This should be a fun event, a good night to reflect and settle into nostalgia, even if not an evening for competitive basketball.
As I wrote in today’s Spartan Tipoff, there is little to be gained from a basketball perspective for Michigan State tonight against Division-II Tuskegee (other than perhaps a chance at playing time and confidence for Russell Byrd and Matt Costello).
But that’s not really what tonight or this weekend is about. And I think it’s OK to step away from the rigors of a season for a minute to celebrate your past.
I do think a four-team, two-day event with Loyola and Mississippi State on one side and MSU and Bowling Green (another team from that 1963 Mideast Regional) on the other would have been really cool.
MSU athletic director Mark Hollis tried to get Loyola up here for this game, but the Ramblers and Mississippi State wound up scheduling a game (tonight, as well) against each other in Chicago, to commemorate their matchup 50 years ago.
If you’ve missed any of it, here are links to our coverage leading into this game at Jenison. It’s been an interesting couple weeks delving into this.
Tonight’s 9 p.m. tipoff is on ESPNU if you’re unable to attend.