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Marvin Clark Jr. and Javon Bess, both sophomores, have decided to transfer from Michigan State after meeting with Tom Izzo. Below are statements from all three as the decision was announced.

Statement from Marvin Clark Jr.

“I want to say that nothing can replace the experiences I gained while playing for Coach Izzo. I’ll always love and respect him for giving me the opportunity to put on a Spartan uniform. With that said, I do feel it’s in my best interests to find a new home to continue my college career. “My time here has been unbelievable. From Spartan Nation supporting me and giving life to us on a nightly basis, to the teachings of the coaching staff and finally my teammates and the bonds of brotherhood we’ve developed, it’s been a great experience.”

My take: Marv, as everyone calls him, has all the physical ability in the world, but what Izzo really preached was knowing where he had to be on defense. Sometimes Marv would get lost on defense, which put him in Izzo's doghouse. Kenny Goins came out of nowhere to play good defense, which led to a cut in Marv's minutes. I was [..]

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It was over before it started

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Middle Tennessee 90 Michigan State 81.

In Denzel Valentine, Matt Costello, Bryn Forbes, and Colby Wollenman's last game as Spartans, the team fell short. Usually, we look at the three players trending up. This time let's take a look at the top three reasons why the Spartans lost today. It may not make you feel better about the result, but it will help you understand how it happened.

1. Turnovers: The Spartans played their most sloppy ball of the season against Middle Tennesse. Whether it was passes that went out of bounds, passes that attempted to go through two defenders, or a few travel calls, the Spartans didn't take care of the ball. It seemed like whenever Michigan State was about to tie the game, take the lead, or make a run, a turnover stalled the Spartans. It all added up to 14 turnovers. In a season where the Spartans shared the ball, they gave it away too much against Middle Tennessee.

2. Middle Tennessee's shooting: The Blue Raiders wouldn't miss. They jumped out to a 15-2 start because they started out the game going six-for-six shooting. They nailed 11-of-19 3-pointers, and [..]

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Last practice before St. Louis:

Open media session before practice at St. Louis:

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