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Michigan State is rebuilding, but trust Tom Izzo to figure it out

The Spartans lost a lot of talent from a 29-win team a year ago, but with tons of shooting and a star forward in Branden Dawson, the rebuilding year shouldn't be too painful. When Tom Izzo looks back at his coaching career, he'll likely remember 2014 as one of his most trying years. Show More Summary

Michigan State Basketball: Who Will Be Spartans' MVP in 2014-15?

Taking ownership, both individually and as a team, will be the key for Michigan State in 2014-15. In order for the Spartans to thrive, they must come together and toe the company line for coach Tom Izzo, whose system will likely be the deciding factor this season—not the amount of pure talent at his disposal. Show More Summary

Michigan State Basketball: How Bryn Forbes Would Change 2014-15 Outlook

As far as shooters and scorers are concerned, Bryn Forbes is about as pure as they come—and luckily for Michigan State, the former Lansing Sexton star decided to return home and play for Tom Izzo. Next year, though, he’s not supposed to be eligible until 2015-16. Show More Summary

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. The more scholarship space, the...Show More Summary

Michigan State Basketball: What We'll Learn About Spartans Program in 2014-15

This has been said in prior years, but the upcoming season could shape up to be one of Tom Izzo’s most challenging, frustrating and rewarding since he took over the reins of Michigan State basketball in 1995. The veteran Spartans head...Show More Summary

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. Kaminski's departure from East Lansing has multiple implications for...Show More Summary

Michigan State Basketball Recruiting: Latest Updates on Spartans' 2015 Targets

Thus far, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has a pair of promising prospects occupying his two-man 2015 recruiting class, per 247Sports: Deyonta Davis, the No. 5-ranked center; and Kyle Ahrens, the No. 40-ranked shooting guard. According...Show More Summary

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 entering East Lansing, the masterful Tom Izzo will attempt to win with a unique set of players. Despite surrendering an excess of talent, the upcoming team has more depth. Show More Summary

Top Five Players of Tom Izzo Era at Michigan State

Tom Izzo’s accomplishments at Michigan State since taking over the program from Jud Heathcote prior to the start of the 1995-96 season are well known. In his time at the helm, Izzo has racked up seven Big Ten titles, four Big Ten Tournament...Show More Summary

Michigan State Basketball: Tom Izzo's Potential Sale 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. Show More Summary

Michigan Basketball: Breaking Down Wolverines Guards for 2014-15 Season

Great guard play goes a long way. Just ask UConn's Jim Calhoun and Kevin Ollie, or even Michigan State's Tom Izzo, and they'd all say the same thing. Title outcomes are often left in the hands of the backcourt. Of course, Michigan's John Beilein is probably aware of that too. Show More Summary

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 Tom Izzo has named junior Denzel Valentine and senior Travis Trice as...Show More Summary

Michigan State Basketball: Ranking the Spartans with the Most NBA Potential

The lack of NBA-level stars pouring from Michigan State can be viewed through two lenses: 1. Spartans coach Tom Izzo isn't recruiting enough next-level talent, therefore putting himself out of position to coach future pros. 2. It'd be...Show More Summary

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. MSU surrendered three of its most polished and well-rounded players to the NBA. Show More Summary

Nuggets NBA Draft 2014: Grading Gary Harris to Denver

Gary Harris is a 6'4'', 205-pound shooting guard hailing from Michigan State. As a sophomore for the Spartans, he scored nearly 17 points per game for Tom Izzo. Watch Bleacher Report's NBA draft analysts break down what Harris will bring to the NBA. Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

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. Denzel Valentine and Branden Dawson are guarantees to appear in the starting five. Show More Summary

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, MSU's players have translated their success from the...Show More Summary

Michigan State Basketball: Spartans' Best Starting Lineup for 2014-15

It’ll be a different look in 2014-15 for Michigan State. No Gary Harris. No Keith Appling. Adreian Payne’s gone, too—and now Spartans coach Tom Izzo faces the uphill climb of replacing one of his most effective trios. But given Izzo’s...Show More Summary

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. As they head into their 2014-15 campaign, the Spartans still face questions in multiple facets. Show More Summary

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. Show More Summary

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