Michigan, MSU Seniors Take To Instagram After Cancellation Of March Madness

It's the end of the road for Cassius Winston and Zavier Simpson.

97.1 The Ticket
March 12, 2020 - 7:52 pm

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97.1 The Ticket -- There will be no buzzer beaters. No Cinderellas. No March Madness.

That also means the likes of Michigan State's Cassius Winston and Michigan's Zavier Simpson have presumably played their final college basketball games.

The NCAA outright canceled the upcoming men's and women's basketball tournaments amid the coronavirus pandemic, meaning it will not be staged in April or May, or any time down the road. While some are calling for the NCAA to grant an extra year of eligibility to seniors -- not only in college basketball, but other spring sports that are presumably not going to continue their seasons at all -- for the time being, it appears the careers of Winston, Simpson, Kyle Ahrens, Jon Teske and countless others across the nation are over.

After learning the news their seasons had been cut short, many Spartans and Wolverines took to social media Thursday afternoon.

Winston's post simply said, "Forever a SpartanDawg."

Forever a SpartanDawg----

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Winston was on the cusp of reaching the 2,000 career points mark.

Ahrens, wrapping up a five-year career that saw many ups and downs with injuries, penned a lengthy note thanking fans, coaches and teammates for his time in East Lansing.

Thank you for everything these past 5 years. All the ups and downs. You all made it so special especially my family, teammates, and friends. Thank you to each and every one of my teammates and coaches for making my time at MSU so memorable! I wouldn’t trade the memories for the world! 3 B10 Regular season Championships, 2 B10 Tournament Championships, and 1 Final Four. I will forever be a Spartan for Life!------

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Michigan State's Connor George took things in a bit of a different direction, claiming the Spartans should be crowned national champions based on their preseason No. 1 ranking.

Simpson's message was short and to the point.


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There's no telling what would have unfolded over the next three and a half weeks -- that's the beauty of the NCAA Tournament -- but one thing is for certain. It's a bummer to see so many careers and seasons cut short.