Men's Basketball freep.com —  The thought of every new day brings a big smile across Bryn Forbes' face. Sure, basketball has a good bit to do with it. But the former Lansing Sexton star returned to Michigan from Cleveland State for more than just a game. It means being closer to his son, Carter. It means being around to lend support for his sister, Erin Warmels, during her battle with Lyme disease. Coming home has meant growing up.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  For months, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo yelled and prodded and criticized the play of Bryn Forbes, a transfer from Cleveland State. "The experience was a little tough at first," Forbes said. Forbes had a hard time learning how to play defense the MSU way. How to play with more effort, intensity and pay attention to details. But on Tuesday afternoon, Izzo heaped praise on Forbes for his play in the third round of the NCAA tournament against Virginia.
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  Chris and Joe look back at MSU's NCAA Tournament wins over Georgia and Virginia, preview Oklahoma and the Sweet 16 and react to MSU suddenly becoming the favorite to win the region. They also talk some football at the end.
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Men's Basketball statenews.com —  It’s a premature comparison at the moment, but if the senior MSU guard continues to play the way he has, his legacy will mirror that of the Connecticut Huskie who torched the Spartans in the Elite Eight. Tell me that this doesn’t sound familiar: A skinny, 6-foot guard dominates NCAA Tournament games for stretches of time and knocks down NBA-range threes to lead his No. 7 seeded team to the Sweet 16.
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Men's Basketball statenews.com —  “Tremendous job ... by coach Izzo and the entire basketball team,” Dantonio said at Breslin Center. “Pretty amazing at what’s being done here. Not just basketball and football but in all sports. Once again, congratulations.” This is not the first time Izzo and Dantonio have shown how close of friends they are. From supporting each other at their respective games, or in the media it seems that even though they have two different personalities in two different sports, they have formed a formidable friendship.
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Men's Basketball msuspartansports.com —  Most of this year’s brackets – including 39 of 40 ESPN reporters who have published theirs – have either 1-seed Villanova or 2-seed Virginia in the Final Four out of the East Bracket. So with both of those teams losing, the majority of those leading in large brackets instead chose 7-seed Michigan State. Each of ESPN’s reporters, including “Bracketologist” Joe Lunardi, is now lost somewhere in the middle of ESPN.com’s pool of 13 million participants.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  "Oklahoma has to do the same thing," senior Travis Trice said. "They gotta play at same time as us. It doesn't really matter, the game is still the same. Whoever has more points at the end wins."
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Men's Basketball michiganstate.scout.com —  In the excitement following Michigan State’s win against Virginia on Sunday, Tum Tum Nairn got a text from one of his best friends, who was about to tip off in his own NCAA Tournament game. Oklahoma forward Buddy Hield, a fellow native of the Bahamas and Nairn’s high school teammate, just wanted to congratulate him on the win. ”I texted him to go out there and get a win so we could play together in the Sweet 16,” Nairn said.
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Men's Basketball youtube.com —  Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander preview the matchup between Michigan State and Oklahoma.


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Men's Basketball fivethirtyeight.com —  We can track where Izzo ranks among all tournament coaches in the 64-team bracket era1 by comparing his actual wins to the number we’d expect of a team with the same seedings and pre-tournament Simple Rating System (SRS) ratings. And — spoiler alert — he’s No. 1 by a wide margin.
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Men's Basketball bleacherreport.com —  No one would have blamed Travis Trice Sr. for missing his son's game Sunday. Sure, Travis Trice II (as the family calls him) was playing on a pretty big stage, but Travis Sr. had a big game of his own to think about. He's the coach at Wayne High in Huber Heights, Ohio, and on Saturday night, he was coaching in the Ohio state tournament in Cincinnati. His game tipped off less than 12 hours before Travis II and Michigan State were scheduled to play Virginia in the third round of the NCAA tournament.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Who are those guys? They're in the Sweet 16 again. And more than one pundit thinks they have a pretty clear road to the Final Four in the East Region, after upsetting second-seeded Virginia. Is it all coach Tom Izzo? Despite their aforementioned accomplishments, Michigan State's basketball players aren't getting much respect as individuals, at least not in cbssports.com's ranking of the 80 starters remaining in the NCAA tournament. The highest ranked is Travis Trice, at No. 34.
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Men's Basketball media.ccomrcdn.com —  Shep talks to Dane Fife, Michigan State assistant basketball coach, about the Spartans reaching the Sweet Sixteen, if college teams need NBA players to win the championship and his father's game on Tuesday as Clarkston faces U-D Jesuit.


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Men's Basketball nyc.podcast.play.it —  Topics include: Texting Draymond Green before Virginia game and Green’s advice. His quick start vs. Virginia. Magic Johnson talking to the team after the win. Virginia’s defense. Coaching staff’s preparation. His mom getting loud during the other teams free throws



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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State made it to the Sweet 16 by beating a Virginia team that plays the slowest tempo of any team in major college basketball. To make it past Oklahoma and into the Elite Eight, Spartans coach Tom Izzo is expecting a challenge of an entirely different sort.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Michigan State just got finished with college basketball's version of a fist fight on Sunday when it eliminated second-seeded Virginia from the NCAA Tournament. Now the No. 7 Spartans have to shift gears for Friday's matchup with No. 3 Oklahoma in the East Regional semifinal at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y. That's because the Sooners will want to push the pace, much like the Spartans do.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Izzo expects No. 3 seed Oklahoma (24-10) to try to fast break all night against the Spartans -- a pace that MSU typically prefers. The winner of Friday's game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y., will take on No. 4 seed Louisville or No. 8 seed N.C. State on Sunday for a trip to the Final Four in Indianapolis. "Run, run, run," Izzo said of his expectations for Friday -- and that would be similar to last season's meeting against Oklahoma in Brooklyn, N.Y., an 87-76 win for MSU.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State isn't buying the notion that it's the favorite going into the NCAA tournament East regional this weekend in Syracuse, N.Y. But Spartans coach Tom Izzo isn't calling any of the other three teams the favorite, either. "It is a wide open region, I'm not sure there's any real favorite going in," Izzo said. "Some people have certain teams favored, but I think everybody's pretty even."
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Oh Internet, just when I think you've done it all, you go and do something like this..And totally redeem yourself! Following the Spartans' win over Virginia, photographer Matt Mitchell captured a brilliant photo of junior guard Denzel Valentine in the midst of pure, innocent Sweet 16 joy.
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