Michigan State's season has been burdened by injuries, and this past week was no exception. It's difficult for a team with weekly lineup fluctuations to develop into a national championship-caliber unit. But overall, the available players and starters have progressed considerably, although their recent record might not reflect it.
Now, with Adreian Payne finally back and looking dominant once again but Keith Appling sidelined for up to two weeks, the team will have to dig deep with its existing players.
But that isn't anything new.
At this point, the team's top five players have missed games at some point this season. The roller-coaster ride hasn't ended and shows no signs of stopping.
There is a lot to take away from the Spartans’ increasingly adverse season, including how each player has fared with the unique circumstances the team has faced on a weekly basis.
Here are the progress reports for every Spartans starter, which is the most recent unit that started in the last game against Wisconsin.