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  1. Top 50 coaches: No. 3 Tom Izzo

    Eamonn Brennan

    Editor's note: Over five weeks, we will reveal the top 50 coaches in college basketball as decided by our ESPN Forecast panel. Today we unveil No. 3: Michigan State's Tom Izzo. On Thursday, we will release No. 2 and No. 1. Typically, time and dist...

    Blog | July 02, 2014
  2. Q&A: Gen. Dempsey on basketball, service

    Eamonn Brennan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On Wednesday, ESPN's Jay Bilas moderated a USA Basketball panel in the Pentagon auditorium. The panel, which featured Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, Texas Tech coach Tubby ...

    Blog | May 09, 2014
  3. Afternoon Links: Tom Izzo, second fiddle?

    Eamonn Brennan

    Afternoon Links is pretty self-explanatory. Get at me to submit your own. What's up with Rasheed Sulaimon? After a tidy freshman campaign, the sophomore shooting guard looked set to be one of Duke's most reliable scoring options on the wing this ...

    Blog | December 04, 2013
  4. Scouting the Champions: UK vs. MSU

    Eamonn Brennan

    Much has been made of the impact of the Champions Classic, of the "importance" -- for lack of a better term -- of four teams this good, this talented, and this high-profile meeting so early in the college hoops calendar. And rightfully so: Tuesday ni...

    Blog | November 12, 2013
  5. One night in, the kids are all right

    Eamonn Brennan

    Before the whole thing devolved into a hilarious game of expectations limbo, Tom Izzo kind of had a point. "[Kentucky coach John Calipari's] lucky," Izzo said last week. "Everybody says, 'Have you studied Kentucky?' What the hell are you going to ...

    Blog | November 09, 2013
  6. Even John Calipari's smack is on message

    Eamonn Brennan

    It's a pretty obvious thing to say, isn't it? That a Champions Classic game between two of the best four teams in the country -- a burly, veteran Michigan State team on the one hand, and a so-talented-I'm-already-running-out-of-adjectives Kentucky on...

    Blog | October 09, 2013
  7. Tom Izzo talks Lucious, Allen dismissals

    Eamonn Brennan

    Michigan State hasn't had many down years under Tom Izzo. Even his worst campaigns are, by anyone else's standards, very good -- and even then they are rare. The 2010-11 season was that anomaly. It wasn't just that Michigan State went 19-15, and b...

    Blog | September 25, 2013
  8. One game, one coach: Who you got?

    Eamonn Brennan

    The college game is stiflingly overcoached. Very few fans seem to mind. Some even seem to like it that way. How can this be? Coaches are the stars of the college basketball show. Fans identify with these guys not only because they look and act lik...

    Blog | August 21, 2013
  9. Izzo: Spartans having 'best summer' ever

    Eamonn Brennan

    Tom Izzo has long since established his reputation for honesty. It's part of why he's so widely respected: With minimal diplomatic exception, he'll tell reporters, fans, staff members and players pretty much what he thinks, whether positive or negati...

    Blog | June 05, 2013
  10. Payne's return could make Spartans elite

    Eamonn Brennan

    Sometimes we get too excited about experience. We assume players and thus teams get better with age, and that experience automatically leads to improvement. And it often does! But every year, it seems, a team whose main quality is "everyone is back" ...

    Blog | April 28, 2013
  11. Proposed rules changes a good start

    Eamonn Brennan

    In the weeks since Louisville cut down the nets, we've heard of two rules change proposals winding their way through the NCAA's vast tangles of procedural bureaucracy. The first was Tom Izzo's acknowledgment that the sport, with its coaches' support,...

    Blog | April 22, 2013
  12. Izzo to fans: Leave Russell Byrd alone

    Eamonn Brennan

    The Internet is amazing in many ways, but its glory often requires sacrifices. When a college athlete has a horrifying injury on national television, Twitter can provide a window to a world full of supportive, considerate people. But that directness ...

    Blog | April 16, 2013
  13. NCAA tournament 2013 -- Fair or not, Big Ten's legacy is on the l...

    Eamonn Brennan

    The Big Ten was the nation's best conference in the regular season. But that doesn't matter. Fair or not, the conference's legacy will be judged by how well -- or poorly -- its teams do in the NCAA tournament.

    Story | Conversation | March 19, 2013
  14. Conference Power Rankings: Big Ten

    Eamonn Brennan

    New week, new Big Ten power rankings, new No. 1. Let's dig right in: 1. Michigan: Indiana's loss to Butler Saturday -- and the fashion in which it came -- prompted some legitimate near-term questions for the Hoosiers. But it's not like Michigan on...

    Blog | December 21, 2012
  15. Tom Izzo's Iron Man costume was awesome

    Eamonn Brennan

    There were plenty of Midnight Madness highlights Friday night. Missouri's Keion Bell, formerly of Pepperdine, brought the dunking ability that made him famous to Columbia, jumping over six people en route to arguably the night's best dunk. The ever-a...

    Blog | October 15, 2012
  16. Three Big Things: Michigan State

    Eamonn Brennan

    In the buildup to Midnight Madness, Insider and our college hoops team are collaborating on a preview of one high-profile college hoops team per day -- based on Joe Lunardi's top 20 teams in his offseason Bracketology. We're calling it "Countdown To ...

    Blog | September 11, 2012