Michigan State is probably the most overachieving team in college basketball this season, after all, it was not even ranked when the season started.
And unlike last season, when the Spartans were the most underachieving team in college basketball, the prospects of making a Final Four run seem better than good. Damn good is what they are.
With only three games left in the regular season, Michigan State (23-5 overall) is one of a handful of teams that can make a run to the national championship. A Final Four run is eminent, here are five reasons why:
5. Defense — Against the Big Ten’s best, MSU has not allowed huge scoring efforts. The team has held Wisconsin (twice), Michigan (twice), Ohio State to 60 or fewer points this season, winning all but one of those games (loss at Michigan, 60-59).
4. Rebounds — Everyone knows how well MSU rebounds, this season is no different, as they average nearly 40 per game.
3. Confidence — Unlike last season’s team, this year’s group believes in itself. It was proven again Wednesday night with a win over Minnesota. Despite trailing most of the second half, the team never gave up.
2. Draymond Green — Green wants to leave MSU as one of the greats, but he won’t be one of the greats until he gets “his own” Final Four.
1. Izzo — Tom Izzo is one, if not No.1, of the best coaches in the NCAA Tournament. When he has done with this year’s team is nothing short of amazing. He had more talent last season, but with off the courts issues, injuries and selfish play, this team just simply plays better.