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weekend MSU alum and owner of Hotwater er Works, James mes McFarland,, hangs upside ide down with the help off an inversion table. able. NATALIE KOLB/THE LB/THE STATE NEWS Michigan State University’s independent voice | | East Lansing, Mich. | Friday, March 22, 2013 Bell, women’s basketball squad ready for tourney Rwandan artist’s visit focuses on unique ideas, inspiration MSU alumnus stays healthy through extensive regimen SPORTS, PAGE 6 FEATURES, PAGE 5 CAMPUS+CITY, PAGE 3 2013 NCAA TOURNAMENT By Dillon Davis LET’S GET IT STARTED Spartans top Valpo behind strong guard play from Appling, Harris; now await Memphis Junior center Adreian Payne celebrates after making a field goal in the second half against Valparaiso in MSU’s opening NCAA Tournament game. The Spartans defeated the Crusaders on Thursday at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich. THE STATE NEWS ■■ AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – As much emphasis is put on the rigors of the regular season, there’s no time quite like March Madness. And once a team is there, there are few feelings like living to see another day. The No. 3-seed Spartans took care of business in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday with a 65-54 victory against Valparaiso at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich. Senior center Derrick Nix shined on the big stage, leading the Spartans with 23 points and 15 rebounds, while junior guard Keith Appling and freshman guard Gary Harris also scored in double figures. Nix said the ga me pla n was to work the ball in the paint and try to find scor- Derrick ing opportuni- Nix, ties that would wear down the Sr. center Crusaders during the course of the game. “You gotta just take your time,” Nix said. “They taught us how to (crab dribble) over here. So now I just crabs and want to hurry up and get it out. (Izzo) just said if I get it out, it’s going to come back in. So don’t try to force shots I don’t practice on in practice.” Now the Spartans turn their sights to a familiar foe in the Memphis Tigers. Playing immediately after MSU on Thursday, the Tigers held off a scrappy St. Mary’s team, who missed a shot at the buzzer, falling 54-52. The Spartans last met the Tigers in the 2008 NCAA Tournament and were upended by then-head coach John Calipari and star guard Derrick Rose en route to the national championship game. This season, the Tigers carry a 31-4 record, which earned the team the top spot in Conference USA and a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Scouting the Tigers, MSU head coach Tom Izzo compared the team to the quick and athletic 2011-12 Louisville team that ousted the Spartans from the Big Dance a season ago. However, Izzo said this time around, the Spartans have a secret weapon: sophomore “ You gotta just take your time... So don’t try to force shots I don’t practice on in practice. PHOTOS BY JUSTIN WAN/ THE STATE NEWS Nix carries team to win with big game guard/forward Branden Dawson, who missed the postseason last year after suffering a torn left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the final regular season game against Ohio By Josh Mansour State. “He can guard a lot of ple, you know, as he gets betTHE STATE NEWS ter — back to normal, moving laterally and that could AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Tom be a big plus for us,” Izzo said Izzo had spent a good portion of before he knew the matchup the past four years doing everyfor Saturday’s game. “If it’s thing he could to keep Derrick Memphis, it’s more of an athNix on the floor, at times fightletic team like Louisville. We ing his big man to do so. really felt we were in trouble But the senior center has been in that Louisville game. a different person this seaWe didn’t have an athson, with a new mindlete to match theirs. set altered again the To view a video “Branden Dawpast few weeks by recap of the son’s the athlete the growing changes game, visit that can match in his life. most.” It’s what promptmultimedia. The game brings ed an unusual convertogether a matchup sation between the two of talented guards, pairwhen the Spartans’ head ing together Appling and coach took Nix out of the Memphis guard Joe Jackson. game for what he thought would Appling said ranks him be the final time Thursday afteramong the fastest players in noon with about five minutes to the country, even quicker than go and a victory well in hand. Michigan guard Trey Burke. “‘Coach, you know, this is one The time of the tip for Satof the last times I’m playing,’” urday’s matchup is 11 a.m., Izzo said Nix told him on the according to the NCAA. sideline. “So, I put him back in ■■ because … TAKING I want him CHARGE hu ng r y to Senior center do that, and Nix steps up t h at ’s not in tourney always his opener personality.” It ’s a points changed personality, rooted in a FG’s ver y relatable issue. FT’s Similarly to a nu mb e r offensive rebounds of the other sen iors defensive o n M S U ’s rebounds campus, Nix doesn’t know where h i s minutes life is headplayed ed once he accepts his diploma and prepares to leave East Lansing. This uncertain senior just happens to stand 6-foot-9, 23 10-17 3-5 9 6 28 See NIX on page 2 X Senior center Derrick Nix works his way towards the baseline as Valparaiso guard Erik Buggs gets in his way in the second half of Thursday’s game. The Spartans defeated the Crusaders, 65-54, at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich. BUSINESS N EWS B RI E F Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt and O’ My Buns! grand opening today MCCOWAN DENIED BOND IN ACCUSED STABBING CASE By Michael Koury THE STATE NEWS ■■ For MSU alumna Kayla Nguyen, success has never tasted so sweet — sour or chocolatey. Today marks the grand opening of Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt and O’ My Buns!, 515 E. Grand River Ave., at the former site of Planned Parenthood, which closed in January 2012. Nguyen said she wanted to open her own private frozen yogurt after visiting one while she was in California, but didn’t think of owning a Tutti Frutti franchise until she did some research and visited one herself. “I fell in love with it,” she said. Nguyen signed the lease for the business last October and renovated the interior before serving up the frozen treat for the first time on March 7. She said as a first-time business owner she held a “soft” open to train her staff and get comfortable with the operation. Nguyen said she plans to advertise the store after the grand opening, but chose not to during the soft open. “I just kind of let it be to see how many people know about us without advertising,” she said. Journalism junior Patrick Mullen said he hadn’t heard he said. The store offers 12 different flavors of soft serve yogurt, which Nguyen said The Okemos teenager accused of allegedly stabbing nutritional sciences senior Andrew Singler to death in February will remain in jail without bond, although his lawyer suggests self-defense might be an issue in the case. Connor McCowan, who is being held at the Ingham County Jail, was surrounded by friends and families, which included both his and Singler’s, during a motion hearing Thursday to address bond. Chris Bergstrom, McCowan’s lawyer, said contrary to the prosecution’s claims, texts exchanged between Singler and McCowan, and Singler and his then-estranged girlfriend, McCowan’s sister, show McCowan did not intentionally go to Singler’s apartment while armed and then engage in a fight. He asked McCowan be released with house-arrest-like conditions on 10 percent bond, which the judge later declined. “There is a presumption that the defendant is innocent,” 55th District Court Judge Donald Allen Jr. said. “(But) it’s always safer to err on the side of caution.” McCowan will continue to be held without bond at Ingham County Jail, although Bergstrom said the issue could be readdressed at a later time. Bergstrom said prior to Singler’s death and McCowan’s subsequent arrest, McCowan was taking a year off school to See FOOD on page 2 X See CRIME on page 2 X JULIA NAGY/THE STATE NEWS Kinesiology junior Sun Hye Yim eats frozen yogurt Thursday at Tutti Frutti, 515 E. Grand River Ave. The frozen yogurt shop has its grand opening today. They’ve been open for the past two weeks for a “soft opening.” about the frozen yogurt and bakery shop, but he still would check it out. “If I were walking by, or I was like, with my girlfriend and she wanted to go, I’d go try it out,”

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