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Tom Izzo's COVID-19 bout might make Michigan State basketball better in the long run

The voice from above bellowed over the loudspeaker, as Michigan State basketball ran scrimmaged Saturday.

But that man wasn’t hiding behind a curtain up in the suites. It wasn’t any god from above, either.

Tom Izzo was back at Breslin Center.

The Spartans' revered coach returned to observe practice this weekend and was in his office Monday to prepare for the season opener Wednesday against Eastern Michigan (6 p.m., BTN).

“The guys were excited to see him, we were excited to see him,” associated head coach Dwayne Stephens said Monday after practice.