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#23 Michigan State Spartans (27-12)


Fri. 3/20 Sun. 3/22 Fri. 3/27 Sun. 3/29 Sat. 4/4
vs. UGa 
W 70-63
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@ UVa 
W 60-54
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@ Okla 
W 62-58
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@ Lou 
W 76-70
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@ Duke 
L 61-81
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Izzo says this Michigan State team was special

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) A few days have passed since Michigan State's loss to Duke at the Final Four, so Tom Izzo has had a chance to reflect on a team he now views as an inspiration.

"You don't like this team, you love this team," Izzo said. "There were a lot of players that gave me everything that they could give. I don't think it's the norm. That's why there are special teams."

Izzo spoke for about an hour Thursday at his season-ending news conference, which took place a couple weeks later than a lot of people had expected. A No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Spartans reached the Final Four thanks to an upset of Virginia and wins over Oklahoma and Louisville. The run finally ended in the national semifinals last weekend, when Michigan State lost 81-61 to Duke.

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Leaders
Points: T. Trice15.3
Rebounds: D. Valentine6.3
Assists: T. Trice5.1
FG%: D. Valentine44.3%
FT%: T. Trice71.5%
3P%: B. Forbes42.7%
Steals: B. Dawson1.2
Blocks: B. Dawson1.7
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kentucky38-1
2 Villanova33-3
3 Wisconsin36-4
4 Duke35-4
5 Arizona34-4
6 Virginia30-4
7 Gonzaga35-3
8 Notre Dame32-6
9 Iowa State25-9
10 Kansas27-9
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Duke35-4
2 Wisconsin36-4
3 Kentucky38-1
4 Arizona34-4
5 Notre Dame32-6
6 Gonzaga35-3
7 Michigan State27-12
8 Virginia30-4
9 Villanova33-3
10 Louisville27-9
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Big Ten Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
3 Wisconsin 16-2 36-4
12 Maryland 14-4 28-7
23 Michigan State 12-6 27-12
Iowa 12-6 22-12
Purdue 12-6 21-13
Ohio State 11-7 24-11
Indiana 9-9 20-14
Illinois 9-9 19-14
Michigan 8-10 16-16
Minnesota 6-12 18-15
Northwestern 6-12 15-17
Nebraska 5-13 13-18
Penn State 4-14 18-16
Rutgers 2-16 10-22
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 71.1 (79)
Rebounds: 11.2 (136)
Assists: 16.6 (5)
FG%: 46.5% (45)
FT%: 63.2% (336)
3P%: 38.5% (34)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 63.6 (93)
Rebounds: 26.2 (20)
Assists: 10.5 (33)
FG%: 39.6% (38)
FT%: 72.2% (322)
3P%: 31.5% (47)
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