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Tom Izzo’s first senior day was Feb. 21, 1999. That is, his first senior day with players he recruited out of high school. On that day, Antonio Smith, Jason Klein and Thomas Kelley (a Jud Heathcote recruit who had a redshirt year) were honored, and then No. 4 MSU scratched out a 56-51 win over Dick Bennett’s No. 13 Wisconsin Badgers to clinch the outright Big Ten title. Students rushed the court. No one got hurt (OK, I don’t remember anyone getting hurt). It was pretty much exactly how any coach would script senior day, other than the close game.