Posted March 08, 2012 on AP on Fox
Michigan State still has a shot at a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament if it can forget about a bitter finish to the regular season and overcome a season-ending injury to its star freshman. The eighth-ranked and top-seeded Spartans will try to help their cause by winning their first Big Ten tournament title since 2000. The push to end that drought begins Friday against ninth-seeded Iowa at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Michigan State (24-7) was denied its first outright Big Ten regular-season title in three years when Ohio State's William Buford hit a last-second shot to give the Buckeyes a 72-70 win in East Lansing on Sunday. The Spartans, who also fell at then-No. 18 Indiana on Feb. 28, had an early 15-point lead against Ohio State but wilted after Branden Dawson tore a ligament in his left knee. The freshman swingman will likely need six months to recover from surgery. Despite the consecutive losses, Michigan State won a piece of its third regular-season champi...

Branden Dawson’s injury adds a dent in MSU Spartans’ depth

He clutched his knee and grimaced. With the help of trainers, MSU freshman freak athlete Branden Dawson limped to the bench only to see his freshman campaign sidelined during the most crucial part of the season. While we see ACL injuries far too much in the college game, the lingering after effects for the individual are the primary focus, and rightfully so, but what does Dawson’s...
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