Tom Izzo has created a monster. If his team doesn't win by a wide margin, fans fret. That only comes with a program that is used to winning big time and the Spartans have done that for eleven seasons for the most part. Narrow home wins over three Big Ten teams have sent the fans into the night worried about the future. Maybe Izzo worries about it too. But to me these games are so hard to win anymore that they ought to be enjoyed almost no matter how they come. Other teams know what they're getting into when they face the Spartans and they ratchet up their efforts for the most part.
You have to have a top notch program for fans to worry about the size of the victories, let alone just trying to win games as it is. That's the program Izzo and his staff have created over the years. Not all of the victories get high style points. And if the Spartans want to win championships this season everyone probably agrees that the team must play better. But these Spartans are 15-2 and there is room for improvement and no one disputes that. But many other teams would be more than happy to beat the 15 teams the Spartans have beaten no matter how they could do it.
It may be the highest of compliments to what Izzo has built in East Lansing that style points and the size of victories matter to a great number of fans. They live and die with MSU's results and the team is almost like a member of the family to many of them.
I have no idea how this season will end up. I'm like others-- I think it's a team that needs improvement to reach lofty goals. But there is time for improvement and if it doesn't come then the program will probably be left with a pile of victories others in the sport can only dream of having.