Michigan State continued its late-season resurgence and survived a tough, physical battle to beat Atlantic Coast Conference champion Virginia in the Sweet 16 at Madison Square Garden.
The Spartans struggled late in the first half and early in the second as Virginia came back from a 10-point deficit to take the lead. However, Michigan State was the better team in the final 10 minutes, and that allowed them to earn a 61-59 victory.
Michigan State made several mistakes along the way, but the Spartans were at their best when the game was on the line. Tom Izzo has a chance to take his team to the Final Four when it battles Connecticut on Sunday.