Michigan State Spartans Basketball Season Preview History
2011-2012 Michigan State Spartans College Basketball Preview:
Things are looking up this year for the Michigan State Spartans' basketball team. Although a bum knee has forced senior Delvon Roe to retire early, the returning juniors and seniors will be able to step up and deliver some leadership to the younger members. The Spartans have been to more Final Four showdowns in the last 13 years than any other college basketball club in the country. A big part of this success is due to coach Tom Izzo and his ability to pick winners and teach them fundamentals of the game.
Branden Dawson, a new member of the team, is expected to add depth to the roster. Standing at 6' 6", this prospect is an excellent finisher and will use his speed and explosiveness to help put some points up on the board this season.
On defense the Spartans will look to establish themselves by including center Adreian Payne in their scheme. With a 7' 1" wingspan, this kid is exciting to watch as he provides a good amount of athleticism in his big frame. His reach and ability to jump will surely help the team with its rebounding come November. Fans will be glad once the season starts and all this fresh talent starts putting together their game plan on the court.
Michigan State University 2010 Men’s Basketball Preview:
If you’re lucky enough to get a chance to walk on the court at MSU’s Breslin Center, there’s a reason you feel like a champion. After winning the 2000 championship in Indianapolis, the school actually bought the floor from the NCAA and had it installed on their home court. It must be a source of good luck for the team and Coach Tom Izzo because in the decade since, they’ve had more Final Four berths—four—than any other team, including Duke and UCLA (both with three). TicketCity has had your way in for all those memories, and will again as the Spartans try to make another run in the NCAAs.
The question around Lansing, Michigan is whether this season will result in another top-four finish, or can they finally win another title. Izzo is now free from the rumors of him going to the NBA that surrounded him last season. Unfortunately, key members of his squad are coming off injuries, including guard Kalin Lucas, forward Delvon Roe and freshman forward Russell Byrd. Some say that Lucas would’ve gone pro if he hadn’t ruptured his Achilles Tendon in the NCAA tournament last year. If he can get back to his 14.8 points a game average, the Spartans will be a team that will be seen playing late in March.