The Michigan State Spartans have recently undergone a whirlwind of surprising returns from injury, and their recent performance against Purdue showed the country how dangerous they are at (nearly) full force. In that performance, not one Michigan State player struggled extensively, so for the time being, the general stock of the team is on the upswing.
It's tough to find areas to nit-pick when a team is setting school records.
With that being said, Sparty has alternated wins and losses in their last eight contests. Some of that can certainly be attributed to their constant overload of injuries, but three of those losses came to (then) unranked teams.
Nonetheless, State remains atop the conference pedestal. The other unit trying to shove them off is their in-state adversary and upcoming opponent, the Michigan Wolverines.
This Sunday, the two foes will square off with serious conference implications on the line. Sparty will need a performance similar to their recent one against Purdue to knock off Michigan in the raucous Crisler Center.
For now, let's reflect on each Spartan starter's recent performance trend and which direction his stock is moving toward.