Michigan State Beats Virginia, 61-59, Headed to Elite Eight

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Michigan State Beats Virginia, 61-59, Headed to Elite Eight

By FOX 47 News. CREATED Mar 29, 2014

The Michigan State basketball team is headed back to the Elite Eight for the eighth time in Tom Izzo's head coaching career.

The fourth-seeded Spartans beat one-seed Virginia, 61-59, Friday after a last-second three point attempt failed to go in for the Cavaliers. MSU jumped out to an early lead, but Virginia closed the gap, leaving the Spartans with just a four-point lead at the half.

Both teams traded the lead throughout the second half, with Michigan State making key plays in the final minutes.

Branden Dawson continued a stellar post-season, leading the Spartans with 24 points. He also recorded ten rebounds for his six double-double of the season.

Michigan State joins other Big Ten teams Michigan and Wisconsin in the Elite Eight and will play seven-seed Connecticut on Sunday for a spot in the Final Four.