How was Michigan State’s basketball team able to attend the Cotton Bowl?

The Michigan State basketball team knew they would be able to head down to Dallas for the football team’s game against Alabama in the Cotton Bowl as part of the College Football Playoff. This was allowed after a NCAA rule stating teams could enjoy “reasonable entertainment” if they could afford to do so was passed in 2014.

The Spartan basketball team has taken advantage of that new rule since then. Last year, the team took a trip to Dallas where they got to practice in the Dallas Mavericks’ American Airlines Center and attend a Mavericks game later that night.

This time, the team did practice, but not at the home of the Mavericks. They actually practiced at Duncanville High School, a school located in a suburb of Dallas.

This school was also the high school home of freshman guard Matt McQuaid. The team talked about how he was very excited for the opportunity and was showing them around town.

“He was the man of the town,” MSU senior guard Denzel Valentine told the Lansing State Journal about McQuaid. “He was telling us where everything was, this and that. Where the food spots are. Where he did this one weekend and what he used to do after school. It was cool, he kind of opened up a little bit.”

Of course, the team would have loved to see their classmates beat the Crimson Tide, but it didn’t come to fruition. Despite that, they all seemed to have a great time because how often do you get to say you watched your friends play in Jerry World?

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