SportsPulse: Texas Tech vs. Michigan State? USA TODAY Sports’ Scott Gleeson details how each team can reach the national title game and who ultimately will come out on top. USA TODAY

MINNEAPOLIS — As natural as it might be to attach words like “breakthrough” or “life-changing” to a coach when they make a Final Four for the first time, it’s rarely true. 

Just think about 46-year old Chris Beard, whose coaching résumé sounds more like a Robert Earl Keen tour through Texas music halls than a path to competing against Tom Izzo for national titles. You want to talk about the kind of breakthrough that matters? How about going from a Division

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