Michigan State Spartans
Of all the Final Four runs the Michigan State Spartans have made with head coach Tom Izzo, this one might be the most improbable.
Michigan State’s run to the Final Four came one season later than expected, and that’s part of the reason coach Tom Izzo is enjoying it so much.
Lt. Steve Gonzales said that some were charged for being too close to a fire and others for tossing objects — mainly bagels — into the crowd.
Travis Trice took over as the top player for the Michigan State Spartans down the stretch.
It may not have been the start that the Spartans wanted, but the sluggish first few minutes of their Sweet 16 game against Oklahoma could be blamed on a couple of funny men.
The two coaches have four national championships, 15 Final Four appearances and 98 tournament wins between them.
Counted out for nearly done in February, the Tom Izzo-coached Spartans are instead headed to the Elite Eight for the second straight year and fourth time since 2009.
Michigan State has won at least 11 games in four of the last five seasons and has ended each of the last four seasons with bowl game wins.
Michigan State did enough to hang on, showing at least glimpses of the experience from playing in 18 straight NCAA Tournaments.
“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.