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Michigan State’s Run Ends With Loss To Texas Tech, 61-51 MSU Official
Junior guard Cassius Winston scored a team-high 16 points, but Michigan State struggled to find its offensive rhythm in a 61-51 loss to West Regional Champion Texas Tech in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament at U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday night.

Michigan State basketball knocked off by Texas Tech, 61-51, in Final Four Detroit Free Press
One more run? Down 13. Under 10 minutes remaining between one more game or a long trip home. Michigan State basketball’s battered-engine-that-could all season finally ran out of steam. Gassed by a Texas Tech defense that smothered them for much of the night, the Spartans put together one final rally, chopping a 13-point deficit to one point with 2:52 to play. But the Red Raiders’ All-American Jarrett Culver scored six straight points to lead them past MSU and into the championship game with a 61-51 victory on Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium.

‘They hurt us’: Texas Tech defense smothers Michigan State in Final Four semifinal Detroit News
The NCAA Tournament can bring the highest highs and the lowest lows, from cutting down nets to wiping away tears. Michigan State experienced them all in a three-week run, beating top-seeded Duke last week to reach the Final Four only to head to the final weekend of the season and run smack into the best defensive team in the nation.

Michigan State comeback falls short in Final Four loss to Texas Tech mlive.com
As the stage got bigger and bigger, this Michigan State team time and again found a way to overcome early deficits, to find another gear in the second half and pull out critical win after critical win on the road to the Final Four. When the stage got the biggest, Michigan State couldn’t finish off one more. Michigan State fell to Texas Tech, 61-51, in a NCAA Tournament national semifinal game in front of 72,711 fans at U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday night.

Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State’s Final Four loss to Texas Tech – and what’s next Lansing State Journal
1. Texas Tech never let MSU get comfortable. The Red Raiders were just better.
2. Freshman thoughts — the Texas Tech Final Four edition
3. Much of this MSU group isn’t done, but there are questions to answer

Michigan States loss to Texas Tech doesn’t define season Spartan Avenue
Michigan State exceeded expectations. Josh Langford went down, Nick Ward was out for a month and never truly regained his old form and Kyle Ahrens missed the NCAA Tournament. No one expected Michigan State to make a run, but it did. Winston dealt with a foot injury and knee tendonitis, but he got the job done.

Michigan State’s final run doesn’t take it over the finish line Detroit News
Late in the second half on Saturday night, Michigan State found itself in a spot it had been before more than once this season, down double-digits with things starting to unravel. The Spartans were there against Michigan — twice — and managed to find a way to rally and beat their rival. They were down nine last week to Duke before rebounding to knock off the NCAA Tournament’s No. 1 overall seed and reach the Final Four.

Michigan State basketball seniors live the dream, leave great legacy Detroit Free Press
As time trickled away and all fates were sealed, Matt McQuaid walked over to Kenny Goins in what would be their final moments together as Michigan State Spartans. “I just told him I love him,” McQuaid said Saturday night in Minneapolis, after the season-ending loss to Texas Tech at the Final Four.

Tom Izzo’s 85 minutes of reflection following Michigan State’s Final Four loss mlive.com
Nobody could find Tom Izzo’s backpack. Several Michigan State staff members searched the locker room and the various connected rooms. Izzo was holding court with reporters, but he’d stop talking eventually — maybe? — at which point he’d need to exit U.S. Bank Stadium for good. But not without his bag.

Michigan State staged its typical comeback, but this time couldn’t finish it mlive.com
Matt McQuaid thought the shot was in and that he had tied the game. With 1:50 left in a national semifinal game against Texas Tech and his team trailing by three, the Michigan State senior got a clean at a 3-pointer from the corner on a pass from Aaron Henry. He launched it and watched the ball went in and out. “I even started running back a little early,” McQuaid said. “I thought it was going to drop in, but it didn’t.”

Michigan State players face decision: Chase NCAA title or test NBA draft? Detroit Free Press
Through the grief came frustration about what could have been done differently. Then came the reality: Michigan State basketball’s season is finished, and decisions about the future need to be made by a few Spartans. Return to MSU and chase for another Final Four and national title or test the pro process and pursue their dreams of playing in the NBA?

Xavier Tillman returning next year, Cassius Winston and Nick Ward undecided about NBA Draft mlive.com
Xavier Tillman will not test the NBA draft waters and return to Michigan State next year, while two of his teammates still have decisions to make about their future. In the postgame locker room after Michigan State’s 61-51 loss to Texas Tech, Tillman said definitively that he will return to East Lansing for his junior season in 2019-20.

After Spartans loss, Winston and Ward offer no hints about next season Detroit News
It’s the nature of the NCAA Tournament. Things end quickly, and it doesn’t take long to start thinking of what’s next. Michigan State found itself in that position on Saturday night, a game earlier than it expected. The Spartans had just run into the suffocating defense of Texas Tech and saw its season end in the Final Four in a 61-51 loss to the Red Raiders at U.S. Bank Stadium.