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.
Michigan State did enough to hang on, showing at least glimpses of the experience from playing in 18 straight NCAA Tournaments.
Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo needs the team’s trio of leaders – his “three amigos,” as he calls them – to step up their games.
“It’s not just about March to me, it’s about the process to get to March,” Izzo said.
Izzo, whose Spartans enter the tournament as a seven-seed after a relatively rocky season, did not label Kentucky as a sure bet to win it all.
Marcus Thornton’s postseason value to Georgia is about more than leading the Bulldogs in scoring and rebounds.
“I don’t think it’s going to be the detriment that cost us for sure four to five games this year,” Izzo said of the team’s foul shooting.
“It’s a heck of a mountain, you know what I’m saying?” said coach Edward Joyner Jr.
Larry Brown discovered something about his new iPhone when SMU finally ended its two-decade NCAA Tournament drought.
Mike Roth knows there will always be the doubters and critics that will poke holes in what Gonzaga has accomplished during a run that is getting closer to lasting two decades.
The Michigan State Spartans hold the winner’s trophy after the 69-55 win over the Michigan Wolverines during the finals of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament,