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Mady Sissoko will have a special visitor for Michigan State basketball’s senior day

EAST LANSING — Mady Sissoko arrived in America with a dream to play college basketball. He got to do that at Michigan State, starting in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.

That was half a world away from his family that remained at home in Mali.

Nearly four years later, the senior forward’s next game at Breslin Center might be his last. And as he looks into the stands, the brother who helped him begin his journey will be there to watch him with pride.

“It means everything to me,” Sissoko said of the planned visit from his older brother Soulemayne after practice Monday. “He’s going to be the first person in my family to watch me play live, and it’s senior night. So that’s going to mean the world to me.”

Michigan State’s head coach Tom Izzo, right, talks with Mady Sissoko during the second half in the game against Purdue on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.

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Sissoko is one of six Spartans for whom Wednesday will likely be their final home game — and a critical one, at that — as MSU hosts Northwestern. Tipoff is 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network), followed by a postgame celebration honoring three fifth-year seniors — Tyson Walker, Malik Hall and Steven Izzo — and three fourth-year seniors: Sissoko, A.J. Hoggard and Davis Smith.

The Spartans (17-12, 9-9 Big Ten) are fighting to shore up their NCAA tournament résumé and to solidify their Big Ten tournament seeding ahead of the league tourney opening March 13 in Minneapolis. Only two regular-season games remain as MSU is tied for seventh in the conference; MSU already lost once (by 14 points in Evanston, Illinois, in early January) to the Wildcats (20-9, 11-7), who enter Wednesday in third place.

“It’ll be an emotional night,” MSU coach Tom Izzo said Monday. “And I’d say this publicly, that our crowds have been unbelievable throughout the year. Even though we’ve been a little more up and down, they have not. And I would…


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Author : Detroit Free Press

Publish date : 2024-03-06 11:12:14

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