Seasoned Izzo Keeps Team Sharp for Sweet 16

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Seasoned Izzo Keeps Team Sharp for Sweet 16
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Sitting in a black sweatsuit in the Marriott's Oakland Ballroom, Tom Izzo leaned forward and hit the pause button. Just an hour or so earlier, Michigan State's coach had learned Memphis would be the Spartans' next opponent. The two teams would meet in less than 48 hours with a Sweet 16 berth on the line. Yet Izzo fixed his focus on a screen showing No. 1 Gonzaga tied with No. 16 Southern with four minutes remaining.

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