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Column: During down year, MSU hoops still should be feared in March

After an arduous and disappointing football season in East Lansing in 2016, spirits were down in the hearts of Michigan State Spartans and their fans across the nation. A program that had grown so accustomed to winning had looked more and more like their past selves with every passing week and it resulted in an uncharacteristic missed bowl game from coach Mark Dantonio and the boys.