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No. 8 Mich St Ready For Big Ten Tourney

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EAST LANSING, MI - February 19:  Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans talks with Keith Appling #11 in the first half while playing the Indiana Hoosiers at the Jack T. Breslin Student Events Center on February 19, 2013 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

EAST LANSING, MI – February 19: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans talks with Keith Appling #11 in the first half while playing the Indiana Hoosiers at the Jack T. Breslin Student Events Center on February 19, 2013 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has seen plenty, but this may be a first.

The eighth-ranked Spartans (24-7, 13-5 Big Ten) travel to Chicago this week for a Big Ten Tournament that includes four top 10 teams. None of Izzo’s six Final Four appearances have included four top 10 teams.

Izzo said Tuesday he expects one of the crazier tournament’s he’s ever seen. He isn’t worried about fatigue with his team following its second-place conference showing and that the Spartans are still in the confidence-building stage, making this tournament even more important than it has been in recent years.

Izzo also said he believes the grueling conference schedule will help his team in postseason play.

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