MSU held off a late charge by Purdue to win by a misleading double digit victory score of 70-58. …
Spartans need reserves to step up
EAST LANSING - The regular season for the Michigan State Spartans (20-10) is long gone and the post season is where they are used to doing their damage. The Spartans, under coach Tom Izzo, have made a living in the post season, thriving in the neutral floor environment and with referees that aren't as whistle happy as those in the Big Ten. MSU has gone to four Final Four appearances in the last eight years with a heavy dose of physical play and some sharp shooting from the outside to overwhelm their opponents. But unless MSU reclaims their old physical presence - including tough interior defense and strong rebounding - their going to find the post season looks a whole lot like the regular season. For MSU, injuries threaten to serious impair their ability to make a run at a Big Ten Tournament championship and a run to the 2006 Final Four. Power forward Matt Trannon, who came into the year as a bit player, has become the Spartans 2006 version of Antonio Smith. Smith was the...
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