1. Michigan State basketball makes the Sweet 16
As cherry-picky as it is for rival fans to use the “Michigan State has made the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament just once since 2015,” it’s also very true and disappointing.
Michigan State made the Final Four just a few years ago in Cassius Winston’s junior year and that ended a few-year streak of missing out on the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament. The year after, the tourney got canceled due to COVID-19, then they lost to UCLA in the First Four in 2020-21, and narrowly lost to Duke in the Round of 32 in 2021-22.
I think this is the year we finally see Michigan State shut the doubters up with a Sweet 16 run even with a team that isn’t ranked to start the year and doesn’t have a ton of depth.
Michigan State is going to earn a 6-seed in the 2023 NCAA Tournament after finishing in the top three in the Big Ten standings and making the semifinals of the conference tourney and the Spartans will beat the No. 11 seed and then upset the No. 3 seed in the second round.
This is going to set this team up for a huge 2023-24 season.