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Best of Midnight Madness: Tom Izzo’s ‘Top Gun’ entrance

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Midnight Madness produces some memorable moments each year, so we're chronicling the best ones from Friday's lineup all weekend. If you spot something we missed, let us know here or here.

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About the only way Tom Izzo could be mistaken for Tom Cruise is by dressing as Maverick from iconic 1986 movie Top Gun. The Michigan State coach did his best Cruise impression on Friday night, donning a green flight suit and entering the Breslin Center in a mock fighter jet just after a video of Izzo, sliced in with footage of the movie, played on the video board. Izzo  has a reputation for embracing Midnight Madness silliness more than most coaches, from his entrance on horseback in 2003, to his 300-style Spartan warrior get-up in 2007 to his hippie costume in 2008. The Top Gun theme was a nod to Michigan State's historic Veteran's Day matchup with preseason No. 1 North Carolina on an aircraft carrier in San Diego.{YSP:MORE}

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