Found March 15, 2012 on Fox Sports:
They're from all over the country, play in New York and have a big-city swagger. The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds are not a typical No. 16 seed, which is why Michigan State won't take them for granted. The top-seeded Spartans insist they're not overlooking the Northeast Conference champions as they prepare for Friday night's NCAA opening-round game in the West Regional. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo called LIU ''more than a formidable foe'' and was impressed with how the school played North Carolina in last year's tournament. LIU coach Jim Ferry says his team is full of ''a bunch of tough-minded kids'' who epitomize New York. Ferry says he doesn't see his players ''backing down from anybody.'' Spartans star Draymond Green says Michigan State's grueling schedule, which included non-conference games with North Carolina, Duke and Gonzaga, prepared the team for the NCAA grind.
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