Michigan State is coming off an improbable Elite Eight run, while Florida missed the tournament last season.
Coach Tom Izzo says the trip will be an “excellent early measuring stick” for the team and a good bonding experience.
The Madness has ended and Duke once again has been crowned champion. Congratulations to the Blue Devils but some of you like myself are probably pretty sad about college basketball season being over. That’s why I came up with an entirely too early “5 teams to watch” list for next basketball season.
Led by Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor, Duke’s talented group of youngsters outscored Wisconsin by 14 points over the final 13 minutes Monday night to grit out a 68-63 victory for the program’s fifth national title.
The Spartans missed 10 of their last 11 shots in the first half, a stretch they couldn’t afford against the favored Blue Devils.
The prosperity of the two programs is a source of pride for Izzo, whose love of football has helped shape his approach to basketball — and the way he tries to promote Michigan State.
It wasn’t the first time Izzo had made his distaste for Twitter clear. He says he doesn’t worry much about what his players tweet. He’s more concerned about what they might read.
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.
With a few days to go before basketball resumes, the only thing we can do to quench our March Madness thirst is talk about what was and what is still to come in this year’s NCAA Tournament.
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.