Michigan State Outlasts Tennessee, Headed To Sixth Final Four In 12 Years

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Michigan State Blog: Spartans All About Mental Toughness

Michigan State is heading back to the Final Four for the 2nd-straight year after their 70-69 victory over Tennessee. Tom Izzo prides himself on having teams that are mentally tough. The Only Colors says this team deserves that label at least as much as any Izzo-coached team has.

That’s now four tournaments wins by a total margin of 13 points. When you’re winning close games like that, it means you’re getting some breaks along the way. But it also mean that this team (1) hasn’t allow opponents to make big runs on them, despite missing their team leader and playing with a limited number of healthy regular contributors, and (2) has made big plays down the stretch in tight games. As good as Kalin Lucas has been with the ball in his hands late in close games, it’s amazing that we’ve got two guys, in Morgan and Green, that now seem every bit as confident when the game is on the line.

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