Michigan State basketball will officially get a shot to defend its Big Ten crown

Michigan State basketball learned of some good news on Wednesday evening as the NCAA announced that a season would be able to start on Nov. 25.

Wednesday was filled with good news, beginning with the reinstatement of the 2020 fall football season for the Big Ten and followed up with some news on the hardwood.

It was announced that the NCAA was planning on setting up a bubble for some early-season tournaments, including two that Michigan State is involved in, headlined by the Champions Classic. That hinted at the fact that the NCAA was planning on moving ahead with the basketball season.

And then everything became official with the official start date of the 2020-21 season.

College basketball is coming back, officially, and that means the Spartans will get a shot at defending their crown (times three) as Big Ten regular season champs.

Tom Izzo has been vocal about his “disappointment” in students for not following regulations after a recent COVID-19 campus outbreak and he has been part of the “wear a mask so we can play” movement. It looks like all the hard work he and other prominent figures have done around college sports is paying off.

Not often do we get to praise the NCAA, but this is a positive move, especially since college basketball is much easier to manage in personal bubbles than football.

Michigan State has the talent to win a fourth straight Big Ten title and even without Cassius Winston and Xavier Tillman, they’ll be one of the best teams in the conference and the nation in 2020-21.

Basketball is back, baby.