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East Lansing, Michigan, October 14, 2020 – The Michigan State men’s basketball team conducted its first official practice of the 2020-21 season on Wednesday, October 14.
Prior to the practice, head coach Tom Izzo met with the media for 30 minutes via Zoom and talked about the excitement that surrounds the team as he enters his 26th season at the helm of the MSU program.
“To say we’re excited would an understatement,” Izzo said. “It’s been an incredible seven months for all us and not just for our team, but for you and our country in general. There’s been a lot that has gone on, but when you start the season, it’s an excellent chance to start moving forward.
“Our players worked very hard, we had an incredibly July and August. I thought we made a lot of progress as a team, even if it was in different way, more in the weight room and individual work. We weren’t allowed to be together as much in the summer, pods of maybe three or four. But I thought it worked out pretty well and we got a lot out of it.”
Michigan State finished the 2019-20 season with a 22-9 overall record, including a 14-6 mark in the Big Ten, tied for first place. The Spartans won a share of the Big Ten Regular Season for the third-straight year before the postseason was cancelled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
The Spartans return several key starters and players from last year’s team and Izzo announced last week that senior guard Joshua Langford (Huntsville, Alabama/Madison Academy) along with juniors Aaron Henry (Indianapolis, Indiana/Ben Davis) and Foster Loyer (Clarkston, Michigan/Clarkston) have been named captains for the coming season.
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