After dismissing two players many felt would play key roles during the season, Tom Izzo looked for senior Kalin Lucas to power the Spartans to another Big Ten Championship and deep run during the tournament.
While Lucas enjoyed a strong senior season, UCLA was able to silence the guard enough in the first half to enjoy a 42-24 advantage at the half.
Nevertheless, Izzo's team showed heart behind the play of Draymond Green (23 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists) and Durrell Summers (15 points) with Lucas (11 points) finding life in the end to help push the Spartans to an exciting finish that would find them fall short, 78-76 ending their season.
What is ahead for the Spartans?
While the thoughts of the season will be painful to many, the future should be bright as Izzo looks to reload and get the Spartans back on track next October.