Because it was a decisive loss Michigan State should have no regrets-- a 31-7 record and Big Ten title (by four games no less) are impressive for a team that may not have any future NBA players.  That remains to be seen.  Can next season's record be better? That will obviously be difficult since Purdue likely will be the Big Ten pre season favorite for the second straight year.

     I think MSU will greatly miss Goran Suton and Travis Walton and with only Derrick Nix and Garrick Sherman coming in, I'm wondering how the record will improve unless the returning players make significant off season progress.  That of course is possible.  But I think front line scoring will be an issue and Delvon Roe has got to offer more consistent offense.  Suton's reliability will be missed and Walton's leadership and defense will be also.  MSU will have another season because it always does.  The Final Four is in Indianapolis and whether MSU is there again remains to be seen.  But a lot of players will have to play much better next winter. 

     Nix to me, looks way overweight after watching his Pershing team win the state title.  I don't know much about Sherman but there will be opportunities on the front line.  Will Tom Herzog ever develop into a contributor or not?  Does Austin Thornton have any future hopes?  I see a decent starting five, but not much depth unless someone really improves.  It all remains to be seen.

    Whatever you thought of the Big Ten this season I think it will be better next winter, except for Iowa.  The rest of the teams likely could all improve, but whether MSU wins 31 games again is tough to call.


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