With the loss, Tom Izzo is now 2-6 in Final Four games.
"This is what you've dreamed of", said Kenny Goins, a native of Troy, Mich., "playing in a final four, and playing for the college that you've always rooted for". Texas Tech took a 23-21 lead into the locker room, and as you can guess by the score, it was one hell of a defensive showcase by both squads.
The festivities swiftly escalated into rowdiness, however, with people dancing on top of cars...
"My only advice I'm going to give you", Izzo recalled telling Beard, "has nothing to do with the game, but has a lot to do with: get your tickets and hotels done today".
Eventually, police in riot gear were forced to deploy tear gas to disperse the mob after they failed to head warnings to leave the area, according to witness accounts.
Local officials later warned the rowdy fans that similar behavior during the next game "will not be tolerated". He has played all but 10 minutes in the tournament and scored 76 points with 31 assists and just 11 turnovers. After being shocked by No. 16 seed University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in the NCAA tournament last season, Virginia (34-3) is the lone No. 1 seed to reach the Final Four this year.
"Coach Izzo is just class", Beard said.
A 13-point lead for Beard's squad is usually good enough to guarantee a win with how they defend - they are, quite literally, the best defense in the KenPom era.
As a result, Michigan State had its worst offensive performance of the season, by far.
Winston finished with 16 points but needed 16 shots to get there. Michigan State also bid farewell to a trio of role-playing seniors.
Until Saturday, Auburn and Texas Tech had never been in a Final Four. As much as Auburn coach Bruce Pearl talked about all the other storylines that should be focused on after his team's loss, he knows full well that the missed double dribble and the late foul on Doughty will be what everyone talks about when the game is brought up either Sunday or in five years. As we continue to celebrate, we must do so in a way that does not diminish this incredible moment. If he stays cold, it could cost MSU a chance to win.