Michigan State coach Tom Izzo may argue that every game is the most important game. That's to be expected, that's what coaches do.
They don't want to look ahead, nor do they want their players getting too relaxed when it comes time to take the court. Records, rankings and prestige mean nothing in the grand scheme of things.
Well, that's probably something that Izzo would like for us to believe.
In 2012, CBSSports ranked Michigan State's schedule as the No. 2 toughest behind Duke, which beat Michigan State in the Sweet 16. This year, the Spartans face Kentucky, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Texas before engaging in Big Ten play on New Year's Eve versus Penn State.
2013-14 schedule via MSUSpartans.com
Needless to say, squaring off with John Calipari's Wildcats should provide enough early answers for Izzo. The Hokies and Tar Heels hail from a strong ACC, and Texas has traditionally been a great match up for Izzo.
This slideshow will examine the five biggest games of the regular season.