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Settles: Three keys to Maryland-Michigan State Big Ten tourney semi

Jan 17, 2015; College Park, MD, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Denzel Valentine (45) shoots a three point shot as Maryland Terrapins guard Melo Trimble (2) defends during the second half at Xfinity Center. Maryland Terrapins defeated Michigan State Spartans 75-59. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Our analysts break down semifinal matchups

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It’s hard to believe that when Maryland and Michigan State faced off for the lone time in the regular season, on January 23 in East Lansing, the Terrapins were building a Final Four resume and the Spartans were riding a three-game losing streak, including two home losses. At the time, Michigan State was desperate for a win, let alone a signature win against an elite team.

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