Will Michigan State Turn it On Again this March Madness?

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They call Tom Izzo “Mr. March” for a reason. And the numbers give creedence to that. Here’s what the Michigan State Spartans have accomplished lately:

9 wins as a lower seed since 2003 (most in college basketball)

66-27 in March/April since 1999

35 NCAA Tournament wins since 1998, second most in the nation

The 15 years Izzo era in East Lansing has seen 9 sweet sixteens, 7 elite 8s, 6 final fours, 2 title games, and 1 national championship.

However, this was by far the worst season Izzo has ever had, and this is the lowest seeded team in the NCAA Tournament he’ll ever have. If State makes it to the second weekend this year, then truly March means everything and the regular season means nothing to MSU. I know, we say that every year.

By Paul M. Banks

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Penn State Prepares for First NCAA Tournament Game in a Decade

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Everyone knows that Nittany Nation is much more a college football republic than it is college basketball country. And the difference is quite extreme. But maybe this is a start of something new for the Penn State Nittany Lions?

#10 seeded State (19-14; 9-9 Big Ten) will face a very familiar foe Thursday when the Nittany Lions take on #7 seed and in-state rival Temple in Tucson, AZ, tipping at 2:10 (ET) on TNT. PSU has lost to Temple in two of the last three seasons.

Penn State played its last NCAA Tournament game against Temple, losing 84-72 in the 2001 NCAA Sweet Sixteen. The winner of the Penn State-Temple contest will face the winner of #2 seed San Diego State vs. #15 Northern Colorado, on Saturday at the University of Arizona’s McKale Center.

PSU won their most recent meetings with Temple in football, can they do it in basketball?

By Paul M. Banks

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