Men's Basketball statenews.com —  Men's basketball coach Tom Izzo was optimistic at practice last Friday, citing strong leadership and chemistry as reasons why he believes this season will turn out better than expected.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Michigan State coach understands why the Spartans are ranked all over the preseason-magazine map
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  The Michigan State men's basketball team held its first official practice of the 2014-15 season on Friday, Oct. 3, six weeks prior to the season opener on Nov. 14 at Navy. Prior to Friday's practice, Coach Izzo met with members of local media to offer a few thoughts on the start of practice.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  The Michigan State women's swimming and diving team dropped a 182-118 decision to Notre Dame on Friday night. The Spartans finished the night coming away victorious in four events.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  There's all kinds of time to figure out what Tom Izzo's 20th team will look like and how good it can be – the Spartans had their first practice of the 2014-15 season today, six weeks before their opener Nov. 14 at Navy.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The 15 members of the Michigan State basketball team took to the practice courts Friday afternoon on the first time this fall. And when the whistle blew at 3 p.m. to start practice, none were standing on the sideline. After a season devastated by injuries to key players throughout the year, the Spartans had a rare offseason void of significant ailments in 2014. Coach Tom Izzo thinks that puts his team ahead of where it is most seasons.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Asked to name a player who has improved significantly over the summer, Spartans coach Tom Izzo named Travis Trice, who is likely to be the team's starting point guard in 2014-15. "I'd say right now it's been Trice," Izzo said Thursday after a speech to the Adcraft Club of Detroit. "(Branden) Dawson has really improved but Trice, he's been hurt, he was sick that year, he lost all that weight. He's had some rough summers and he's had a great summer."
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  A different Tom Izzo entertained a crowd of radio advertising reps Thursday at the San Marino Club. It wasn't the fiery Michigan State basketball coach. It was a Detroit booster, advocate for the state of Michigan and demon of social media.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  “Right now, knock on wood, I like my team,” Izzo said this morning in Troy. “They have had an incredible summer. I’ve got two very good leaders (Travis Trice and Denzel Valentine), something I didn’t think I had last year, even though we had a very good team and great chemistry. Now we have great chemistry with good leaders; probably not as talented as last year’s team, or at least with veterans.”
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  "I've got two very good leaders, something I didn't think I had last year even though we had a very good team with great chemistry," Izzo said Thursday after a speech to the Adcraft Club of Detroit. "Now we have great chemistry with good leaders. Probably not as talented as last year's team, or at least with veterans."
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Men's Basketball atlantahawks.blog.ajc.com —  Al Horford got a smile on his face when asked about rookie Adreian Payne at Monday’s media day. A big smile. “Explosive, man,” Horford said. “Honestly. I never saw him play much in college and I didn’t realize that he was that explosive. He is a special athlete, I’m telling you, just blocking shots and some of the dunks he does. And he can shoot. He can really shoot the 3-ball. I was really impressed with him. … He is a very, very nice addition to our team.”
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The preseason college basketball publications still aren't coming to any sort of consensus as to where the 2014-15 Michigan State basketball team will finish in the Big Ten standings. The latest prediction, released Wednesday by ESPN.com, pegs the Spartans in fifth in the Big Ten, behind Wisconsin, Ohio State, Michigan and Iowa, in that order.
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Men's Basketball impact89fm.org —  This week, on Impact Izzone, hosts Andrew Hayes and Blake Froling talk the latest news on the recruitment trail. Later, they will each give their take on the status of MSU’s big men following the loss of Adreian Payne.

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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  With its 2015 recruiting class nearly complete, Michigan State could be on its way to returning to the ranks of the top 10 in team rankings. The Spartans' class, which on Thursday added four-star Texas shooting guard Matt McQuaid, is now ranked No. 8 in the country according to the 247sports composite, which combines the rankings of the four major recruiting services.
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Men's Basketball athlonsports.com —  The Branden Dawson who averaged 17.5 points during a six-game postseason hot streak is the Dawson that Michigan State desperately needs on a consistent basis. Dawson has honed his perimeter shooting skills to the point of becoming capable of playing the 3. But Michigan State will need him to attack opponents as a mismatch 4, as he did last March when he was Big Ten Tournament MOP.
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Men's Basketball statenews.com —  A surge of students signed into the MSU Spartans website on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 20 to reserve their spot in the Izzone for men’s basketball upcoming season. With ticket sales soaring already, MSU Association of Future Alumni is working to plan this year’s Izzone Campout.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  "I don't know if our program's to the point where you ever want to be an underdog and yet we've been picked all over the map, and rightfully so," Izzo said Friday on a Michigan State-themed edition of Numbers Never Lie on ESPN2 "With Payne, Appling and Harris gone there's some holes there, but there's been holes other years we found a way to get back to a final four or either win a Big Ten championship or be right there knocking on the door."
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  After a Michigan State recruiting Class of 2014 that included three players known mostly for attributes other than perimeter scoring, the Spartans are in line to have a floor full of shooters in 2015-16. The most recent of Michigan State's three 2015 commitments is Texas shooting guard Matt McQuaid, who some are calling one of the best shooting prospects in the country.
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Men's Basketball bleacherreport.com —  If even momentarily, Matt McQuaid’s commitment to Michigan State’s 2015 class should quiet those doubting coach Tom Izzo’s finesse on the recruiting trail. While his recent hunts haven’t always been successful, Izzo has found ways to bounce back from missing out on past must-gets by adding McQuaid, a 4-star shooting guard, to a sneaky-good class of Deyonta Davis, a 5-star center, and Kyle Ahrens, an underrated 3-star winger.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Michigan State has received a verbal commitment from 6-foot-5 shooting guard Matt McQuaid of Duncanville, Texas, a guy who previously committed to Larry Brown and SMU, then decommitted and boiled things down to MSU and Creighton. For the rankings watchers, he's a four-star recruit, ranked No. 71 in the class of 2015 by rivals.com, No. 72 by scout.com and No. 67 by 247sports.com -- which now ranks MSU's 2015 class in the top 10 nationally.
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