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Men's Basketball spreaker.com —  Jack and Rico Beard look back on Michigan State's 1979 NCAA National Championship: First, they chat with Terry Donnelly, four-year starting guard for Michigan State from 1976-80 and star of the Spartans' 75-64 win over Indiana State on March 26, 1979. Then, they visit with the 19-year head coach of the Spartans, mentor to Tom Izzo and coach of those 1979 NCAA Champions, Jus Heathcote.


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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Izzo has proven, yet again, getting his team to peak at the end of the year is what matters most — because he's done it again. Michigan State won six of its final eight during the regular season and finished tied for third in the Big Ten before coming within minutes of knocking off Wisconsin in the conference tournament title game. And it hasn't slowed since. And now, as Michigan State prepares to face Oklahoma in the East Regional semifinals tonight at the Carrier Dome, no one is overlooking the Spartans. Izzo is again providing his magic touch in March.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Izzo had built his program by convincing tough-minded kids to play for one another. He had no choice, really, because most years he wasn't going to pry blue-chippers from the sport's blue-blood programs ... Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas. On top of that, his belief in defense is almost pathological, and he knows that teams defend most effectively when they move in concert, when they are thinking about the other. As his current team does.
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Men's Basketball statenews.com —  Head coach Tom Izzo said he didn't have a comment when asked about MSU earning the No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament an hour after falling to Wisconsin in the Big Ten tournament, but during his weekly press conference on Tuesday, he said the Spartans deserve to be underdogs this season.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  It’s the same-old story with these two. But that’s part of the secret to Tom Izzo’s successful 20-year run as Michigan State’s coach. He’s had assistant Mike Garland with him for 15 of them, a man who’s as comfortable telling tales — “Nobody tells stories like he does,” Izzo says — as he is telling his boss when he’s wrong. And it’s no stretch to suggest that familiar bond helps form the backbone for the Spartans strength in so many unseen ways.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  "It's not about the names on the backs of the jerseys, it's about what five guys collectively can do," Trice said. "And I think we're one of the best schools in the country when it comes to that. Taking usually not the most highly recruited, not the most talented, maybe not the strongest or fastest but buying in to our coach's game plan and all being on the same page."
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Tom Izzo's press conferences are always interesting, but as with most people, he's typically more forthcoming in a less formal setting. Granted, the hallway outside the MSU locker room is a bit more populated these days – it's three or four writers during the regular season, gobs of cameras now -- but Izzo still let it rip on a variety of topics after his time at the Carrier Dome podium.
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Men's Basketball michiganstate.scout.com —  Spartans coach thinks progress is being made on the recruiting trail as he gets back to comfort with selling what he sees as best about Michigan State
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Men's Basketball washingtonpost.com —  One way or the other, Izzo-coached teams do very well this time of year. The seventh-seeded Spartans beat No. 2 seed Virginia this past Sunday to reach the round of 16 for a fourth straight season — and also the seventh time in eight years and 13th time in the past 18 years. Only Duke can match that mark, and Izzo’s teams have been to eight regional finals during that stretch to Duke’s six — and six Final Fours to Duke’s four.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The Spartans haven't tipped off later than 9 p.m. all season. To prepare for the late timeslot, Michigan State held a late-night practice on its last full day in East Lansing. Izzo said he's not overly concerned about the tipoff time given that both teams have to prepare for it. His biggest worry is what his players will do with a full day to kill leading up to their biggest game of the season.
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Men's Basketball washingtonpost.com —  Under Coach Tom Izzo, Michigan State has made 18 straight NCAA tournaments and is in the round of 16 for the 13th time, this year improving to a combined 27-5 in the first weekend of the event with wins over Georgia and Virginia. While discussing the latest success story, toppling the No. 2 seed Cavaliers last Sunday, Izzo credited a last-minute strategic change prompted by the Spartans’ secret weapon: the Michigan State film team.
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Men's Basketball spartannation.com —  zzo said, “We’re excited to be here. It’s been a different Michigan State year. That doesn’t mean a negative. It’s just not maybe the same kind of team we’ve been. I think a little less in talent, a little less in maybe the physicality of our team, but we’ve really grown as a team, and we’ve done the ultimate. That we play as good of a team defense, meaning everyone helping each other.”
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  "I think the one thing he told me this year that I've stuck to and I've really pushed on Branden Dawson and Travis Trice is that your seniors, especially in football where you have more of them, but your juniors and seniors in basketball have to play well to have special seasons, and the better our juniors and seniors have played, the better our season has gone. I think that was the best advice he gave me.''
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  "Each game we've got new challenges," Izzo said Thursday in Syracuse, New York. "Georgia presented one challenge, Virginia was another, but this is kind of the polar opposite. We guarded for 34 seconds, and I think this game, the shot clock isn't even going to be used much."
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Men's Basketball youtube.com —  In this episode of Team Confidential, the Spartans get an emotional win over Virginia to reach the Sweet Sixteen.


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Ice Hockey impact89fm.org —  Hildy Watch at DEFCON 3? The current state of Big Ten hockey? NCAA tournament previews? Yes, yes, and yes! Find answers to the college hockey stories you care about as Behind the Mask kicks off its 2015 postseason coverage.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Alabama football coach Nick Saban had originally picked Michigan State to lose to Virginia in the round of 32 in his family's NCAA tournament bracket pool. Then he talked to the coach of the team that had picked to lose, and was persuaded to change his ways. "I talked to Tom (Izzo) and he said, 'If we can beat Georgia, I think we can beat Virginia,'" Saban told reporters Wednesday in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. "So I had Virginia beating them, but I picked (Michigan State). I've got insider information."
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Michigan State men's basketball under Tom Izzo has sustained unprecedented success over his 20 years, and MSU football under Mark Dantonio has reached heights not seen since the 1960s in his eight. That adds up to glory days in the making for MSU fans, and it's reflected in this statistic: MSU is the first school to win four consecutive football bowl games while advancing to the Sweet 16 in men's basketball in the same four years.
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Men's Basketball bleacherreport.com —  On Selection Sunday, Michigan State was viewed as a slight underdog. Today, the No. 7-seeded Spartans are one of the favorites to win the East Region, according to the typically accurate FiveThirtyEight. Tom Izzo is exactly where he wants to be. And he knows it.
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