Michigan State Basketball: How Spartans Match Up with Every B1G Team Right Now

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Michigan State Basketball: How Spartans Match Up with Every B1G Team Right Now
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Tom Izzo and Gary Harris are two reasons why Michigan State will yet again be a team to beat next year

Derrick Nix is the Michigan State Spartans' only heavy loss. 

His presence in the paint will be missed, but thanks to the return of Adreian Payne, the Spartans will have muscle and finesse under the basket to alleviate pressure and compensate for Nix's departure. 

Gary Harris decided not to enter the 2013 NBA draft. The will-be sophomore was projected to be a lottery pick by ESPN's Chad Ford. Spartans coach Tom Izzo can now rest assured that his team will have a steady scorer in 2013-14 in Harris, who will likely declare for the 2014 draft. 

Brandon Dawson will be around for at least another season, and forwards like Matt Costello and Alex Gauna took a few steps in the right direction in 2012-13. 

Not every team in the Big Ten can report such positive news, though. 

In this slideshow, we'll examine how the Spartans stack up against the rest of their conference foes. 

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