Spartan Nation Hyped up for Saturday’s Game

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It seems like the whole state is buzzing getting ready for Michigan State’s Final Four appearance Saturday night against Texas Tech.

They haven’t won a national title since 2000, and Spartan Nation feels like this could be their year.

9&10 traveled Northern Michigan to find two of its biggest green and white fans.

We met Art Bukowski, the vice president of the Grand Traverse Area Spartans alumni group.

If you take one look at his basement, it’s pretty clear he bleeds green and white.

On his walls and shelves are decades of Spartan memorabilia including team football helmets, commemorative cups, old tickets, coins, pins, buttons, flags, signed photos and more.

Needless to say, Bukowski is hyped for the game.

“After beating Duke sky’s the limit. We’re all pretty excited in Spartan world,” said Bukowski. “We really want to win it all.”

The rest of Spartan nation feels the same way. And one of Crawford County’s oldest green and white fans will definitely be cheering them on.

95 year old Eleanor Tucker graduated from the school many moons ago and never misses a game.

“After they handled Duke I think they can handle this next group moving up,” said Tucker. “They can’t seem to lose a shot!”

She wants to see the team win another national title in her lifetime.

“I remember working in Lansing when the Spartans won everything and they had a parade down that main street,” said Tucker. “That was a long time ago!”

Bukowski and Tucker will be watching at home, and bars will inevitably be packed, so if you’re looking for another place to catch the game, the State theatre in Traverse City will be hosting.

“It’s not like being at home where its kind of quiet other people everybody is totally focused on the game and its really fun,” said Kristen Messner, the theatre manager.

Doors open at the State Theatre at 8 p.m. and the event is free. Tip off is at 8:49 p.m.