Men's Basketball cbssports.com —  Tom Izzo is Michigan State basketball. The veteran coach is entering his 20th season as the face of the Spartans' basketball program and is looking to begin a new chapter following the departures of Keith Appling, Gary Harris and Adreian Payne. CBS Sports Network and CBSSports.com's Jon Rothstein sat down with Izzo to discuss Michigan State's ending to last season, Denzel Valentine and the overall depth of the Big Ten.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Michigan State junior guard Bryn Forbes doesn't think the brace on his left hand will be a problem, but Tom Izzo is going to wait and see. It's possible Forbes' minutes could be limited when MSU opens its season Friday at Navy in the Veterans Classic.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  After a seven-month hiatus, we're just three days away from the start of the 2014-15 from Michigan State basketball's season opener. And if you haven't been keeping up, don't worry. Here's everything you need to know about what happened since last offseason and what this year looks like for the Spartans
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Men's Basketball spartansportsnetwork.com —  Preview of the Navy game. Special guest, Navy Head Coach Ed DeChellis
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo's pause and smile said enough when he was asked whether his team is making defensive progress at shooting guard. "No," Izzo said simply after the pause, at his news conference after Friday's 101-46 exhibition win over St. Cloud State. Consider the defense of Alvin Ellis and Bryn Forbes to be priority No. 1 now that No. 18 MSU is in its first game week. The Spartans open Friday night at Navy in the Veterans Classic (9 p.m., CBS Sports Network).
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  In this marathon piece, I get my impressions from last week's exhibition games out of my system and offer thoughts on this coming season of MSU basketball.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State looked impressive in most every fashion in its 101-46 victory over St. Cloud State in Friday's exhibition. But the Spartans didn't look impressive at every position, and coach Tom Izzo made no attempt to hide his concern. "The biggest problem is our two guard, I'm not worried about it offensively as much as defensively,'' Izzo said. "I was just disappointed to be honest with you.''
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  St. Cloud State got the entire Division I experience this past weekend after playing an exhibition game at Michigan State on Friday night. But nothing gave the beleaguered Huskies more of a shock than having legendary Spartans head coach Tom Izzo lay into them early Saturday afternoon before they watched video of their 101-46 loss to Michigan State.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Costello isn't looking for much this season. "I mean, I'm not gonna get 25 points (a game), but 15 points, 10 rebounds," the junior center said Friday after MSU's 101-46 exhibition win over St. Cloud State. "That's pretty good. That's what I'm shooting for. Even if they're drop-offs from our main guys, I'll take it."
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  "He had his best spring and summer," Izzo said of the 6-foot-6, 225-pound Dawson. "What does that mean? He was in here all the time. What does that insinuate, that he wasn't before? One-hundred percent. It's not insinuating. He just, like some guys, didn't understand how much time you've got to spend on your own. He did an unbelievable job. He's in great shape. He is shooting the ball better."
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Forgive Denzel Valentine if he felt a little down about his triple-double Friday night. The Spartans' junior forward recorded 15 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in the Spartans' 101-46 win over St. Cloud State at the Breslin Center Friday night. But since the game was an exhibition, it won't go down in the official record. "I wish it was official, because my name would be in those record books," Valentine said. "But oh well."
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Michigan State has plenty of production to replace from last season. Gary Harris and Adreian Payne are off to the NBA, and point guard Keith Appling is gone, as well. Along with them went more than 44 points a game. So Denzel Valentine approached this past offseason with a focus he hadn't possessed before. The Spartans were going to need more from the junior guard, and he put in the time to give them just that.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  One of Michigan State's new wings will open the season playing through a broken hand while another will be out until near Christmas with a broken foot. Spartans guard Bryn Forbes said after the Michigan State's 101-46 win over St. Cloud State Friday that he was diagnosed with a broken bone in his left, non-shooting hand Thursday.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The Spartans look regular-season ready. Michigan State finished its two-game exhibition season by pummeling St. Cloud State, a Division II squad, 101-46, Friday night at Breslin Center.

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MSU flies past St. Cloud State in exhibition Detroit Free Press
Tom Izzo's 20th season as head coach was a week away, but his 20th exhibition had ended in superlatives late Friday night at Breslin Center – this was by far the most sentimental week of basketball that didn't count in his career. On Friday night, it was St. Cloud State out of St. Cloud, Minn., and a second chance for Izzo to coach against his nephew, St. Cloud State senior guard Kevin Levandoski.

St. Cloud State coach says Michigan State compares favorably to Spartans of two years ago MLive
"We played them two years ago, and we played them pretty competitively, and tonight it wasn't even a game,'' said Reimer, who was an assistant on the St. Cloud State team that lost a 2012 exhibition game to Michigan State by a 62-49 count. "The difference in athleticism is staggering,'' Reimer said, continuing his contrast of the 2012-13 Spartans and this season's team. "We couldn't compete with them in transition, and I think we're more athletic than we were two years ago.''

Valentine powers MSU basketball to 101-46 win over St. Cloud State in final exhibition match State News
Exhibition season ended for the Spartans in dominating fashion on Friday night. Behind a strong performance from junior guard Denzel Valentine, the MSU basketball team cruised to an easy 101-46 victory over St. Cloud State on Friday night, finishing exhibition season with a 2-0 record.

Spartans Cruise In 101-46 Exhibition Victory MSUSpartans.com
With sizeable advantages in every department and a triple-double by junior guard Denzel Valentine, Michigan State concluded the exhibition portion of its schedule with a 101-46 domination of St. Cloud State Friday night in the Breslin Center.



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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Ellis and Forbes finished with similar stat lines: Ellis started and had 12 points in 18 minutes, Forbes had 14 points in 23 minutes. Both showed the ability to score, particularly with Forbes going 4 of 7 from deep. But Izzo made it clear after the game that defense at the position is his top concern going forward.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  "Well we've worked harder on our offense than our defense for probably the first time in my career and probably the last time in my career," Izzo said. "My mother is 88 and she is here tonight and a couple of our two guards have a one-on-one with her after to see if they can guard her. We did not check very well and just didn't guard anybody on the perimeter."
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Valentine has changed his shooting form — it's "quicker, tighter and better," Tom Izzo said — and said his 6-for-9 performance from three-point range in Monday's exhibition is indicative of how he has been shooting the ball throughout fall practice. If that continues for the junior guard, that's a game changer for the No. 18 Spartans, who host St. Cloud State in Friday's exhibition at 8 and open their season in one week at Navy.
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  No. 18 Michigan State wraps up exhibition play against St. Cloud State Friday night. In its first exhibition contest, MSU defeated The Master's College, 97-56, on Monday. This is the final tune up before the Spartans open the regular season on Nov. 14 at Navy.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  From the first time Michigan State junior guard Denzel Valentine let loose a jump shot in Monday's exhibition opener, it was clear he could be a different player on the offensive end this year. The shot didn't go in. But the motion and release were noticeably different than in previous years, a result of an offseason spent improving in the area. "It is quicker and tighter," Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. "It's not as drawn out, that ball is locked in right there."
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Men's Basketball lansingstatejournal.com —  Draymond Green had a career night while helping the Golden State Warriors remain among the NBA's unbeatens in the early stages of the season. The former Michigan State star had a career-high 24 points and added eight rebounds and five assists as the Warriors rolled to a 121-104 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.
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