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How to beat: Michigan State

Go on a run early, control the offensive glass and beware Izzo's mind

Originally Published: April 2, 2010
By Fran Fraschilla | ESPN Insider
Getty ImagesIf you can get inside this guy's head (and bang the boards), you could take down MSU.

West Virginia, Duke, Butler and Michigan State have proved tourney-tested and Final Four-worthy. So how do you stop them? We asked our experts to scout each team and craft a game plan to take it down. Each expert took his own approach to the problem, but the results are all the same. These are the blueprints to besting the Final Four teams. We conclude with Fran Fraschilla on how to take down Tom Izzo's Michigan State Spartans.

Butler just spent the weekend knocking off the No. 1 (Syracuse) and No. 2 (Kansas State) seeds in the West Regional; both of these teams were tough and physical and were seemingly ready to overwhelm the Bulldogs athletically.

It didn't happen.

Butler outrebounded K-State 41-29 -- and forced the Orangemen into 18 turnovers.

How can Butler keep this rolling? With MSU up next, there are five keys to sending the Spartans home.


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Fran Fraschilla is a college basketball analyst for ESPN. He formerly was the head coach at Manhattan, St. John's and New Mexico.