The Spartans, despite struggling, stayed together to the bitter end

PHOTO: Michigan State coach Tom Izzo with freshman Coen Carr. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN CHARLOTTE -- – Michigan State’s season turned disappointing from the start. There is no disputing that summation – not from coach Tom Izzo or his players. But it never turned ugly with finger-pointing. That’s another way, oddly enough, to characterize the season. The Spartans could have easily folded — starting in November as a preseason No. 4-ranked team and just about anytime…

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Kevin Guskiewicz wearing green for this year’s NCAA Tournament

PHOTO: Michigan State president Kevin Guskiewicz at a recent basketball game. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Michigan State’s new president as of March 4 is Kevin Guskiewicz. North Carolina’s former chancellor as of March 3 was Kevin Guskiewicz. Welcome to the NCAA’s version of March Madness irony: Michigan State vs. North Carolina in the Second Round of the West Region at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the Tar Heels’ backyard at the Queen City’s Spectrum Center. “He’s turned to Sparty…

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Tom Izzo’s NCAA streak pre-dates Tar Heel birthdays

PHOTO: Visit my homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Michigan State joined basketball royalty under head coach Tom Izzo in the past-quarter century. The Spartans are in their 26th straight NCAA tournament under Izzo, the longest such streak for one coach at one school. That may not be not enough for many college basketball old-timers to grant the Spartans the blueblood stature of, say, a North Carolina, Kentucky or Duke, but it’s more than enough for North Carolina’s 2023-24 roster. The Tar Heels…

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