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Izzo Expects Spartans To Be Underestimated Again

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 28: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans gestures from the bench against the Virginia Cavaliers during the regional semifinal of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 28: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans gestures from the bench against the Virginia Cavaliers during the regional semifinal of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo says he expects his rebuilding program to be underestimated again, a day after the Spartans were eliminated in the NCAA tournament.

The Spartans will lose seniors Adreian Payne and Keith Appling. Gary Harris would stun no one if he entered the NBA draft, and Branden Dawson could choose to be done with college.

Izzo tells The Associated Press on Monday it would be wrong to sell his team short next year.

The national championship coach with six Final Four appearances expects Denzel Valentine and Travis Trice to take advantage of more minutes and shots. Izzo says Matt Costello, Gavin Schilling and Alvin Ellis will be counted on to contribute more next season.

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