Michigan State Spartans defeat Minnesota Golden Gophers, 65-64

Tubby Smith came to the second level of Williams Arena to answer reporters' questions after his Gophers blew a 13-point second-half lead and lost 65-64 to overrated Michigan State on Saturday.

Smith's voice was so soft as to be nearly inaudible. He departed after 10 minutes. As he waited for the elevator, Tubby was overheard mumbling, "You have to find a way to win those games."

Actually, the Gophers did have a way to defeat No. 6 Michigan State -- with aggressive, s...

Everywhere he looked, he saw Spartans green.

And he knew he'd made the right choice.

In a suburban Detroit mall, Spartans reserve Isaiah Dahlman stood with his teammates on a podium, while thousands of fans cheered during a Final Four pep rally. Michigan State, which faces the Gophers on Saturday morning at Williams Arena, lost to North Carolina in last year's national title game. But Dahlman, a former state prep star at Braham High School, said he's happy he stayed ...