Michigan State is doing what it should be doing this time of year in college basketball—tightening up for February and March by leaping hurdles along one of the country's most notorious paths, also known as any non-conference slate scheduled by Tom Izzo.
The Spartans (6-0) are ranked No. 1 in the land and have shown why with wins over Kentucky, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma. That talented trio of opponents has given Izzo a good idea of what his team is made of as it enters December.
Having won the 2013 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y., Michigan State has one remaining notable non-league foe in North Carolina (Dec. 4), which always pushes Izzo's teams to the limit.
This slideshow will examine the goals that the Spartans have achieved and touch on milestones yet to come for Michigan State, a clear favorite to be among the last standing from the 2014 Final Four.