SPARTANS OFF TO BIG TEN TOURNAMENT

Michigan State's men's basketball team practiced in the auxiliary gymn of the Breslin Center Wednesday afternoon, then bussed to Indianapolis. The team will have a full day to scout the opening three games of the Big Ten tournament and prepare for their quarter-final match up at noon Friday against the winner of Thursday's Northwestern vs. Minnesota game. Northwestern coach Bill Carmody says he thinks his team can land its first ever NCAA tournament bid if it can beat both the Gophers and then Michigan State.
The other first round games Thursday find Indiana against Penn State and Iowa vs. Michigan. The Wolverines have never played the Spartans in the 11 years of this tournament and they could only meet in Sunday's championship game.
MSU will stay in Indianapolis and watch the NCAA pairings show at 6pm Sunday if the Spartans play in the championship game before bussing home. MSU coach Tom Izzo says fatigue will have no bearing on his team's need to win three games in three days before preparing for the NCAA tournament.


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