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Michigan State's Tom Izzo looks back, and ahead

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Michigan State coach Tom Izzo says his next team has a chance to be pretty good if everyone comes back.

Of course, that's a pretty big if.

Adreian Payne might decide to go pro, and Izzo says he will do his due diligence for the 6-foot-10, 240-pound forward. Izzo plans to poll NBA teams to ask where Payne would be drafted in June if he chooses to skip his senior season.

If Payne decides to return, the Spartans likely will lose only departing senior center Derrick Nix.

Payne, Keith Appling, Gary Harris and Branden Dawson would be the returning starters from a team that was eliminated by Duke on Friday night in the regional semifinals.

Michigan State (27-9) tied for second in the Big Ten and won two games in the NCAA tournament.

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