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Cheering for MSU from Ann Arbor

Originally Published: April 5, 2009
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan State knows it will be representing more than its school when it plays North Carolina in the NCAA championship game Monday night at Ford Field in Detroit.

The Spartans will also be representing a state and region that have been battered by the country's poor economy, climbing unemployment rates and crumbling auto industry.

"There are a lot of cities right now that have problems," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. "But this is ours. This ...

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