On Saturday, four seniors for the Michigan State Spartans will play their final game at the Breslin Center as they host the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Michigan State is seeking a school-record 26th regular season win and possibly a No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. Much of that can be attributed to three outstanding seniors who are having career-best seasons.
‘Player of the Year’ contender Denzel Valentine is having a season for the ages despite missing four games due to a knee injury. Leading the Spartans in points and assists per game, Valentine has improved each and every season while in East Lansing and might go down as one of the best ever to wear the green and white when it’s all said and done.
Valentine’s back court duo Bryn Forbes is on pace for the best three-point shooting season in school history after Wednesday’s Big Ten record-breaking performance where he hit 11 3-pointers in a 97-66 victory over Rutgers. The former Lansing-Sexton star, along with Valentine, is shooting an unbelievable 51.5 percent from beyond the arc.
Matt Costello is the arguably emotional leader of Michigan State as evident by his performance against Maryland on Jan. 23 where he scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. In the waning the moments of the 74-65 victory, Costello picked up and hugged head coach Tom Izzo in one of the more memorable moments of the season. The Bay City, MI native is also on pace to break the career blocks record at MSU.
We cannot forget Colby Wollenman from Big Horn, Wyoming. The senior forward hasn’t played many minutes this season, but played a significant part in last year’s Final Four run as he played some huge minutes off the bench during the Spartans tournament run. Wollenman will head to medical school after this season.
All four seniors are hoping to kiss center court following a win, a tradition that was started by Shawn Respert in 1995.