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The madness is over
March 31, 2014 - Jordan Travis
And just like that, March Madness is over.
For me, anyway. I suppose if you root for Wisconsin, Kentucky, Conneticut and Florida, it's still on. But my hope for a Michigan-Michigan State final faceoff was doubly dashed Sunday. With the Pistons losing the night before, it's a good thing the Red Wings won Sunday and the Tigers won their season opener Monday. Any more losing by a Michigan team would've been a rotten bummer.
But I'd be lying if I said Michigan State's premature exit shocked me. They hit an uncomfortably long funk against Virginia and didn't pull out of it until well into the second half. It was a relief seeing Adreian Payne dunk a few as they started to come around again. He seemed frustrated that his teammates apparently forgot how to shoot for a few minutes. I realized if they played like that again, they stood a good chance of losing.
I can't tell you if that was the problem. On Sunday, I realized at 5 p.m. that I'd completely missed the game. Good thing: I get overly exuberant watching the Spartans play in the NCAA tournament, and their momentary slide during the Virginia game left me a nervous wreck. Watching them lose to UConn would've put me in a terrible mood for a week or so.
But from the descriptions I've read since then, it sounds like they had a near-inverse of the Virginia game: instead of a good start, a momentary slide and a tight finish, they had a rotten start, a momentary rally and a tight finish, but not in their favor. Words like "bizzare," "bungled" and "worst" are being tossed around.
Ah well. There's always next year, and Branden Dawson, Gary Harris, Travis Trice and Denzel Valentine will still be around to keep things interesting (assuming Harris doesn't go pro). And with Michigan's basketball team coming around, the dream of a Michigan-Michigan State final might come alive yet again.
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