before 2013-14, opponents had averaged 680 free throw attempts per year. Michigan State, meanwhile, has taken more than 100 fewer free throw attempts compared to its opponent in each year of the new rules.
Discuss »
Men's Basketball statenews.com —  Residing in the Greater Los Angeles area, Ager wanted a way to have basketball continue to be a major part of his life, as well as giving back to a new generation of future stars, which resulted in the creation of the Moe Ager Hoop School, founded over a year ago. “I wanted to figure out a way to give back to the youth with some of the skills and talent that I’ve been able to accomplish in my life,” Ager said. “So I created this enrichment program geared toward three and up to increase their basketball skills and life skills.”
Discuss »
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.
Discuss »
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.



Discuss »
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.
Discuss »
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.
Discuss »
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.
Discuss »
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.
Discuss »
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.
Discuss »
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."
Discuss »
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.”
Discuss »
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.”
Discuss »
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.
Discuss »
Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Denzel Valentine will be unquestioned leader of next year's team.
Discuss »
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.
Discuss »
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.
Discuss »
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."
Discuss »