MSU men's basketball coach Tom Izzo reflects on what it was like beating Duke on Sunday evening, sending his team into the Final Four this weekend.
Still, even though Texas Tech is the best defensive team in the country, it's hard not to detect a whiff of good fortune in the opponent as well, a team with nearly no basketball tradition that would be as random a national champion since Loyola-Chicago in 1963 somehow managed to deny Oscar Robertson and Cincinnati a third straight title. That bodes well for the credibility and the following for the Final Four. And for Texas Tech, their greatness may just be beginning.
The festivities swiftly escalated into rowdiness, however, with people dancing on top of cars... If you were an Auburn fan, you were crestfallen.
Officers "showed great restraint" while get the crowd under control and getting them to disperse.
Local officials later warned the rowdy fans that similar behavior during the next game "will not be tolerated". The ball, however, went off his heel without being touched by a Tigers players and Jerome picked it up and dribbled again.
It will meet Virginia in the final round. "I guess somewhere there's a compliment to us that (Beard) kind of believes in the same philosophy which I think is true in any sport".
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"I wouldn't trade my experiences for anything", Beard said earlier this week when accepting the AP coach of the year award.
Winning the school's first national title has been Beard's bigger goal all along.
This year's NCAA men's Final Four has a bit of a different feel to it. But, he was relatively cold against Michigan State.
Until Saturday, Auburn and Texas Tech had never been in a Final Four.
But what may be even more unfathomable is the fact that the Red Raiders were able to knock off a Michigan State team that won the Big 10 regular season and tournament titles despite two incredibly poor games from their two leading scorers. "Enjoy the moment, look around, take it all in, but understand we have a job to do". If he stays cold, it could cost MSU a chance to win.