V-Cast: What we learned in the home opener

EAST LANSING - Ten different players logged double digit minutes for Michigan State in a 69-41 win over Texas Southern in the Spartans' home opener on Sunday.
Afterward, Spartan coach Tom Izzo indicated that he hoped the game would help he and his staff tighten up the playing rotation and define roles moving forward.
Who played well? Who needs to play better? What can Michigan State gain take away from a 69-41 win over Texas Southern?
Click below to see what SpartanMag staffers Jim Comparoni and Paul Konyndyk thought:
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V-Cast: What we learned from the home opener
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A sampling of the headlines in this month's issue:
Page 10: Can Michigan State get its offense fixed?
By Jim Comparoni
Page 16: Dantonio Discusses Play Calls and Mood of the Team
Page 20: Next Man Up: Clark Gains Confidence from Emergency Start
By Paul Konyndyk
Page 20: A Privilege to Compete
Lang Showing Promise in College Career that Almost Wasn't
By Jim Comparoni
Page 22: Drummond Finding Rhythm at Safety
By Ricardo Cooney
Page 24: New Look, Old Goals
High-Octane Spartans Capable of Challening for All Championships
By Jim Comparoni
Page 28: Nix Enhances Low-Post Explosiveness for Senior Year
By Ricardo Cooney
Page 30: Have an App for That?
Appling Wants to Take MSU to Places He's Never Been
By Ricardo Cooney
Page 32: Talent on the Rise?
New Captain Byrd Blossoming in Supporting Role
By Jim Comparoni
Page 34: Payne Could be Headed for 'Breakout year'
By Jim Comparoni
Page 34: Gauna, Izzo's 'Project,' Wants to Prove Himself
By Jim Comparoni
Page 35: Billiken Bullying Built a Stronger Kearney
By Paul Konyndyk
Page 36: Back on the Attack
Trice Just Happy His Hoop Dreams Are Still Alive
By Jim Comparoni
Page: 38: Dawson Eager to Bounce Back from 'Immaturity' and Injury
By Jim Comparoni
Page 40: Even Better Than Expected
Izzo Says Harris Lives Up To Billing, and Then Some
By Paul Konyndyk
Page 42:
Valentine Must Live Up to Lofty Compliments
By Paul Konyndyk
Kaminski Draws Strength from Teammate During Recovery
By Paul Konyndyk
Page 44:
The Costello Show: Freshman Fighting to Earn a Role
By Paul Konyndyk
Big Horn Banger (Wollerman) Leads Scrappy Batch of Scout Teamers
By Jim Comparoni
Page 46: Few Good Minutes with Mike Garland
By Gillian Van Stratt
Page 48: Izzo Verbatim: 'We Are Going to Deny Everywhere'
Page 50: Michigan State Football Recruiting:
Quality over Quantity
2012 Commitments Prove Spartan Recruiting Class Better Than Advertised
By Paul Konyndyk
Page 56: Spartan Hockey Report
Learning Curve Steep for Young Spartans
By John Raffel
Page 58: Farewell Tour
It's the Final Season for Walrod and the CCHA
By John Raffel
Page 62: Women's Basketball
Built to Win
Merchant Won't Budge on Program's Expectations
By Ricardo Cooney