An obvious work in progress, the Michigan State Spartans seemingly have two versions of themselves: the good team and the not-so-consistent, barely-win team.
The latter won't do much for coach Tom Izzo, who's aiming for his seventh Final Four since 1999. The Spartans (8-1) aren't expected to do much this year, other than cut down the nets at Jerry's World and be the subject of CBS' "One Shining Moment" montage.
Child's play, right?
The talent is there. Already battle-tested, the Spartans split a pair of meetings with North Carolina, which won 79-65 in East Lansing, and Kentucky, which lost 78-74 in Chicago. The next step is to get all of the gears moving in unison, rather than firing one piston at a time.
Inconsistent but dangerous, Michigan State has a few statistics worth noting from the opening stretch.