Coach: Tom Izzo
Top scorer: Gary Harris, 17.1
Top rebounder: Branden Dawson, 8.3
Keys to victory: 1) Reconstruct what Izzo says is the last pieces of the puzzle: chemistry and rotation; the Spartans’ almost NBA-like predictability in substitutions was dislocated by injuries – forcing 15 different lineups this year. 2) Get the most out of forward Dawson’s versatility (10.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg) and his defense and rebounding ability against a smaller lineup. 3) Protect the ball. MSU turned the ball over 16 times in each of its last three regular-season games, going 1-3 over that span, but had just 28 total turnovers in three Big Ten tourney games.
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