Michigan State basketball could be getting a big boost Sunday with the return of Denzel Valentine.
After missing the last three games with an injury, Michigan State basketball has seen a decline in dominance. The Spartans suffered their first loss of the season against the Iowa Hawkeyes last week while they squeaked out victories over Oakland and Minnesota.
The Spartans have been lacking on the offensive side of the ball without Denzel. Not only has Michigan State been struggling to find a second and third scorer without Valentine, but the ball movement is clearly not the same.
Playing without the national player of the year favorite has been tough for Tom Izzo and the No. 5 Spartans, but a possible return Sunday could change the entire outlook of this team’s Big Ten season and national title hopes:
Denzel Valentine felt good in a limited practice yesterday. He’s targeting Sunday for a return https://t.co/WwQNNzKaMT
— Mike Wilson (@MikeWilson247) January 5, 2016
According to the 247Sports’ story by Mike Wilson, Valentine has been aiming to return for the Spartans’ game against Penn State on Sunday on the road. That would mark fifth game since his injury as he would also miss the Illinois game on Thursday.
Michigan State is still 14-1 this season and 2-1 without Denzel, but the Spartans are considered the national title favorite with their star player healthy. When he returns, this team would have developed a clutch presence which taught them to win without their star player. Eron Harris, Bryn Forbes and Matt Costello have all benefited from this time away from Valentine.
Sunday could be a big day for Michigan State basketball.