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Basketball season starts today!

Joe Robbins

The State News :: Appling carries torch at point guard position for MSU
Being in the same category as greats such as Scott Skiles, Steve Smith, Mateen Cleaves and Magic Johnson carries a lot of weight. Appling is ready for a challenge.

Michigan State's Adreian Payne ready to put whole package together | Michigan State Spartans | Detroit Free Press |
"Two words came to mind after one practice display from then-Michigan State freshman Adreian Payne -- the dunks, the blocks, the three-point shots, the 7-foot-1 wing span. Kevin Garnett."

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says Spartans not `falling apart' |

Dantonio is trying to silence all of the critics, stating that this team is still good.

Michigan State football uses psychology to help keep season in perspective | Michigan State Spartans | Detroit Free Press |

"Football seasons like this one at Michigan State require a little sports psychology. "I'll probably be teaching it here before it's all over," MSU coach Mark Dantonio joked."

Michigan State basketball in need of identity, leadership | Michigan State Spartans | Detroit Free Press |

Identity- a big question going into this season.

Michigan State trusts Derrick Nix with team captain duties after offseason spent making amends, learning |

"Nix pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of impaired driving in April and afterward spent time performing community service that helped him become a team leader, according to Michigan State coaches."

It's a small world for MSU's Tom Izzo, even 4,000 miles from home | The Detroit News |

"Who would have figured Tom Izzo and the Spartans would end up traveling 4,000 miles to take a trip in a C-130 and the guy at the controls was from Izzo's hometown?"

Appling, Spartans ready to roll in Germany | Fox Sports Detroit

"MSU guard Keith Appling looks to score more in the new season, which starts Friday against UConn."

Michigan State coaches, staff to wear Nike combat boots for Armed Forces Classic |

"After North Carolina's staff wore combat boots for the Carrier Classic, the Spartans' coaches will wear something similar against Connecticut."