Michigan State Basketball: Spartans' 5 Keys to Winning the Big Ten

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Michigan State Basketball: Spartans' 5 Keys to Winning the Big Ten
Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports
Branden Dawson is part of the plan. He's resting a bum shin during the holiday break.

Owners of seven Big Ten title banners during the Tom Izzo era, the Michigan State Spartans must channel a former version of themselves if they want No. 8, which would be their fourth since 2009. 

Lacking the traditional power on the boards and brawn down low, the No. 5-ranked Spartans (11-1) won't down the likes of Ohio State, Wisconsin and Iowa by operating under the current plan. 

Major adjustments aren't needed, just minor tweaks.

Stressing past success as a means to achieve future triumphs should be included, but Izzo may choose to alter his approach since he doesn't have a "traditional" Spartans-esque group to work with. 

This slideshow will examine possible changes and scenarios that could prop Michigan State to the top of the Big Ten. 

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