Former Izzo assistant Crean's key to game

Updated: April 6, 2009, 7:53 PM ET
By Pat Forde

DETROIT -- A sleek black limo crawled alongside Ford Field about 7 p.m. ET. Out popped Indiana coach Tom Crean, a former Tom Izzo assistant at Michigan State, and his wife, Joani.

Crean stopped long enough to pass along his key to the game: the Spartans must make it a half-court tussle, and must reduce their turnovers after giving away the ball repeatedly when they lost to North Carolina in December. Crean said Michigan State guard Kalin Lucas is a much better player now than he was then ...

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