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Final Four Preview: Duke vs. Michigan State

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Boy, oh boy. How lucky are we? Tom Izzo and Mike Krzyzewski facing off in the Final Four — Christmas in April. While its no real surprise that the Blue Devils have made it this far, it is rather astonishing that Michigan State has made it to Indianapolis.

This Final Four marks Izzo’s seventh as head coach of the Spartans in what maybe his best coaching job of his storied career.

While Coach K is searching for his fifth national title, he is also trying to win his third in the city of Indianapolis. In 1992, Duke upset the Runnin’ Rebels of UNLV in the Hoosier Dome and in 2010, Duke ruined the greatest basketball story ever told by beating Butler just three miles away from their own campus inside Lucas Oil Stadium. (The City of Indianapolis and I are still bitter.)

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Elite 8 Preview: Izzo, Spartans in familiar territory

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Tom Izzo and his seventh-seeded Spartans are headed back to the Elite 8 for the second year in a row.  Sparty Nation is counting its blessings for now after fighting off an Oklahoma lead Friday night in Syracuse.  The Spartans held on defeating the Sooners, 62-58.

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Instant Analysis: Michigan State rallies late

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Oklahoma came raging out of the gates on this one. It never trailed in the first half and had a .406 shooting percentage the first half.  The Spartans were sloppy early in the game and took bad shots which allowed Oklahoma to lead 31-27 at the break.  You have to remember, though, that the coach of Michigan State is Tom Izzo. After halftime, the Spartans came out of the locker room playing like the team that just beat Virginia.

There were five lead changes in a four-minute time span, which broke out into the Spartans taking the lead. Oklahoma fought back and gave Michigan State a fight to the finish, but couldn’t overcome the deficit, losing 62-58 to the Spartans.

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