Don't forget about us

As long as Michigan State has Tom Izzo, the Spartans can't be counted out

Updated: July 16, 2014, 4:27 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

One program that I will keep an eye on with keen interest during the 2014-15 season is Michigan State.

When you think about the players the Spartans lost from last season, it is incredible. Start with Adreian Payne up front, a true workhorse during his career in East Lansing. The backcourt lost Gary Harris, an NBA first-round pick, and the experienced leadership of Keith Appling.

Losing three players of that talent level will be difficult to overcome. ...

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