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Izzo has a solid PG in Keith Appling, a savvy senior.
A seasoned vet such as Izzo doesn't need to be told how to manage his team.
And that's not the intent.
However, as the Spartans roll into 2013-14 as a juggernaut favored to play well into March, Izzo must be careful not to let his players get too emotional about the preseason ranking.
As a matter of fact, Izzo would probably the first to say that the preseason props mean nothing. And he's right. Simply put, the rankings are just educated speculation attached to a team's potential. Yes, Michigan State has the talent to win it all.
But that was the case in 2010 as well.
After falling to North Carolina the year prior, the Spartans were supposed to cash in on what was rightfully theirs, and that was a national title. The Tar Heels were something like a team of destiny, so seeing them win the title shouldn't have caught anyone by surprise.
Maybe not a team of destiny, the but 2009-10 Spartans were loaded and played a well-rounded game. The 2013-14 edition of Izzo Ball has the same type of aura. It'd be difficult not to forecast a team with Gary Harris, Adreian Payne, Branden Dawson and Keith Appling to the Final Four.
Throw in supporters such as Travis Trice and Denzel Valentine, along with a couple of up-and-coming recruits in Gavin Schilling and Alvin Ellis, and Michigan State appears to have the bases covered.
The key here is simple: Temper the group when needed, but also let it know how special this season could be.
Izzo is a master of his craft. He'll most certainly have his guys ready come tipoff time.
CBS Sports' Matt Norlander came to interesting conclusion after sifting numbers.
Teaser fact: Michigan State was ranked in the preseason top 10 prior to five of six Final Fours. Just something to think about.