1. Indiana (Feb. 21)
Unfortunately, this wasn’t just a regular Tuesday night matchup. It wasn’t great because of a buzzer beater, a memorial play, or a win over a top-20 opponent. Unfortunately, this game will be remembered as the first home game since the horrible shooting on Michigan State University’s campus, which took the lives of three students.
Tom Izzo has seen just about everything in his career, but I don’t think there was anything that could have prepared him for this. But his words were exactly what this fan base and student body needed. So when it came time to play the first game on the same campus as that horrible tragedy, everyone knew Izzo would have the team ready.
While the emotion of the pregame ceremonies may have bled into the first few minutes of the game, the basketball team quickly shook it off and played near-flawless team basketball for the rest of the game.
They bested a good Indiana team in nearly every category including shooting percentage, rebounds, and turnovers.
They turned the Breslin Center from 15,000 tears to 15,000 cheers as everyone in that building and watching from home got to return to a little bit of normalcy, even just for a few hours.