Pressure is always on Michigan State to perform, but this year, the level of expectations are near a high.
Not only does Spartans coach Tom Izzo stand to lose two key seniors in Keith Appling and Adreian Payne, he could also see the departure of sophomore Gary Harris and junior Branden Dawson.
After they go, Michigan State will be down to a minimum in terms of star power.
This season, of course, should be the season that most fans anticipated for this group. Just two years ago, the popular talk among Spartans fans went a little something like this:
"Wait until Appling and Payne's senior year. With Dawson and Harris...Travis Trice, Denzel Valentine...plus a couple of young guys. That'll be a title-contending team."
It just so turns out that 2013-14 is indeed that time. And those "couple of young guys" are Gavin Schilling, a 6'9" power forward, and Alvin Ellis, a 6'4" shooting guard.
This slideshow will highlight and analyze the talent that Izzo has to work with as he quests for his seventh Final Four since 1999.