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Branden Dawson will return to Spartans for senior season

Michigan State forward Branden Dawson will put the NBA on hold and return for his senior season. The 6-6 Dawson made the announcement official on Tuesday afternoon.

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Tom Izzo makes tearful speech at Holsworth vigil

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo attended a vigil for the late Lacey Holsworth on the Michigan State campus and signed the rock before speaking to the many students there. Holding back tears at times, he thanked the students and gave them quite the speech. “When you face some tough times, make sure that you just keep fighting through it,” Izzo told the students. Watch the speech in the YouTube clip in this post. It’s a fine piece of teaching from a man who makes a living doing it.

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Merriman: Remember Appling's career for all he did right

Upset. Frustrated. Disappointed. Those are some tough words to describe a 22-year-old kid.

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Photo: You'll want to see this old Tom Izzo shot

Tom Izzo has Michigan State two wins away from another Final Four. The Spartans can get to Arlington, Texas, with victories over Virginia and either Iowa State-UConn this weekend in the East Region. With Izzo and his team in the spotlight, Steve Mariucci, one of Izzo’s best friends, decided to share an epic throwback photo of the two on Twitter. Thank you, Mooch!

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BTN LiveBIG: Monday Download

Congrats to Coach Izzo and his Michigan State Spartans for winning the Big Ten tournament!

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Survey: Which Big Ten coach 'works' the refs the best?

“Working” officials is an art form. Some coaches are masters at knowing just the right buttons to push over the course of a game to the point where—Who knows?—maybe they can get a key call in their favor. I asked several media members who cover the Big Ten which coach they felt was best at “working” officials.

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Video: Tom Izzo dances on top of ladder in ad

As you can see from the photo above, Tom Izzo is no stranger to climbing a ladder and cutting down the net. That being the case, Werner Ladder decided to use the legendary Michigan State coach as a spokesman for its new ladder. “There’s so much room up here,” Izzo said about the top of the ladder, “I feel like dancing.”

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Video: Lights go out during Tom Izzo's postgame presser

No. 20 Michigan and No. 13 Michigan State both shot lights out in the Wolverines’ big rivalry win Sunday afternoon, so it was kind of fitting that the lights went out on Tom Izzo during his postgame press conference. Izzo was wrapping up his media session and talking about Michigan State’s injuries when the lights suddenly went off. Watch it in this post.

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Poll: Who is your leader for Big Ten Coach of the Year?

With only a few weeks left in the regular season, it’s time to start considering the leader for Big Ten Coach of the Year. There are a handful of worthy candidates this year, and we’re going to let Big Ten fans vote for their early pick through Feb. 20 action. Vote at the bottom of this post.

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Which B1G hoops coach do you love the most?

The calender reads February 14th, which means that Valentine’s Day is here. In honor of the holiday, we want to pose a question to all our Big Ten hoops fans: Which Big Ten men’s basketball coach do you love the most?

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MSU hoops to compete in 2018 'Barnstorming Tour'

Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis has taken on the role of “The Riddler” over the past month, tweeting out clues about an upcoming MSU sporting event. The riddle was solved today as Hollis announced the creation of a four-team “barnstorming tour” with MSU, Florida, North Carolina and Texas playing a round-robin set of three games, one each in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles.

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President Obama jokes MSU sports fans are 'greedy'

President Barack Obama was on the campus of Michigan State University today to sign into law an agriculture spending bill at MSU’s Equine Performance Center. Midway through his speech, Obama took some time to talk about the Spartans’ recent success on both the football field and the basketball court.

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BTN LiveBIG: Monday Download

Five members of the USA Women’s Olympic Hockey Team from the University of Minnesota donated 60 sets of hockey equipment to youth hockey associations.

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Big Ten Mailbag: Is Michigan basketball for real?

It’s time for me to reach into my mail bag to answer your pressing questions. Basketball is on your mind. And that’s understandable, as we are in the heart of the season as I type this. So, let’s begin.

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Dienhart: My first-half Big Ten awards

The arrival of the Super Bowl means many things to many people. Ro-tel and Velveeta dip … the end of the most wonderful time of the year … spring is approaching. For me, it means we basically are at the halfway point of the Big Ten hoop season.

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