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March 10, 2013EAST LANSING - Michigan State did not raise a Big Ten Championship banner on Sunday evening, but the Spartans ended the season with a victory, and a memorable speech from Tom Izzo during Senior Day ceremonies.
Michigan State (24-7 overall and 13-5 in the Big Ten) finished a game behind Indiana in the conference standings, due to Indiana's last-second victory at Michigan on Sunday.
News of Michigan's loss nearly wilted the spirits of Michigan State's players, according to Izzo. But Izzo worked to recharge them during the course of a 71-61 victory over Northwestern, and then electrified the Spartan fanbase with rousing speech during Senior Day ceremonies following the game.
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Video is below.
Scroll down for audio of the entire speech.
A sampling of Izzo's best moments from the speech:
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"And just like last year, maybe we didn't accomplish exactly what we wanted to at the end of the regular season, but 31 times your team showed up. Thirty-one now. And next weekend, our ass is showing up! I promise you that!"
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