Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  In January, the NCAA announced it would be providing $3,000 per player to help defray costs of travel, lodging and meals for their families to the Final Four. For the two teams that reach Monday's championship game, another $1,000 will be available.
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Men's Basketball blogtalkradio.com —  Satchmo and DB discuss Michigan State's improbable run to the Final Four of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, inlcuding their wins over Oklahoma and Louisville, the Tom Izzo-Coach K rivalry, whether it's OK for Spartan fans to like Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan now, the relationship between Izzo and Spartan football coach Mark Dantonio, Izzo's relationship with Nick Saban and their Final Four predictions.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Clearly, the focus must be Jahlil Okafor. On second thought, maybe it all starts with Tyus Jones, the other Duke freshman Michigan State coach Tom Izzo tried to recruit, a point guard who plays like a senior. Focus too much on him, though, and senior guard Quinn Cook (15.5 points per game) will kill you. Never mind — 6-foot-6 freshman Justise Winslow just sliced through the lane and threw down a dunk.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  How would you like it if you were a big college basketball fan, sitting at your local Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the Final Four games Saturday night, when here comes Michigan State guard Eron Harris and his friends and family sitting at a table close by. Well, that could happen if you're watching the Spartans play Duke at a Buffalo Wilds Wings in Indianapolis, the city where Harris grew up and played his high school ball.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  It was where Michigan State defeated No. 3 LSU, then top-seeded Notre Dame in the Mideast Regional of the 1979 NCAA Tournament at the old Market Square Arena. That run, of course, resulted in Michigan State's first national championship, led by Magic Johnson and Gregory Kelser. From there, it was all Izzo as the Spartans returned to Indy for the first time in NCAA Tournament play in 2000 at the now defunct RCA Dome. It was the second straight Final Four appearance for Michigan State and, after beating Wisconsin in the semifinals, it knocked off Florida to win the school's second national title behind Mateen Cleaves and the Flintstones.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Tom Izzo said adjusting the goal from Final Four to national championship was the first thing he addressed when the team returned home.
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Men's Basketball losangeles.cbslocal.com —  If Michigan State is to continue its magical Tournament run, it will need continued strong play from a 5’10” freshman from the Bahamas called “Tum Tum.” Yes, it’s been an unusual season for the Spartans, but they’ve wound up in a familiar place: the Final Four.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Michigan State's Tom Izzo is 1-8 against Duke's Mike Krzyzewski? Forget about it, said Grant Hill, when those two square off again Saturday in an NCAA tournament semifinal at Indianapolis. "I really don't believe their records matter," said Hill, the former Blue Devils and Detroit Pistons star. "The teams that have played in the past — I actually was fortunate enough to compete against Michigan State, Tom Izzo was the coach, I think Jud Heathcote was the coach — but that's all in the past. It's about these current teams, the personalities, the talent on these teams, and not about what happened 10, 15 years ago."
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  This almost happened a decade ago and, at that point, Tom Izzo and Bo Ryan probably wouldn't have been calling each other to share in the achievement. The last time two Big Ten teams played in the Final Four together, MSU and Illinois made it to St. Louis in 2005, and Ryan's Wisconsin Badgers fell just short with an Elite Eight loss to North Carolina – which went on to beat MSU in the semifinals and Illinois in the title game.
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  Michigan State men's basketball head coach Tom Izzo held his weekly press conference on Tuesday afternoon at the Izzo Family Media Center at Spartan Stadium to preview the Final Four in Indianapolis, Ind. No. 7 seed MSU will face No. 1 seed Duke on Saturday.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Cleaves, who led Michigan State to coach Tom Izzo's only national championship in 2000, will be the color commentator for the Spartans-focused broadcast on truTV. Cleaves has worked as a studio analyst for CBS and Turner during the tournament. He'll be joined by play-by-play announcer Brian Anderson, a Big Ten Network veteran, and sideline reporter Shireen Saski, an MSU alumna and CBS Sports Network reporter.
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Men's Basketball thecoverfour.com —  In the Louisville game, Bryn Forbes showcased a surprising ambidextrousness in helping down the Cardinals with a 14 point effort. No, he didn’t start hoisting shots with his left-hand, but he did make shots from an unexpected spot on the floor.
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Men's Basketball thecoverfour.com —  In the first 20 minutes of their contest against the Louisville Cardinals, a mediocre offense shredded the Spartan defense to the tune of 1.2 points per possession, not only hitting 3 out of their 5 three point attempts, but, much more worrisome, also nailing 14 out their 27 two point attempts (52%), with 9 of those makes coming at the rim. Michigan State found themselves down by eight points at the halftime break even after a pretty decent offensive half of their own.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State football and basketball are on a one-of-a-kind roll together as the first and only Division I athletics combination of their kind to go to four straight Sweet 16s and win four bowl games in simultaneous years. Tom Izzo has dreamed of the Spartans' programs accomplishing even more together, and he suggested at his Tuesday press conference that dual national championships are a possibility.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Now that Michigan State has reached the Final Four, the next task is re-focusing on winning two more games and bringing a third national title back home. Seventh-seeded Michigan State will take on No. 1 Duke at 6:09 p.m. Saturday in the first of two national semifinals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Kentucky and Wisconsin, two more top seeds, play in the late game with the winners meeting Monday night.
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Men's Basketball campusinsiders.com —  Once the band had wrapped up a raucous rendition of the fight song, once the thousands of fans had stopped their joyous shows of praise, and once the man himself had been given the microphone to address this special crowd that had gathered late on a Sunday night to welcome home their basketball program from its latest conquest, Izzo – like Bono, just a single moniker is necessary – asked his football counterpart to join him at center court.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State is the No. 7 seed this weekend at the Final Four, with three No. 1 seeds that have lost a combined seven games this season. Michigan State has lost 11. But the Spartans are also going to the Final Four for the seventh time in 18 years under Tom Izzo, and because of that the head coach said he won't be harnessing any underdog mentality going into a Saturday night national semifinal matchup against Duke (6:09 p.m., TBS).
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Tom Izzo isn't embracing the "underdog" label but, when he talked through the Final Four at his news conference today, he couldn't quite discard it. Duke is favored over Michigan State in their national semifinal Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (6:09 p.m., TBS). Unbeaten Kentucky is the favorite over Wisconsin, and either of those teams would be a clear favorite over MSU in the national title game Monday.
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Men's Basketball btn.com —  Any run to the Final Four is precious and impressive. The brutal and unforgiving nature of the one-and-done NCAA Tournament provides no mulligans. So, surviving and advancing to the last weekend of the Big Dance is a big accomplishment.
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