Spartans' defense shines in slugfest

Virginia's defense received the attention, but Michigan State showed it can guard

Originally Published: March 29, 2014
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Tom Izzo has spent most of this season feeling more like Job than a basketball coach. The much-documented, medical-ward Spartans have tried him like no team he has had before.

There were times, he admitted, when he wondered how his team would get through it, times he wondered why in the world this was all happening to him and his team.

He may have received his answer with 91 seconds left in a tightly wound, expertly played Sweet 16 game against Virginia.

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