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Michigan State cruises to open NCAA tournament

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Derrick Nix’s strength and skill were much too much for Valparaiso.

Nix had 23 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to help power third-seeded Michigan State past the 14th-seeded Crusaders 65-54 on Thursday in the NCAA tournament.

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