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Sports crumbled prejudice before 1957 Final Four

Sports crumbled prejudice before 1957 Final Four

It remains to be seen how forcefully the NCAA responds to the Indiana state legislature’s religious freedom law that critics say was designed with legalese to allow discrimination against gays and others in the name of religion. But as the late Pulitzer Prize-winning Los...

Michigan State first confronted Final Four perfection in 1957

Michigan State first confronted Final Four perfection in 1957

For the third time Michigan State stands among a Final Four field that features a No. 1-ranked basketball team seeking to complete an unbeaten season with an NCAA title and record for most wins in a season. This year it’s No. 1 Kentucky with a mark of 38-0 in quest of 40-0....

Michigan State jump start to first Final Four

Michigan State jump start to first Final Four

Improbable describes Michigan State basketball's ninth NCAA Final Four with Sunday’s win over Louisville, but no Final Four run began with more exotic origins than the Spartans' first one in 1957. Its seminal moments include Johnny Green gaining attention 60 years ago while he...

The night Adolph Rupp met Johnny Green

The night Adolph Rupp met Johnny Green

Michigan State’s Johnny Green brought out the best in just about everyone during the 1956-57 basketball season. Upon joining a 4-7 lineup in January, he sparked a 10-game winning streak that captured the Spartans’ first Big Ten hoop title. And “just about everyone” included...