Men's Basketball freep.com —  NEW YORK — There’s a popular misnomer regarding the definition of the “players’ coach.” It’s wrongly perceived as a head coach that’s a pushover, meekly letting his players run all over him. “That’s nonsense,” Tom Izzo said. “It’s about giving players a voice, which is what I think any smart coach would want. You want your players unafraid to challenge each other. And even challenge me … occasionally.”
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  He's giving what he has, which is more than he had a few weeks ago. But as the foes grow and the road turns, Keith Appling will have to give even more.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Mitch Albom, Drew Sharp and Jeff Seidel give their thoughts on what's going to happen tonight in New York.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  For Adreian Payne, the chance to stick around four years has been far from negative. It has been the difference in a player with potential to one who is likely a first-round draft choice.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Virginia’s likely will be the toughest defense Michigan State has faced, but there will be opportunities to score. Michigan State will push the tempo as often as possible and in the halfcourt set, there will be plenty of chances to hit open shots.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  In one corner, there's Michigan State point guard Keith Appling. Born in Detroit, McDonald's All-American, pride of Pershing High School. In the other corner, there's Virginia point guard London Perrantes. Grew up in Los Angeles, full of Cali swag, pure shooter.
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  Winning will cure all of Keith Appling's ills, which have been plentiful and profound. It starts with the sore and stiff right wrist that robbed him of being the point guard he was for Michigan State during the first half of the season, caused him to forfeit significant individual goals through the middle quarter and has turned him into the player the Spartans need him to be during this critical final fourth.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  In the seven games Dawson has played since returning from a broken hand that forced him to miss nine contests, Michigan state is shooting a collective 50.7 percent from the floor. Virginia has not allowed any of its most recent 23 opponents to shoot 50 percent or better.
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Men's Basketball spartannation.com —  It is the day before #4 MSU tips-off with #1 Virginia. On what is billed as basketball’s biggest stage, Madison Square Garden, the Spartans and the Cavaliers couldn’t be any more different. Sure the match-ups player by player are very similar. Both teams possess great size and athleticism. Both teams are extremely well coached. Both teams play with a ‘defense-first’ mentality and both teams have B1G TEN roots; Tony Bennett is the son of former Badgers coach Dick Bennett.
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  MSU head coach Tom Izzo, along with Keith Appling, Branden Dawson, Gary Harris and Adreian Payne, preview Friday's matchup against Virginia.

Audio: Tom Izzo spoke about the physicality of Virginia and playing at Madison Square Garden Spartan Sports Network

Audio: Adreian Payne, Keith Appling, Gary Harris and Branden Dawson Spartan Sports Network







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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  It all depends on which Michigan State film you pull out of the canister. Watch the second half of the Spartans' game against Harvard last weekend in Spokane, and you might feel good about your half-court chances. Queue up the first half against the Crimson, and your scout team's heads start spinning.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Detroit Free Press sports writer Joe Rexrode scouts today's East regional semifinal between No. 4 seed MSU and No. 1 seed Virginia
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Virginia only gave up 59 in its win over Coastal Carolina and only 60 in its win over Memphis in the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament. But all this talk of defense has overshadowed one very important fact -- the Cavaliers have an offense, too.That fact is not lost on Michigan State, which plays Virginia on Friday in the Sweet 16 at Madison Square Garden (tip expected around 9:57 p.m., televised on TBS.)
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Mateen Cleaves knows what it's like to play a Bennett-coached team, it's brutal. His time came against Dick Bennett's Wisconsin team in the 2000 Final Four. Now his Spartans are preparing to take on Tony Bennett (Dick's son) and his similarly built Virginia Cavaliers club.
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