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Michigan State, facing UConn for another Final Four berth, gets its timing back just in time


Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie responds to a question during a news conference at the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 29, 2014, in New York. Connecticut plays Michigan State in a regional final on Sunday. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (The Associated Press)

Michigan State faces UConn on Sunday seeking its seventh Final Four berth in 16 seasons.

The fourth-seeded Spartans' seniors are looking to keep alive a streak. Since coach Tom Izzo took over in 1995, every player he recruited who stayed four years has reached a Final Four.

The seventh-seeded Huskies' seniors won a national title as freshman, but UConn was barred from last year's NCAA tournament because of academic sanctions.

The Huskies expect their fans to make Madison Square Garden sound like a home game in the East Regional final.

Michigan State is peaking at the right time after injuries ravaged the roster during Big Ten play.