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spartyball

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Izzo says Appling Must Be a Better PG or Not Play PG

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1st of all, Yeah Right! 2nd of all, um, he's not a point guard. This team doesn't really have a point guard. It has ball handlers and play makers. Every returning player can stand to improve their decision making, it's unfair to single out Appling even if it's the popular thing to do.

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Keith Appling Misses the Cut, Again

About a year ago this time, Keith Appling was regularly showing up on various lists of breakout player candidates for the upcoming season. On one night in November, he seemed to make good on that...

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Who should round out the starting 5?

I'm not a fan of Kentucky or Indiana, but I also don't hate either school, mainly because their basketball teams are supported by blogs that write about basketball all year. Me being a Spartan...

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The Continuing Quest for a B1G Basketball Champion

The drought continues... Runner up for the 3rd time in 7 years but still no title. Since MSU last won a national championship for the Big Ten in 2000, this is the breakdown of titles by...

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Izzo's Take on His Team

It's almost here. Less than 3 weeks until basketball practice begins! Apparently Rexrode sat down with the coach last week and the result is a good read as usual. That link is to part 2 of a...

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Is Derrick Nix Not a top 25 player in the B1G?

Before you answer that, just know that Derrick's tag team partner is, 2 players returning from ACL injuries are considered top 10, and oh yeah Mitch McGary is 25th. When you also consider that this...

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Keith Appling is still breaking out and has a new teammate

New month, new article on potential breakout stars in 2012-2013 featuring Keith Appling. You can read it here. Then after you read it, please tell me about Gary Forbes. Apparently he's a nightmare...

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Is Keith Appling a future 2nd round pick?

Apparently Keith Appling is still poised for a breakout season in spite of those predicting he will lose his job. In the latest ode to Keith's breakout potential, Josh Stirn of the The Basketball...

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Is Leadership Overrated?

Coach Izzo has talked a lot about the role leadership played in last season's success. Draymond Green has been lauded for his outstanding leadership and Green has consistently made sure Austin...

10 Things Bothering Tom Izzo - SLIDE SHOW ALERT!

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Bleacher Report is back with another MSU-centric slide show. They claim to know what's bothering the coach. Although every soundbite I've heard or read leads me to believe he's pretty happy. Apparently IU will go undefeated next season or something.

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Is Keith Appling about to breakout?

Man, I sure hope so. The first step, I guess, is to have somebody that covers the sport label you a potential breakout player. Keith accomplished this twice over the last few weeks here and here....

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The Double Standard in SI's Power Rankings

If you haven't seen the latest edition of Luke Winn's usually outstanding power rankings, check it out. It's good stuff except for one little problem that I see. Michigan State did not crack the...

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Adreian not Bringing the Payne?

Not a good weekend for present and former Spartan ballers[J-Rich notwithstanding]. Brandon Wood goes and gets himself arrested and Adreian Payne shows up on a not so top 10 list. While AP did...

Why is Demetrius Jackson still considering MSU?

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I'd forgotten about Jackson as a recruiting target but apparently both parties are still interested. Appling and Trice would be in front of him, Tyus Jones will, hopefully, be on the way in. Interesting. Also Twitter says: $cout's Recruiting Report: Insiders think ND still leads over MSU for Demetrius Jackson, but wonder why he hasn't pulled the trigger. Maybe the new hotlist can shed some light.

Are IU & UM really poised to dominate B1G Hoops?

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Maybe not according to Dan Hanner. Maybe next year's team to beat will be the same as the last.

Tom Izzo as a crooked cop?

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Check out this list of NCAA tourney coaches in bad guy movie roles. How they missed on Leonard Hamilton as a local police commander that legalizes drugs and public drinking so long as your bottle is in a brown paper bag, I'll never know. Yeah, it sucks that there's nothing to talk about unless a player is being arrested.

Did OSU's collapse damage the B1G's rep?

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Interesting take on the conference's place in college hoops with thoughts on the flagship programs MSU, OSU and IU. Is B1G basketball at risk of becoming like B1G football in the national landscape due to the lack of championships?

Must Watch Video!

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Comparoni channels Hubie Brown and breaks down some infamous sequences from the IU game. I assume he's done this before but it's my first time seeing something like this. Great, great stuff. Unless your name is Keith Appling or Branden Dawson, you might not want to watch.

Updated ESPNU 2012 Top 100

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Gary Harris is top 10 of course. Kaminski being the 2nd highest ranked MSU recruit speaks to how irrelevant high school play is to the rankings. B1G well represented. The conference will be the best for years to come if all of these kids pan out.

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Cliff Alexander Update

I caught a glimpse of Cliff Alexander yesterday as his Chicago Curie team was in Champaign for the annual Shootout at the Hall. The event is normally held on the campus of Univ of Illinois in that...

Kenny Kaminski on ESPN3

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Catch 2012 bball recruit Kenny Kaminski in the AAU National Championship game on espn3.com at 4pm EDT. You can replay the game and the semifinal from this morning if you don't catch it live. Also, the Gary Harris chase is entering the homestretch.

Kaminski & Valentine talk MSU

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We're not sure where Gary Harris will go but we can be sure these two guys will be Spartans and want to win. I like that quick release on KK's jumper.

Top 20 College Hoops Jobs

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(Bump. Also, GO WINGS! -- Pete) MSU comes in at 12 on this list. Would Coach Izzo consider OSU, Texas or Florida to be better jobs than his? I'm biased but I don't think so.

13 Lumps of Coal on Xmas Eve

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The disappointment in MSU hoops is spreading. Here's one persons analysis in 13 thoughtless thoughts that are funny, sad and, at the moment, true.

The Future vs Future Possibilities

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[Bumped for something to watch while MSU players take their finals. -KJ] 2011 signee Branden Dawson in action on ESPN Thursday, Dec. 16 @ 7pm ET facing 2013 prospect Jabari Parker and Chicago Simeon
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