Men's Basketball mlive.com —  For a brief moment, Travis Trice allows himself to take a look back at his road to this point. After three seasons of biding his time and battling injuries as a reserve behind Keith Appling, the senior point guard is ready to take on the starting role this season for Michigan State.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Tom Izzo already had an affection for Iowa coach Fran McCaffery — "I have great respect for anyone who will throw chairs and get mad at officials," Izzo joked last week — but it's more than that now. The news is good these days for the McCaffery family, with no signs of cancer in the body of 14-year-old Patrick. On Thursday at Big Ten basketball media day, McCaffery said his son is doing well, months after having a thyroid tumor removed as the NCAA tournament began.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay are best known for their NFL draft analysis, but the ESPN writers took time this week on the ESPN Insider pay site to debate the merits of a one-loss Michigan State or Ohio State team.
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Men's Basketball nba.com —  Appling, a rookie from Michigan State, saw action in two games this preseason, scoring two points with three rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  "I'm a lot better this year than the last three years," Hill said after rushing for a career-high 176 yards at Indiana. "I think I'm myself. Last year I thought that getting up to 200 pounds, I could be this back that, you know, what I thought they wanted me to be. And this off-season, I said: 'I'm gonna stick to myself, I'm gonna stick to who I am and what I'm about,' and I think it has panned out very well."
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Men's Basketball statenews.com —  With in-state rival Michigan (3-4 overall, 1-2 Big Ten) coming to East Lansing on Saturday, it didn’t look like Tuesday’s media conference was head coach Mark Dantonio’s favorite, with members of the press bombarding him with questions about the oncoming in-state rivalry game.
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Men's Basketball bleacherreport.com —  Simply making the NCAA tournament is never enough for Michigan State—the Spartans are all about making annual runs deep into March. With Denzel Valentine, Branden Dawson and Travis Trice at the helm, an extended dance this spring is possible. However, unlike past teams, expecting a Final Four is—at the moment—a bit illogical. Coach Tom Izzo has lost too much talent to tab his group for the national semis.
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Men's Basketball youtube.com —  Michigan State Basketball kicks off the 2014-15 season with Michigan State Madness on October 24, 2014 at 8:30pm.


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