[Freep.com] Don’t bet against Tom Izzo and Michigan State this time of year. Raymar Morgan’s free throw with less than two seconds left gave the Spartans a 70-69 victory over Tennessee in the Midwest Regional final today, sending Michigan State to its sixth Final Four in 12 years and second in a row.
No team in the country — not North Carolina, not Kentucky, not UCLA — has done it better during that span. And all six trips have come under Izzo, the hard-nosed coach who preaches defense, rebounding and physical play.
Oh, and how’s this for some symmetry? This happens to be the 10th anniversary of the “Flintstones,” the team that gave Michigan State its second national title.
The Spartans, last year’s national runner-up, will be looking for title No. 3 next weekend in Indianapolis. They play Butler, sure to be the hometown favorite, in the semifinals Saturday night… [more]
By NANCY ARMOUR, AP National Writer