Men's Basketball mlive.com —  "I don't think when you've gone 17 straight years to NCAA tournaments, you're rebuilding anything," Izzo said. "Very few times have we not been in it to compete for a Big Ten championship in the final two weeks. And I expect it to be no different with this group." Discuss »
Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Gary Harris is projected to be a lottery pick in the upcoming NBA draft, and if that status remains over the next few weeks, coach Tom Izzo will be the first to tell him to go.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Tom Izzo is leaning toward advising Gary Harris to leave for the NBA draft, and he's leaning the other way on Branden Dawson. Izzo, in his season wrap-up news conference today, said he met with all of MSU's players Monday and that he will inquire for Harris and Dawson on their NBA prospects. If Harris' status is as prominent as he expects, Izzo said he is leaning toward telling him to go — but he also said Harris is "torn" because he loves MSU and his teammates so much. As for Dawson, Izzo said: "I think he's just starting to get there, like (Adreian Payne) last year."
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  What's done is done. Michigan State's season ended Sunday night with a 60-54 loss against UConn in the Elite Eight at Madison Square Garden. But when it comes to the why and how of the Spartans' loss, certain aspects deserve a second look. In particular, Michigan State's inability to generate points -- or even looks -- in the paint versus the Huskies defense is an issue that will receive extra off-season attention with a group of big men that no longer includes Adreian Payne and may not include Branden Dawson.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Dick Vitale said he'll always believe Michigan State had the best team in college basketball this season, but the Spartans just couldn't keep them healthy and on the floor. "Michigan State, we never ever had the chance to see, from Day One to the end, the true Spartan team because of everything they faced all year long,'' ESPN's Vitale told MLive.com in a Tuesday morning phone interview. "As far as the team goes, they were dictated all year by so many injuries.''
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State senior forward Adreian Payne and sophomore shooting guard Gary Harris have been named honorable mention Associated Press All-American.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  If Appling and Payne are joined by Gary Harris and Branden Dawson, you're talking about stars (when healthy) at four positions and 55.5 of MSU's 75.5 points per game this season. The assumption at this point would be Harris (a first-round lock according to analysts) leaving and Dawson (a likely first-rounder according to no one) staying.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Free Press sports writer Joe Rexrode breaks down Michigan State's 2013-14 roster and looks ahead
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  For the first time in his career, Tom Izzo coached a Michigan State team without a captain, and he said he'll do it again if necessary - but he hopes it isn't next season.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  However the roster shakes out — at least three recruits are coming in — Izzo certainly will be looking for a strong leader, something that wasn't part of the formula in 2013-14.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  With the loss of seniors Keith Appling and Adriean Payne and the futures of Gary Harris and Branden Dawson uncertain, the Michigan State basketball roster will undergo a transformation next season.
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Men's Basketball rantsports.com —  It was quite the year for the Michigan State Spartans in 2013-14. Falling short of a Big Ten regular season title because of multiple injuries and variations to the starting lineup was tough on the Spartans. However, they bounced back to win the conference tournament title and made a run to the Elite Eight. Denzel Valentine was a big reason for the success and he is drawing comparisons to a Spartan great.
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Men's Basketball kansascity.com —  Adreian Payne and Keith Appling will be gone. Gary Harris might be, too. Maybe Branden Dawson as well. Still, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said, don't count out his team next season. "We'll be OK, just like we were in 2002 and 2006 when we were pronounced dead because we had no bigs, no anybody," Izzo told The Associated Press on Monday, a day after the Spartans were eliminated in the NCAA tournament's Elite Eight.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  The recruiting process for Bloomfield Hills 6-7 senior forward Yante Maten hit another gear on Monday when Michigan State offered him a scholarship. On March 23, the day after Bloomfield Hills lost to Muskegon in the Class A final, Indiana offered Maten. Georgia was next to follow, last Friday.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Standing out amongst the sullen tones of Sunday's post-loss locker room were the declarative overtures of Michigan State sophomore guard Denzel Valentine. "I can promise you next year that we're going to get back here," Valentine said. "Starting tomorrow, I am going to make sure that I do whatever I can do to make sure we are back here."
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