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Kentucky's second game of the year will be a severe challenge to all that 40-0 talk.

It's the one against Michigan State, a team returning all five starters from a Sweet 16 squad considered one of the best at the tail end of last season.

And, going by what Tom Izzo says, that Spartans team is showing the promise in the summer that should make them among the top three candidates to be crowned national champions.

"Right now, we're having the best summer we've ever had," Izzo said, according to "There have been more guys in the gym. (Adreian) Payne has been good, and (Gary) Harris is really getting a lot better. (Branden) Dawson I think has made big strides from what I hear."

That game will be billed as experience vs. inexperience, the veteran team that already knows its identity vs. the ultra-talented team that is just starting its foray into the season.

Whatever happens, it promises to be one of the best college basketball games of the year.

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