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Way-too-early 2015-16 Big Ten basketball rankings

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3. Michigan State Spartans

Michigan State v Oklahoma

Another year, another Final Four run from the Michigan State Spartans. However, this was easily the least expected run to the national semi-finals of them all. Will that experience help this team become a true contender for a Big Ten title in 2015-16?

Having both Travis Trice and Brendan Dawson gone from this season could be a big blow in the leadership and production portions of the Spartans roster, but there are going to be plenty of players ready to step in to those roles. Some, like Lourawls Nairn Jr., were already getting that experience as freshmen last season.

The best news is that after a few down years on the recruiting trail, Tom Izzo has hit it out of the ballpark for this upcoming season. He has the third-ranked recruiting class in the Big Ten according to 247Sports’ composite rankings, and that’s because he’s bringing in two top 75 players in the country.

Adding four-star in-state power forward Deyonta Davis and four-star shooting guard Matthew McQuaid to the mix as freshmen will help this team get bigger and also better very quickly. Look for the Spartans to have plenty of talent and much more depth this season than last.

It will lead to them challenging for a Big Ten title when it’s all said and done.

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Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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