The Dagger

  • Tom Izzo does it again: Michigan State back in Elite Eight after beating Sooners

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger1 day ago

    Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said this week his seniors and juniors would have to be at their best for the Spartans to continue to advance in the NCAA tournament.

    Izzo’s veterans, particularly guard Travis Trice and forward Branden Dawson, were exceptional Friday night against No. 3 seed Oklahoma in a 62-58 victory that propelled Michigan State to the Elite Eight for the second straight season and the fourth time in the past seven years. 

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    Oklahoma was the final remaining team from the Big 12 conference, which was viewed all season as the toughest league top to bottom in the nation. The league sent seven of its 10 teams to the NCAA tournament, but in a bitter disappointment none of them reached even the Elite Eight.

    The seventh-seeded Spartans overcame their poor free throw shooting once again thanks to Trice scoring 24 points and making several timely 3-pointers in the second half. Dawson contributed 11 rebounds and junior Denzel Valentine scored 18.

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