X-Factors to Watch in Michigan State vs. Delaware NCAA Tournament Matchup

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X-Factors to Watch in Michigan State vs. Delaware NCAA Tournament Matchup
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Branden Dawson

Michigan State is attracting a lot of attention at the start of the NCAA tournament.

The Spartans beat Wisconsin and Michigan handily in the final two games of the Big Ten tournament, and that showing, combined with head coach Tom Izzo's history of success in the postseason, has made them one of this year's postseason glamour teams.

Izzo has regularly been able to get the most out of his players in the biggest games. Perhaps it's his reliance on fundamental basketball skills that he emphasizes in practice.

Izzo gets production up and down his roster and not just from the stars. Michigan State is as likely to turn a game around as a result of a bench player's performance as it could from a starter's.

This year, the X-factors on the Spartans are not just bench players. Michigan State suffered a slew of injuries this year to top-level players, and it's difficult for Izzo to know what Branden Dawson or Keith Appling are truly capable of in the tournament.

Here's a look at the X-factors from Michigan State and Delaware as they prepare to play for their opening-round matchup.

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