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March 3, 2011EAST LANSING - Wednesday night, the Breslin Center said goodbye to Kalin Lucas, Durrell Summers and Mike Kebler - one of the most successful senior classes in Michigan State basketball history.
But as Izzo addressed the thousands of fans who remained in their seats for the senior send-off following the 85-66 victory over the Hawkeyes, he reminded them that this year's story has not been written yet.
"They told you about all the wins," Izzo said surrounded by his three seniors and their families. "You know everybody gets frustrated with everybody throughout time, but you had an opportunity throughout 103 wins here by this senior class, fifth or sixth most in the history of the school you love so much.
"You've had a chance to watch guys take you to Final Fours and play in front of more people than have ever been played in front of in the entire existence of basketball. This class is 11-3 in the NCAA Tournament, better than any senior class in all of America right now.
"So to Mike, Durrell and Kalin, all I can say is: I'm gonna be on your ass for another month I hope, so that's just the way it's gonna be. But we're going to find a way to win on Saturday, get you back where you belong in the NCAA Tournament, and hopefully do some damage."
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VIDEO - Spartan Basketball: Senior Night 2011