Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Adreian Payne put on a show in Dallas, winning the first two rounds of the slam dunk competition en route to a third-place finish with Lacey Holsworth in attendance.


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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  As of Thursday morning, the Michigan State basketball program knows it will lose two players from its current roster due to graduation -- Keith Appling and Adreian Payne. There is the potential for the Spartans to lose two more to the NBA -- sophomore Gary Harris and junior Branden Dawson -- and next year's roster hangs in limbo until those decisions are made.
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Men's Basketball cdn.stationcaster.com —  Tom joins Huge to recap the MSU hoops season.



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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State's 2013-14 season was anything but easy. In fact, the abundance of injuries and the struggles that came with them in a year with national championship aspirations caused coach Tom Izzo to admit following the loss to UConn that this season had been tougher than any other.
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  Michigan State senior forward Adreian Payne will participate in the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships at 9 p.m. ET Thursday, April 3 at Moody Coliseum on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. The 26th-annual event, which will air live on ESPN, features 24 of college basketball's top dunkers and long-range shooters.
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Men's Basketball statenews.com —  It took four years for Keith Appling to realize he doesn’t get a second chance. Now that the MSU men’s basketball season — and his career — is over, it’s too late.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  "I got one of the most unbelievable texts I've ever gotten from a kid from that kid yesterday," Tom Izzo said. "It was tear jerking. It was just talking about, even though he didn't verbalize it much, how much it meant to him to get to a Final Four, to not be the class that didn't get it -- things that Keith Appling doesn't usually talk to me about."
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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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