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Despite Kevin Knox UK decision, MSU still tops NBCSports preseason Top 25

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The 5 star recruit couldn’t put Big Blue over the top.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Second Round-Kansas vs Michigan State Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

I hope you are holding on tight, because the pre-season hype train is gaining some momentum and will not slow down any time soon.

According to NBCSports and self-proclaimed “Award-losing writer” Rob Dauster, Michigan State is considered the pre-season favorite even with Coach Cal and Big Blue nation getting the highly targeted forward, adding to a class that includes FOUR other five star guys on the roster.

From Rob’s article:

Who’s gone: Eron Harris, Alvin Ellis III, Ben Carter*

Who do they add: Jaren Jackson, Xavier Tillman

Projected starting lineup: Cassius Winston, Josh Langford, Miles Bridges, Jaren Jackson, Nick Ward

I like this Michigan State team a lot. Nick Ward was a beast last year and Jaren Jackson is the perfect sidekick. Cassius Winston and Josh Langford will both take a step forward. The key, however, is that a potential Player of the Year in Miles Bridges opted to return to school.

Every time I see that projected starting line-up, I get legit giddy with excitement. Is it basketball season yet?