Linking Laconically is trying to be strong

Bruce Bennett

The Michigan State basketball season is over, but the Spartans provided us with quite a ride.

So that wasn't ideal. After the jubilation that came with Friday's thrilling win over Virginia, Sunday's season-ending loss to UConn proved all the more heartbreaking for Michigan State. With a 10-point lead in the second half, it seemed the Spartans were well on their way back to the Final Four, and Keith Appling and Adreian Payne were going to get a huge weight off their shoulders. Then Shabazz Napier and uncharacteristic mistakes derailed everything.

Still, this MSU team delivered a record-breaking start to the season, a Big Ten tournament title and the program's third Elite Eight appearance in the last six years. Was it the ending we all wanted? Of course not. But the last month of basketball has been a blast, and that shouldn't be forgotten.

Spartans' pain rooted in shock - they planned on Final Four | Lansing State Journal | lansingstatejournal.com

I think we all kind of did.

Two Michigan State underclassmen have NBA draft decision to make, and Tom Izzo rumors continue to swirl | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

It was great watching you in the Green and White, Gary.

Michigan State offers Bloomfield Hills senior Yante Maten | Detroit News | detroitnews.com

Sounds like Maten was looking forward to that offer.

Denzel Valentine says this is his team now, vows to lead Michigan State back to at least Sweet 16 | MLive | mlive.com

Encouraging -- and not surprising -- to see Valentine already start to take charge.

Izzo expects to Spartans to be underestimated again | Kansas City Star | kansascity.com

The expectations will be much different, that's for sure.

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