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Legacy on the line for Big Ten

Fair or not, the nation's best conference will be judged by postseason success

Originally Published: March 19, 2013
By Eamonn Brennan | ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- Tom Izzo is a competitive person. He does not like to lose.

It is safe to assume he wanted to win the Big Ten tournament for the second straight season; he did not want his Spartans to fall short in the conference semifinals to Aaron Craft, Deshaun Thomas and the suddenly savage Ohio State Buckeyes.

And yet, in the final question of his final postgame news conference in Chicago, Izzo concluded his Big Ten responsibilities on another note: relief.

"I'm ...

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