Less than a month ago, the Michigan State Spartans were in huge trouble. They dropped seven of 12 games down the stretch in the Big Ten, and they lost home games to Nebraska and Illinois—Illinois—in ignominious fashion.
Never mind that head coach Tom Izzo had one of the best track records in the country and that the Spartans had been a preseason favorite. By all accounts, Michigan State displayed all the focus of a 2 a.m. drunk.
There was plenty of finger pointing in the locker room, but the Spartans suddenly got their act together and that practice came to a halt. They survived and have advanced to the Sweet 16 following an 80-73 victory over Harvard.
Here are five things we learned about the Spartans in that win.