Michigan State Basketball: 5 Ways Spartans Must Improve Before March

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Michigan State Basketball: 5 Ways Spartans Must Improve Before March
Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports
Time is ticking for the battle-wounded Spartans.

Get ready for something you've heard and read all season: Michigan State needs to get healthy. 

While that much is a given for Tom Izzo's No. 9-ranked Spartans (20-4, 9-2), there are areas other than health that need a boost if this year is to end at the Final Four. 

Perhaps the biggest deficiency, rebounding on a consistent basis has been a major issue that just won't go away. Not very Spartans-like, Michigan State has failed to assert itself on the offensive and defensive glass.

Seeing the anti-Izzos crash the boards on a game-by-game basis has been a low point of 2013-14. Something has to develop; otherwise there won't be any travel plans to the Dallas Metroplex this spring. 

With health being the obvious No. 1 area to improve, further mention of it—or the lack of it—won't be necessary in this slideshow, which will dig deeper and highlight hinges that need greasing and bolts that need tightening. 

 

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