Ex-Spartan Johnson praises Izzo

Updated: March 29, 2010, 12:07 AM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Even the ever-bubbly Magic Johnson lost confidence in Michigan State's chances of making a return trip to the Final Four when point guard Kalin Lucas went down with a season-ending injury.

But not for long.

Joining the on-court celebration minutes after the Spartans' one-point win over Tennessee, Johnson said Sunday he wasn't surprised coach Tom Izzo found a way to make it work.

"Tom Izzo does his best job in the NCAA tournament," Johnson said. "Everybody had to ...

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