Every year I wait for Michigan State to fall off and for Tom Izzo to struggle and it never happens. He puts it together no matter what you give him for a starting five.
This team started off the season with struggles and somehow turned it back on. After starting 0-2, the Spartans went on a 15-game win streak and have cruised through the Big Ten schedule. If my numbers are right, the defense has only allowed 56 points per game in Big Ten play this season. They will need that defense to show up in Indy.
Draymond Green has been a superstar in the making for Coach Izzo. He has single handily been torching teams. Green has dropped at least 20 points in five of his last seven games. In the game against Indiana the other night, he kept MSU in the game all by himself.
If there is any coach who is going to find a way to will his way to a victory, it’s going to be Coach Izzo. Also, right now the Spartans are on the bubble for the No. 1 seed. The loss to Ohio State yesterday will be tough to swallow. They had a nice lead and let it slip away. To let the game go with under a second left will have Coach Izzo and his guys back to work today, making sure that doesn’t happen again.
The Big Ten in my eyes is the best conference right now. To win that would be enough to pass them a one seed for the big dance.
Although nothing was written about them, I’m taking Ohio State to win the Big Ten Tournament. I really was leaning towards Michigan making a magic run, but after Ohio States' victory today I’m handing them the trophy. They want to be in the discussion for that one seed on Sunday night.
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