The Michigan State men's basketball team, usually a NCAA tournament heavyweight picked by many to make a Final Four run each and every season, flatlined last year after a poor regular season with a record of 19-15 (9-9 Big Ten).
Michigan State fared better in the Big Ten Conference Tournament, as they upset the No. 9 Purdue Boilermakers and then eventually fell to Penn State in the conference semifinals.
The Spartans squeaked into the NCAA tournament as a No. 10 seed only to drop a heartbreaker to UCLA in the first round by a score of 78-76.
Led by coach Tom Izzo, the Spartans are usually strong in rebounding on the offensive and defensive glass, and are usually keyed by strong defense and strong shooting from the point guard position.
The Spartans' lack of success is usually not for long stretches, as Tom Izzo-led teams rebound. After starting last season ranked No. 2 and slamming back to Earth, they will want to make a strong statement and prove that last year's inconsistencies are that. Last Year.
Here are 10bold predictions for Tom Izzo's guys heading into the 2011-2012 season: