Never doubt Sparty when Tom Izzo is in charge. Michigan State lost three straight in conference play during one stretch and was 12-9 overall at that point in the season. Coach Izzo brought his young team together and now despite all the injuries the Spartans starting to reach their maximum potential and could very well be a high-major cinderella in the NCAA Tournament.
Statistically, nothing about this Michigan State team jumps out. After watching this team throughout the season, they have grown and have gelled together more than any team I have seen this year. Coming into the season, all eyes were on freshman phenom Miles Bridges who many expected to be a one and done. Bridges was relied on heavily early in the year but then went down with an injury which forced Sparty to play without him for a couple games. During that stretch, Michigan State struggled but Bridges’ absence was the best thing that happened to the Spartans. Fellow freshman Nick Ward and Cassius Winston have developed to become two of Michigan State’s best players and they become better and better as the season has progressed.
Turnovers are often a problem for young teams and Michigan State is no different. The Spartans are 310th in offensive turnover percentage which is absolutely horrible. In addition, they are 288th in free throw percentage which could cause them troubles in the tournament closing out games. Lastly, Michigan State lacks frontcourt depth and if Nick Ward and Kenny Goins get into foul trouble, then opponents can exploit that void in the middle.
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