This was the year for Tom Izzo and Michigan State. Izzo knew it. Just about everyone in East Lansing was cognizant.
This was a veteran team with talent, built to cut down the nets in Dallas. When Adreian Payne decided to return to school, the Spartans became one of the favorites to win it all this season. I’ve said all year that it’s tough to go against Izzo in March with comparable talent and experience. But the Spartans -- who dealt with a myriad of injuries all season long -- came up short against Shabazz Napier and UConn in the Elite Eight.
What’s next? Well, next season will be a major rebuilding year in East Lansing. That’s if Izzo’s even around to coach next year’s group.