Michigan State hopes extended break before NCAA Tournament proves helpful

NEW YORK – Now they wait.

Michigan State lost to Michigan in the Big Ten tournament semifinals on Saturday night, ending their conference tournament run on March 3.

The Spartans will now have either 11 or 12 days off before they begin their NCAA Tournament run. It’s an unprecedented break for the Spartans, a result of the Big Ten moving its conference tournament up by a week in order to stage it here at Madison Square Garden.

This break has been discussed ad nauseum since it was announced nearly four years ago. Would it hurt teams like Michigan State to go a week-and-a-half with no games before a one-and-done tournament? Or would it help them, having more time to rest and practice compared to other NCAA Tournament teams?

Michigan State hopes it will be the latter.

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“We can sharpen up on a lot of things, understand ourselves as a team more and get better offensively, because we’re not as sharp as we have been,” Spartans guard Joshua Langford said. “This break is going to be great for us.”

Spartans coach Tom Izzo said after the game he hadn’t yet even figured out how his team would spend its break. He brought up potentially taking his team to see an

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