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Most everybody, including yours truly, has Tommy Izzo cutting down the nets in Texas.

But now I’m not so sure.

“Las Vegas Sports Authority” Mel McKinney, right-hand man for the late Ralph Calcaterra, picks Michigan State in the Final Four with Florida, Louisville and Wisconsin. However, Mel has the Gators taking the title.

Norway’s Ed Weiland, who drew national attention forecasting a pro career for unheralded Jeremy Linn, likes Louisville.

“They’re just playing too well,” says Nikki Younk’s uncle, who writes for HoopsAnalyst.com. “I don’t think anyone can beat them.”

Weiland has Louisville beating MSU in the championship. Michigan will be among the final eight teams …

Northern Michigan University head football coach Chris Ostrowsky, after the Wildcats practiced outside in the snow and cold when a Superior Dome turf rolling machine malfunctioned: “This is a great way to start spring practice. I thought it was a lot of fun.” …

Derek and Dylan Sundin, grandsons of Dan and Cindy Smith of Spread Eagle, started for Wisconsin Division 1 high school wrestling runner-up Bay Port.

The Green Bay area school lost to Kaukauna, 39-22, in the state finals. Derek, wrestling at 126, posted a decision when Bay Port downed Merrill, 28-25, in the semifinals …

Cute “Red & Rover” comic strip where Red visits the school nurse.

“Being sad that you’re away from your dog (Rover) is not enough of a reason to be seen by me,” nurse said.

Replied Red, “You’re a cat person, aren’t you?” …

From Greg Cote, Miami Herald, on the Bassmaster Classic’s $300,000 first prize: “Parents, forget putting a ball in baby’s crib. Put a baited hook in there!” …

Prominent Michigan backer with a variety of aliases attempted to provoke a local Michigan State booster Sunday by stringing “maize and blue” streamers in the trees at City Park.

One idea nixed was spray painting “3-peat” in a snowbank next to the home of the Sparty booster.

This all happened prior to Michigan State beating Michigan for the Big Ten tourney championship. The Wolverines defeated the Spartans twice en route to the Big Ten regular season title …

Goodman-Pembine girls basketball coach Dennis Bilski, on facing the pressure defense of defending WIAA Division 5 state champion Assumption: “They’re just a great basketball team. They got momentum and they are like racehorses coming after you, and they only give you five timeouts. If they gave you five timeouts a quarter, I’d be OK.” …

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