Goran Suton is called Go-Go by his teammates, and while he is not flashy or prone to the spectacular, his solid play has been fundamental to Michigan State's success all season. This was no more evident than in the first half of the Spartan's Elite Eight match up with Louisville on Sunday.
Early in the season, Suton missed five non-conference games due to injury, including humiliating losses to Maryland and North Carolina. With Suton in the line up, Michigan State won 10 in a row, including wins over tournament teams Texas, Minnesota, Ohio State, Kansas, and Illinois.
Following the win against Louisville, the Spartans are once again hot, winning 10 of their last 11 games.
In the first half against the Cardinals, Michigan State looked rattled in the half court set. Everyone that is, except Suton. Go-Go went, scoring 17 of the Spartans 30 first half points.
In the second half, it seemed as though the rest of the team found their stride, out scoring Louisville by nine, en route to a twelve point victory, and a berth in final four—the fifth under coach Tom Izzo.
North Carolina's victory over Oklahoma sets up the possibility of a re-match of the December blowout at the exact location where the first game took place—Ford Field in Detroit. This time, the difference may very well be Goran Suton.