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Misc. freep.com —  While ESPN college basketball commentator Dick Vitale has been known to say a lot of overly praising things through the years, there was something he said during the telecast of Michigan State's 81-71 loss to Duke on Tuesday that should strike a chord with Spartan fans everywhere. "If I were to pick the best combination of revenue sports, I would go right to East Lansing and go with Michigan State with Mr. Izzo and Mr. Dantonio," Vitale said.
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Misc. statenews.com —  It’s not common for programs to have the success in both basketball and football that MSU has had, which makes it even less common for the two coaches of those teams to be as close as Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio have become over the years. Since Dantonio came to East Lansing in 2007, Izzo has taken Dantonio under his wing as the football team has climbed to new heights.
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Men's Basketball statenews.com —  With head coach Tom Izzo at the helm, MSU has seen 15 of 18 drafted players go on to the NBA, eight of which were drafted in the first round.
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Men's Basketball spartansportsnetwork.com —  Will, Gus, And Coach Izzo Recap The Games Against Navy And Duke. They Also Look Ahead To The Home Opener Against Loyola. Guest Include Junior Forward Colby Wollenman.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Tom Izzo left Bankers Life Fieldhouse late Tuesday with a 1-1 team that could look quite different – and better – in about a month. By then, the Spartans should have all their players, sophomore guard Alvin Ellis (ankle sprain) to help with perimeter depth and freshman guard Javon Bess (broken foot) to provide more length and aptitude defensively. These elements were missed badly at times in No. 19 MSU's 81-71 loss to No. 4 Duke in the Champions Classic.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Waiting for his team's season-opener Friday night, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo caught a few minutes of Duke's opener against Presbyterian. What he saw was an impressive display, with the Blue Devils en route to a 113-44 dismantling of the Blue Hose behind 67 points from a standout four-member freshman class.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  There is work to do. That’s easy to see, especially now, after Michigan State struggled to beat Navy, 64-59, late Friday night in Annapolis, Md. Of course, there is always work to do when a season begins, whether the goal is a championship or to stay above .500.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Seth Greenberg traveled to East Lansing in the early 1980s as a young college basketball coach to interview for an assistant's job on Jud Heathcote's Michigan State staff. It was then he first met a fellow young assistant named Tom Izzo, then early in his tenure as a Spartans assistant. Three decades later, after rising to become head coaches at the highest levels of college basketball, the circumstances have changed dramatically for both.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Izzo's 20 seasons, 6 Final Fours, 17 NCAA Tournaments, 655 games coaches, 468 wins and 221 Big Ten wins put him among the nation's elite
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  Discipline in a military environment can mean the difference between living and dying. Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo will be grateful if a scintilla of that mentality rubs off on his players, with regard to winning and losing, when they open the season at the Naval Academy in the Veterans Classic in Alumni Hall on Friday night.
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Men's Basketball cbssports.com —  Tom Izzo is Michigan State basketball. The veteran coach is entering his 20th season as the face of the Spartans' basketball program and is looking to begin a new chapter following the departures of Keith Appling, Gary Harris and Adreian Payne. CBS Sports Network and CBSSports.com's Jon Rothstein sat down with Izzo to discuss Michigan State's ending to last season, Denzel Valentine and the overall depth of the Big Ten.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Michigan State junior guard Bryn Forbes doesn't think the brace on his left hand will be a problem, but Tom Izzo is going to wait and see. It's possible Forbes' minutes could be limited when MSU opens its season Friday at Navy in the Veterans Classic.
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Football mlive.com —  On his radio show Monday night, Izzo reflected on learning to play as "the hunted," something he said happened after his team won its first national title. Izzo recalled his own moment when he realized how important beating the Spartans had become. In January 2001, Michigan State was defending national champion and had opened the season with 12 straight wins to earn the No. 1 ranking in the country.
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Men's Basketball spartansportsnetwork.com —  Preview of the Navy game. Special guest, Navy Head Coach Ed DeChellis
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo's pause and smile said enough when he was asked whether his team is making defensive progress at shooting guard. "No," Izzo said simply after the pause, at his news conference after Friday's 101-46 exhibition win over St. Cloud State. Consider the defense of Alvin Ellis and Bryn Forbes to be priority No. 1 now that No. 18 MSU is in its first game week. The Spartans open Friday night at Navy in the Veterans Classic (9 p.m., CBS Sports Network).
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State looked impressive in most every fashion in its 101-46 victory over St. Cloud State in Friday's exhibition. But the Spartans didn't look impressive at every position, and coach Tom Izzo made no attempt to hide his concern. "The biggest problem is our two guard, I'm not worried about it offensively as much as defensively,'' Izzo said. "I was just disappointed to be honest with you.''
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  St. Cloud State got the entire Division I experience this past weekend after playing an exhibition game at Michigan State on Friday night. But nothing gave the beleaguered Huskies more of a shock than having legendary Spartans head coach Tom Izzo lay into them early Saturday afternoon before they watched video of their 101-46 loss to Michigan State.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  "Well we've worked harder on our offense than our defense for probably the first time in my career and probably the last time in my career," Izzo said. "My mother is 88 and she is here tonight and a couple of our two guards have a one-on-one with her after to see if they can guard her. We did not check very well and just didn't guard anybody on the perimeter."
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  "I'm all for it," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said Wednesday night on his radio show. Izzo said the shorter shot clock would increase scoring and make the game more exciting, both for fans and coaches. "It's still about scoring points and that's what everybody likes," Izzo said.
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