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Izzo reiterated to his team as the regulars came to the bench, just how important valuing the ball will be moving forward. “He wasn’t very happy, let’s leave it at that,” fifth-year senior Kenny Goins said with a smile. “Even he can’t be mad about a 20-point win and going on to the Sweet 16. Right now we’re all enjoying it, but we’ll talk more about it (Sunday).”

Source: Detroit News

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On a night Michigan State became the winningest Big Ten program in NCAA Tournament history, no one asked about it.The questions were about avoiding failure. About the relief of reaching the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2015, for the first time with any of the current players on the court.When failing to reach the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament three straight years becomes the cross you bear as a program, you’ve made it.

Source: Lansing State Journal

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You can see it coming together. At least in spurts. When these Michigan State Spartans start flowing and swarming into something greater than their parts. They’ve been that way all season, truthfully, and it would’ve been a shame if their season had ended here, inside Wells Fargo Arena, in a city in the center of the country’s farmland.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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No team entered the NCAA tournament in a more precarious position than the Tigers, whose head coach Will Wade was suspended indefinitely after being linked to the FBI wiretaps into corruption in college basketball. Wade reportedly has refused to talk to school officials since the suspension was handed down March 8 after LSU won the SEC regular-season championship.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Michigan State basketball pounds Minnesota, 70-50 Detroit Free Press
At times, it was beautiful basketball. At times, it was some of the sloppiest Michigan State basketball has played in a while. None of the mistakes could keep the Spartans from moving on to their first Sweet 16 since 2015. Cassius Winston had 13 points and nine assists, including a critical seven-point stretch in the second half, to lead No. 2 MSU to a 70-50 victory over No. 10 Minnesota in the East Region of the NCAA tournament Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena.

Michigan State takes down Minnesota to return to Sweet 16 mlive.com
Michigan State claimed all week that its three-year run of opening weekend NCAA Tournament exits wasn’t on its minds and wasn’t a burden. When its chance came to break that drought came, players proved it by playing loose, carefree and in dominating fashion.

Busting Through: Spartans dominate Minnesota, advance to Sweet Sixteen The Only Colors
Saturday night, the Michigan State Spartans exercised more than a few demons. With the weight of not reaching the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament since 2015, first-round struggles and criticism of the program all weighing on the Spartans, they wasted no time getting to work. Unfortunately for the Big Ten, it was the Minnesota Golden Gophers on the receiving end. As always, it was the mild-mannered point guard in the middle of everything.

Michigan State dominates Minnesota to advance to Sweet 16 Spartan Avenue
You can bet Tom Izzo was thinking about the lack of Sweet 16s in the past three years heading into Saturday night’s game against Minnesota, but Michigan State didn’t show any signs of tightness, smacking the Golden Gophers, 70-50.

Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State basketball’s NCAA tournament win over Minnesota Lansing State Journal
1. MSU badly needed this Sweet 16
2. Freshman thoughts – the Minnesota “Aaron Henry” NCAA tournament edition
3. LSU, a ferocious beast mired in scandal, awaits MSU in the Sweet 16

Michigan State overwhelms Minnesota, reaches first Sweet 16 in four years Detroit News
he NCAA Tournament is sweet again for Michigan State. After failing to get out of the first weekend of the tournament in each of the past three seasons, No. 2 seed Michigan State started out fast and got a big second-half lift from Cassius Winston on its way to a 70-50 victory over No. 10 seed Minnesota in the second round of the East Region Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena.

Michigan State back where it belongs in the Sweet 16. The streak is over
Detroit Free Press
They beat a depleted team despite a bushel of turnovers in an ugly game two days after their coach was the focus of national headlines. But they’ll take it. And they should, because the Michigan State Spartans are back in the Sweet 16, after beating Minnesota, 70-50, Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center. Finally.

Michigan State cruises past Minnesota in round of 32 Spartan Tailgate
After playing 40 minutes of basketball so tight you could choke on the tension in Wells Fargo Arena Thursday, Michigan State was looser than an old, yellowed pair of tube socks in Saturday’s second-round NCAA Tournament game against Minnesota.

 

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Redshirt-junior guard Shay Colley’s layup with 12 seconds remaining propelled the No.9-seeded Michigan State women’s basketball team past No. 8-seeded Central Michigan, 88-87, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Indiana on Saturday afternoon.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

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The country has seen the interaction between Tom Izzo and Aaron Henry during Thursday’s first-round NCAA tournament game. When I first saw it, my initial reaction was laughter.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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“Everybody asked me, is it easier to prepare for a team, we were two completely different teams than we were a month and a half ago,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. “We have only played once. It was a long time ago and the prep feels brand new.”

Source: Detroit News

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How rare is this intraconference game in the NCAAs? It has never happened this early since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985, the starting point for modern NCAA history. The last time two active Big Ten teams played in the Big Dance was when MSU beat Wisconsin in the 2000 Final Four en route to the conference’s last national championship.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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From MSU’s perspective, the benefit isn’t simply playing another Big Ten team, but this Big Ten team. Assistant coach Dwayne Stephens said the Spartan staff had already started some advance scouting on the Gophers last week to prepare for the possibility of playing them in the conference tournament.

Source: Spartan Tailgate

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Ward missed five games because of a broken hand before returning during last week’s Big Ten tournament. The conditioning has taken some time to come back but combined with a poor matchup against a smaller Bradley team, the playing time has been hit and miss. That should change against Minnesota.

Source: Detroit News

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In what will have the feel of a Big Ten Conference game, Michigan State’s men’s basketball team will seek to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament when it faces league rival Minnesota on Saturday, March 23 at Wells Fargo Arena. Tipoff between the No. 2 seed Spartans and the No. 10 seed Golden Gophers is slated for 7:45 p.m. (ET).

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

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Dallas Fincher was about 8 years old when he arrived at Michigan State for the youth clinic prior to the annual spring football game. Amid the swarm of kids running through drills at the Duffy Daugherty Building, he was nowhere to be found. That was because Fincher spotted Michigan State players in the weight room. “He went in and started getting autographs on his hat and forgot all about the camp,” Fincher’s father, Mark Fincher, a former Michigan State offensive lineman, recalled with a laugh.

Source: mlive.com

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Breaking down Saturday’s East Region second-round game between No. 2 Michigan State basketball and No. 10 Minnesota the 2019 NCAA tournament:

Source: Detroit Free Press

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How do you handle adversity? How do you face struggles and disappointment? What do you do when nothing is falling? Kenny Goins, a Michigan State senior, went with humor. “We missed some good shots,” Goins said. “I missed a (crap)-ton, sorry for my language.”

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Winston Scores 26, Michigan State Pulls Away from Bradley, 76-65 MSU Official
No. 2 seed Michigan State used a 9-0 run late in the second half to open up an eight-point lead as the Spartans pulled away for a 76-65 win over No. 15 seed Bradley in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena Thursday afternoon.

Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State’s dicey NCAA tournament win over Bradley Lansing State Journal
1. You could feel the pressure on MSU – and it just about sent the Spartans home
2. Freshman thoughts – the Bradley edition
3. MSU’s path to the Sweet 16 just took an unexpected turn

Michigan State basketball survives to beat Bradley, 76-65, in NCAA tournament Detroit Free Press
For the second time in four NCAA tournaments, Michigan State basketball found itself in a dogfight as a 2-seed. This time, it was East Region 15-seed Bradley making critical plays and draining momentum-swinging 3-pointers to push to the brink of a titanic upset. But like Tom Izzo’s team did all season, the Spartans summoned up a scoring stretch through their fatigue and found a way to win.

No panic: Bradley puts Michigan State on upset alert but Spartans survive Detroit News
There’s no doubt that Michigan State fans — those at Wells Fargo Arena and certainly thousands more watching on television — were starting to have flashbacks on Thursday afternoon. The Spartans, the No. 2 seed in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament, were in a dogfight with No. 15 Bradley and memories of three years ago — Michigan State’s first-round loss to Middle Tennessee State — were, no doubt, starting to take a grip on the Spartans faithful.

Michigan State escapes opening round with win over Bradley
Feeling the pressure yet? Michigan State sure did in the first round as Bradley was giving it all it could handle, taking the Spartans down to the wire before the game was ultimately capped off with a free throw contest.

Michigan State survives first round scare against Bradley The Only Colors
For the better part of 40 minutes, it was impossible to avoid flashbacks to 2016. However, the Michigan State Spartans did just enough to get by the Bradley Braves in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Throughout the game, the lead swung back and forth. Both teams held and lost leads of at least six points. But a gutsy game out of Cassius Winston, who was not playing his best, helped the Spartans to a 76-65 win in Des Moines.

MSU dodges upset-minded Bradley in NCAA Tournament opener Spartan Tailgate
The collective exhale from everyone affiliated with Michigan State was big enough to set off a tornado watch. It almost happened again. Three years after being upset by No. 15 seed Middle Tennessee State, the Spartans played a dangerously close game against 15th-seeded Bradley Thursday in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

Amid ghosts of Middle Tennessee State, Michigan State writes different ending vs. Bradley mlive.com
As Michigan State’s first-round result from three years ago was creeping into the heads of Michigan State fans across the country, Spartans senior guard Matt McQuaid admitted it crept into his head, too. As a hot-shooting mid-major tested his team in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, he tried to push out those thoughts of No. 15 Middle Tennessee State 90, No. 2 Michigan State 81.

 

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4 days ago

Of all the pride and joy Tom Izzo has taken this season with his Michigan State team, it isn’t the two Big Ten titles that he has been most impressed with. It is the consistency with which the Spartans have performed almost all winter.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Three days in Chicago worked major magic for Michigan State basketball’s mojo. Three wins in consecutive days. A third win over Michigan, a first for one season in the history of the rivalry, delivering a Big Ten tournament championship.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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As Kyle Ahrens tumbled to the floor during Sunday’s Big Ten tournament championship game, a cascade of emotions rippled through the United Center.

Source: Lansing State Journal

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