The Michigan State Spartans were considered one of the best teams in the nation when the season started in November.
That's no surprise, because Michigan State has been one of the most consistent Big Ten teams under Tom Izzo, and the 2013-14 version of the team was loaded with talent and depth.
The Spartans flashed their ability at the start of the season, but the team was slowed by injuries during the year and struggled down the home stretch of the Big Ten season before getting healthy prior to the Big Ten tournament.
Michigan State rolled past Wisconsin and Michigan in that event to win the Big Ten's postseason get-together. Those performances have earned the Spartans a lot of support as one of the teams that could get to the Final Four and perhaps win the tournament.
Here are the challenges they will face in their first-round NCAA tournament game against Delaware.