|Louisville's Gorgui Dieng, left, blocks a shot by Michigan State's Derrick Nix during the second half of an NCAA men's college basketball tournament West Regional semifinal on Thursday, March 22, 2012, in Phoenix. Dieng had seven blocked shots as Louisville won 57-44. (AP Photo/Matt York)|
Michigan State ends season with mixed emotions
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo says it's tough to feel good or bad.
The Spartans started the season unranked, then accomplished enough to be a top-seeded team in the NCAA tournament. They advanced to the round of 16 for the 10th time in 15 years, but ended with perhaps their worst performance of the season.
Louisville sent Michigan State home with a 57-44 win Thursday night in the West Regional semifinals.
The Spartans will have to figure out a way to create success next season without Draymond Green, Austin Thornton and Brandon Wood.
They have help on the way, signing two of the top in-state players, Matt Costello and Denzel Valentine, Indiana star Gary Harris and Ohio's Kenny Kaminski.