Now that the Michigan State Spartans have successfully navigated their way through the rocky paths of the Big Ten basketball season, it's time for coach Tom Izzo's men to shift their focus toward the Big Ten tournament before heading into a familiar "second season"—also known as March Madness—for Izzo-led teams.
Finishing 24-7 overall and 13-5 in league play, Michigan State was once considered a viable national title threat before hitting a treacherous, three-game slide prior to closing out its docket with wins over the Wisconsin Badgers and Northwestern Wildcats.
Nonetheless, it's March and it's tournament time—the tournament-before-the-tournament time—and the No. 7-ranked Spartans have the opportunity to put themselves with the Indiana Hoosiers at the top of the league's pecking order. The Hoosiers may have won both duels with Michigan State and an outright conference championship, but Izzo's crew, when hot, is just as dangerous as Tom Crean's boys in Bloomington.
This slideshow will examine the potential good and the potential bad in regards to Michigan State's results in the conference tourney. The obvious good would be winning it all, while the obvious bad would be an early exit Friday at the hands of Northwestern or Iowa (Big Ten tournament bracket).