The addition of a highly-regarded recruiting class to the defending Big Ten champs would seem to be a recipe for success at Michigan State, but not everything in East Lansing is rosy. The Big Ten is going to be a beast of a conference next year, and State has some important questions to answer if it's going to defend their regular-season or tournament titles—not to mention improve on last year’s Sweet 16 finish in March.
The biggest issue, of course, will be adjusting to the loss of NBA-bound Draymond Green, especially because probable replacement Derrick Nix is a bit of an enigma at this point. The rising senior seemed to have turned his career around in 2011-12 before an offseason arrest cast a shadow over his chances of becoming a leader for the Spartans.
Herein, a look at Nix’s situation and nine other issues that will cost coach Tom Izzo some sleep heading into the 2012-13 season.