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While MSU's game against Iowa is coming up, the Spartans' also had a media day for basketball and a lot of articles worth reading came from it.

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Upon further review: Aaron Burbridge opens up offense; Spartans' RJ Williamson, Taiwan Jones emerge | MLive.com
3 of MSU's younger players really showed up to play against Indiana.

Bruce Feldman Addresses Kevin Rogers Situation & Possible Frank Spaziani Successors - BC Interruption
It seems as if Pat Narduzzi's name keeps popping up when the Boston College Head Coach job is mentioned. "Michigan State DC Pat Narduzzi, a top defensive coach, who went to college in New England and is also a very good recruiter."

Michigan State captain Chris Norman hurt by benching, but sees it as test of character | MLive.com
"It hurt Michigan State team captain Chris Norman to sit and watch his usual backup, Taiwan Jones, take over his spot at linebacker in the second half of the Spartans' comeback win against Indiana on Saturday."

Jabari Parker's schools cut surprising - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
"Simeon Career Academy (Chicago) forward Jabari Parker, the nation's No. 1-ranked senior, cut his list to five schools Friday: BYU, Duke, Florida, Michigan State and Stanford."

New Michigan State team captain Derrick Nix won't be suspended for games after offseason arrest | MLive.com
Even after his arrest, Derrick Nix was unanimously voted as a captain by his fellow teammates.

Surprise! Michigan State basketball captains are ... Derrick Nix and Russell Byrd | Michigan State Spartans | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
"Izzo said coaches had no say in the vote and that Nix was 'an unbelievable teammate' during the summer. He also said Byrd has demonstrated leadership abilities despite the fact that he has barely played so far."

What will Michigan State's Tom Izzo be for Midnight Madness? | Michigan State Spartans | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
Last year, Coach Izzo was a fighter pilot for the "Top Gun" theme in honor of playing on an aircraft carrier. I was thinking, since we are playing in Germany this year, maybe Izzo will wear lederhosens?

Michigan State's Tom Izzo, Branden Dawson confident despite mild expectations | Michigan State Spartans | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
"I don’t know why I feel as good as I’ve felt in 10 years," said Izzo, whose 18th season starts Nov. 9 against Connecticut in Germany. "I think we have a lot of things going for us, maybe some more than I thought."