The Michigan State Spartans are off to their best start in school history, impressively displaying their fortitude despite the absence of an All American-caliber player. Yet each Spartans starter can still improve on their early-season struggles and concerns.
Thus far, the storyline of the season has been the constant fluctuation of lineups and personnel changes due to injuries.
First, it was Keith Appling’s departure from the North Carolina game with a hip pointer. Then came Gary Harris’ ankle issue. Soon after arose Branden Dawson’s unidentified sickness. Most recently, and most notably, was Adreian Payne’s ankle, which is still slowly recuperating.
Injuries or not, the ethic has remained unchanged: just win. And the Spartans have had no problem doing it, prevailing in 17 of their 18 contests up to this point.
As Izzo has constantly tinkered with the rotation, switching the starting lineup an astounding nine different times, players have been forced to accept distinct roles. The “next man up” approach can be troublesome, but nonetheless hasn’t flipped the Spartans over to the loss column in several weeks.
But they haven’t been perfect. With new, unforeseen roles come subsequent struggles, which has been the case with certain Spartans. Additionally, other guys have struggled in particular areas because they have been forced to play with nagging injuries.
Let’s take a look into each Spartan starter’s most pressing concern heading into their matchup against Indiana.