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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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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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Men's Basketball spartannation.com —  Tom Izzo’s is a legend in the coaching world in the month of March. His colleagues love to watch him, hate to play him. For the Oklahoma Sooners they drew the short straw this week and are the next hurdle in the Master of March’s pursuit of a seventh Final Four and second national title. Not an enviable position.
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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 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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