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See you in Indy: An improbable group of Spartans are off to the Final Four

5 hours 20 min ago

In the ultimate survive and advance scenario, MSU escaped two dangerous free throw misses at the end of regulation to pull away for a 76-70 overtime victory over Louisville.

Freshman forward Marvin Clark checked in for junior forward Matt Costello with 2:21 left in regulation and little did he know the role he would play.

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Halftime: MSU trails Louisville 40-32 in the Elite Eight

7 hours 6 min ago

Syracuse, N.Y. — It was a competitive game for much of the first half, but a late scoring drought by MSU could endanger its Final Four dreams.

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Louisville stands between MSU and the Final Four

March 28, 2015 - 4:48pm

Syracuse, N.Y. -- MSU head coach Tom Izzo will square off against a Pitino-led team for the second time this year, but with a Final Four berth at stake, this one will mean a bit more.

The Spartans dropped a home game to Minnesota and head coach Richard Pitino in February, and on Sunday at 2:20 p.m., MSU will face Richard’s father and Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame member Rick Pitino.

Pitino’s Louisville Cardinals (27-8 overall, 12-6 ACC) have surged in the tournament, despite the dismissal of guard Chris Jones in late February.

The Cardinals escaped in their first tournament game with a two point win over UC Irvine.

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Elite Eight run has been led by upperclassmen

March 28, 2015 - 2:10am

A year after losing three key pieces of its puzzle, MSU has clawed its way right back to where its season ended last year.

The Elite Eight.

An improbable yet not infrequent tournament run has been conducted by upperclassmen.

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Crowd of 500 gathers, sets fires in Cedar Village following MSU's Sweet 16 win over Oklahoma

March 28, 2015 - 1:26am

After MSU defeated Oklahoma Friday night to advance to the Elite Eight, crowds gathered near Cedar Village apartments in celebration.

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And then there were eight: MSU advances past Oklahoma, will face Louisville Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

March 28, 2015 - 12:32am

Syracuse, N.Y. — For a while, it looked as though MSU's free throw woes would be their undoing.

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Halftime: MSU trails Oklahoma 31-27

March 27, 2015 - 11:07pm

Syracuse, N.Y.

Oklahoma never trailed over the first twenty minutes, and at halftime, the Sooners lead the Spartans, 31-27.

Oklahoma junior guard and Big 12 Player of the Year Buddy Hield leads all scorers with 11 points, and MSU senior guard Travis Trice follows with 10 points.

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Sweet streak

March 25, 2015 - 11:50am

The Spartans are reaffirming their role as the team that kicks into gear late in the season with versatile performances and unexpected victories. Now, MSU must defeat Oklahoma to advance to the Elite Eight

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Still part of the family

March 24, 2015 - 5:10pm

Fifteen years later, Mateen Cleaves is still invested in Spartan basketball.

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Staying on track

March 24, 2015 - 11:07am

Cross country senior Leah O'Connor has become one of the most decorated athletes in MSU history. But the runner, who most recently snagged the national NCAA indoor mile title, has come a long way in the last five years.

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Not their last game

March 22, 2015 - 5:26pm

MSU advances to Sweet Sixteen after upset win over Virginia.

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How sweet it is: MSU keeps dancing and advances to the Sweet 16

March 22, 2015 - 2:22pm

On to Syracuse.

It wasn't sexy.

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Halftime: MSU leads Virginia 23-18

March 22, 2015 - 12:59pm

It was the Travis Trice show to begin the first half.

The senior guard was absolutely electric to start the game, scoring 13 consecutive points on an array of fast break layups and 3-point bombs early in the half to help give MSU the advantage at halftime, 23-18.

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MSU prepares to play No. 2 seed Virginia Sunday

March 21, 2015 - 4:33pm

When head coach Tom Izzo first realized MSU would potentially play No. 2 seed Virginia in the second round, he first thought to himself, "why?" 

The Spartans barely prevailed against the top-seeded Cavaliers in last year's Sweet 16 round, and will now have to crack one of the top defenses in the nation for a second year in a row.

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Apparel and textile design students garner skills from coursework

March 20, 2015 - 11:49pm

The apparel and textile design program, which has been at MSU for about 125 years, has a talented team of professors who offer invaluable experience to their students.

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On to the next one: MSU survives late Georgia rally to advance, 70-63

March 20, 2015 - 3:10pm

Charlotte, North Carolina — MSU missed five of their first six shots and trailed Georgia 9-3 five minutes into the game.

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Halftime: MSU leads Georgia 35-22

March 20, 2015 - 1:34pm

After a sluggish start on the offensive end, MSU was able to regroup and leads Georgia, 35-22 at halftime.

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'Win the weekend'

March 18, 2015 - 6:06pm

The streak continues for Izzo: it's the Spartans' 18th consecutive NCAA tourney appearance. But he isn't looking past MSU's games this weekend. The first being Friday's matchup with Georgia.

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Ten years later, no signs of stopping

March 17, 2015 - 5:06pm

Lou Anna K. Simon took over the reigns as MSU's 20th and first female president in 2005. Simon, whose tenure has been marked with initiatives and an overhaul of many of the residence and dining halls, is still going strong.

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Rooted history

March 16, 2015 - 8:19pm

While straddling the back of her horse named Jeepster, MSU alumna Rebecca Sauber and her teammate chased cows from one pen to another in a competition at the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education on Farm Lane. 

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