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  • Tom Izzo caps Spartans' trip to Italy by playing accordion at dinner

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger2 hrs ago

    Tom Izzo takes a turn on the accordion at MSU's farewell dinner in Venice.

    Michigan State finished its four-game trip to Italy 1-3, but coach Tom Izzo still came away feeling positive about what he saw from the Spartans. In fact, he was happy enough to forget basketball for a few minutes and play the accordion during the team's farewell dinner.

    “This trip was as good as anything I’ve done in my 20 years,” Izzo said of the team's trip in a story published on the Michigan State athletic department website.

    The Spartans opened the trip with a win over Basket Fiorentina but then lost to the Russian, Italian and Georgian senior national teams in succession. The Spartans had a chance to beat the Georgian national teamon a last second shot that hit the back of the iron and bounced away.

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  • Auburn and Alabama add five-star prospects on back-to-back days

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger15 days ago

    Even though the rivalry between Auburn and Alabama will forever be associated with football, the annual hoops showdowns between the two programs may not be an afterthought much longer.

    The Tigers and Crimson Tide both landed five-star recruits in the last 48 hours, further raising hopes that both may emerge as contenders in the SEC before too long.

    On Sunday, Auburn received a commitment from Waterbury, Conn. resident Mustapha Heron, a big, strong, physical 6-foot-5 wing ranked's No. 19 prospect in the Class of 2016. On Monday, Alabama answered back with a pledge from Texas native Terrance Ferguson, an elite 6-foot-6 shooting guard rated's No. 11 prospect in the class of 2016.

    The recruiting coups further validate the investments Auburn and Alabama made on splashy coaching hires the past two springs.

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