1. Michigan State Basketball: Takeaways from Spartans' Opening Games

    Despite being only two games into the season, there is plenty to take away from Michigan State's opening games. MSU won its first matchup of the season against Navy 64-59 and was upended by Duke 81-71 on Tuesday night...

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  2. Michigan State Basketball: 5 Reasons for Fans to Be Optimistic in 2014-15

    Michigan State officially will kick off its college basketball season in just two days against Navy. Fans have plenty to be optimistic about in Tom Izzo's 20th year coaching on the sidelines in East Lansing...

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  3. Michigan State Basketball: Analyzing the Importance of Costello and Schilling

    Exhibition play commenced last night for Michigan State, as the regular season is right around the corner. Arguably Sparty's top three players are gone, and the one gaping hole that remains is in the center slot...

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  4. Michigan State Basketball Recruiting: Make or Break Players for 2015 Class

    With the 2014-15 season looming just under one month away, it is becoming more pivotal for Michigan State to secure some of its top recruits for security purposes...

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  5. Michigan State Basketball: Spartans Who'll Take Biggest Leap Forward in 2014-15

    Most of Michigan State's returning players from last season's Elite Eight team are specialists. Nearly all of them have something they must vastly improve within their skill sets...

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  6. Michigan State Basketball Recruiting: Best-Case Scenarios for MSU's 2015 Class

    With Kenny Kaminski released from the team, the once-limited remaining potential for Tom Izzo's 2015 class has expanded. Now, there are two scholarships available for the prospects within Izzo's sights...

    Brad Almquist Written by Brad Almquist about 5 months ago 5,202 reads 8 comments

  7. Michigan State Basketball Recruiting: Implications of Kenny Kaminski's Release

    Late Monday, Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo confirmed in a statement (h/t MLive.com's Kyle Austin ) that sophomore Kenny Kaminski had been released from the team...

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  8. Michigan State Basketball: Spartans' Best Situational Lineups for 2014-15

    The outlook for Michigan State's 2014-15 campaign is much different from last season’s. With arguably the Spartans’ top three players gone and a host of new role players ...

    Brad Almquist Written by Brad Almquist about 5 months ago 3,662 reads 2 comments

  9. Michigan State Basketball: Tom Izzo's Potential Sales Pitches to Top Recruits

    Under an encouraged Tom Izzo, the Michigan State Spartans will enter the 2014-15 season with high hopes. But their 2015-16 team will be much more talented, with a solid recruiting class coupled with two talented transfers becoming eligible to play...

    Brad Almquist Written by Brad Almquist about 5 months ago 3,984 reads 9 comments

  10. Michigan State Basketball: Mismatches Spartans Are Dreading in 2014-15

    With key players departing from East Lansing, Michigan State has a couple of important voids to fill. Those spots are prone to dreadful mismatches that MSU ’s opponents could exploit in 2014-15...

    Brad Almquist Written by Brad Almquist about 5 months ago 4,948 reads 2 comments

  11. Wisconsin Basketball: It's Now or Never for Badgers to End B1G Drought

    Fourteen painful seasons have passed since the Big Ten last secured a national championship. Widely renowned as one of the top conferences in the country, the ongoing drought is puzzling after considering what constitutes traditional champions...

    Brad Almquist Written by Brad Almquist about 6 months ago 4,266 reads 6 comments

  12. Michigan State Basketball Recruiting: Prioritizing Spartans' Top 2015 Targets

    Michigan State has already secured two verbal commitments from the 2015 class in Deyonta Davis and Kyle Ahrens . However, due to the acquisitions of a couple of talented transfers, it retains only one additional offer to present to the class...

    Brad Almquist Written by Brad Almquist about 6 months ago 6,225 reads 2 comments

  13. Michigan State Basketball: Izzo Finds Key Leadership in Trice and Valentine

    Questions as to who would lead the reinvigorated Michigan State Spartans are now answered. On June 24, it was reported by Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press that coach ...

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  14. Michigan State Basketball: Each Projected Starter's Most Concerning Flaw

    Michigan State will transition into the new season with players whose early progression has head coach Tom Izzo ecstatic . In order to compete for the Big Ten crown, Sparty ' s key pieces must eliminate their most concerning flaws...

    Brad Almquist Written by Brad Almquist about 6 months ago 2,878 reads 3 comments

  15. Michigan State Basketball: What Each Projected Starter Brings to the Table

    Led by a couple of returning starters and a cohort of complementary players, Michigan State will enter the 2014-15 season with a new identity. How Tom Izzo decides to concoct his starting lineup, however, isn't clear at the moment...

    Brad Almquist Written by Brad Almquist about 6 months ago 2,221 reads 0 comments

  16. Michigan State Basketball: The Biggest NBA Success Stories in Spartans History

    Michigan State has produced a multitude of successful NBA players through the years. From the days of head coach Jud Heathcote leading the Spartans to the ongoing era under Tom Izzo, ...

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  17. Michigan State Basketball: How Harris and Forbes Impact the Future

    The arrivals of transfers Eron Harris and Bryn Forbes greatly boost the offensive firepower for Michigan State, a team devoid of dangerous scorers...

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  18. Michigan State Basketball: Ranking the Greatest Leaders in Spartans History

    Michigan State’s storied basketball program has historically been filled with passionate leaders. From the 1979 national championship-winning team, to the current Tom Izzo-led ...

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  19. Meet Kyle Ahrens: Michigan State's Second 2015 Commit

    Michigan State solidified its second verbal commitment from the 2015 class on Thursday night, when three-star guard Kyle Ahrens indicated he will be joining the Spartans after his final high school season...

    Brad Almquist Written by Brad Almquist about 7 months ago 4,382 reads 17 comments

  20. Michigan State Basketball: Analyzing the Importance of the 2015 Class

    Tom Izzo has attracted numerous high-profile recruits for the class of 2015. As Michigan State surrenders arguable its three top players, garnering as much incoming young talent is vital...

    Brad Almquist Written by Brad Almquist about 7 months ago 1,534 reads 5 comments

  21. Michigan State Basketball: 2015 Recruits Who'd Be a Perfect Fit for Spartans

    Tom Izzo has only one recruit committed from the 2015 class, Deyonta Davis, but several other high-profile players are in his sights. With many potential impact players on his radar, certain players fit into his scheme better than others...

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  22. Michigan State Basketball: Where Will the Spartans Finish in 2014-15?

    Michigan State will enter the 2014-15 season facing a Big Ten Conference whose talent is collectively diminishing, yet it still contains one of the nation’s top returning teams in Wisconsin...

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  23. Michigan State Basketball: What Impact Will Lourawls Nairn Have in 2014-15?

    Lourawls Nairn is Michigan State's most coveted recruit—and for good reason. The explosive point guard resembles the prototypical floor general who thrives in Tom Izzo's scheme...

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  24. Michigan State Basketball: Denzel Valentine's Largest Area of Improvements

    Denzel Valentine will inherit a much larger, more primary role for Michigan State next season. After proving himself as a capable starter on a loaded team last year, he is only one of two starters to return...

    Brad Almquist Written by Brad Almquist about 8 months ago 1,813 reads 2 comments

  25. Michigan State Basketball: Strengths and Weaknesses of Projected 2014-15 Lineup

    Inevitably, road bumps will occur along the way for a team that lost arguably its three best players. Yet, the returning Spartans of 2014-15 have certain strengths to compensate for the inexperience, weaknesses and the unknown...

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