The Michigan State basketball team may be living near the bubble this year, but head coach Tom Izzo still believes they have the potential to make some noise before the season is over.
“If we can get it going again, this team is capable of being very good. I didn’t say elite, I didn’t say great, but very good. You get very good come March … It’s a great month.”
One thing is for sure, if the Spartans plan on making a run in the NCAA tournament, they have to get there first. They are currently 16-8 overall and 7-4 in the Big 10, which puts them at 5th in the conference. According to Bracketology with Joe Lunardi, if the season ended today Michigan State would be a 9th seed in the NCAA tournament, not exactly something they’re used to.
Izzo knows better than anyone what can happen if things click in March. He also knows that this team has the potential to do the things needed to be a good team.
“I know we can run, we have been rebounding, we have been defending. You’ve got to put them all together,”
Michigan State’s next challenge is a big one as they will face Ohio State at noon on Valentine’s Day. This will be a good barometer as to exactly how good the Spartans are, as the #23 Buckeyes come in to the Breslin at 19-6 overall and 8-4 in the Big Ten. If the Spartans can put everything together like coach Izzo suggested, they should be able to put an arrow through the heart of Ohio State and send them on their way.