Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  It’s the same-old story with these two. But that’s part of the secret to Tom Izzo’s successful 20-year run as Michigan State’s coach. He’s had assistant Mike Garland with him for 15 of them, a man who’s as comfortable telling tales — “Nobody tells stories like he does,” Izzo says — as he is telling his boss when he’s wrong. And it’s no stretch to suggest that familiar bond helps form the backbone for the Spartans strength in so many unseen ways.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  "It's not about the names on the backs of the jerseys, it's about what five guys collectively can do," Trice said. "And I think we're one of the best schools in the country when it comes to that. Taking usually not the most highly recruited, not the most talented, maybe not the strongest or fastest but buying in to our coach's game plan and all being on the same page."
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Joe Rexrode and Graham Couch break down the Spartans' Sweet 16 matchup in Syracuse.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Tom Izzo's press conferences are always interesting, but as with most people, he's typically more forthcoming in a less formal setting. Granted, the hallway outside the MSU locker room is a bit more populated these days – it's three or four writers during the regular season, gobs of cameras now -- but Izzo still let it rip on a variety of topics after his time at the Carrier Dome podium.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  It seemed obvious Lourawls Nairn would be drawn to Buddy Hield when he first arrived at Sunrise Christian Academy in 2011. Both players left the Bahamas to play for the school in Bel Aire, Kansas, and once the younger Nairn was in town, the two clicked. "As soon as I got there we had an instant connection," Nairn said.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  On Final Four weekend, the national sports network will air "The Flintstones" as part of SportsCenter's signature series, SC Featured. Bell and his Michigan State teammates Mateen Cleaves, Morris Peterson and Antonio Smith - all from Flint -- are being profiled as ESPN looks back at MSU's national championship team in 2000.
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Men's Basketball onlyfans.cstv.com —  The value of Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn's development as a gear in Michigan State's basketball machine cannot be overstated.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Virginia would say it's awfully familiar — a "pack-line defense" of sorts — and it can look like a zone or a green amoeba or, in the words of Michigan State center Matt Costello, "a molded thing" that shapes itself around opposing offenses. Whatever it looks like, the MSU defense is effective. And it's the best it has been all season. And it's the key again as the No. 7 seed Spartans (25-11) take on No. 3 seed Oklahoma (24-10) Friday night in the East Regional semifinals at the Carrier Dome.
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Men's Basketball michiganstate.scout.com —  Spartans coach thinks progress is being made on the recruiting trail as he gets back to comfort with selling what he sees as best about Michigan State
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Men's Basketball onlyfans.cstv.com —  Michigan State held an open practice Thursday afternoon at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y. in preparation for Friday night's East Regional semifinal against third-seeded Oklahoma. Following practice, MSU head coach Tom Izzo and seniors Branden Dawson, Travis Trice and junior Denzel Valentine spoke to the media.
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Men's Basketball washingtonpost.com —  One way or the other, Izzo-coached teams do very well this time of year. The seventh-seeded Spartans beat No. 2 seed Virginia this past Sunday to reach the round of 16 for a fourth straight season — and also the seventh time in eight years and 13th time in the past 18 years. Only Duke can match that mark, and Izzo’s teams have been to eight regional finals during that stretch to Duke’s six — and six Final Fours to Duke’s four.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The Spartans haven't tipped off later than 9 p.m. all season. To prepare for the late timeslot, Michigan State held a late-night practice on its last full day in East Lansing. Izzo said he's not overly concerned about the tipoff time given that both teams have to prepare for it. His biggest worry is what his players will do with a full day to kill leading up to their biggest game of the season.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Free Press sports writer Joe Rexrode scouts Friday night's East Regional semifinal game between No. 7 seed MSU and No. 3 seed Oklahoma
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Men's Basketball washingtonpost.com —  Under Coach Tom Izzo, Michigan State has made 18 straight NCAA tournaments and is in the round of 16 for the 13th time, this year improving to a combined 27-5 in the first weekend of the event with wins over Georgia and Virginia. While discussing the latest success story, toppling the No. 2 seed Cavaliers last Sunday, Izzo credited a last-minute strategic change prompted by the Spartans’ secret weapon: the Michigan State film team.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Oklahoma enters Friday's game against Michigan State as the highest seed still playing in the East Regional of the NCAA Tournament. However, the Sooners are not the favorite. Most betting lines have No. 7 Michigan State picked to not only beat No. 3 Oklahoma, but to win the region, which also includes No. 4 Louisville and No. 8 N.C. State.
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Men's Basketball spartannation.com —  zzo said, “We’re excited to be here. It’s been a different Michigan State year. That doesn’t mean a negative. It’s just not maybe the same kind of team we’ve been. I think a little less in talent, a little less in maybe the physicality of our team, but we’ve really grown as a team, and we’ve done the ultimate. That we play as good of a team defense, meaning everyone helping each other.”
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  "I think the one thing he told me this year that I've stuck to and I've really pushed on Branden Dawson and Travis Trice is that your seniors, especially in football where you have more of them, but your juniors and seniors in basketball have to play well to have special seasons, and the better our juniors and seniors have played, the better our season has gone. I think that was the best advice he gave me.''
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  "Each game we've got new challenges," Izzo said Thursday in Syracuse, New York. "Georgia presented one challenge, Virginia was another, but this is kind of the polar opposite. We guarded for 34 seconds, and I think this game, the shot clock isn't even going to be used much."
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Men's Basketball youtube.com —  In this episode of Team Confidential, the Spartans get an emotional win over Virginia to reach the Sweet Sixteen.


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