10. Media, fans and alumni questioning whether Tom Izzo should have taken the Cleveland Cavaliers offer this past summer. Heck no, he shouldn’t have. Tom Izzo is East Lansing.
9. Korie Lucious and Chris Allen allowing their personal issues affect 12(plus) other members of the team enough to have them removed. It’s tough to say how much better off the team would have been with them, but they definitely would be playing again tomorrow or Sunday.
8. Losing to that one school twice. Enjoy it now, folks. When your best is our worst, I’ll take that any day. (Granted, I really like what john beilein is doing over there).
7. Draymond Green showing flashes of brilliance followed by flashes of what the heck are trying to do? The guy is a great player when he stays focused and doesn’t try to be Earvin Johnson.
6. The shoes that some guys wore last night.
5. Durrell Summers choosing to play when he felt like it. I’m not sure if he thought a couple game stretch in March would avenge 30 games of lost, uninspired, garbage basketball. Sorry Durrell, but you cost yourself millions. Hopefully whatever it was that contributed to your downfall was worth it.
4. Kalin Lucas stinking up the place in his last game as a Spartan. This kid deserves a lot of credit for working his way back from an injury that normally takes 9-12 months to recover from in about five months. It cost him early this season, but without him carrying the team over the last month, the program’s streak of 14 consecutive NCAA Tournaments would have been broken.
3. Kalin Lucas missing 2,000 career points by four. He finished his career as the Spartans’ fifth all-time leading scorer, but 1,996 doesn’t look as nice as 2k. He deserves to have his jersey hang.
2. Tom Izzo announcing that his nonconference schedules have been a bit too tough in recent years. He plans on scaling back. Don’t do it, Tommy. It’s part of what you built your program on. Don’t stop now just because this year’s team was soft.
1. Austin Thornton’s eligibility didn’t expire. This kid has no business getting consistent playing time for an elite Division 1 program. He has trouble shooting, playing defense, running feeding the post, going to the basket strong, and not looking like an idiot. Hard work should be rewarded…at the ends of games when you’re up 20.