Historically, Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans take NCAA Tournament trips to the Sweet 16 on the regular. However, up until this season, the program hadn’t gone dancing that deep in March Madness since 2015.
Key phrase there? Up until this season, as the Spartans are now headed to the Sweet 16 after defeating the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday.
Players on the team are happy about this.
“I’m just excited, moreso for our program,” said Xavier Tillman, who led Michigan State with 14 points. “Not being able to pass this point for three years, to kind of break the curse for us, it feels pretty good.”
Even Tom Izzo was a bit lighter in his postgame presser.
“There’s nothing like playing when it stays daylight longer,” said MSU coach Tom Izzo, who took his team to the Sweet 16 seven times in eight years before the recent dry spell. “You come out of practice now and the sun’s still shining, it’s the greatest feeling in the world.”
Up next for the Michigan State Spartans in the NCAA Tournament is LSU.
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