Xavier Booker’s first start for MSU basketball ruined: 3 quick takes

1. What looked like Christmas for MSU fans — Xavier Booker’s first start — somehow turned into a baffling and costly defeat

EAST LANSING – For most of the season, I’ve understood — and largely agreed with — Tom Izzo and Co. slow-playing the use of Xavier Booker. He wasn’t ready. That was clear as day well into January. Beyond obvious in December.

But things had changed. Booker looked more comfortable in recent weeks and, on Feb. 25, MSU’s coaches thought he was ready.

For MSU fans, Sunday was Christmas — either 10 months early or two months late, depending on your perspective. Or perhaps right on time.

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