The best part about being a Spartan fan is that going to the NCAA tournament as a #10 seed is the "worst" season over the past twelve years. Some programs would consider a #10 seed tournament bid the most successful season over the last #12 years. Spartans fans are lucky to have such a great coach in Izzo.
The 2010-2011 season saw one of the most anticipated seasons for MSU basketball. Ranked #2 nationally at the beginning of the season, most experts and fans expected MSU to be in the national championship game at the end of the year.
So what caused the Spartans to slide all the way to a 10 seed?
This was the worst drama-filled season ever for Tom Izzo. Izzo himself started it when he went back and forth between leaving for the Cleveland Cavaliers job and staying with the Spartans. G Chris Allen then was kicked off the team before the season started because he could not follow Izzo's summer instructions to be a good teammate on and off the court.
C Tom Herzog transferred due to lack of playing time. C Derrick Nix left the team for a period of time to think about transferring after lack of playing time. Mid-way through the season G Korie Lucious was kicked off the team. Seniors Durrell Summers and Kalin Lucas were a little bit too concerned over their individual roles rather than the team. Draymond Green was the most vocal leader on the team but not everyone wanted to hear him. The 2010-2011 Spartans sound more like a soap opera than a basketball team.
Early season losses to Connecticut, #1 Duke, #7 Syracuse, and #22 Texas eroded the Spartans confidence, which was everything to this team, especially Durrell Summers.
The Spartans rallied late in the season to make the tournament.
Key Players: Kalin Lucas, Durrell Summers, Delvon Roe, Draymond Green, Keith Appling, Adreian Payne, Derrick Nix, Garrick Sherman, Austin Thornton, and Mike Kebler.
Low Point: All the drama, losing to Michigan twice.
High Point: Crushing #9 Purdue in the Big Ten tournament 74-56 to cement the Spartans tournament bid.
Moment To Remember: Rallying to beat #21 Wisconsin in OT in the final minutes.
Final Record: 19-15, #10 seed, first round loss to #7 UCLA 76-78.