Michigan State Basketball: 5 Things We've Learned About Spartans in 2013-14

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Michigan State Basketball: 5 Things We've Learned About Spartans in 2013-14
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Senior PG Keith Appling has demonstrated an incredible will to win.

Mental errors, turnovers, fouls, poor free-throw shooting and lax defense continue to keep Michigan State from reaching full-tilt.

Clear after Sunday’s 60-51 home loss to Nebraska, the No. 9-ranked Spartans (21-5, 10-3) are running along a jagged edge, and if prompt action isn’t taken, their road to March will only get bumpier.

Deep down, they’re one of the country’s most well-rounded teams.

When healthy and completely focused, Tom Izzo’s group performs as college basketball’s obvious No. 1.

Efforts such as the one put forth against the Huskers make the Spartans appear as pretenders, not contenders.

Somewhere between the injuries and setbacks sits a team ready for the Final Four. But as the story goes, it’s all about finding a way to piece it all together.

Tied with Michigan for first in the Big Ten, Michigan State has proved to be a resilient bunch. Although painfully inconsistent, Izzo’s team continues to give it the “old college try.”

This slideshow will examine five of the biggest lessons that the Spartans have taught us thus far. 

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