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Michigan St Faces Top Competition As Usual

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AUBURN HILLS, MI - MARCH 23: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans reacts as he coaches against the Memphis Tigers during the third round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills on March 23, 2013 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

AUBURN HILLS, MI – MARCH 23: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans reacts as he coaches against the Memphis Tigers during the third round of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills on March 23, 2013 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — As usual, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, has put together a tough schedule to test his team.

The Spartans have four starters returning and six of their top seven scorers back from a team that won 27 games and advanced to the NCAA tournament’s round of 16.

Michigan State will play national championship contender Kentucky on Nov. 12 in Chicago and perennial power North Carolina on Dec. 4 at home. It will also play Virginia Tech, Oklahoma or Texas along with Texas.

The Spartans open the season with a Nov. 8 against McNeese State.

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