When you weren't looking

WHILE KANSAS, Kentucky, Duke and Arizona have dominated college hoops talk for the better part of this season (what's new?), Michigan State has continued to do what it does best: Maintain a low profile while prepping for a deep March run. How's this for a stat: Every Tom Izzo-coached squad since 1998 has made the NCAA tournament. In fact, his Spartans have gone to six Final Fours in 18 seasons, and if MSU is shut out of the semifinals this spring, it would be the first time his senior class hasn't made it to the final weekend.