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Healthy Michigan State faces solid Virginia

Friday - 3/28/2014, 12:54pm  ET

Michigan State players practice at Madison Square Garden at the NCAA college basketball tournament in New York, Thursday, March 27, 2014. Michigan State plays Virginia in a regional semifinal on Friday. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin)

JIM O'CONNELL
AP Basketball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Michigan State has been its old self the last couple of weeks or so, finally healthy and looking like the team that was No. 1 in the AP poll for three weeks early in the season.

Virginia jumped to the country's attention when it ran away with the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title and backed it up with the tournament championship.

Michigan State, the team that has become the popular pick to win it all despite being a No. 4 seed, and Virginia, the forgotten No. 1 seed, meet Friday night in the East Regional semifinals.

Making the night a little more historic is that it will be the first time the NCAA tournament has been in Madison Square Garden in 53 years.


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