Twelve times Michigan State had been to the NCAA basketball tournament since Jud Heathcote tossed the keys to his protege Tom Izzo, and 12 times Jud had saddled up from his retirement camp in Spokane and ridden off to support the Spartans at their first-rounder. Hartford, Milwaukee, Cleveland. Memphis and D.C. The short hop to Seattle and the long haul to Tampa. Dayton and Denver. Worcester and Winston-Salem.