MSU just trying to "win the weekend"

Spartans looking to take it one step at a time in the tournament, starting with Georgia and looking to get to the second weekend.

With the success Michigan State has had in March and the run of Final Fours in recent years, it is a natural to pair “MSU” and “Final Four” together.

But despite the tournament streak growing to 18 straight for Tom Izzo – six of which led to Final Four appearances – the focus for this year’s Spartans is a little bit more immediate.

”I think the battle cry is to win the weekend,” Izzo said. “Battle cry is to win the weekend and then we’ll assess where we are.”

Michigan State opens as a No. 7 seed against No. 10 seed Georgia on Friday in Charlotte, N.C. With a win, the Spartans will face the winner of No. 2 Virginia or No. 15 Belmont.

But before a potential rematch with the Cavaliers – the team MSU took down in the Sweet 16 last season – it is all about Georgia.

”Once you get to this tournament, now you’ve really gotta focus in and take it one day at a time,” Travis Trice said. “Our thing is just beating Georgia right now. Trying to survive the day, each day and then win the weekend.”

Still, as a senior, Trice is looking to get to the Final Four and restart a streak of seniors playing in it – a streak that came to an end last season with Keith Appling and Adreian Payne.

It is an understandable goal for a program that fell one game short last season of a seventh Final Four under Izzo.

”You always have the goal of making it to a Final Four,” junior Matt Costello said. “But if you wanna be successful, you have to take care of your day-to-day stuff. …

”That’s how you win a championship.”

That chase starts this weekend, as MSU looks to “win the weekend” to get a pair of wins under its belt. But if gets the first win, Trice feels good about the second one and meeting the battle cry.

”I feel like we’ve got that upper hand in the second game,” he said. “The coaches always say it’s our responsibility to win the first game and they will get us through the second one.”

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