Michigan State Basketball: Report Card for Spartans Midway Through Big Ten Play

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Michigan State Basketball: Report Card for Spartans Midway Through Big Ten Play
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Despite their recent hiccup in Madison Square Garden, the Michigan State Spartans have composed another season that has them threatening for the Big Ten title. With a perpetual overhaul of injuries, Tom Izzo has maximized the remaining potential out of the waning available players. At the midway point of the Big Ten, their overall report card grade is an A-.

However, their recent trend of play is concerning. The Spartans have lost two out of three and look increasingly unimpressive.

Keith Appling continues to fight through obvious pain, Gary Harris isn't getting any offensive help and their bench play is too inconsistent to rely on.

But collectively, the Spartans have weathered the storm and played well enough to earn a 19-3 record. They have marquee wins over Kentucky, Ohio State and Iowa and reside atop of the conference standings.

An A- grade is fitting for a team that has somehow succeeded despite the perverse circumstances surrounding it. 

This slideshow features the categories that were considered when awarding Sparty with an A- grade.

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