Izzo: "We have some talent, too"

Michigan State doesn't want team labeled as only experienced in matchup with Kentucky.

The matchup between Michigan State and Kentucky has largely been billed as the clash of experience against talent.

And while there is little doubt Kentucky is talented, MSU coach Tom Izzo doesn't want the talent on his team forgotten.

"I think one thing that's getting lost in the shuffle, we have some talent, too," Izzo said. "We don't just have experience, we have some talented experience and I think that's the one advantage we have."

Kentucky, which starts four freshman that were McDonald's All-Americans, brought in the nation's top-ranked recruiting class and features as many as seven potential first-round NBA draft picks.

"We laughed about it in our meetings," Izzo said. "There's probably a ton of NBA teams that don't have seven first-round picks on their team if you really think about it."

The Spartans have a pair of likely first-round picks in Gary Harris and Adreian Payne. They also start three former McDonald's All-Americans in Harris, Branden Dawson and Keith Appling.

Appling said talent on other team's isn't a focus or concern heading into Tuesday.

"We don't worry about that," he said. "Last year, we faced Kansas which had a pretty good team as well and we came out with a victory. We aren't too caught up in all of that. We just want to play well as a team and try and come up with a win."

Dawson said it comes down to the Spartans just playing their game with the talent they have.

"I just feel like we have to come out and play our game and don't look at all the accolades an this and that," he said. "We just come out and play our game, I think we will be successful."

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