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Nov 12, 2016; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans running back LJ Scott (3) runs the ball against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the first half of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 12, 2016; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans running back LJ Scott (3) runs the ball against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the first half of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Tyler O'Connor threw three touchdown passes in the first half, and Michigan State snapped its seven-game losing streak with a 49-0 rout of Rutgers on Saturday in what was a matchup of the last two teams in the Big Ten without a conference win.

Now Rutgers (2-8, 0-7) is alone at the bottom of the league after the Spartans (3-7, 1-6) raced out to a 35-0 halftime lead. LJ Scott ran for 103 of his 122 yards in the first half, and Demetrious Cox returned an interception for a touchdown.

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Nov 5, 2016; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights wide receiver John Tsimis (84) runs with the ball during the second half at High Points Solutions Stadium. The play was called back because Tsimis stepped out of bounds and came back in. Indiana defeated Rutgers 33-27. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5, 2016; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights wide receiver John Tsimis (84) runs with the ball during the second half at High Points Solutions Stadium. The play was called back because Tsimis stepped out of bounds and came back in. Indiana defeated Rutgers 33-27. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- For Rutgers, this scenario is a disappointment.

For Michigan State, it was unimaginable.

The Scarlet Knights and Spartans will meet in East Lansing on Saturday in a matchup between the only two winless teams in Big Ten play. Michigan State, which went to the national semifinals last season, has lost seven games in a row - yet is still favored by about two touchdowns. That's how badly this season has gone for Rutgers.

Chris Ash, in his first season as coach at Rutgers, was somewhat dismissive of the idea that the two teams are that similar.

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Jaren Jackson, a 6-foot-10 power forward from La Lumiere (IN), committed to Tom Izzo and Michigan State.

Ranked the No. 8 power forward in the Class of 2017 by 247Sports.com, he also considered Georgetown, Maryland, Notre Dame and Purdue.


UNLV transfer Ben Carter has chosen his new destination.

The 6-foot-9 Carter, who turns 22 in August, will be eligible immediately. He averaged 8.6 points and 6.0 rebounds last season for the Rebels.

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Josh Jackson got the win over his close friend Miles Bridges on Monday in his return home to Michigan, and the Michigan State-bound Bridges would like his friend to join him in college, too.

"We've got to get him on the squad," Bridges told MILive.com after his Huntington (W.V.) Prep team lost to Jackson's Prolific Prep (CA) squad, 100-80, in the Throwdown in Motown event presented by The Grind Session at HYPE Recreation Center. "He plays the same position as me but I know Coach (Tom) Izzo will work it out for us."

Both players scored 22 points in the game.

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Josh Jackson's recruitment remains in flux after the 6-foot-8 forward out of Prolific Prep (CA) attended Michigan State's 99-93 overtime victory against Oakland at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Tuesday night.

Several reports indicated Jackson had narrowed his recruitment to Arizona and Michigan State, but a source close to Jackson said it was not true. This Twitter account, which is the official source for Jackson information, also indicated the report wasn't true.


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NEW YORK -- Tom Izzo's terrific year just got better.

The Michigan State coach was named Monday as a candidate for the Naismith Hall of Fame in the Class of 2016. Izzo is one of more than 100 candidates, including 26 coaches on the ballot.

Izzo is already coaching the No. 1-ranked team in the nation in undefeated Sparty (12-0) and he also has perhaps his best recruiting class ever lined up for 2016. That class is highlighted by Huntington (W.V.) Prep forward Miles Bridges, whom former Michigan State guard Travis Trice said is better than anyone on the current roster.

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Dec 2, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo talks to Spartans guard Eron Harris (14) and Spartans guard Matt McQuaid (20) during the second half of a game at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. MSU won 71-67. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Carter)
Dec 2, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo talks to Spartans guard Eron Harris (14) and Spartans guard Matt McQuaid (20) during the second half of a game at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. MSU won 71-67. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Carter)

Michigan State, Kansas and Oklahoma held the top three spots in The Associated Press' college basketball poll for a second straight week. There was a shakeup in the rest of the top 10 after a weekend of upsets.

The Spartans (12-0) were a near unanimous choice, receiving all but one first-place vote from the 65-member national media panel. Kansas (9-1) got the other No. 1 vote.

Following Oklahoma were Maryland, Virginia, Xavier, North Carolina, Arizona, Butler and Providence, which is in the top 10 for the first time since Jan. 17, 1978.

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Valentine had 29 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists and only a single turnover to lead the Spartans to a comeback after trailing by 11 with 9:21 remaining. (Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports)
Valentine had 29 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists and only a single turnover to lead the Spartans to a comeback after trailing by 11 with 9:21 remaining. (Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports)

Michigan State senior guard Denzel Valentine, a leading contender for National Player of the Year honors, will miss 2-3 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday.

Spartans coach Tom Izzo announced the news on Monday after Valentine tore cartilage while going up for a layup on Sunday during practice.

"It's very, very minor," Izzo said, according to the Detroit News. "But we couldn't leave it in there. When it moves around it could not bother him for a week and then really bother him. This is best for him in the present and in the future."

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Michigan State Spartans forward Matt Costello (10) celebrates win over Binghamton Bearcats during the second half of a game at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. (Mike Carter)
Michigan State Spartans forward Matt Costello (10) celebrates win over Binghamton Bearcats during the second half of a game at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. (Mike Carter)

Michigan State is No. 1 in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll for the first time since early in the 2013-14 season.

The Spartans (9-0) jumped from third to a runaway first following last week's losses by then-Nos. 1 and 2 Kentucky and Maryland. Michigan State received 62 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel.

Kansas (6-1), which had one first-place vote, moved from fourth to second, while North Carolina, the preseason No. 1, jumped from ninth to third and received two votes for No. 1.

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Dec 2, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo talks to Spartans guard Eron Harris (14) and Spartans guard Matt McQuaid (20) during the second half of a game at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. MSU won 71-67. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Carter)
Dec 2, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo talks to Spartans guard Eron Harris (14) and Spartans guard Matt McQuaid (20) during the second half of a game at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. MSU won 71-67. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Carter)

When the new Associated Press Top 25 poll came out on Monday, Michigan State ascended to the No. 1 spot in the land.

Kansas, North Carolina, Iowa State and Kentucky fill out the top five positions.

Tom Izzo and the Spartans improved to 9-0 on Saturday with a 76-33 win over Binghamton in which National Player of the Year candidate Denzel Valentine had yet another double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds and Bryn Forbes scored 14 points.

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Michigan State guard Denzel Valentine will miss 2-3 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Monday. (Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports)
Michigan State guard Denzel Valentine will miss 2-3 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Monday. (Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports)

CHICAGO -- Michigan State made sure Valentine's Day came about three months early on Tuesday night.

Denzel Valentine, the Spartans' senior star, became the fourth player in program history to record a triple-double to boost No. 13 Michigan State to a 79-73 victory over No. 4 Kansas in the second game of the State Farm Champions Classic.

Valentine had 29 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists and only a single turnover to lead the Spartans to a comeback after trailing by 11 with 9:21 remaining. Magic Johnson is the only other Michigan State player to record a triple-double against Kansas.

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Cassius Winston, a 6-foot-2 point guard from University of Detroit (MI) Jesuit,?announced for Michigan State on Friday.

Winston, ranked the No. 5 point guard in the Class of 2016 by 247Sports.com, also took?officials to Stanford and Pittsburgh.

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Jaylen Brown has?cut Kansas from his list, leaving four schools with Michigan the only Adidas school remaining

The news was first reported by Matt Scott of TheShiver.com.

The 6-foot-7 wing from Marietta (GA) Wheeler is now down to Michigan, Kentucky, North Carolina and Cal, with the latter three all being Nike schools.?Brown has previously said he would prefer to play for an Adidas school.

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Caleb Swanigan, the 6-foot-8 2015 center?from?Fort Wayne (IN) Homestead High, committed to Michigan State?and head coach Tom Izzo?on the eve of the?Nike Hoop Summit?in Portland, Ore.

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SYRACUSE -- When it was over,?Magic Johnson was all smiles.

Standing in front of the Michigan State bench, the Spartans?legend was shaking hands, patting backs and offering encouraging words to?the players who had just beaten Louisville 76-70 in overtime in the East Region final in the Carrier Dome to advance to the Final Four.

Mostly, though, the NBA legend offered still more support for Spartans coach Tom Izzo, who is headed to his seventh Final Four with a team that has 11 losses.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Magic Johnson stood right behind Michigan State coach Tom Izzo while cheering on the Spartans on Friday afternoon here at the Time Warner Cable Arena.

And then he backed up the legendary coach after the game, too.

"He's done an amazing job with the team," Johnson said after No. 7 Michigan State beat No. 10 Georgia, 70-63, in an East Region game.

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Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo is not a fan of the Big Ten Conference moving its postseason tournament to Madison Square Garden in 2018, when it will be played a week before the Big East Tournament and leave a gap of 11 days before the start of the NCAA Tournament.

"That's probably my biggest concern," Izzo told The Detroit Free Press. "Not where it is, but [the timing]. Nobody wants that much time off. It could be two weeks, because you could play [in the league tournament] and get beat on a Thursday."

The Big Ten?held a press conference Tuesday at the Garden to formally announce the move, which was first reported by SI.com.?

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Michigan State on Thursday landed a pledge from 6-foot-5 shooter Matt McQuaid,?his father confirmed to SNY.tv.

McQuaid, out of Duncanville (TX), initially committed to SMU, only to change course in July. He also considered Creighton, but chose the Spartans after taking a visit this past weekend.

"I think a big part about it was Coach [Tom] Izzo and what they've done throughout his career there as far as a program and just the type of guy he is and the opportunity to play for somebody like that and be developed by someone?like that and a program like that was pretty high on the list," Rob McQuaid, the player's father, said.

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NEW YORK -- It started so well for the Huskies, jumped out to a quick 10 point lead, but the shots stopped falling.

Michigan State leads UConn at the half 25-21 thanks to 3-point shooting, and some terrible UConn shooting. UConn shot 27.8 percent in the first half and 2 of 12 from 3-point range. Michigan State wasn't much better, shooting 37.8 percent, but the Spartans hit six 3-pointers. That was the difference.

UConn finished 3 of 21 after a hot start.

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NEW YORK -- The Big Ten hasn't won an NCAA championship since Michigan State cut down the nets in 2000.

Since then, the ACC has won five titles, the Big East four, the SEC three and the Big 12 one.

"The Big Ten still hasn't won a national championship in a while," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said Saturday on the eve of a Sweet 16 matchup with UConn here at Madison Square Garden.

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UConn will play Michigan State in the East Regional Final at Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon at 2:20 p.m.

The No. 4 seed Spartans knocked off top-seed Virginia 61-59 in the second game on Friday night.

UConn and Michigan State have been two of the better college basketball programs in the last 15 years and since 1998 have had several memorable games.

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?Marvin Clark?is headed to Michigan State, he announced on Monday morning.

A 6-foot-7 post-graduate small forward from Sunrise Christian (KS) whose father died when he was very young and later lived in various homeless shelters, Clark also considered Indiana, Kansas State and Seton Hall.

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President Barack Obama has Michigan State winning the national title and a Final Four of Michigan State, Louisville, Arizona and Florida.?

Those four teams are the favorites to get to the Final Four despite Louisville and Michigan State seeded fourth.

Obama has UConn defeating St. Joseph's in the Round of 64 on Thursday, but falling to second-seeded Villanova on Saturday.

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While home in Flint, MI for winter break, Miles Bridges?took an unofficial visit to Michigan State on Saturday.

The 6-foot-6 2016 Huntington (W.V.) Prep forward watched as the No. 5 Spartans crushed New Orleans, 101-48.

"It was good," Bridges told SNY.tv. "I got to watch the game, go into the locker room, talk to some of the players and the coaches. It went pretty good."

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By BEN BASKIN

Special to ZAGSBLOG

NEW YORK --?It was a successful weekend in Brooklyn for No. 1 Michigan State, as they not only took home the championship in the Coaches vs Cancer Classic but their two top players also impressed NBA executives with their strong play.

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By BEN BASKIN

Special to ZAGSBLOG

NEW YORK --?Michigan State is the No. 1 ?team in the country, and proved why yet again on Friday night with a dominating 96-77 win over Virginia Tech in the semis of the Coaches vs Cancer Classic at the Barclays Center.

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On the same day they ascended to No. 1 in the AP Top 25 rankings, Michigan State made a bold move on the recruiting circuit, too.

The Spartans offered?2015 Huntington (W.V.) Prep wing?Montaque "Teki" Gill-Caesar, who may or may not reclass to 2014 and has been compared by some to Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins.

"They offered earlier today," Gill-Caesar told SNY.tv. "Said they need to bring a 2 guard in."

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No. 1 Kentucky has forfeited its game against No. 2 Michigan State set for Tuesday night in Chicago.

Well, not really.

But Kentucky coach John Calipari joked about his exchange with MSU coach Tom Izzo?regarding that possibility.

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Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn?is headed to Michigan State.

A 5-foot-10, 175-pound Bahamas native,?Nairn picked the Spartans over Minnesota, Oklahoma and Indiana after visiting all four schools.

?I took all my visits, but there was something different when I went there,? Nairn told Scout.com?s Evan Daniels. ?The players were always together. The players put their arms around me and say ?Tum, lets do this.? And that meant a lot to me.

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As the game of point guard musical chairs continues, Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn has opted to take a "spur of the moment" visit to Michigan State this weekend, his high school coach confirmed to SNY.tv.

"Yes, he is visiting Michigan State this weekend," Belaire (KS) Sunrise Christian Academy?coach Kyle Lindsted said.

Nairn had trimmed his list to Minnesota, Oklahoma and Indiana, but now the Spartans are making an 11th-hour push after previously backing off on him. He has visited Minnesota and Oklahoma, with Indiana due up next weekend.

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Gavin Schilling is headed to Michigan State.

"I proudly announce that I will be playing my college basketball at Michigan State University! Much love to all who supported me! #GoGreen," he Tweeted.

The 6-foot-9, 240-pound forward from Findlay Prep picked the Spartans over Villanova, UCLA and Minnesota.

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Jabari Parker will take official visits to Duke and Michigan State -- his two perceived leaders -- and will add three more officials, according to a report on ESPNChicago.com.

The 6-foot-8 Parker will visit Duke the weekend of Oct. 27, as previously reported on SNY.tv. A date for the MSU visit has not yet been set.

North Carolina coach Roy Williams will have an in-home with Parker Tuesday and Florida coach Billy Donovan visits Chicago Simeon that same day, ESPN reported.

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NEW YORK -- Tom Izzo figured he was in a bit of a no-win situation entering Tuesday night's game against Duke.

"I was either gonna be the guy who threw the record-breaker to Henry Aaron or I was gonna be the guy who shot Bambi," Izzo cracked after Michigan State lost to Duke, 74-69, to give Coach K career victory No. 903 at Madison Square Garden.

In the end, Izzo's players didn't have enough artillery to kill Bambi.

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Michigan State coach Tom Izzo scored a major coup Wednesday night by landing Gary Harris, the Rivals No. 3 shooting guard in the Class of 2012.

The 6-foot-6 Harris chose MSU over Kentucky, Indiana and Purdue.

"Me and my family, we just decided tonight," Harris told ESPN.com. "All the schools had the same thing but it came down to the school I was most comfortable with. The family atmosphere (at Michigan State) was like no other. The way they treat each other and act and get along -- it's a great feeling."

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Gary Harris, the No. 6 shooting guard in the Class of 2012, hasn't cut his list but says five schools are recruiting him the hardest.

"Haven't cut any yet," he said by text.

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound guard out of Fishers (Ind.) Hamilton Southeastern said Indiana, Michigan State, Louisville, Notre Dame and Purdue are "recruiting me the hardest."

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Austin Rivers will play at Madison Square Garden in his first season at Duke when the Blue Devils face Michigan State Nov. 15, 2011 in the inaugural "Champions Classic."

"I'm excited, man," Rivers said by text. "It's going to be sick."

Kentucky, which will feature the blockbuster freshmen group of Michael Gilchrist, Anthony Davis, Marquis Teague and Kyle Wiltjer --? will meet Kansas the same night.

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NEW YORK -- A dejected Kalin Lucas dressed somberly in the Michigan State locker room early Wednesday morning.

His No. 7 Spartans team had just been dominated by No. 8 Syracuse, 72-58, in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.

"I'm just very disappointed," Lucas said. "You're playing in the Garden, you're supposed to play hard physically. You're supposed to give it your all and tonight we didn't. We didn't play tough at all. They just manhandled us the whole game pretty much."

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NEW YORK -- Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said the offseason offer he received to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers was the "toughest" choice he ever had to make.

"I've got to admit, it was the toughest decision I've had in my coaching career just because of the opportunity," Izzo said Friday.

"Not only to be a head coach in the NBA, and a lot of money to be honest with you, but also the thought of being able to maybe coach a LeBron James, one of the greatest players who ever played. So it was tough. I gave it a good look. I have no regrets. I did what I wanted to do and I appreciate that I had the opportunity."

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich knows the lurid details that came to light during the trial of a woman who tried to extort millions from Rick Pitino could affect some people's perception of the highly successful coach.

Jurich isn't one of them.

He reiterated his support for Pitino on Thursday after a jury found Karen Cunagin Sypher guilty of three counts of extortion, two counts of lying to the FBI and one count of retaliating against a witness.

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Darrun Hilliard, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Liberty (Pa.) High, is headed to Villanova beginning in 2011.

Hilliard chose the Wildcats over Notre Dame, Seton Hall, Iowa, Michigan and Boston College.

"I loved how they treated each other," Hilliard said by text. "It's like a big family up there, a home away from home and I really loved that their tradition is also great. I will have a great career after graduation from Villanova either on or off the court."

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By ALEX KLINE

What is the significance of June 15th to coaches, players and the class of 2012 as a whole?

It was the first day when the NCAA permits college coaches to officially recruit prospects. On this day, college coaches can make their first contact with members of the class of 2012 for the first time whether it?s to talk with them or even offer them. A number of top prospects in the class of 2012 and even one big name in the class of 2013 picked up offers Tuesday.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are pursuing Michigan State's Tom Izzo as their next head coach, according to reports.

"If I was anywhere but at Michigan State, I would be interested in Tom, too, because he's the best coach in college basketball," Michigan State AD Mark Hollis told The Associated Press. " Hollis added that there was "not a contract offer on the table."

Izzo, who makes a reported $3 million annually, has led the Spartans to a 364-146 career record, six Final Four appearances and six Big Ten championships in 15 seasons. Michigan State won the NCAA championship in 2000 and reached the Final Four last season, falling to Butler in the national semifinals.

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INDIANAPOLIS - Da'Sean Butler sat in the corner of the West Virginia locker room with ice on his sprained left knee, crutches laying nearby.

Encircled by a media horde in a locker room at Lukas Oil Stadium, his face was red and puffy as he talked about how he wanted the last portion of his life back.

"I would do anything for those last 14 minutes back," Butler said.

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Chris Chaney, the former Patterson School coach who is touring the country visiting some of the top college programs, has graciously agreed to guest blog for ZAGSBLOG.

Chris has been a head coach for 18 years and has won 558 games. He has also won 3 National Prep School Championships and 3 National Coach of the Year Honors. He has coached 10 NBA draft picks and over 100 Division I players. He has also done coaching clinics all over the world and his 2005 40-0 National Championship team is considered the Best Pre-College team of All-Time. He has been featured on ESPN and is known as one the brightest minds in the game.

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Adreian Payne is headed to the Big Ten.

The 6-foot-10 center out of Dayton (Ohio) Jefferson chose?Michigan State?over West Virginia, Kentucky and Arizona.

"I decided to go to Michigan State," Payne said on ESPNU. "I feel real comfortable stepping on campus going there. They offer a lot of good things, such as the academics [and] a good basketball program. And that's what I was looking for in a school and a relationship with the head coach. Just to start a new year."

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Senior forwards C.J. Leslie of Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God Academy and Terrence Jones Portland (Ore.) Jefferson both attended Kentucky's Blue-White scrimmage Wednesday night, according to various reports.

Leslie, the No. 4 power forward in the Class of 2010, was supposed to attend Kentucky's Big Blue Madness last week but didn't attend. Seton Hall is hoping to get a visit from Leslie as well, but his camp has been very quiet about his plans.

Word of God coach Erasto Hatchett told me earlier this month the 6-foot-8, 205-pound Leslie is c

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Rutgers and Army will play football at Yankee Stadium on Nov. 12, 2011 in the second football game at the new stadium and the first in a series between the schools.

Army and Notre Dame will play the first football game at the new stadium on Nov. 20, 2010. The game will be broadcast on CBS.

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