Execution, coaching and perhaps a few touches of luck will most certainly play a role in the success this season for Michigan State, which heads into 2013-14 as one of the nation's heavies.
With Tom Izzo on the sideline, the Spartans are typically in position to make a dash to the Final Four. If they're to reach Izzo's seventh Final Four since 1999, stars such as sophomore shooting guard Gary Harris and senior forward/center Adreian Payne must play up to their enormous billing.
Harris is one of the country's elite scorers and Payne has evolved into a dominant big man. Needless to say, they're the crown jewels of Izzo's team.
Points from the bench will be crucial as well, as sophomore Denzel Valentine stands to be one of the team's most productive reserves; he led the Spartans in bench scoring with five points per game in 2012-13.
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This slideshow will examine the key components that could cast the Spartans to the top or plummet them to the bottom.