Friday, March 18, 2011

Michigan State loss to UCLA in NCAA tournament is microcosm of Spartans' season

TAMPA, Fla. — Maybe it was supposed to end this way, in a microcosm of a promising season gone sour, for a Michigan State basketball team that often demonstrated more fight and grit internally than it was able to express externally.

The Spartans' streak of two consecutive Final Fours ended in an NCAA tournament-opening loss to UCLA 78-76 on Thursday night. Yet the mettle they demonstrated in rallying from a 23-point deficit with just more than eight minutes remaining, while it may be largely forgotten, was symbolic of a team which probably lost far more often than it should have.


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