Men's Basketball mlive.com —  When Michigan State coach Tom Izzo called his team "kind of a bag of nuts" following its Sweet 16 win over Oklahoma, he meant it in the nicest way possible. A bag of nuts contains many different and unique pieces. And to Izzo, that's been a strength at times as his team has reinvented itself throughout the season.
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Men's Basketball foxsports.com —  You know it’s March when Michigan State is going to the Sweet 16. Coach Tom Izzo is easily the NCAA’s tournament’s safest second-weekend bet, even when he doesn’t have one of his better teams. The seventh-seeded Spartans knocked out East No. 2 seed Virginia 60-54 on Sunday, and it hardly registered on the surprise scale.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Travis Trice went off early with 13 points in a span of 3:43 to put MSU up 15-4, and the Spartans never trailed again. The Cavaliers got within two points early in the second half and within four with 5:12 left. But two Matt Costello foul shots started MSU on a 12-for-16 run at the foul line from there, and Trice's three-point bomb with 2:51 left was the key shot. Trice scored 23 points and fellow senior Branden Dawson had 15 points and nine rebounds.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Travis Trice didn't know who offered him the encouragement. He was too tired to pick up his head to see. But in a timeout with 6:53 left in a seven-point game, someone told the Michigan State senior guard that he can be tired tomorrow, and not to let his career end with his team blowing a late second-half lead in the NCAA tournament.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  "We changed our jumping to the ball and we had our bigs help a little bit more on that middle and we just didn't let them in there, and that was probably the difference in the game," Izzo said on the Spartan Sports Network. "We didn't help with the guards, we helped with the bigs, and to do something one way all year, and then change the night before, it's like what we did with (Wisconsin's Frank) Kaminsky.''
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Dawson finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. But it was in the middle of his seven straight points that Dawson showed how explosive he can be. Off a Virginia miss, Valentine grabbed the rebound and quickly outletted to Trice. Dawson was running the middle of the floor, hollering to Trice for the ball. Trice hit him in stride and in one step went up, made the shot and drew the foul. He finished the three-point play with a made free throw.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Entering Sunday's NCAA Tournament game between Michigan State and Virginia, there was one dominant theme — the Spartans would have trouble scoring against the Cavaliers' defense. It was a legitimate storyline considering Virginia entered the game allowing just more than 51 points a game, the best in the nation. But what was being overlooked was Michigan State is no slouch on defense, either. In fact, the Spartans were allowing 63.4 points a game and were third in the Big Ten this season, allowing opponents to shoot just 39.8 percent from the field.
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  Travis Trice scored 23 points, and Michigan State knocked second-seeded Virginia out of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year, 60-54 on Sunday. Branden Dawson added 15 points and nine rebounds for the seventh-seeded Spartans, who advanced to the Sweet 16 for the seventh time in the last eight seasons under coach Tom Izzo. The Spartans will play the winner of the Oklahoma-Dayton game in Syracuse, New York on Friday.





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East wide open after Michigan State bounces UVA CBS Sports
The last 18 hours have not been friendly to favorites in the East Region. As NC State was arriving back in Raleigh to fanfare after knocking off No. 1 -seed Villanova, Michigan State was down the road ending Virginia's NCAA tournament for the second year in a row with a 60-54 victory vs. the Cavaliers.

Michigan State on to NCAA's Sweet 16 after gritty win over Virginia MLive
A Michigan State team that in February faced questions about even making the NCAA tournament proved its mettle once again in March and is now on its way to the program's seventh Sweet 16 appearance in the past eight years.

How sweet it is: MSU keeps dancing and advances to the Sweet 16 State News
On to Syracuse. It wasn't sexy. It wasn't pretty. But it was enough. MSU (25-11 overall) defeated Virginia (30-4 overall) in front a pro-Cavalier crowd in Charlotte, NC on Sunday afternoon, 60-54. It was the Travis Trice show early on.

Tom Izzo: 'I think we have a chance to make a little run' MLive
Tom Izzo was filled with emotion as he did his post-game, on-court interview with CBS, hugging senior Travis Trice to close the scene moments after Michigan State closed out Virginia with a 60-54 upset.

MSU back in Sweet 16 with 60-54 win over Virginia Detroit Free Press
So MSU will head to Syracuse, N.Y., and play Friday at the Carrier Dome in the East Regional semifinals. The Spartans will play in the Sweet 16 for the seventh time in eight seasons – most in the nation in that span – against the winner of tonight's game between No. 3 seed Oklahoma and No. 11 seed Dayton.

Spartans storm into another Sweet 16 Detroit News
It's March, and the Spartans are turning it into their time of year once again. Travis Trice scored 23 points and Branden Dawson added 15 as No. 7 Michigan State upset No. 2 Virginia, 60-54, in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.

Spartans stifle Virginia, advances to Sweet 16 Spartan Digest
MSU headed to its seventh Sweet 16 in eight years on the backs of Travis Trice, Branden Dawson and tenacious defense as it ended Virginia's season for the second straight year.

Seniors Travis Trice, Branden Dawson lead way in NCAA win over Virginia MLive
Michigan State senior guard Travis Trice got a text from former Spartan Draymond Green the morning of his team's round of 32 matchup against Virginia. "Don't let this be your last game," Green texted him. Trice's response was unequivocal. "I texted back 'I won't,'" Trice said.

Michigan State knocks off Virginia again, headed for Sweet 16 USA Today
Travis Trice scored 13 of Michigan State's first 15 points and teammate Branden Dawson dominated the second half as the Spartans knocked off the second-seeded Virginia Cavaliers 60-54 to advance Sunday to the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16. Michigan State also eliminated the Cavaliers in the 2014 tournament, winning in an East Region semifinal in New York.

Dienhart's Rapid Reaction: Spartans advance to Sweet 16 -- again BTN
It’s not the Sweet 16 without Tom Izzo and Michigan State, right? The Spartans took down Virginia on Sunday for the second time in as many seasons to advance to their fourth consecutive Sweet 16 and the seventh in the last eight years.

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Men's Basketball youtube.com —  Go inside the locker room with Michigan State as the Spartans take down Georgia in their tournament opener.



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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Looking at the starting lineups for Michigan State and Virginia ahead of their NCAA tournament round of 32 matchup on Sunday (12:10 p.m., CBS), figuring out matchups isn't easy. Virginia has several inches and more than a few pounds of size advantage at several positions, and Michigan State has no logical options to match up in terms of size. "We think handling the mismatches is going to be a big key," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said Sunday morning on his pregame radio show with Spartan Sports Network.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Anderson is strong and quick. He can shoot the three-pointer, but he also can drive. "He's strong and big," MSU guard Travis Trice said. "He's like a Marvin (Clark Jr.) but maybe a little more offensive. When he comes in, we will probably play him with a guard. He's a great player." And, yes, Clark sees the similarities.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Joe Rexrode talks to Mike Barber of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, who shares some insights on Virginia basketball.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  "Dawson had his way, they (had Adreian) Payne, they have Dawson, and they have very good (centers) again," Virginia coach Tony Bennett said of the Spartans. "Anthony rolled his ankle in that game and we had a hard time matching up, so we need Darion and Anthony and certainly (7-foot center) Mike (Tobey). … Our fours and fives have to be right in this game."And whether the Cavaliers say "revenge" or not, Dawson knows he'll be marked today.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  They've become known as the famous Tom Izzo NCAA tournament turnarounds. In the second game played in an NCAA tournament weekend, one that coaching staffs have less than two days to prepare for, the 20th-year Michigan State coach holds a 19-4 record. The only four losses are against either No. 1 seeds or teams that went on to win the national title.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  When Virginia coach Tony Bennett shook hands with Michigan State coach Tom Izzo last year following the team's Sweet 16 matchup, he remarked that the game was how basketball is supposed to be played.Bennett lost that game, 61-59, as his No. 1-seeded Cavaliers made an early exit. But he was still able to appreciate seeing a style of basketball that he grew up on played at a high level.
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  Here's the bad news: Virginia is Wisconsin. They're going to take care of the ball, and try to avoid getting their shots blocked. They're going to send dudes to the defensive glass and try to stop MSU from getting out in transition. They're going to make you hate the game of basketball.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Tom Izzo knows all about Virginia's vaunted "pack-line" defense, having seen Wisconsin's Bo Ryan run a similar scheme and before that, Tony Bennett's father -- Dick Bennett -- utilized it with the Badgers. So while the No. 2-seeded Cavaliers (30-3) have held 31 of 33 opponents this season under 50 percent shooting, the No. 7-seeded Spartans (24-11) aren't fretting about having to face the collapsing defensive style of Virginia in today's 12:10 tip (TV: CBS) at Time Warner Cable Arena in the Round of 32 in the NCAA tournament.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Green is averaging 11.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game for the Warriors in a contract year, and Johnson predicts he'll earn a contract worth $10-to-$12 million a year in the offseason.
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