Michigan State Basketball: Spartans' 5 Keys to Beating Virginia

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Michigan State Basketball: Spartans' 5 Keys to Beating Virginia
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Michigan State will square off against a stingy Virginia squad on March 28 in what could potentially be one of the tournament's most thrilling games. The Spartans will have to emphasize a few key areas against the Cavaliers in order to win.

Virginia has lost only once through the last two months, and its recent demolishing of Memphis validated its No. 1 seeding.

Meanwhile, Michigan State entered the tournament as a favorite to cut down the nets in Arlington. Through the first two contests, Sparty has played the way it was expected.

At this point, neither team looks destined to exit the Big Dance. But something has to give.

Here are Michigan State's five keys to conquering Virginia in the Sweet 16.

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