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Football mlive.com —  With spring football over, Michigan State's place in the preseason polls is becoming a consensus. Michigan State is ranked No. 13 in the most recent Athlon Sports college football Top 25, released on Monday.

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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State may not have finished among the top three teams in the country in the final 2016 recruiting rankings, but it still has the highest-ranked class Tom Izzo has ever signed. The Spartans' four-player class finished as the No. 4 ranked class in the country in the 247sports composite, which combines the rankings from all four major recruiting services, ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247sports. Those rankings were all finalized within the last few weeks.
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College Basketball Talk - 5
The Spartans lose a ton — Denzel Valentine, Bryn Forbes, Matt Costello — but they also add a ton, bringing in a class headlined by Miles Bridges that is as talented as any that Tom Izzo has brought in in recent years. Their ceiling is high, but the question that needs to be answered is just how well they fit together and just how effective Winston and Nairn will be running the point.

Bleacher Report - 5
Head coach Tom Izzo has put together one of the best recruiting classes he's ever had, led by likely one-and-done wing Miles Bridges, and he has a good returning core, especially if Deyonta Davis returns to school.

Yahoo - 5
For a school that's losing a national player of the year winner, one of the country's most lethal outside shooters and the Big Ten's most improved big man, Michigan State will enter next season feeling pretty optimistic.

CBS Sports - 6
The Spartans are losing their best player (Denzel Valentine) and shooter (Bryn Forbes). But they'll still have Tom Izzo, a top-three recruiting class and enough quality pieces to make a run at the Big Ten regular-season championship and eighth Final Four of their Hall of Fame coach's career.

Sporting News - 6
Year one of the post-Denzel era will be interesting, especially early in the season. But by the end of the year, when coach Tom Izzo’s two five-star recruits (F Miles Bridges and G Josh Langford) have had time to gel with his two four-star recruits (PG Cassius Winston and C Nick Ward), you know the Spartans will be tough. That's a lot of stars.

Campus Insiders - 7
MSU loses a bunch of talent with Denzel Valentine and Bryn Forbes moving on, but freshman Miles Bridges is a special player, and guards Eron Harris and Lourawls Nairn will take on bigger roles. Freshman Cassius Winston is an instant-impact guy.

USA Today - 7
Sadly, most of the cast that suffered a stunning first-round loss to Middle Tennessee State won’t be back to avenge one of the worst upsets in NCAA tournament history. A No. 3 recruiting class will help make up for the major losses of National Player of the Year Denzel Valentine and fellow seniors Bryn Forbes and Matt Costello. And there’s a slight chance Deyonta Davis bypasses the NBA and comes back to East Lansing, but his name is showing up pretty high on mock draft boards. That leaves point guard Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn Jr. and off-guard Eron Harris (9.3 ppg) as the two main returnees. But this freshman class is stellar. There will be growing pains with this young group, but perhaps more talent than years’ past.

SB Nation - 10
Associated Press Player of the Year Denzel Valentine is gone, as is sharp-shooter Bryn Forbes and "glue guy" Matt Costello. Eron Harris, Gavin Schilling, Matt McQuaid and Tum Tum Nairn will all be back, though, and they'll join forces with one of the most talented recruiting classes Tom Izzo has ever brought to East Lansing.

247 Sports - 11
How do you project a team that loses its heart-and-soul — Denzel Valentine, Matt Costello and Bryn Forbes, and potentially Deyonta Davis — but gets a tremendous transplant of talent? That’s the question in East Lansing, where the Spartans add tremendous players at the 1-through-4 positions through recruiting (and are still in play for Josh Jackson). Wing duo Miles Bridges and Joshua Langford will team with Eron Harris on a team that won’t be as good as this year’s version, but should go further in the NCAA Tournament.

ESPN - 13
Middle Tennessee's shocking win over Michigan State not only ended Denzel Valentine's career, but also those of Matt Costello and Bryn Forbes, both core to the Spartans' rebounding and perimeter scoring success. Replacing those three guys might mean taking a half-step back, at least early in the season, especially if forward Deyonta Davis, a late lottery projection, decides to stay in the draft. Even if guard Eron Harris is the only returning starter, though, Tom Izzo's 2016 class might be his best ever. He'll get them settled in soon enough.



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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State could be on the verge of its first consensus top 20 recruiting class under coach Mark Dantonio with the signing of 4-star defensive end Auston Robertson last week. Three of the four recruiting services have the Spartans in the top 20 of the 2016 team rankings, with ESPN yet to have updated its team rankings with the addition of Robertson.
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Baseball statenews.com —  As of March 14, the MSU baseball team is ranked as the 25th best team in the nation by Baseball America’s top-25 poll. The Spartans are also ranked as No. 23 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, ahead of No. 24 Michigan.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Michigan State remained the No. 2 team for the second week in the Associated Press college basketball poll.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State is now one spot away from reclaiming its title as the No. 1 team in the country. The Spartans jumped to No. 2 in this week's Associated Press poll, following a pair of dominant wins against Ohio State and Penn State. They have now won eight of their last nine games.
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Women's Basketball detroitnews.com —  One week after nearly dropping out of the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, the Michigan State women’s basketball team bounced back. The Spartans (20-7), who picked up a 70-67 win over Rutgers on Thursday and a 114-106 victory over Minnesota on Sunday, moved up five spots to No. 20 in Monday’s new rankings.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State is continuing its slow climb back toward the top of the rankings, and is now the highest-ranked team in the Big Ten. The Spartans checked in at No. 6 in this week's Associated Press poll, two spots higher than their previous ranking.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  An 82-81 overtime loss at Purdue and an 88-69 home rout of Indiana added up to no change for the Michigan State men's basketball team in the polls released today. The Spartans (21-5, 8-5 Big Ten) stayed No. 8 in the Associated Press poll, now sharing that spot with Xavier, which fell from No. 5. And MSU stayed No. 9 in the USA TODAY coaches poll.
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Women's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Michigan State remained at No. 17 in the Associated Press women’s basketball poll Monday, following a busy week in which the Spartans won two of three games. Michigan State (18-5) sandwiched victories over rival Michigan (85-64) and Iowa (74-69) around an 85-76 loss at No. 5 Maryland.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State played only one game in the last week, but the Spartans' dominating performance in an 89-73 win over Michigan State earned it a move up the polls and a weekly honor from the Big Ten. The Spartans moved up two spots to No. 8 in this week's Associated Press poll after winning its fourth straight game. The jump came at the expense of North Carolina and Texas A&M, who both lost twice in the last week.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State basketball is starting the month of February back in the top 10 and with an award for its standout freshman. The Spartans are ranked No. 10 in this week's Associated Press poll, unveiled on Monday. That's up two spots from their previous ranking, thanks to a pair of wins by 30-plus points.
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Women's Basketball detroitnews.com —  The Michigan State women’s basketball team climbed one spot to No. 17 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25. The Spartans (16-4) have won four straight, and seven of eight, including two victories last week. Michigan State defeated Purdue, 68-56, at home and Wisconsin in Madison, 77-54.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State had three of the top 10 and six of the top 25 players in the Big Ten last season, according to an ESPN.com blog post. Big Ten Quarterback of the Year Connor Cook, the Spartans' all-time leading passer and winningest quarterback of all time (34-5), was MSU's highest-rated player coming in at No. 6.
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Women's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Once again, the Michigan State and Maryland women’s basketball teams will have to wait. Inclement weather once again postponed the Big Ten game between the Spartans and Terrapins, rescheduled for Monday in College Park, Maryland, after getting wiped out Saturday. A new date hasn’t been announced. The Spartans moved up three spots after winning their only game last week, a 59-48 victory at home against Rutgers. Michigan State has won 10 of its last 12.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  A win over a top 10-ranked Maryland team helped Michigan State avoid another significant slide down the polls. The Spartans are ranked No. 12 in this week's Associated Press poll, one spot below its previous ranking following a 1-1 week.
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Women's Basketball detroitnews.com —  The Michigan State women’s basketball team fell to No. 21 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25. Michigan State (13-4, 4-2 Big Ten) dropped three spots after splitting its two games last week — an 81-65 loss at Indiana on Wednesday, and an 80-73 victory over Iowa on Saturday.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Oklahoma didn’t just move to the top of The Associated Press Top 25, the Sooners are a unanimous No. 1. Coming off a week with two 2-point wins, the Sooners (15-1) received all 65 first-place votes from the national media panel on Monday. It is Oklahoma’s first time at No. 1 since the final two weeks of 1989-90. Kentucky was a unanimous No. 1 for 12 weeks last season. Michigan State falls to No. 11 after losses to Iowa, now ranked No. 9, and Wisconsin.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State opens the 2016 season against FCS member Furman, but after that, it will be an uphill climb for the Spartans if they are to make consecutive trips to the College Football Playoff. The CollegeSpun.com website has ranked Michigan State's schedule for the upcoming season as the 14th most difficult in the nation
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