Michigan State Basketball: Ranking Spartans' Most Likely March Madness Heroes

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Michigan State Basketball: Ranking Spartans' Most Likely March Madness Heroes
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Freshman Gary Harris has the means necessary to make him a campus hero.

Kalin Lucas knew how to get the job done in March, and his seven points during the final 49 seconds of Michigan State's 67-62 thrilling triumph over the Kansas Jayhawks in the 2009 Sweet 16 was proof positive of that.

Lucas, the 2009 Big Ten Player of the Year, led the Spartans to a Final Four appearance and seemingly channeled a different level of consciousness in the postseason. Simply put, big games were Lucas' playground, and he indeed made things look "too easy." 

Korie Lucious' game-winning three-pointer in the Spartans' 85-83 2010 second-round victory over the Maryland Terrapins made him a legend and helped stamp another Final Four ticket for Tom Izzo. Now with Iowa State, Lucious' bombing of Maryland is still one of the most talked about shots in Michigan State basketball history.

And who could forget Mateen Cleaves' gutsy display in the 2000 national title game versus the Florida Gators. The Flint native is arguably one of the greatest college basketball players the game's ever seen, and he immortalized himself in Spartans lore with one good ankle prior to cutting down the nets in Indianapolis. 

March is when heroes step forward and unsung talents make a name for themselves. Now that it's that time of year, it's only right to look at who could potentially send Spartans followers into a frenzy with a game to remember during the NCAA tournament. 

Will it be a late leaner in the lane to push them forward, or will the Spartans vault past their opponent thanks to a clutch free throw or raucous, last-second dunk? 

We'll examine the playmakers at Michigan State's disposal and rank their probability of making a little magic in the Month of Izzo. 

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