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Izzo stock hits peakwith upset of top seed

INDIANAPOLIS — Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo's stock could be at an all-time high after Michigan State whipped the NCAA Tournament's top overall seed Louisville 64-52 at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday.

Izzo's name has already surfaced for the opening at Kentucky and at Arizona, which will most likely replace interim coach Russ Pennell.

Izzo said on Saturday that he'd never say never to any opportunity. NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, a Michigan State alum, said losing Izzo is a concern.

"You're always worried about the money that they are offering," Johnson said. "You have to worry. Every Michigan State fan has to be worried. ... The thing that Michigan State has going for them is that Michigan high school basketball is so good, and every player wants to come to Michigan State. If I were him, with the talent he has coming back, I would stay. But that's just me being selfish."

Former UK commitment key cog for Spartans

A big cog in Michigan State's run to the Final Four has been freshman forward Draymond Green, who formerly committed to Kentucky before Tubby Smith left for Minnesota. The 6-foot-6, 235-pound Green was out of the rotation early in the year but has come on strong down the stretch.

Green is averaging nine points and nearly six rebounds off the bench in the NCAA Tournament, including a six-point, 10-rebound performance against Louisville.

Spartans to be at home

Michigan State will no doubt have a strong following at the Final Four next weekend in Detroit, which is about 70 miles from the East Lansing campus.

"It's as big a win as our school has had because we're going to Detroit," said Izzo, a Michigan native. "That's been a dream and a goal since the day they announced where the Final Four was for 2009."

The Spartans made it 30 years after Johnson led them to a national title over Larry Bird and Indiana State.

"Detroit needs something, Michigan needs something to feel good about," said Johnson, who was at the game. "And right now, the whole state is feeling good about this Michigan State team."

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