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Thornton finds role in crowded backcourt

Austin Thornton came to MSU four years ago as a lights-out shooter. But in the three years since his redshirt season, head coach Tom Izzo said Thornton had yet to put that jumper on display. On Friday, Thornton found his stroke, going 3-for-5 from the field and making all four of his free throw attempts.

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The journey begins

The No. 2 MSU men’s basketball team kicks off the 2010-11 season today, and the players say past faults are being worked on and chemistry is up to help the team obtain the ultimate prize: the National Title.

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Summer 2010 changed future of MSU sports

The world of college sports usually is a boring one during the summer months. After March Madness — the most exciting two and a half weeks in all of sports — and spring football are complete, there is not much to look forward to between April and August when it comes to major college sports. However, not only was summer 2010 far more intriguing than most summers, it also will end up playing a significant role in the future of MSU athletics.

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Spartan basketball to head to Maui

For the third time in school history, the MSU men’s basketball team will take on the Chaminade Swords when the two teams play in the opening round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational at 9:30 p.m. Nov. 22 in Maui, Hawaii. It will be the first time the two teams have faced each other since 2005, when the Spartans beat the Swords, 89-67, also at the Maui Invitational.

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1,000 days (and counting) of rivalry domination

A lot has happened in the last 1,000 days. Three different national champions have been crowned in college basketball, the first non-white U.S. president has taken office and three separate “Twilight” movies have been released, making obsessive girls around the globe decide between Team Edward or Team Jacob. But not once, in all that time, has Michigan defeated MSU in football or men’s basketball, the two biggest college sports in the country.

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Students excited for Izzone seating move

Although it is one of the most recognizable student sections in college basketball, the Izzone typically went unnoticed on TV during Spartan basketball games. Instead of getting a glimpse of some of the 1,500 screaming students bouncing up and down, anyone watching the game more likely was going to see a section of alumni, family and recruits. Starting next season, though, the perspective will be slightly different for TV viewers, as the lower section of the Izzone along the sidelines will be moved to the other side, putting it front and center on TV.

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No worries, Izzo won't be tempted by Cavaliers

For the past 10 years, the only thing more predictable than MSU men’s basketball head coach Tom Izzo making the Final Four about every other season is his name being thrown into the mix as a candidate for every high-profile coaching job in the country. So, if no school or franchise has been able to lure the Iron Mountain, Mich. native away from Spartan Country before, why would this time be any different?