Men's Basketball freep.com —  The 86-year-old retired coach, who won MSU's first national championship with Magic Johnson and Greg Kelser in 1979 and fought to make sure Izzo replaced him in 1995, will be in Spokane Arena on Thursday to watch East Region No. 4 seed MSU (26-8) take on No. 13 seed Delaware (25-9) to open the NCAA tournament.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  They've played games in 19 states and two continents. But one place Appling and Payne haven't been is where just about every senior has been with Michigan State's basketball program in recent memory: The Final Four.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  The Blue Hens, who will try to upset MSU on Thursday in the first game of the NCAA tournament for both teams, have four starting guards who all play 34.8 minutes or more per game.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Delaware coach Monte Ross likes the concept of wearing the Cinderella slipper as much as any coach of a No. 13 seed in the NCAA tournament, and he's proud to have a Blue Hens team that features three players averaging more than 18 points. But Ross is a realist. He has real concerns about the bigger, stronger, deeper and more celebrated No. 4-seeded Michigan State team (26-8) that Delaware (25-9) will open the NCAA tournament against at 4:30 p.m. Thursday (TV: TNT) at Veterans Memorial Arena.
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Ice Hockey msuspartans.com —  Fifth-seeded Michigan State will take on the No. 4 seed Ohio State in the quarterfinals of the inaugural Big Ten Hockey Tournament ... The winner will face top-seeded Minnesota in the semifinals on Friday at 8 p.m. ET ... MSU is 0-1-3-1 against the Buckeyes this season.
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  The Spartans start in Spokane, but if they it make it to the Big Apple the Green and White will have their hands full. Here are some things to keep track of in MSU's region.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State coach Tom Izzo was happy to see his team win the Big Ten tournament this past weekend, but accomplishing his other goal was even more important. The Spartans needed to play three games in Indianapolis for the simple reason of playing more games, improving as a unit, making progress. They accomplished the goals.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  The Commander-in-Chief revealed his NCAA tournament championship selection on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” this morning. His picks up through the Final Four were released Tuesday night. "Tom Izzo is a great tournament coach," Obama said to ESPN. "I've got Michigan State going all the way. ... He know how to motivate folks and he knows how to coach. My pick: Michigan State. Bring it home for me. It's been a while since I've won my pool."
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  The Travis Trice three (perfect Denzel Valentine pass), and the Gary Harris three (ditto) and the Valentine three and the Valentine deflection to Keith Appling with 40 seconds left and MSU up five – those are the plays you need to advance in an NCAA tournament. You certainly don’t need the kind of meltdown Michigan State had in a 26-8 Harvard run that turned a romp into a thriller and turned Spokane Arena against the Spartans, sensing that a mammoth upset was at hand.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Although Virginia looked very shaky for much of its opener against No. 16 seed Coastal Carolina – coming back from a 10-point deficit to win 70-59 -- the Cavaliers are better-equipped to give the Spartans a game.
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Men's Golf msuspartans.com —  The first two rounds of the Linger Longer Invitational concluded on Saturday, as the Michigan State men's golf team stands in 13th place. The Spartans shot 30-over par 606 (289-317) at the Great Waters Golf Club at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Ga. Tomorrow's final round will be an 8:30 a.m. ET shotgun start.
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Women's Basketball freep.com —  Aerial Powers and Tori Jankoska were familiar with tournament play — they had four years of it in high school. And throughout their freshman regular seasons at Michigan State, both had established themselves as the Spartans’ go-to players. Yet when the Big Ten tournament began two weeks ago, neither one of them looked as if they had played a minute of tournament basketball.
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Football freep.com —  A $275,000 bonus for reaching the semifinals of the College Football Playoff that starts next season is among the changes to Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio’s contract. Dantonio signed the contract, which increased his annual compensation from just under $2 million to $3.64 million, on Feb. 25. He called it “amazing,” and MSU AD Mark Hollis said it was both a reward for a 13-1, Rose Bowl-winning season and “the anticipation of where I think our program is headed in the future.”
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