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Michigan State coach Tom Izzo fired up about his deep and talented 14th-ranked Spartans squad

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is pretty fired up about his team's chances this season.It's easy to see why.Despite losing All-American forward Draymond Green, the 14th-ranked Spartans are deep and talented."We have a chance to put together a pretty good team," Izzo said, sounding perhaps as optimistic as he has before a season in years.Izzo has four of his top six scorers back from last season's team that won Big Ten titles in the regular season and conference tournament and put the program in the NCAA tournament's round of 16 for the 10th time in 15 years.And what really pleases Izzo, is how hard his players are working and what he heard from former Spartans guard Tim Bograkos, who was a player in the program from 2000-05, after one of their early workouts."He was here when those practices were like wars and he's been here when they've been like belly bumping, prom dancing practices," Izzo said. "He said to me, 'Hey, coach, looks like old-time practices are back, huh?' I said, 'Hey, T...

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