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Sparty helped save the party

Despite a convincing loss to UNC, Michigan State made its mark on the Final Four

Originally Published: April 6, 2009
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

DETROIT -- North Carolina deserved to win the national title, but Michigan State saved the Final Four.

And the lasting legacies from the Final Four will be the overwhelming support the Spartans received, their ability to rally the masses and their ability to do it again next season and beyond.

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo isn't ready to put the Spartans among the ultra elite in the game because he doesn't want complacency within the program. But only a handful of schools ...

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