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Press availability is over, final preparations are being made and Tom Izzo probably won't sleep for the next 48 hours. It's finally time for the Sweet 16, which till tip off with four games tonight and another four tomorrow, including MSU's 10ish pm start against Virginia. Spartans vs. Cavaliers might be the biggest game of them all in the next couple days, as the clash between Virginia's top-ranked defense and the explosive offense of Michigan State is as intriguing as it gets. So relax tonight, because we should be in for quite the battle tomorrow.

Michigan vs. MSU for title? 'I don't know if I'd be able to take that,' Mateen Cleaves says | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

Let's not get ahead of ourselves, Mateen.

The time for Michigan's and Michigan State's talent could be fleeting | Detroit News | detroitnews.com

Kind of a Captain Obvious point, but both teams will likely look quite a bit different next year.

Who is the second-best 3-point shooter left in the NCAA Tournament 2014? Medina grad and Michigan State freshman Kenny Kaminski | Northeast Ohio Media Group | cleveland.com

Hell of a headline for K3NNY.

Virginia's Tonny Bennett most concerned with Michigan State's transition game | MLive | mlive.com

Lucky for you, Tony, you have the best transition defense in the country. Unlucky for you, #SpartansWill.

Sophomore Darian Hicks on the hot corner for Michigan State, but says it feels 'really comfortable' | MLive | mlive.com

How about some football?

Tom Anastos won't abandon plan for MSU hockey, even if it tests patience - his and yours | Lansing State Journal | lansingstatejournal.com

And even a little hockey.