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Posted at 9:18 AM ET, 02/ 8/2011

Cleveland Cavaliers' owner to Michigan State's Tom Izzo: 'Hang in there'

By Eric Prisbell

If misery loves company, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Cleveland Cavaliers' owner Dan Gilbert are perfect for each other this season. Izzo, as you know, is in the midst of the most trying season of his tenure with the Spartans, who have been the nation's most disappointing team. MSU has lost five of six games and is in danger of missing the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1997.

But Gilbert, who offered Izzo a chance to coach the Cavaliers this summer, is facing an even more dire on-court situation. The Cavaliers lost to the Dallas Mavericks, 99-96, on Monday, suffering their 25th consecutive defeat, the longest losing streak in NBA history.

On Monday, Gilbert sent Izzo a text that read, "Hang in there."

Not much was expected of the Cavs this season, but 25 straight losses was not expected. Michigan State, on the other hand, was striving for a third consecutive Final Four appearance and was considered a strong national title contender. Now the Spartans may not even make an expanded 68-team NCAA tournament field.

Which team - the Cavaliers or Spartans - has been more disappointing?

By Eric Prisbell  | February 8, 2011; 9:18 AM ET
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