Football freep.com —  The potential is there, at least, for Michigan State to be elite in an important area. "This will be our biggest senior leadership team," said defensive end Shilique Calhoun, who was a captain as a junior and is likely to repeat as a fifth-year senior.
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Women's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Michigan State will get a shot at a spot in the Final Four on Sunday afternoon when it takes on Louisville. It would be the first time the Spartans have gotten that far since 2010 and the seventh appearance for coach Tom Izzo. He has faced Louisville coach Rick Pitino twice in the NCAA Tournament with each winning once.
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Women's Tennis msuspartans.com —  The No. 27 Northwestern Wildcats proved too much for the No. 37 Spartans. The Spartans fell, 5-2, on Sunday afternoon and are now 16-3 and 5-1 in the Big Ten. "Today was not a setback," said head coach Simone Jardim. "Northwestern is a really good team and we made them earn that victory. I think we are ready to get back at it and are focusing on improving next weekend in Indiana."
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Softball msuspartans.com —  Michigan State got home runs from Stephanie Sanders and Shanin Thomas to help propel the Spartans to a 8-6 victory over Penn State on Sunday afternoon. MSU (16-17, 1-5 B1G) took game three of the series after the Nittany Lions (17-16, 2-4 B1G) swept both ends of a doubleheader on Saturday.
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Baseball msuspartans.com —  The Michigan State baseball team defeated No. 17 Illinois on Sunday afternoon, 5-2, to improve to 12-12 on the year and 2-3 in the Big Ten. Blaise Salter hit an RBI double in the eighth inning, the 48th of his career, moving him into sole possession atop the MSU career-leaderboard for doubles, passing Scott Ayotte (1992-95).
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Men's Basketball statenews.com —  In the ultimate survive and advance scenario, MSU escaped two dangerous free throw misses at the end of regulation to pull away for a 76-70 overtime victory over Louisville.

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Michigan State Final Four-bound after holding on against Louisville MLive
Michigan State started out bumpy, hit the skids midway through and then clawed back to play its best basketball in crunch time. The unlikely story of this Spartans' season was told on Sunday afternoon when they came back to beat Louisville, 76-70 in overtime, to earn perhaps the most unlikely of the program's nine Final Four berths.

4 takeaways from Michigan State's 76-70 overtime Elite Eight win MLive
Michigan State is headed back to what coach Tom Izzo said is the most improbable Final Four of his career after topping Louisville in overtime, 76-70, on Sunday at the Carrier Dome.

Tom Izzo: Free throws 'were my best friend because we made a couple' MLive
This year's Michigan State team had the worst free-throw percentage of any Tom Izzo-coached team in East Lansing. But the Spartans found their mark when it mattered most.

Michigan State beats Louisville in OT to reach Final Four as No. 7 seed CBSSports
Tom Izzo has completed what is undoubtedly the most surprising Final Four run in his illustrious career. And in a year where nothing came easily to the Spartans, it's fitting that it took overtime to get there. The Spartans defeated Louisville 76-70 in overtime to reach the national semifinals in Indianapolis next week.

Spartans advance to Final Four Detroit Free Press
Michigan State and Louisville both looked to be in control at different points of today's East Regional final, but it all shook out as billed – a toss-up game that came down to the very end. It took 5 extra minutes, in fact, to decide this classic, and it took a gutty team effort for the Spartans to advance to their first Final Four since 2010.

Michigan State Heading to Final Four After 76-70 OT Win Over Louisville MSUSpartans.com
Coach Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans capped an improbable run to the Final Four with an overtime win. Senior guard Travis Trice scored 17 points and the seventh-seeded Spartans clamped down on defense to pull out a 76-70 victory over fourth-seeded Louisville in a thrilling NCAA Tournament East Regional final Sunday.

Michigan State Defeats Louisville to Advance to the Final Four New York Times
Tom Izzo and Michigan State are back in the Final Four for a seventh time since 1999, after the seventh-seeded Spartans beat No. 4 seed Louisville, 76-70, in overtime to win the East Regional final at the Carrier Dome on Sunday afternoon.






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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Senior Travis Trice was named the NCAA tournament East Regional Most Outstanding Player after leading Michigan State with 17 points in the Spartans' 76-70 overtime win over Louisville in the Elite Eight on Sunday at the Carrier Dome.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Travis Trice was asked on Saturday afternoon what his reaction would be if he made it to a Final Four on Sunday. "I'm not much of a crier," the Michigan State senior point said. "But I might shed a couple." When Michigan State's players were jumping up and down and chanting on a podium at center court on Sunday afternoon at the Carrier Dome following their 76-70 win over Louisville, Trice was the only one not among them.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State will be adding a ninth Final Four banner to the Breslin Center, and a seventh under coach Tom Izzo, and while it won't be bigger in size it likely will in meaning.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Branden Dawson was visiting with Draymond Green during the weekend of the Ohio State game when the former Michigan State great turned the conversation to some revisionist history. Green's career ended with a 2012 Sweet 16 loss against Louisville, when a standout senior season that earned his team a No. 1 seed fell short of an expected Final Four berth. Dawson was a freshman on that team, but watched the game from his dorm room in East Lansing.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  "Number one, coach (Tom) Izzo and coach (Rick) Pitino have had their battles over the years, they are two of the most respected coaches in the NCAA, but I'll tell you what, Travis Trice was a part of that loss, my senior year was his freshman year,'' Green said. "Branden Dawson was hurt for that loss, couldn't do nothing to help us. Those two guys are going to go out there with a fire lit under them, because they want a chance to get back at Louisville.''
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State was 13-7 on January 24, coming off a loss to Nebraska and facing questions about even making the NCAA tournament. It's now 11-3 in its last 14 games and favored to win its Elite Eight matchup with Louisville (2:20 p.m., CBS).
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Men's Basketball onlyfans.cstv.com —  Michigan State is making its ninth trip to the Elite Eight in 18 NCAA Tournament appearances under Tom Izzo. The Spartans and Cardinals are meeting in the NCAA Tournament for the third time since 2009. MSU defeated Louisville in the 2009 Elite Eight in Indianapolis.
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Men's Basketball onlyfans.cstv.com —  Michigan State met with the media on Saturday in advance of Sunday's Elite Eight contest vs. Louisville.
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Men's Basketball onlyfans.cstv.com —  Michigan State's two National Championships place it in a select group, but what sets Izzo's program apart even more are the nation-leading six Final Fours in the last 16 years.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The first battle cry for the 2015 Final Four came from the high schooler in Kansas not even on the team yet. Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn watched from afar as Michigan State lost a heartbreaker to Connecticut in the 2014 Elite Eight. The freshman-to-be saw his future teammates in tears and felt their pain. Wanting to provide some consolation, Nairn found a picture online of Denzel Valentine and Branden Dawson in tears and texted it to them with a message. "The next time we have this feeling it's going to be tears of joy," Nairn wrote.
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Men's Basketball si.com —  Travis Trice had just scored 24 points in a Sweet 16 victory over Oklahoma, earning not only raucous adoration from a green swell of Michigan State fans including Magic Johnson, but also an Elite Eight game on Sunday. Yet his best news of the night was still to come. In his post-game TV interview with TBS, reporter Allie LaForce told him that his alma mater, Wayne High in Huber Heights, Ohio, had won its state semifinal game in overtime shortly after the Spartans’ game had tipped off.
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Men's Basketball sports.yahoo.com —  And now, the March Madness rubber match. Every three years, Tom Izzo and Rick Pitino get together like this – deep in the NCAA tournament, high stakes, tough teams, clashing styles. The two coaching heavyweights have traded gut punches that were felt for a long time afterward.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State has often been miscast as "smash-mouth,'' with a grinding style and bodies colliding in the lane. While coach Tom Izzo does indeed stress toughness, rebounding and sound defense, Louisville Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino has identified the true identity of this year's version of the Spartans. "The thing that's misrepresented about them, they're a great transition team,'' Pitino said during his press conference on Saturday at the Carrier Dome. "They shoot the three in transition, and they chase the ball on the backboard very well.''
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The Spartans, despite being the lowest-remaining seed (No. 7) in the NCAA tournament, opened as a 2 1/2-point favorite to defeat No. 4 seed Louisville in today's Elite Eight game at the Carrier Dome.
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