We're nearly a week into the Month of Izzo, and the Michigan State Spartans are trying to regain control of the wheel after hitting an oily slick on the twisting road known as the Big Ten.
Now three games into a losing streak, the No. 10 Spartans (22-7, 11-5) face a few looming issues before they can throw their hat back into the ring of national title contenders.
Remember, just a few weeks ago, Big Ten Network analyst Jimmy Jackson considered the Spartans to be a viable threat to cut down nets in Atlanta. He wasn't alone, as college pundits across the nation felt that Michigan State was a team to beat in March Madness.
Things have drastically changed since then, and if the Spartans can't somehow find a happy medium, they're doomed for a premature exit in the Big Dance—which in their case, would be a second-round bow-out of the postseason festivities.
Typically picked to advance deep into March or into the first week of April, Tom Izzo's Spartans could be in trouble if key players like Keith Appling fail to deliver in the NCAA tournament.
This piece will provide a five-way look at what Michigan State has to do in order to make a dent in the competition during March and possibly reach its seventh Final Four under Izzo.